What do shower gel bottles, soccer cleats and a car have in common? Nothing? Think again: Glue is what holds them together. Now, you’re probably saying to yourself: “In sports shoes and cosmetics, sure – but in cars?” In fact, the automotive industry is increasingly replacing metal rivets and screws with adhesives, because modern lightweight construction processes depend on them. Adhesive technologies can work wonders in their industrial applications, which range from meter-high wind turbines, through razor-thin touchscreens and all the way to the inner workings of our smartphones.
Mankind discovered the power of glue early on in its history. The Neanderthals, for instance, used birch tar to make tools. Over time, the effectiveness of adhesives improved and the number of possible applications grew proportionally to the emergence of new technologies.
Henkel arrived in the adhesives business by an accident of history: In reaction to the supply bottlenecks that occurred in the aftermath of the first World War, Hugo Henkel tasked his chemists with developing their own glue for sealing cartons of Persil.
Today, the company is the global market leader and has expanded its activities well beyond conventional glue. Collaborating with various industrial partners, Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit develops high-impact material solutions that act as invisible helpers to make everyday products lighter, smarter and more efficient. Covering sealants and functional coatings in addition to adhesives, the company's technologies support multiple digital applications, contribute to making electromobility a reality and even help to enable food safety.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies Expands UV Capabilities
Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a market leader of high-impact solutions in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, recently broke ground for a new, state-of-the-art production area for UV-curable acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) at the site in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Henkel debuts safer, higher performance corrugating additives at SuperCorr Expo 2021
As the industry emerges from the restrictions of the pandemic, SuperCorr Expo, held in Orlando, Florida from August 9-12, will be one of the first, major in-person events for the corrugated packaging-focused industry. Here, Henkel will be presenting its latest innovations for the safe, efficient and sustainable production of paper and board products. The expo is the ideal forum for Henkel to launch its new Aquence Halo product family – solutions that replace standard powdered borax to improve safety and efficiency in corrugating starch operations. As a global leader in adhesives and coatings, Henkel will also be showcasing its Velocity resins, and high-performance aeration technologies.
Nexa3D and Henkel launch xFLEX 475 photo-elastic material
Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast polymer 3D printers, announced today in partnership with Henkel, the commercial availability of xFLEX 475, a category leading soft rubber material that is ideal for the production of additively manufactured industrial and consumer products. Within the high growth elastomers market, customers can now access this industrial strength material for applications that require resilience, snap back and tear resistance, such as pipes and manifolds, handles, and grips, seals, and gaskets or sportswear and footwear midsoles.
Henkel resin prints directly onto flat sheet membranes, eliminating plastic mesh feed spacers
Henkel Corporation and Aqua Membranes are introducing a revolutionary Printed Spacer Technology® for spiral-wound element design and manufacturing. The new technology eliminates the need for conventional plastic mesh feed spacers by printing unique spacer patterns directly onto delicate flat sheet membrane materials. These patterns have the potential to reduce fouling and scaling in the element and offer a more open water flow channel, which reduces energy consumption during the water filtration process.