09/26/2006, Düsseldorf and Gulph Mills, PA

 

 

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Henkel Celebrates Its 130th Anniversary

2006 is not only the year in which Henkel celebrates its 130th anniversary. It is also Henkel's Year of Innovation, in which all employees are making a special effort to submit innovative ideas in all areas of the company. Innovative product ideas have always been one of the pillars of Henkel's success.
Duesseldorf, Germany/Gulph Mills, Pa., September 26, 2006 -- 2006 is not only the year in which Henkel celebrates its 130th anniversary. It is also Henkel's Year of Innovation, in which all employees are making a special effort to submit innovative ideas in all areas of the company. Innovative product ideas have always been one of the pillars of Henkel's success. Duck® brand Ultimate duct tape, Dial® for Men soap and body wash, Purex® plus Renuzit™ Super Odor Neutralizer™ laundry detergent, got2b® glued™ hair glue, and Loctite® Indigo™ visible light cure adhesives - these are just a few of the many innovations launched by the company in this year alone. Henkel is a dynamic company that thrives on continuous innovation and change.

Ever since it was founded, Henkel has given high priority to research, development and technology in the service of its customers. It was September 26, 1876, when Fritz Henkel, a native of the German state of Hesse, set up a small laundry detergent factory in a backyard in Aachen. His original idea was to eliminate the drudgery of clothes washing. In 1907, the company achieved a breakthrough with the launch of Persil, the first self-acting detergent. Within a very short time, the new product was firmly established in German households. This was the first milestone in the company's history. It was followed by many more, in the form of new products, processes and applications. Innovations have always been the driving force behind Henkel's corporate development - and they always will be.

Henkel now focuses on three strategic business areas: Home Care; Personal Care; and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. All of these areas have been continuously expanded and hold leading positions in international markets. The Henkel corporate brand has itself become an international brand that stands for quality, innovation and consumer trust.

In 2004, Henkel acquired The Dial Corporation of Scottsdale, Ariz., one of the leading producers of consumer goods in North America. The Dial acquisition, which was the largest in Henkel's history, considerably strengthened the company's international position and made North America Henkel's strongest sales region. Henkel now markets a wide variety of consumer and industrial brands in North America, including Dial® soaps and body washes, Purex® laundry detergent, Dep® and got2b® hair styling products, Right Guard® antiperspirants, Duck® brand duct tape, and Loctite® adhesives.

"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend." Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel, a Fortune Global 500 company, operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2005 Henkel generated sales of 11.974 billion euros. More than 50,000 employees work for Henkel worldwide. People in approximately 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.