Kömmerling's liquid composite partner in Estonia, Andrese Klaasi, is manufacturing and installing replacement panels for the famous War of Independence Victory Monument, located in Freedom Square,Tallinn, Estonia. Illuminated from inside, the structure, known as ”Liberates”, provides a stunning centrepiece to the ancient capital city.

Damage to the monument over the last four years has led to the replacement of six panels with another due for installation in the near future. Each panel is two metres long and varies in width between 650mm to 950mm. The glass has a depth of 50mm so the weight of the panels varies from 160kg up to 240kg. The panels have a strict specification covering the, thick, heavily decorative, tempered and textured laminated glass and are manufactured in the Andrese Klaasi AS plant , where the Ködiguard liquid composite is applied. The passive curing and complicity with textured surfaces and asymmetrical substrates of the composite makes it the ideal product for this unusual project. Upon completion each panel will  then be structurally bolted to the memorial.

Chairman of Andrese Klaasi AS, Gerd Veelma, explained; "It is an honour to work on this memorial and to have our experience and expertise in the use of glass in construction recognised. Our capabilities have been greatly improved as a result of our recent developments and investment in processing the Kömmerling range of liquid laminating materials. This versatile range of laminating products allows us to offer products for sound reduction, safety, security and mechanical applications."

"Libertas" was designed by Rainer Sternfeld, Andri Laidre,Kadri Kiho and Anto Savi and erected in 2009 after decades of discussion. The memorial is dedicated to those who fell for the Estonia during the War of Independence in 1918–1920 with Russia..

Andrese Klaasi AS was founded in 1995 and now has two plants in Estonia. Its primary activity is glass and mirror processing, producing  and supplying IGU and laminated glass across the Baltic and Scandinavian regions.  Andrese Klaasi AS has been awarded ISO 9001 and the majority of its products are CE certified. For more information visit www.andresklaas.ee

Kodiguard is part of a range of liquid composites which also includes Koediphone™ Acoustic, Koediguard™ UVS UV Blocker, Koediguard™ Safety available in ultra violet or three-part exothermic curing products.  High performance manual attack and Ballistic products can also be manufactured using liquid composite material. For more information on any of the above email enquiries@kommerlinguk.com or contact Chris Davis 0044 7547174214, chris.davis@koe-chemie.de

Source: Koemmerling, 05. March 2015

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Close up of glass Panels*

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The 'Libertas' monument, Tallinn*

 

Background

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH is a leading international manufacturer of high-quality adhesives and sealants. Its European headquarters and extensive research and development facilities are in Pirmasens, Germany and it has a network of subsidiaries, sales offices and sales partners, in more than 80 different countries.  Members of the group have over 110 years experience of the development of adhesives and sealants. In particular the company has established itself as an innovative market leader in provision of Polysulfide, Polyurethane, Silicone and Polyisobutylene sealants for the automotive, insulating glass and photovoltaic industries.  In 2013 the company became a group member of Royal Adhesives and Sealants.

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik has been awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.

For more information visit www.kommerlinguk.com or www.koe-chemie.com

KOEMMERLING Chemische Fabrik GmbH supports Research at Cambridge University's Glass and Façade Technology Research Group

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH announced today that it is supplying both materials and expertise to support several of the research projects currently being undertaken by Cambridge University's Glass and Façade Technology, (gFT), Research Group. The Group, which is led by Dr Mauro Overend, aims to provide solutions to real world challenges in the field of structural glass and façade engineering through fundamental and application-driven research.

Dr Overend said; "We are delighted that Koemmerling has agreed to work with our research group. The company's undoubted R&D expertise combined with its extensive experience of structural glass applications are the perfect complement to our own thinking and desire to take the use of glass to the next level."

"Koemmerling has an excellent reputation for continued investment in research and development at its German headquarters. We are really excited about the opportunities that this agreement presents and look forward to sharing our knowledge and also learning from Dr Overend and his team," commented Chris Davis, Composites Manager at Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH.

Koemmerling's liquid composite range has recently been refined and several products have already been used successfully in a range of applications including bonding fire glass, bonding multi-layered toughened and textured glass, bonding to manufactured DGU specifications (meeting Low E compliance) and bonding glass and alternative materials together. They are also being utilised in curved glass applications.

UK Website upgraded

The work with Cambridge University coincides with the upgrading of the company's UK website which now includes a new page dedicated to the liquid composite range. It contains strong images of just some of the vast range of applications for which these products are suitable along with a simple table that acts as an initial guide for product selection. To find this information and more details about the company's entire range visit www.kommerlinguk.com

 

November 11, 2013

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Kömmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH
Dr. Knut Göke
Zweibrücker Str. 200
66954 Pirmasens
Germany
Phone: +49 6331 56-2330
Fax: +49 6331 56-1110
E-Mail: marketing@koe-chemie.de
www.koe-chemie.de

Background

The gFT Research Group consists of a core research team based at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge supported by a multi-disciplinary network of collaborators in other research centres and in industry. This set-up enables the group to approach problems and identify opportunities across the disciplines.

The group was founded by Dr Mauro Overend in 2005 and was originally based at the University of Nottingham. The group moved to the University of Cambridge in 2007. For more information about the gFT research group visit http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/gft/

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH is a leading international manufacturer of high-quality adhesives and sealants. Its European headquarters and extensive research and development facilities are in Pirmasens, Germany and it has a network of subsidiaries, sales offices and sales partners, in more than 80 different countries.  Members of the group have over 110 years experience of the development of adhesives and sealants. In particular the company has established itself as an innovative market leader in provision of Polysulfide, Polyurethane, Silicone and Polyisobutylene sealants for the insulating glass, photovoltaic, and automotive industries.

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik has been awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.

For more information visit www.kommerlinguk.com or www.koe-chemie.com

$1.575 billion acquisition expected to create significant shareholder value while enhancing 2020 plan

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE:FUL) announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a leading manufacturer of high-value specialty adhesives and sealants. This business consistently delivers industry-leading growth rates, EBITDA margins, and free cash flow that are expected to enhance H.B. Fuller’s position as a global leader in the adhesives industry.
“This accretive acquisition accelerates realization of our 2020 strategic objective to focus and grow in engineering adhesives and other highly specified market segments, while exceeding our targeted cash flow, EPS and EBITDA margin targets,” says H.B. Fuller President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens. “With Royal’s strong customer relationships and experienced team, we will add depth and breadth to our portfolio. Royal’s complementary offerings will expand our presence in North America, Europe and China, and add new technology and capabilities. We have identified $35 million in cost synergies and $15 million in growth synergies that we expect to realize over the next three years as a result of merging these two great adhesives businesses. Upon closing the transaction, H.B. Fuller will be a company with nearly $2.9 billion in revenue, focused on profitable growth in attractive engineering, durable assembly, and construction adhesives markets.”
Royal is expected to generate approximately $650 million in revenue and $138 million in adjusted EBITDA for H.B. Fuller’s fiscal year 2017. The company operates 19 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, and employs approximately 1,500 people globally.
The agreed upon purchase price is $1,575 million, subject to customary adjustments. H.B. Fuller intends to finance the transaction through new debt financing.
H.B. Fuller has previously announced specific financial goals for organic growth, cash flow and EBITDA margin improvement in the company’s 2020 strategic plan and believes this acquisition will support acceleration and over performance relative to these objectives. Royal is a highly respected supplier of industrial adhesives in a diverse set of end markets, including aerospace, transportation, commercial roofing, insulating glass, solar, packaging and flooring applications. With this acquisition, H.B. Fuller will gain product technology and add people and skills that will result in a more capable and dynamic company for customers and employees. H.B. Fuller remains committed to maintaining its current dividend and rapid deleveraging using the significant free cash flow it expects to have available for this purpose.
Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close as soon as October of 2017. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as H.B. Fuller’s sole financial advisor in relation to this acquisition, and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is acting as H.B. Fuller’s legal counsel.  H.B. Fuller is acquiring Royal from affiliates of American Securities LLC, based in New York with an office in Shanghai.
H.B. Fuller will host a conference call to review this announcement at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Central (9:30 a.m. Eastern) on September 5, 2017. The conference call audio and accompanying presentation slides will be available to all interested parties via a simultaneous webcast at www.hbfuller.com under the Investor Relations section. The conference also call can be accessed by dialing 888-394-8218 or +1-719-325-2226 for international callers. The access code is 5132943. The event is scheduled to last for one hour. For those unable to listen live, an audio replay of the event, along with the accompanying presentation, will be archived on the company’s website.

 

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this document may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the following: risks to consummation of the transaction, including the risk that the transaction will not be consummated within the expected time period or at all, the risk that conditions to the closing of the transaction, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied, and the risk that the transaction may be terminated in circumstances requiring us to pay the $78.75 million termination fee; the transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; our business or stock price may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction; we may be unable to secure the financing necessary for the transaction on favorable terms, or at all; the substantial amount of debt we would incur to finance our acquisition of Royal, our ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future, our need for a significant amount of cash to service and repay the debt and to pay dividends on our common stock, and the effect of restrictions to be contained in our debt agreements that limit the discretion of management in operating the business or ability to pay dividends; various risks to stockholders of not receiving dividends and risks to our ability to pursue growth opportunities if we continue to pay dividends according to the current dividend policy; we may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies from the transaction within the expected time frames or at all; we may be unable to successfully integrate Royal’s operations into our own, or such integration may be more difficult, time consuming or costly than expected; following the transaction, revenues may be lower than expected, and operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) may be greater than expected; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; risks that the pending transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the pending transaction; the ability to effectively implement Project ONE; political and economic conditions; product demand; competitive products and pricing; costs of and savings from restructuring initiatives; geographic and product mix; availability and price of raw materials; the Company’s relationships with its major customers and suppliers; changes in tax laws and tariffs; devaluations and other foreign exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of litigation and environmental matters; the effect of new accounting pronouncements and accounting charges and credits; and similar matters. Further information about the various risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company’s SEC 10-K filing for the fiscal year ended December 3, 2016. All forward-looking information represents management’s best judgment as of this date based on information currently available that in the future may prove to have been inaccurate. Additionally, the variety of products sold by the Company and the regions where the Company does business make it difficult to determine with certainty the increases or decreases in net revenue resulting from changes in the volume of products sold, currency impact, changes in product mix, and selling prices. However, management’s best estimates of these changes as well as changes in other factors have been included.

 

 

 

About H.B. Fuller Company:

For 130 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2016 net revenue of $2.1 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in electronics, disposable hygiene, medical, transportation, clean energy, packaging, construction, woodworking, general industries and other consumer businesses. And our promise to our people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit us at www.hbfuller.com and subscribe to our blog.

 

About Royal Adhesives & Sealants:

Royal Adhesives & Sealants is a global developer and manufacturer of proprietary, high-performance adhesives and sealants. Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, Royal offers a broad range of specialty formulated products designed to solve complex bonding, laminating and sealing applications across a diverse range of markets including aerospace and defense, construction, specialty packaging, automotive and industrial. The company offers a broad spectrum of customized thermosetting epoxy and urethane, solvent-based and water-based technologies to meet the most demanding adhesive and sealant applications. For additional information on Royal, please visit www.royaladhesives.com.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Oct. 22, 2017 – Boosting H.B. Fuller's problem-solving potential, the company today announces it has finalized its acquisition of Royal Adhesives & Sealants for $1.575 billion. Few people realize the impact of adhesives. They are everywhere, making virtually any durable or consumer product better. Adhesives have the potential to make the world a better place, and H.B. Fuller is tapping adhesives in unique ways to improve a range of global issues.

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 will 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.”
H.B. Fuller also expects the combined businesses to deliver very strong cash flow to pay down debt at an accelerated pace. Owens adds, “With this acquisition, we have created immediate value for shareholders based on Royal’s solid organic growth track record, high EBITDA margin and strong rate of cash flow conversion. Looking ahead, we will now begin our planned three-year integration, including leveraging the $15 million in growth synergies and $35 million in cost synergies we identified prior to closing this transaction.

A broader range of highly specified adhesives technologies

With the addition of Royal, H.B. Fuller will be able to add more value to its customers in key markets that require highly specified adhesive technology. The combined companies’ comprehensive suite of products support innovative product design with the potential to touch everything from our clothes, homes and workspaces to how we communicate and travel.
For example, the electronification of cars has revolutionized vehicles from mechanical machines to electronic devices, and it is changing how vehicles are manufactured and serviced. Together, H.B. Fuller and Royal now bring the whole package to OEMs – from electronics applications, interior trim, and interior and exterior lighting to powertrain under the hood and exterior structural bonding. Royal also brings rubber-to-metal bonding adhesives, a highly difficult application in the automotive industry.
From engineered wood applications and panel lamination to advancements in insulating glass, H.B. Fuller now has one of the world’s most complete lines of durable assembly adhesive offerings. The acquisition of Royal’s KÖMMERLING business—a well-established and respected provider of insulating glass and other high-value adhesive and sealant applications for manufacturers of durable goods—will enable us to leverage its well-established sales channels to deliver this technology to a broader range of customers in North America and to accelerate the introduction of insulating glass sealant innovations in China and the Asia Pacific region.
The acquisition also nearly doubles the size of H.B. Fuller’s construction adhesives portfolio. Adding to H.B. Fuller’s expertise in tile setting and flooring installation, Royal is the market leader in the commercial low-slope roofing category. They also add capabilities in insulation attachment and waterproof bonding. Collectively, H.B. Fuller now advances quality building construction from the floor to the roof.
H.B. Fuller has acquired Royal from affiliates of American Securities LLC, based in New York with an office in Shanghai. To learn more about the transaction, visit www.hbfuller.com/royal.

H.B. Fuller | Kömmerling forced to raise prices for Insulating Glass sealants  with immediate effect due to substantial raw material cost escalation.

Kömmerling will be implementing price adjustments by up to 6% effective 1st November 2018 or as soon as contracts allow. During the year prices of most raw materials have continued to escalate and recent double digit increases, in particular in polysulfide polymer, coupled with market shortages led to a further aggravation of the overall cost situation. Inflationary pressures on commodities globally exist due to tight supply in a robust demand environment. In addition cost of logistics, labour and regulations have continued to increase and can no longer be absorbed by improved operating efficiencies.

In order to maintain proven quality and service levels there is unfortunately no other option but increasing our sealant and adhesive prices. The precise level of increases will be communicated to individual customers on short notice.

KOMMERLING and G-Smatt Glass consolidate their relationship with a series of exploratory meetings with key UK engineers and architects.

Eckersley O'Callaghan team enthused by possibilities opened up by 'architainment' glass. New glass laminating resin developed to overcome challenges.

G-Smatt Glass, CEO Ho Joon Lee, was joined by Chris Davis of Kommerling for a series of high level meetings in the UK as G-Smatt starts to plan its move into the UK and wider European markets. The two companies have worked closely over the last few years to develop a ground breaking construction grade laminated glass with minute LEDs that bestows the glass with media functionality.

"We have now successfully installed our product in over 50 different buildings in the Far East and Asia. It has been well received and is transforming buildings that were eyesores into destination city landmarks. With the continuing investment in new developments both in London and other major metropolitan centres we feel that it is the right time to start making the key players aware of this product's potential. Not only does it deliver on all the construction criteria but it will enable the shell of a building to generate more profit for the developer if used correctly," explained Ho Joon.

One of the organisations that was privy to a full presentation about the products capabilities was Eckersley O'Callaghan where more than a dozen engineers were able to see videos of existing installations and find out more about the possibilities offered by this construction grade glass, with benefits. "This glass will allow us as engineers to deliver buildings and facades that have a dynamic appeal. The impact that an installation of this type will have on the surrounding cityscape is hard to evaluate but there is the potential to put more traditional media displays and external lighting installations in the shade," commented Sanmukh Bawa, engineer with the company. Other companies also showing an interest in the product include Arups, Hamilton-Erskine and ICON.

G-Smatt also have plans in place to open an office in Los Angeles later this summer to serve the American market.

The small LEDs are placed at regular intervals approx 40-90mm apart, depending on the specification and when viewed from the inside there is less than 0.3% reduction in visibility through the glass. This is considerably less than when one of the current alternatives such as an overlay or frame structure is used which can give the impression of being in a cage or prison cell when viewed by the building's occupants. Even when illuminated at night people within the building will not be dazzled by reflection as less than 10% of the light emitted by the LED's is reflected back into the building.

The science within the glass

Kommerling has worked closely with G-Smatt's development team to make this innovative glass a commercial reality. The company's R&D team in Pirmasens, Germany has developed a new formulation for the resin that is used to bond the two layers of glass around the encapsulated LEDs. There were several complex issues that had to be accommodated, namely:

- a passive curing profile was required to avoid high temperatures and pressures damaging the embedded LED and FPCB components. - the resin had to be compatible with and not compromised by the presence of the adhesives used to secure the LEDs

- the conductive adhesive that fixes FPCBs onto the FTO coated glass would be dissolved by a traditional glazing sealant

and finally the resin had to have a similar refractive index as the glass and was required to cure without any bubbles, otherwise these would become greatly illuminated once the LEDs were lit on.

 

Source: Koemmerling, January 27, 2015

 

Background

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH is a leading international manufacturer of high-quality adhesives and sealants. Its European headquarters and extensive research and development facilities are in Pirmasens, Germany and it has a network of subsidiaries, sales offices and sales partners, in more than 80 different countries.  Members of the group have over 110 years experience of the development of adhesives and sealants. In particular the company has established itself as an innovative market leader in provision of Polysulfide, Polyurethane, Silicone and Polyisobutylene sealants for the automotive, insulating glass and photovoltaic industries.  In 2013 the company became a group member of Royal Adhesives and Sealants.

Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik has been awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.

For more information visit www.kommerlinguk.com or www.koe-chemie.com

Request further information and send a copy of your publication to:

Kömmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH
Dr. Knut Göke
Zweibrücker Str. 200
66954 Pirmasens
Germany
Phone: +49 6331 56-2330
Fax: +49 6331 56-1110
E-Mail: marketing@koe-chemie.de
www.koe-chemie.de