Henkel Adhesives Technologies last month officially opened its new 50-million-Euro production facility in Kurkkumbh, India near Pune, to serve the growing demand of Indian industries for high-performance adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products.
The 100,000sqm facility is designed as a smart factory, equipped with a wide range of Industry 4.0 operations to meet the highest sustainability standards. Specifically, it is fitted with with state-of-the-art technologies to ensure traceability and transparency and to exceed the high standards for quality and safety in the industry.
The new Henkel smart factory has a high level of process automation, which enables end-to-end digitalisation of the plant operations and digitised workflows for a high efficiency in manufacturing.
It also meets the highest standards of sustainability. It is among the very few chemical manufacturing sites to be awarded the LEED Gold certificate by the US Green Building Council based on a holistic energy efficiency concept.
“India is one of the most important emerging markets with tremendous growth opportunities for our adhesives business”, said Jan-Dirk Auris, executive vice president Henkel Adhesive Technologies.
He added: “Our trusted brands and leading solutions based on our unmatched portfolio of 40 technologies create sustainable value for our customers. With the launch of this state-of-the-art, multi-technology manufacturing facility, we have created capacities to meet the demands for our high impact solutions in this dynamic market. This investment will enable us to further drive profitable growth.”
With a built-up area of 51,000 square meters, the new plant is India’s largest adhesive manufacturing site. It will further increase Henkel´s capabilities to serve customers across various markets including flexible packaging, automotive, agriculture and construction equipment, general industry and metals.