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Maintaining consistency is critical for bookbinding and graphic arts applications – managing the process and materials brings the best results. When it comes to bookbinding materials, manufacturers are seeking solutions with high durability, temperature and moisture resistance, and strong adhesion to a variety of substrates.

Henkel’s comprehensive product portfolio of bookbinding adhesives are formulated to exceed industry standards on specific paper stocks, films, and bookcase materials. Beginning with the adhesive and continuing through the technical support and new product development – Henkel provides adhesives for bookbinding that achieve optimal quality standards at the highest manufacturing speeds and the broadest temperature range.

  • Packaging options for all melt-on-demand systems with focus on digital
  • Excellent page pulls and flexes
  • Excellent aging stability
  • Resistant to most inks and solvents reducing glue line failures

Bottom-line savings are what customers can expect by using Henkel’s high-value product lines. The innovation of Henkel technologies makes it possible to optimize performance while reducing costs.

Product Solutions for Bookbinding and Graphic Arts

For years, Henkel has supported the bookbinding industry with high quality, and cost-effective bookbinding materials. Additionally, process efficiency has always been important to us which is why our range of PUR adhesives are the ideal binding solution for any bookbinding or graphic art application. With high adhesion strength, our adhesives for bookbinding also offer excellent heat and cold resistance, as well as improved flexibility.


Henkel’s portfolio of bookbinding and graphic arts adhesives do not only improve the end product, but also lower overall costs. Our high-performance bookbinding adhesives are suitable for a range of applications including:

  • Hardcover and Softcover Books
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Print on Demand

Hardcover and Softcover Books

Bookbinding has changed over the last decade from large runs of a single item to small-scale production of many different printed materials. The transition increases the importance of raw materials used to create books and the application of innovative technologies to assure quality, consistency, and cost-effective production. Henkel provides a broad range of bookbinding adhesive solutions for binding hard cover and paperback books with adequate adhesive strength to prevent pulling under extreme temperature and moisture conditions.

Our products include a range of adhesives for bookbinding and graphic arts crafted to provide clean running spine glue with no stringing and good lay flat. Our PUR glue products for bookbinding form a durable adhesive bond on both standard and digitally printed paper. They also overcome potential adhesion issues resulting from the use of fusing oils and coatings. Henkel’s technical specialists work within the graphic arts industry researching and developing new book casing products to achieve optimum performance. Henkel offers:

  • Proven complete product range for bookbinding
  • Excellent mechanical stability for a clean application
  • Different chemistry for optimal performance

Magazines and Catalogs

The glued spine binding of a catalog, book, or magazine is the most demanding area and requires a unique combination of products and processes to withstand long-term storage and repetitive stress. Whether using traditional or perfect binding techniques, spine glue adhesive solutions continue to require increased performance in bond strength, flexibility, and versatility.

Henkel provides bookbinding adhesive solutions to assure the printed materials can withstand excessive stresses and maintain spine integrity. From 1/8-inch to 3-inches, our PUR glue for bookbinding adhesives creates a strong bond with the substrate while still being flexible. Our technical experts work with customers to identify the appropriate solutions for each application. No matter the substrate, coating, or end use, Henkel provides book casing solutions to optimize your operation and reduce product costs. We offer:

  • Excellent page pulls and flexes
  • Proven performance for all speeds and substrates
  • Best cool temperature product range in the market
  • Proven adhesives with large operating window


Print on Demand

Reduced storage cost and just-in-time delivery are the key to print on demand. This enables a company to produce printed materials without the limitations of scale, geography, and logistics. The biggest challenge is quality – assuring the end product on small print runs meets the higher standards found in large conventional runs.

Henkel offers a range of solutions for print on demand applications. Our products feature versatile adhesives which adhere to various substrates and are not affected by fusing oils. We partner with numerous OEMs on new product introduction and to make sure our customers receive optimum performance for their unique application. Our team of experts is available to help you optimize and reduce cost and increase quality in your operation. Henkel offers:

  • Proven complete product range for digital market
  • Packaging options for all melt-on-demand systems with focus on digital
  • Excellent page pulls and flexes with great mechanical stability
  • Excellent aging stability

Advanced Polymer Technology-Based Adhesives

The digitization of production processes is also having an impact on the bookbinding industry. As cost pressures increase, bookbinders are finding it increasingly important to make their processes as efficient as possible.

With adding the new hot melt adhesive range to our product portfolio, we are answering exactly these demands. These products allow a performance and cost competitive upgrade to EVA-based hot melts for the binding of soft/hard cover, perfect bound/sewn, and rounded books.

The innovative hot melt range shows outstanding results in heat/cold resistance, thermal stability, and application weight. Thus, setting new benchmarks for cleaner production, increased mileage, and reliable bonding at a competitive cost-in-use.

Advanced polymer technology for bookbinding adhesives is a performance and cost-competitive upgrade and have the following benefits:

  • Excellent adhesion: 20 – 25% greater pull strength than high-quality EVA
  • Universal hot melt: Usable on all melters and suitable for most substrates / applications
  • High heat / cold resistance: Resistance to cracking; good cold flexibility of spine
  • High thermal stability: No charring, less downtime for cleaning and spare parts replacement
  • High flex / rounding potential: Good spine and lay flat flexibility; exceptional rounding potential
  • Low consumption: Low application weight and density; economical cost-in-use

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