Throughout the world, our adhesives, sealants and surface treatments are known for their high quality and make us global market leaders – technologically, ecologically, and in terms of health compatibility. Our products answer the needs of industrial customers, craftsmen who serve the construction industry, and consumers and DIYers. Our products also make an important contribution to safety and the conservation of resources.
Global number one through innovation, performance and sustainability
Our products serve many different markets, such as the automotive, electronics, aerospace, metal and packaging industries, the development of alternative sources of energy, and for maintenance, repair and overhaul. They help to make industrially manufactured goods more durable, lighter and more efficient. Our adhesives know-how also helps to protect buildings against cold and dampness and to repair items of daily use, while our glues and tapes are much appreciated in the home, in schools and in offices. The key consideration, however, is always that of combining economic benefits for our customers with responsibility toward people and the environment.
Improvements based on life cycle analyses
This approach is based above all on life cycle analyses and consistent reviews of our product portfolio. For many years, for example, we have pursued a policy of steadily replacing heavy metals and solvents with high-performing alternatives that make it possible to offer water-based and ultraviolet cross-linking formulations. In 2009, as part of the Product Carbon Footprint project, we calculated the carbon footprints of our Liofol laminating adhesive and of Sista brand window joint sealants as representatives of their product categories for the first time. By examining the total product life cycle, we can implement improvements in a targeted manner where they will be most effective.
Knowledge transfer for comprehensive process advice
As a reliable partner and competent advisor, we need to understand today what our customers will need tomorrow. We therefore engage in continuous dialogue. Our aim is to offer our customers first-class performance while simultaneously helping them to operate sustainably throughout their value chain. Here, too, we draw on our many years of expertise in life cycle analyses and sustainability matters. Improvements may be achieved by modifying the composition of our own products or by adapting the way they are used by our customers. Our products can help customers to enhance the design of the goods they manufacture or to improve their production processes. Our systems solutions are based on our understanding of our customers’ needs and are often generated by working as a team with customers, equipment manufacturers, and raw materials suppliers.
For us, sustainability also means helping our customers to save costs and resources
Sustainability gives us a competitive advantage when it creates economic, ecological or social benefits for our customers as well. Such benefits could be, for example, product developments that make production processes considerably more efficient than conventional solutions. Our Loctite brand maintenance and repair products, for example, can extend machine lifetimes. Our PurMelt MicroEmission adhesives improve occupational health and safety in manufacturing plants. And TecTalis corrosion protection technology cuts energy and wastewater costs of production processes. In the U.S. construction industry, the adhesives and sealants of our OSI Green Series set new standards in environmentally compatible building and healthy homes. We have developed numerous tools to demonstrate the advantages of our innovations transparently to our customers. One of these is the Value Calculator, which enables customers to see the economic benefi t they will gain by using our products. The Value Calculator is currently available for more than 30 brands, including Bonderite, TecTalis, Macroplast and Macromelt.
User safety through dialogue, advice and training
Quality from Henkel does not stop with the development and sale of high-performance products. We offer service and advice throughout the world for customers in all sectors. By sharing our technical know-how and competence, our main aim is to help our customers to use our products efficiently and safely. Our chemicals management concept in the USA, for example, helps them with the selection, processing and disposal of chemicals. In Central and Eastern Europe, more than 60 Ceresit training centers teach craftsmen how best to use our building products. In Brazil, Henkel is a founding member of the Green Building Council, an international initiative which promotes the development of sustainable building methods and products.
The following list provides a variety of product examples, which can be sorted according to their contributions to our focal areas. The brands referred to have been selected on the basis of their innovativeness, their relevance, and the way in which they reflect the work of the business unit Adhesive Technologies:
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