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We had a great week connecting with customers, suppliers and machine manufacturers at LIGNA 2015. At this successful event, the woodworking industry gathered to present the latest innovations that answer today and tomorrow’s challenges, trends and needs. Sustainability, lightweight panels and lightweight furniture, as well as decorative surface panels remain important matters for everyone. Makers to manufacturers were also interested to hear about how adhesives manufacturers are developing innovative and multi-functional solutions, which can support or even enhance the performance of the final product. …

Emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and Indonesia are at the forefront for packaging growth. Increasingly strengthened economies, rising available income and improved retail infrastructures are the main drivers for this development. In terms of growth in sustainable packaging, Europe and North America have been at the forefront for several years. But a rising middle class with a growing conscience for health and environmental issues in the emerging markets is moving the scale in the other direction. …

Thinner cores continue to drive innovation in the diaper industry. Their ability to deliver improved comfort and fit, benefits to the supply chain, and a more environmentally-friendly product, make them a top priority for hygiene manufacturers everywhere, including Asia Pacific - the fastest growing region for disposable hygiene products. …

I can’t believe it was a year ago today that we had the official grand opening of our Packaging Center of Excellence in Saint Paul, Minnesota. What a great year it has been! We thank all of you who helped us celebrate the grand opening, and those who have visited us throughout the year. The Packaging Center of Excellence has helped guests, from near and far, solve adhesive application problems, test new substrates and become more knowledgeable in adhesive technologies. …

Innovations and trends being witnessed in the woodworking industry are multi-functional adhesives, speed and low cost production, efficient manufacturing, digitization and automation. …

Exploring the ongoing trend of urbanization and mobility of people, lightweight solutions are likely to continue to gain more prominence in the furniture and construction industry. Linked to transportation, heavy materials are more prone to damages in transportation, as the weight makes careful handling more difficult. But also design requirements and trends help to pave the way for lightweight solutions. …

In recent years, consumers have demanded thinner cores in disposable hygiene products for improved comfort, fit and discretion. Now, manufacturers must adapt to meet these consumer demands with the inclusion of superabsorbent polymers and hot melt adhesive technologies in their products …

For the first time in Latin America, INDA and EDANA co-hosted a three-day exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the Hygiene industry. More than 250 delegates from all over the world traveled to Sao Paulo to discover the latest nonwoven hygiene solutions at Outlook PLUS Latin America. H.B. Fuller’s team of experts in the Hygiene market was in attendance and enjoyed networking with customers and co-suppliers, as well as attending many interesting presentations from industry professionals. …

The corrugated box. It might seem like it hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in the early 1890s. But like a lot of conveniences we take for granted, corrugated packaging just keeps getting better. We’re proud that our adhesives play a role in transforming everyday products. Our corrugated packaging solutions—including adhesives, reinforcement tapes and opening systems—have helped to move the packaging industry forward, making life easier for consumers as well as stakeholders in the supply chain. …

Competitive advantage is key to success in the buoyant flexible packaging market. This is why so many manufacturers and brand leaders have made it a priority to visit this year’s ICE Europe 2015, the International Converting Exhibition, Munich. There was a real buzz at the show as businesses explored the very latest trends and innovations in the world of packaging. …