ARTICLES: About Loctite®

The Loctite® brand, part of the Henkel portfolio since 1997, is renowned for the excellence of its adhesives and sealants. Since the original development of a unique anaerobic technology more than fifty years ago, Loctite® products have become vital components in many of the machines and products that are at the core of everyday life.
In today’s competitive markets, companies need the capacity and flexibility to respond quickly to new challenges. These needs are met with a strong commitment to research and development that has resulted in the most technically advanced range of products available today: Products that speed manufacturing processes, reduce costs, improve quality and comfortably meet national and international standards.
Loctite® products provide solutions across the whole spectrum of adhesive technologies and manufacturing processes. They are used in markets as diverse as electronics, automotive, aerospace, biomedical and many manufacturing industries.
With the Loctite® brand, Henkel offers much more than outstanding products: It provides effective solutions to specific problems in a wide range of industrial environments. Henkel engineers, chemists and sales people will work with customers to understand and solve their problems. Developing ideas and concepts into real solutions, they combine resources to make advances for the benefit of everyone.
Loctite Corporation began in the Trinity College basement laboratory of Dr. Vernon Krieble of Hartford, Connecticut in 1953. This entrepreneurial chemistry professor developed a cure inhibition system for a unique bonding resin that hardened in the absence of air- an anaerobic sealant.
Loctite® made its official public debut at a press conference at the University Club in New York on July 26, 1956. The promise of solving the age-old problem of loose nuts and bolts in machines and appliances – a problem customers had long ago accepted as unsolvable – led to an incredible flow of inquiries.
In the 1960s, cyanoacrylates – also known as CA or “Superglue”, a very fast, one-part, room-temperature curing type of industrial adhesive – were added to the Loctite® brand. Silicones, epoxies, acrylics and the development of further generations of Loctite® anaerobics and cyanoacrylate technology and products followed
Throughout its history, Loctite® has continuously created markets by discovering opportunities where no one knew they existed. From its founding, based on a product that solved an "unsolvable" problem, Loctite® has achieved success through innovation.
In 1997 Loctite has been acquired by Henkel and remains a primary brand.
Research & Development
Worldwide simultaneous research, development and engineering (RD&E) are the keys to Henkel’s success. With Loctite® products currently being marketed in more than 80 countries around the world, Henkel is firmly established as one of the leading developers and manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemicals.
Our dedication to research, development & engineering is so great that, over the last five years, we’ve invested around $130 million in RD&E. Last year our investment in RD&E rose to $30 million, continuing our philosophy of investing approximately 4% of our sales in this vital function. This investment maintains our position in the forefront of technology.
Henkel conducts its RD&E efforts in four Worldwide Loctite® Centers of Excellence:
· Munich (Garching-Hochbrück), Germany
· Rocky Hill, Connecticut, U.S.A.
· Yokohama, Japan
· Dublin, Ireland
These Centers of Excellence form an engineering nucleus of expertise and test capability that is unsurpassed in the industry. In addition, the company’s 30 strategically located Technical Service Centers offer technical support to manufacturing sites around the globe; the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing sites guarantee an uninterrupted supply of top-quality products.  Henkel manufacturing facilities for Loctite® products have earned ISO 9002 Quality System Registration and have won recognition for superior quality systems from numerous companies including:
General Dynamics
OSRAM Sylvania
General Motors
Texas Instruments
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