Henkel Adhesive Technologies expands UV capabilities

Henkel Adhesive Technologies recently broke ground for a new production area for UV-curable acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) at the site in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies has broken ground for a new production area.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies has broken ground for a new production area. Image source: Henkel.


The new facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. This expansion of Henkel’s existing site is supposed to broadens the company’s capabilities to provide more sustainable and innovative pressure sensitive adhesive solutions to the tape, label, medical, and graphic films markets.

Novel curing mechanism

UV-curable hot melt adhesives are designed to coat a variety of facestocks, serving all segments of traditional pressure sensitive markets. Henkel wants to offer a comprehensive set of adhesive chemistries from the new facility, including pure polymer, formulated free radical, and cationic curing systems. As Henkel tells, cationic cured UV PSAs utilise a novel curing mechanism, allowing for lower energy consumption and through-cure of extremely high coat weights (double to triple that of traditional free radical systems).   

“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,” said Gary Rzonca, Vice President, Packaging & Consumer Goods, North America.

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