Henkel expands its global web platform for pressure sensitive adhesives
The website www.pressure-sensitive-solutions.com now provides industry members with in-depth application know-how, information on Henkel’s pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) technology portfolio for tapes, labels, graphics, medical and drug delivery polymers as well as technical services in six languages.
Henkel is the only supplier offering the four main PSA technologies hotmelt, solvent acrylic, UV acrylic and water-based under its Loctite, Technomelt and Aquence brands. This grants the company a deep understanding of the PSA market. Henkel is highly committed to continued innovation in PSA technologies: The company works closely with its customers in their product development process, supporting them with hands-on experience and tailored pressure sensitive solutions.
Providing language versions for more than 100 countries
Having now launched six language versions, Henkel is providing this comprehensive information to interested parties in more than 100 countries worldwide. The website is accessible in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Chinese.
Network of experts supporting customers locally
“Bonding is one of the main themes of the 21st century with adhesive solutions developed for a broad range of industries. Specialty solutions in the field of pressure sensitive adhesives are of rising importance in various application fields, ranging from labels, tapes and graphics to medical applications, including the support of drug delivery via transdermal solutions“, says Richard Scholta, Global Head of the PSA business at Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “Our worldwide operations enable us to serve our customers wherever they are located and provide them with consistent quality. Via the website, interested industry members have the possibility to directly contact our adhesive experts and discuss specific applications or adhesive requests.”
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2015, Henkel reported sales of 18.1 billion euros (20.1 billion US dollars), adjusted operating profit of 2.9 billion euros (3.2 billion US dollars). Its three top brands, Persil (detergent), Schwarzkopf (hair care) and Loctite (adhesive) generated more than 6 billion euros (around 6.6 billion US dollars) in combined sales. Henkel employs around 50,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.
Government Calls For Recycling School:
Do people need classes to get their rubbish right?
Massive spike in landfill use highlights public ignorance
Whole lorries full of domestic waste are being sent to landfill instead of going for recycling because people are just not separating their rubbish.
This is particularly case where a round has a large proportion of communal bins where the actions of just a few recycling refuseniks can spoil an entire housing estate's recycling efforts, a national waste and recycling company says.
According to BusinessWaste.co.uk, the only solution could be lessons in domestic recycling funded in partnership between local authorities and the major waste companies in order to get the message across.
"The truth of the matter is that only around 45% of domestic refuse goes to recycling these days," says BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall, "and one of the major reasons that we've failed to get this figure higher is that people still don't know how to recycle.
"And worse than that – there's people who just don't care."
BusinessWaste.co.uk is already well aware that there is resistance to recycling from certain sections of society who are convinced – quite wrongly – that climate change and challenges to natural resources are a "con", and that there's no need to change lifestyles.
"It doesn't help when we have politicians who say we can ignore the opinions of experts, because this is one thing where all the world's experts agree," says Hall.
Getting the message across
But it's areas where the message hasn't got through that practical lessons in recycling can help.
One recent example where there's been such a call is in the Berkshire town of Reading, where some domestic waste collections are so contaminated with the wrong kind of refuse that there is no option but to send the entire load to the town's already straining landfill sites.
In one estate in the town, communal recycling bins are left overflowing with general waste, and there's also a problem with vermin, the Get Reading news website reports. The situation has got so bad, some residents are calling for lessons from their council to show their neighbours how to use the bins.
It's a call that BusinessWaste.co.uk supports, because it means that the end result could be an end to people's time and effort being wasted, and an increase in local recycling rates.
Who's going to pay?
"Of course, there's the problem of funding," says BusinessWaste.co.uk 's Mark Hall, "And that's where partnerships between councils and the major waste service providers could work wonders.
"It's in everybody's interest to get this off the ground," he says.
And, of course, there are savings to be made by not sending whole lorries full of waste to landfill, BusinessWaste.co.uk points out, saying that burying rubbish in the ground is an expensive business, and half-hearted council campaigns tend to fail miserably.
As Reading resident Mark Williams told Get Reading, it's the same on a local level where clean-up costs are more expensive that teaching people to get it right in the first place: "It will cost them more when they have to get it cleared up. The rats will come back so it's an ongoing problem," he told his local news service.
From leaflet campaigns to door-knocking and practical demonstrations, a multi-pronged approach could really bring forth results, BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall explains.
"And where the adults won't listen, we can take the message into schools," he says. "Children and young people have traditionally been the standard bearers when it comes to changing adult habits on recycling.
"After all, they're the generation that's going to have to clear up this mess we're in."
With millions of British people getting their recycling spot-on week-in, week-out. It's a shame that there are a few who simply don't get it right and wreck everybody's efforts.
"It's these people we have to reach," says Hall, "The message is everything."
Packaging for Africa: UN agency conference scheduled for tomorrow
The International Conference “Enhancing Food Safety and Food Security in Africa” organized by the UN food agencies – Fao, Ifad, Unido, Wfp – and scheduled for tomorrow Thursday March 1st is IPACK-IMA’s culminating event. Several prominent guest speakers will give their contribution, including Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the East African Community and Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO.
There are still great opportunities for packaging companies in Africa, where this industry is yet to be born: according to Fao, in sub-Saharan countries the food emergency continues as a an alarming 50% of all fruit and vegetables and 20% of cereals is lost after harvest because of the lack of adequate packaging. This is the issue under discussion at one of the major events taking place at IPACK-IMA 2012.
The discussion at the conference will start from real-life production-related case histories and will then work backwards to processing and packaging technology. The Scientific Committee headed by Claudio Peri decided that case studies and hands-on solutions are to be the main focus of the event, which enjoys the support of several UN agencies. For this reason, following the introductory speeches on food industry development policies and future technological trends, the spotlight will shift to the ‘cereal and grain-based food’ and ‘fruit and vegetable’ sectors.
“The main topic of the International Conference is perfectly in tune with our commitment as East African Community to boost agricultural development and improve the value chain in the agro-food industry”, commented Secretary General Sezibera while announcing his participation in the event.
In the fight against world hunger, food production rather than preservation is generally viewed as the main issue. However, the latter is quickly proving to be the real key to the development of the agro-food industry. Africa is fully capable not only of fulfilling its own needs, but could even export its produce if only adequate attention was given to food warehousing and processing. This requires planning by areas and projects taking into account local needs and resources.