Global adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings company Henkel has announced plans to construct its first innovation and technology centre in Central America. 

The Henkel Latam Inspiration Center will be located in Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil. 

The facility for Adhesive Technologies is intended to foster a collaborative ecosystem for innovation and serve as a hub for training and customer engagement.  

Henkel Adhesive Technologies executive vice-president Mark Dorn said: “The new Henkel Latam Inspiration Center strengthens our commitment to innovation and business growth in Latin America, offering direct access to Adhesive Technologies experts in a single location, with state-of-the-art facilities for the development of customised applications and solutions.” 

It will feature a range of laboratories dedicated to adhesive synthesis, formulation, and application for various industries.  

The facility will also include administrative segments and a grove. 

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It is being designed with a campus concept aimed at driving ideas, inspiring employees and new talents, and facilitating meetings and cooperation with external partners. 

Henkel Brazil president José Antônio de Castro Filho said: “The new facility will boost the creation of a comprehensive platform, engaging with customers and establish itself as a reference centre for training and technical support.  

“In addition, the project was conceived based on sustainability principles, reinforcing the company’s regional initiatives in this area, one of Henkel’s global pillars.” 

The project will incorporate engineered wood in one of its buildings to capture around 500 tons of carbon dioxide, showcasing a reduced reliance on cement and concrete.  

The centre also plans to implement more than 400 solar panels, adopt clean energy solutions, and introduce water reuse practices. 

The Henkel Latam Inspiration Center is expected to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and WELL Silver certifications. 

Construction is set to commence in the first quarter of 2024, with completion targeted for the end of 2025.