Henkel Inaugurates New Adhesive Manufacturing Facility

February 5, 2020

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Henkel Inaugurates New Adhesive Manufacturing Facility
The new Henkel Adhesives Technologies facility in Kurbumbh, India. Image courtesy of Henke;

German firm Henkel Adhesive Technologies officially inaugurated a new production plant in Kurbumbh, India that will provide adhesives, sealants, and surface treatment products to a variety of Indian customers, a company press release announced Tuesday. 

“India is one of the most important emerging markets with tremendous growth opportunities for our adhesives business,” Jan-Dirk Auris, executive vice president of Henkel Adhesive Technologies, said in a statement. “With the launch of this state-of-the-art, multi-technology manufacturing facility, we have created capacities to meet the demands for our high impact solutions in this dynamic market. This investment will enable us to further drive profitable growth.”

The 100,000-sq-m facility is the largest adhesive manufacturing plant in the country. Henkel said the facility was designed as a “smart factory” with process automation integrated into many areas and a number of Industry 4.0 features. 

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“The end-to-end digitalization of the plant operations also ensured digitized workflows for a high efficiency in manufacturing,” the company said in the release. 

Products made at the Kurbumbh site will be used in the flexible packaging, automotive, agriculture and construction equipment, and metals industries, and in general industry.

Carsten Knobel became the chief executive officer of Henkel on January 1 after Hans Van Bylen stepped down after 35 years of serving the company. Knobel started his tenure at Henkel in 1995 as an assistant to a Management Board member that lead research and development. He moved to the firm’s Beauty Care business and occupied a variety of positions in controlling, M&A, and the operating businesses. Knobel was appointed chief financial officer in 2012. 

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