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Rugged Solutions for Rugged Demands

Posted 12 Jun 2019 by Michael O’Rourke, Strategic Accounts & BDM, Australia / New Zealand

Map of Australia and New Zealand with environmental factors.Working in the Australia and New Zealand region is working in some of the harshest weather on Earth. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, 70 percent of which is covered with expanses of bone-dry desert (large deserts come with dry, hot days and bitter cool nights.) Not far away, across the Tasman Sea, is New Zealand, a country subject to extreme subtropical weather swings. It sees year-round warm and humid coastline weather with extreme alpine winters in the mountainous mainland.

But, the rugged terrain hasn’t slowed the economy down, with both countries enjoying high rates of people migrating in, colleges that attract a diverse population, and leisure and adventure seekers visiting in force. With healthy growth in both population and visitors, demands on manufacturing firms also are growing.

A Manufacturing Boom

As the region continues to flourish (new construction is on the rise), there are a lot of moving parts as items increasingly need to be packaged, shipped, and moved around. That’s where H.B. Fuller’s manufacturing plants in the region come into play.

Currently, our three manufacturing facilities in the region have a strong focus in packaging adhesives, woodworking and assembly adhesives, paper converting adhesives, and polymer technology. Though not limited to these areas, we have focused much of our efforts on developing solutions that can both bind construction materials (woods, papers, tiles, metals, etc.) and withstand weather demands.

A Solution that Sticks

We work with businesses to develop solutions that stick without compromise. Known for our extensive research and development expertise, our customers know that we don’t just alter a preformulated solution — we work with the adhesive properties from the beginning. We find an advantage with manipulating and crafting the right formula as a monomer, thereby giving us the room to provide a product that’s exactly what you need — a superior one that will perform, even in the worst environmental conditions.

We also understand that our customers need a product that's tailored to their specific needs, and that relying on an average adhesive for a not-so-average environment isn’t going to cut it. Our specialized polymers hold up in higher heat thresholds, dry weather, wet weather, and even rapid drops in temperature.

Challenge Accepted

When moving into the region, we knew about the full range of design challenges that we’d be up against and were excited to meet them head-on. We’ve positioned ourselves in this growing region to ensure our services are easily accessible and convenient for distribution. Each first-class R&D center gives us the tools to innovate, develop, and produce tailored adhesives suited for the environment. We’re also passionate about supporting regional growth, with both local and global representatives here to support your business with solutions that work.

Contact us today to discuss adhesive options for your next venture.

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