Henkel breaks ground on new adhesive production facility in North Carolina, US

WCN Editorial Team 18 Aug 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a division of Henkel, has broken ground on a new production area for UV-curable acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) at its Salisbury site in the state of North Carolina.

Expected to be operational by the end of 2021, the new facility will expand Henkel’s capabilities to produce sustainable and innovative pressure sensitive adhesive solutions that cater to the tape, label, medical and graphic films markets.

According to per Henkel, the UV-curable hot melt adhesives will cater to the changing needs of the market and enhance customer experience as these have been designed to be coated on to a variety of facestocks, serving all segments of traditional pressure sensitive markets.

The company will brand its new products as LOCTITE DURO-TAK UV and will include a set of adhesive chemistries from the new facility, including pure polymer, formulated free radical, and cationic curing systems.

Henkel has further claimed that its cationic cured UV PSAs make use of a new curing mechanism, thereby making use use of low energy and through-cure of extremely high coat weights (double to triple that of traditional free radical systems).

Henkel Adhesive Technologies business development vice president Brian McSwigan said: “Henkel's solvent-free, UV PSA line enables broader industry use of acrylic-based adhesives.

“Combining the ease of use of a traditional rubber-based hot melt with the enhanced performance of acrylic polymers represents not only a step-change in innovation but demonstrates Henkel's continued commitment to sustainability.”

Henkel North America packaging & consumer goods vice president Gary Rzonca said “This is an exciting time for Henkel as we begin construction of our first UV pressure sensitive adhesive manufacturing facility here in North America.

“We remain focused on enhancing the consumer experience bringing real value to our customers and their brands.”

In June, Henkel announced the expansion of its Additive Manufacturing Services to serve primarily its automotive and industrial customers and provide support with 3D printable materials.

Henkel Additive Manufacturing Services leverages the company’s existing infrastructure across strategically located application centres and its plant in Richmond, Missouri.

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Henkel Adhesive Technologies starts construction on its new facility in North Carolina. (Credit: Henkel AG & Co/ PR Newswire.)

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