Henkel began doing business in Germany in 1876 with just one product: a bleaching soda. In 1922, it began its work in Adhesive Technologies. Today, Henkel has 170 production facilities in 55 countries, and employs over 6,200 people in North America alone. Globally, Henkel employs 50,000 people. In the US, Henkel’s adhesives business unit expects 2.6% growth for 2016, and its homecare and beauty care business units are also growing steadily with an extra boost for its homecare unit after its acquisition of Sun Products.
Adhesives represent 50% of Henkel’s $20 billion global sales annually, and it supplies the automotive, electronics, packaging, lighting and safety industries with a wide range of adhesive solutions.
The company has a global reputation for sustainability initiatives; it says its primary sustainability goal is to reduce the energy used to manufacture and use its products by 33% by the year 2030