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Henkel to open adhesive making unit in India

Henkel Adhesive Technologies India, an arm of German consumer giant Henkel, will pump in €30m ($34m) into a new adhesives unit in the state of Maharashtra.

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Expected to be operational by early 2017, the new manufacturing unit will be Henkel’s tenth in India. It will manufacture adhesives for use in industrial, packaging, consumer goods and automotive metal segments.

The facility will have an installed capacity of 80,000t of adhesives and surface treatments.

Henkel’s new unit , which will be set up in phases, will initially be developed over 20,000m2.

Henkel Group India president Jeremy Hunter told the Economic Times: "This plant will enable us to localize our product portfolio and reduce imports while bringing the best global technology to India.

"Considering the proximity of the plant to our customers, it will also help us to work closely with them in developing solutions. We are aiming to win a greater market share in India, which is one of the biggest emerging markets for us."

The investment is expected to back Henkel’s global strategy to raise sales and business growth in emerging markets.

The company is said to own 40% market share in the Indian adhesives market. The company eyes to grow its market share at the rate of 10-15% a year and post net sales of €10bn by 2016-end.

According to Hunter, 50% of the raw products would be sourced from local vendors.

Billed as a model for sustainability and efficiency, the plant will have LEED certified by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and conform to the highest SHE (safety, health & environment) standards.

In February, Henkel Adhesive Technologies has opened the Henkel Flexible Packaging Academy in Mumbai, the first such institute in India, Middle East and Africa.

The academy offers certified training program for the Flexible Packaging Industry professionals in association with Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP).


Image: Henkel Adhesive opened a flexible packaging academy in India in February. Photo: courtesy of Henkel Adhesives Technologies India.