Industry Trends


Beyond the Bin: Innovating End-of-Life Options for Packaging

Sustainability in flexible packaging.
Posted 09/06/2018 by Justine Hanlon, Market Manager

The world of flexible packaging is constantly evolving, bringing together materials with a wide array of properties and practical issues. Brand owners have recently expressed a greater interest in bio-based, or post-consumer, recycled plastics than traditional plastics, according to Packaging Digest’s 2017 Sustainable Packaging Study. While flexible packaging has dramatically reduced material waste through the elimination of rigid containers like cans and glass, only recently have su...

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Ködispace 4SG: the Gas-Tight Insulating Glass Solution

Commercial insulated glass sealants.
Posted 08/29/2018 by Mike Speicher, Market Manager

As concerns about the health of our planet rise, there is an increased focus on energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings consume 41 percent of U.S. energy—more than the industrial (30 percent) and transportation (29 percent) sectors. In response, new technologies are necessary to improve the use of energy by residential and commercial buildings. In the U.S. insulating glass industry, Ködispace 4SG is revolutionizing the impact windows have on the ener...

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10 Reasons to Consider Adhesives in Your Product Design

10 reasons to use adhesives in your product design.
Posted 08/22/2018 by Kimberlee Sinclair, Director Global Communications

High-quality adhesives continue to improve lives by enabling the next generation of product development. Here are ten reasons how H.B. Fuller’s adhesives are doing just that. 1. Clean Water Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the people on the planet. At H.B. Fuller, we are passionate about creating membrane separation adhesives that are designed to help remove contamination and provide clean drinking water. 2. Keeps Food Fresh 54 percent of food is lost between harvest a...

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Adhesives and the World of Recreational Vehicles

Inside of a small-sized recreational vehicle.
Posted 07/02/2018 by Jim Schone, Durable Assembly Market Manager

With the recent acquisition of Royal Adhesives & Sealants by H.B. Fuller, the global adhesives manufacturer has expanded its adhesive product offerings in the world of recreational vehicles. According to a July 2017 CNBC article, “This year, RV shipments are expected to hit their highest level ever, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, marking the industry's eighth consecutive year of gains.” In fact, global RV sales is expected to “reach 472,200 uni...

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Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch for in 2018

Illustration of a manufacturing line.
Posted 06/15/2018 by David Moorman, Vice President, Operations Excellence

The manufacturing industry continues to shift as managers look to explore new technologies and streamline operations. But, in addition to better software, it is imperative that they finetune their processes and manufacturing strategy. Manufacturers who adopt the latest trends will create business value and position themselves as the leaders in the industry. Here are five trends worth incorporating into your business model. 1. Focus on the Fundamentals The basics of quality and supply chain ...

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