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 wins Altair Enlighten Award
Henkel’s next generation metal pretreatment process today received the second-place award in the sustainability category of the 2021 Altair Enlighten Awards. Henkel’s award recognizes the use of the PALLUMINA™ metal pretreatment process on the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra.
Henkel and Pregis join forces to develop advanced protective packaging for improved circularity, enhanced recycling
The recently rebranded Pregis EverTec™ lightweight, recyclable paper cushioned mailer, manufactured with EPIX® technology from Henkel Adhesive Technologies, was the first example of a shipping solution jointly developed to address the growth of ecommerce packaging.
SURCAR 2021: Henkel Presents Advanced Coating Technologies for Aluminum Pretreatment for Vehicle Bodywork and EV battery construction
At SURCAR 2021, the leading global event for the world’s car body finishing industry, held from September 28-29, in Detroit, Michigan, Henkel will deliver two presentations on the breakthrough technologies that are helping optimize aluminum applications in bodywork and EV battery manufacturing.
Nexa and Henkel announce expanded collaboration to jointly develop turnkey AM production systems
Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast polymer 3D printers, today announced the opening of its first full scale additive manufacturing customer center; NEXTFACTORY in Ventura CA, in partnership with Henkel. Co-located within the Nexa3D global headquarters, NEXTFACTORY provides current and potential customers with direct access to every aspect of the additive polymer manufacturing (AM) process, from design decision support and optimization to full scale additive manufacturing operations including integrated post processing technologies, material formulation customization, colour matching and a variety of finishing options. Both companies plan to invite additional automation, process and software innovation partners to join NEXTFACTORY and be part of delivering complete end-to-end additive manufacturing solutions for volume production applications.
Henkel adhesive system recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers for recyclability
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized Henkel’s Loctite Liofol LA 4220 RE/Loctite Liofol LA 3180 RE for recyclability. This two-component adhesive system for PE film lamination is association’s first 100% solids, solvent-free adhesive system for flexible packaging to receive this recognition.
#AViewFrom Henkel North America: Irvine, CA
The world’s top technology companies – electronics innovators – partner with Henkel to create products that improve today’s electronic technologies and enable tomorrow’s advances. Much of this covert work is performed by the Adhesives Technologies team in Irvine, California. Learn more in this segment of #AViewFrom: Irvine, CA