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More Than a Century Focused on Perfecting Adhesives


As H.B. Fuller approaches our 125th anniversary of focusing on perfecting adhesives to improve lives and industries, we have been reflecting on our history and many accomplishments through the years. Our founder, Harvey Benjamin Fuller, had a vision more than a century ago to formulate innovative, convenient and economical adhesives. That spirit still permeates everything we do as a global leader in adhesive solutions today.

It all began in 1887 when H.B. Fuller introduced to the marketplace Fuller’s Premium Liquid Fish Glue, which was known to “cement everything” from tin cans for mechanics to barrels for factories. Fueled by the success of his first adhesive, Harvey Fuller formulated more specialized adhesives including Fuller’s Premium Wet Paste Adhesive used for gluing shoes, hanging wallpaper, mending books, attaching labels and manufacturing boxes. To illustrate just how solution minded and customer focused we have been since our earliest days, H.B. Fuller took this innovation a step further by inventing adjustable scaffolding so our customers could hang wallpaper more safely.

Throughout our history, H.B. Fuller has built upon our knowledge to continually introduce innovative adhesives to the industry and expand the company globally. From the first hot pick-up “gum” to being one of the first U.S. companies to specialize in waterproof adhesives to worldwide expansion and acquisitions, H.B. Fuller has paved the way for adhesives to improve products and lives across the globe.

Today, our new adhesive solutions continue to tell the story of H.B. Fuller innovation:

  • Advantra EncoreTM Adhesives—Revolutionary new packaging adhesive platform changes the rules about hot melt performance and supply.
  • Liquamelt® Adhesive & Equipment System— Packaging industry’s first low density adhesive system that is cool on delivery, hot on demand.
  • Full-CareTM Adhesives—Robust family of nonwoven adhesives that help you innovate products and overcome your biggest challenges while potentially lowering costs.
  • Flextra QuietTM Adhesives—Groundbreaking flexible packaging adhesive that resolves the challenge of noisy sustainable flexible packaging.

Read more about our history. Contact us to learn how H.B. Fuller adhesives deliver innovation and high performance solutions for your products.

Lisa Rosenberg
Global Brand Manager

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