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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. …

Electronic applications are on the change. The increasing demand for miniaturization, complexity of applications and the need to perform in harsher and more demanding environments is challenging manufacturers as they try to commercialize products and move from “concept to customer” quickly. …

In February, EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, launched its fourth edition of the Sustainability Report at a luncheon together with European Union officials and industry stakeholders. As a member company, and a leading global adhesives provider, H.B. Fuller was asked to contribute to this report. …

The UK’s business secretary, Dr. Vince Cable, has announced a new £40 million funding program for synthetic biology. £32 million of this investment is to be split between new research centers in Edinburgh, Manchester and Warwick. Each will receive funding over five years to boost national research capacity and to ensure that there is the expertise to nurture the growing synthetic biology industry in the UK. …

Adhesives don’t get the attention paper, film and ink do when it comes to label design, but their importance can’t be understated. While they are a relatively small part of a label’s makeup, they make a huge impact in terms of performance. …