Adhesives are more versatile than you might think: From smartphones, airplanes, books, cars to even Tutankhamun's mask or the Great Wall of China – products and solutions from Adhesive Technologies, which have been part of Henkel's product portfolio for more than 100 years, are in use here.
The success story of Adhesive Technologies began with an impending supply shortage of adhesives at the company's headquarters in Düsseldorf after the First World War. As a result, the company decided to manufacture adhesives for sealing its own product packaging, for example, for our laundry detergents. In 1922, Henkel started developing and producing paper, cardboard, and packaging adhesives for its own use. With the launch of a very own glue factory in June 1923, the company also began selling adhesive products to neighboring companies.
The first products included the painter's glue ‘Mala’ and the wallpaper adhesive ‘Tapa’, both based on potato flour. What began as a solution to meet the company's own needs grew into the world's largest supplier of adhesive technologies. With brands such as Loctite, Bonderite, Technomelt, Pritt and Pattex, Henkel is now active as a market leader in more than 130 countries and in over 800 manufacturing sectors and has expanded its portfolio far beyond traditional adhesives to sealants, functional coatings, and specialty materials.