A decade of collaboration built on a shared passion for innovation

Dow receives the 10 year partnership award from Henkel

Nov 27, 2023 | Chris Mertens

A responsive and innovative supplier is only one side of the equation. Achieving shared success also requires an innovative customer – a customer who anticipates the demands of consumers and brand owners, who believes in the necessity of driving industry change, and who understands what can be achieved with close collaboration along the value chain.


We know that long-term strategic collaborations with our customers can result in accelerated and more impactful innovation. It can drive forward the introduction of differentiated solutions, whilst generating value for all parties involved.

By understanding our customers and working closely together, we can stay ahead of changing industry requirements. Consumer demand evolves rapidly. Climate change is driving a need for quality products with reduced environmental footprint. We use our materials science expertise to help bring to market high performance products that address these developments.

A 10 years partnership award across three categories

Recently, we were recognized by Henkel Adhesive Technologies with a 10-Years Partnership Award. Henkel, a leading global solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, annually recognizes its suppliers in three categories: Innovation, Operational Excellence and Sustainability. On the 10th anniversary of its Supplier Awards, the business unit honored us for being a successful longstanding collaborator across all three categories.

  • In the category of Innovation, we have supported a sustained expansion of Henkel´s innovation portfolio in traditional business areas as well as in the exploration of opportunities in new business arenas.
  • In Operational Excellence, we have consistently prioritized Henkel demands during supply and market disruptions.
  • In the category of Sustainability, we have been a pioneer in developing and collaborating in novel approaches for a more sustainable product portfolio.

Contributing across businesses and industries

Initially built on our hotmelt- and silicones franchise, our partnership with Henkel has expanded over the years into all our business divisions. Our polyurethane, monomer and industrial solutions businesses have contributed strongly in the category of Operational Excellence, while Innovation and Sustainability have been key drivers across our packaging, consumer, coatings and construction materials businesses. Dow’s consumer business also provided critical contributions to special projects including exceptional support of Henkel during a major M&A integration.

For example, Dow’s bio-based AFFINITY™ RE enabled Henkel’s Technomelt Supra ECO, the first carbon-negative hot melt adhesive. The AFFINITY™ RE range consists of three grades of 100% bio-based content on a mass balance basis, to optimize the carbon footprint of hot melt adhesives for packaging.

“Our strategic supplier program is a key differentiator to win across the different markets we serve,” said Mark Dorn, executive vice president of Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “With our 10 Years Partnership Award, we want to explicitly honor a successful longstanding collaboration across many different businesses and projects. Dow has been an integral part of the program from the very beginning and the partnership has resulted in extraordinary results across all categories year by year.”

An equation for success

A responsive and innovative supplier is only one side of the equation. Achieving shared success also requires an innovative customer – a customer who anticipates the demands of consumers and brand owners, who believes in the necessity of driving industry change, and who understands what can be achieved with close collaboration along the value chain.

We certainly are very proud to be embarking on a journey toward greater sustainability alongside an innovative customer such as Henkel.
 

Chris Mertens, Senior Key Customer Manager