Packaging Adhesives from H.B. Fuller Help Brands Do More and Protect their Assets Customer Collaboration Center to Open in North America

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PACK EXPO, Booth C-4938 -- Adhesives represent less than three percent of the total packaging cost, but can have a big impact on a brand's reputation when it comes to consumer experience. The effect can be so substantial that executives at H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) have decided to invest in a Packaging Center of Excellence in North America to address customers packaging adhesives needs across a broad range of applications, substrates and environmental conditions. Upon its opening in early 2014, the Packaging Center of Excellence will be H.B. Fuller's fourth center focused specifically on customer collaboration.

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With its wide variety and industry-leading packaging adhesive offerings, H.B. Fuller provides the full breadth and depth of adhesives and engineering services for end-of-line packaging, container labeling, flexible packaging, retail-ready packaging, handle and packaging reinforcement and specialty packaging. Along with the robust offering, the new Packaging Center of Excellence will further enable collaboration efforts to help brands continue to advance their packaging designs.

"Packaging heavily influences consumer buying decisions and with the rise of social media, all it takes is one negative experience to put brands on the defensive," said Peter Petrulo, business director of packaging, North America, at H.B. Fuller. "As experts in packaging adhesives, it's our role to help protect our customer's product and ensure end-users have a positive experience with our customer's brand. That means staying on top of industry trends so we can meet our customers' evolving business needs for safety, sustainability, efficiency and new packaging applications."

Petrulo went on to say that H.B. Fuller is dedicated to advancing adhesive technology for the packaging industry, so the company is continually evolving and reformulating products for customers. H.B. Fuller's most recent development includes the reformulation of its adhesive coated technologies (formerly known as Adalis) Sesame® technology. The reformulated adhesives offer a much wider operating window and improved bond strength, allowing customers to continue to run efficiently, despite potential variation in their own processes.

Additionally, H.B. Fuller prides itself on working with all original equipment manufacturers to ensure compatible adhesive technologies even as equipment evolves. For example, the company has been credited for helping to engineer end-of-line packaging adhesives to serve today's new on-demand, tankless hot melt systems. With an ability to run and perform on any hot melt system, H.B. Fuller's hot melt adhesives are being used by manufacturers who have adopted equipment such as the Nordson® Freedom™ and Graco® Invisipac® systems. These hot melt adhesives – designed to run smoothly on all the latest engineered fluid dispensing equipment – offer superior bond strength and fiber tear and excellent non-blocking, free-flowing properties.

To show its commitment to flexible packaging and to expand the Flextra line, H.B. Fuller acquired Plexbond Quimica S/A, to help better serve the flexible packaging market in South America. This acquisition will allow convertors to address the market's evolving needs while providing a greater array of products and services to the region.

For more information about packaging adhesives from H.B. Fuller, www.hbfuller.com/packaging-solutions.

About H.B. Fuller Company:
For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. Recognized for unmatched technical support and innovation, H.B. Fuller brings knowledge and expertise to help its customers find precisely the right formulation for the right performance. With fiscal 2012 net revenue of $1.9 billion, H.B. Fuller serves customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses. For more information, visit us at www.hbfuller.com and subscribe to our blog.

Kimberlee Sinclair
Corporate Relations
+1 651 236 5823
kimberlee.sinclair@hbfuller.com

Stephani Simon
Inprela Communications
+1 612 677 2021
stephani@inprela.com

SOURCE H.B. Fuller Company



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