Each company operates as an autonomous business but has access to the adhesive products and technical facilities of the group. This enables us to run with the speed and flexibility of small companies with the purchasing power, technical facilities and adhesive manufacturing power of the multi-nationals.
Where are our commercial adhesives manufactured?
Hotmelts are manufactured at our french site, Labord, which is based a few miles south of Paris. Since acquiring Labord, in 2017, Gluecom has made massive investments in new adhesive production and packaging lines making this a thoroughly modern and efficient facility. Labord produces metallocene, PSA and EVA hotmelts which are sold across Europe under the Demcomelt trade name.
Simple regulatory compliance to benefit our clients
PVA & VAE adhesive dispersions are manufactured at the Merckx site in Belgium, Ace & Britannia Adhesives in the UK and Labord in France. Having local adhesive manufacturing sites enables us to supply domestic customers very quickly and gives us the ability to supply multi-national customers the same commercial adhesives, produced locally, across Europe. Having a strong presence in both the UK and EU is proving to be very beneficial post Brexit because we can transfer production to one of our local sites. This simplifies regulatory compliance, import/export documentation and removes the needs for tariffs.
Leading in sustainable commercial adhesives
Gluecom is Europe’s premier supplier of jelly glues and these are manufactured at our Lokeren site in Belgium. These traditional adhesives are enjoying a resurgance because of their sustainability. Gluecom has recently made a massive commitment to increase the amount of raw material it uses from recycled sources which will make these natural products some of the most sustainable adhesives available.
The Gluecom name was introduced in 2019 to give the separate companies within the group a corporate identity. It was important to let our larger customers know that we are an international multi-site company able to supply them across the whole of Europe.
The oldest company in the Gluecom group, Labord was established in 1924. In the early 2000s Labord suffered from a lack of funding and was rescued by Gluecom in 2017. Since then massive investment in new production and packaging lines has transformed the business. Gluecom’s international outlook has opened up new markets and Demcomelt is now being sold in almost every European country.
Located a few kilometres to the north-east of Warsaw Demcopack Polska was set up in 2017 to service the Polish bookbinding and packaging markets. The company has grown quickly and is now a key supplier to many of Poland’s largest binderies and luxury box manufacturers.