Germany’s Henkel installs sustainable packaging line at Greenland Seafood

20 September 2016 (Last Updated September 20th, 2016 18:30)

Adhesives manufacturer Henkel has installed its hotmelt adhesive solution Technomelt Supra 100 and Nordson's ProBlue Liberty system at Greenland Seafood’s factory in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Adhesives manufacturer Henkel has installed its hotmelt adhesive solution Technomelt Supra 100 and Nordson's ProBlue Liberty system at Greenland Seafood’s factory in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Installation of the new equipment has allowed Greenland Seafood to convert its existing packaging lines into a sustainable one.

The conversion was completed within a period of two weeks without interrupting production at the site, which produces 1.3 million fish dishes per day for the frozen food sector.

In October, Henkel and Greenland Seafood together performed first tests and adhesive consumption measurements in the Wilhelmshaven factory.

In December, Nordson joined as a third partner in the practical tests and as a potential supplier of adhesives applicator equipment for Greenland Seafood.

"The conversion project defined targets for optimising machine runtimes and reducing the maintenance and cleaning efforts."

Henkel technical sales manager Erik Hartmann said: “The conversion project defined targets for optimising machine runtimes and reducing the maintenance and cleaning efforts.

“Other goals included enhanced health and safety, energy savings, more reliable sealing of frozen food packs, improved product safety, and a more sustainable packaging process overall.”

Developed for packaging applications, Henkel’s Technomelt Supra hotmelts are polyolefin adhesives that offer fast bonding, cold flexibility and high heat resistance capabilities.

Nordson’s ProBlue Liberty system is equipped with a dispensing unit and protects line operators from hot adhesives.

Both solutions will enable Greenland Seafood to consume 20% less adhesive than before. The solutions will also save energy and reduce operating and maintenance costs.


Image: Technomelt Supra adhesives deliver faster setting with excellent bond strength. Photo: courtesy of Henkel AG & Co.