Discover the brands from our business units Henkel Adhesive Technologies and Consumer Brands.
In the early 1950s, at the urging of his son Robert, retired chemistry professor Vernon Krieble quietly set out to create “anaerobic” threadlocking adhesives — adhesives which would cure quickly in the absence of air — in his basement laboratory at Trinity College.
In 1953, Vernon’s persistence and passion for chemistry paid off. His revolutionary adhesive, branded LOCTITE®, offered a more reliable (non-mechanical) solution to prevent machine parts from loosening or leaking.
Professor Krieble’s invention helped to usher in a new era of mechanical reliability and safety. LOCTITE’s impact on the safety of products — ranging from cars to medical devices to roller coasters — is impossible to measure.
Henkel fully acquired the LOCTITE Corporation in 1997. Today, LOCTITE is Henkel’s largest and most iconic brand, marketed in 130 countries around the world. Learn more at: The LOCTITE story: A close-up of Henkel’s biggest brand and 25 years of LOCTITE at Henkel (YouTube).