H.B Fuller poised for global growth with acquisition of Royal Adhesives & Sealants

11.01.2018

H.B. Fuller and Royal Adhesives & Sealants offer complementary portfolios in adhesive technology (photo: H.B. Fuller)
H.B. Fuller and Royal Adhesives & Sealants offer complementary portfolios in adhesive technology (photo: H.B. Fuller)

Boosting H.B. Fuller’s (St. Paul, Minnesota) problem-solving potential, the company recently announced it has finalised its acquisition of Royal Adhesives & Sealants for US$1.575bn. H.B. Fuller, combined with Royal, deepens its expertise in specialty and high-value applications used in a range of sectors, including electronics, hygiene, medical, transportation, clean energy, construction, and more. Together, the companies aim to enable an interconnected world, support better use of the world’s finite resources, improve food security and access to clean drinking water, and address the challenges of a globally disperse and aging population.

“This is an exciting step for Royal and our network of brands,” said Royal Adhesives & Sealants CEO Ted Clark. “Combining these two businesses creates a more capable and dynamic company for our customers and employees. We complement each other, selling in adjacent markets with very little customer overlap, and that presents an interesting number of growth opportunities. We offer different technologies, expertise and capabilities. Yet, we share the same passion for solving product development challenges by discovering and applying innovations in adhesive technology.”

The acquisition expands H.B. Fuller’s product offering in engineering, durable assembly and construction adhesives and makes H.B. Fuller the world’s largest supplier of adhesives for insulating glass and commercial roofing applications. Of the top adhesives manufacturers, H.B. Fuller is the only one singularly focused on adhesive and sealant technologies.

“We are passionate about being the best adhesives provider in the world, and we’ve been investing significantly over the last decade to make it a reality,” said H.B. Fuller CEO Jim Owens. “With complementary adhesives expertise from Royal, we’re able to make an even bigger impact on improving people’s lives. Our customers will benefit from a broader portfolio and expanded development and production capabilities. We’ll be a more capable and dynamic company with additional opportunities for the thousands of dedicated H.B. Fuller and Royal employees around the world. And, the acquisition accelerates our business strategy and positions us to exceed our 2020 targets.”

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