Henkel Singapore celebrates 40th anniversary

From left: Fong Pin Fen, vice-president and head of Consumer Division at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB); Thomas Holenia, president of Henkel Singapore; and Marco Swoboda, executive vice-president finance (CFO), Purchasing and Global Business Solutions (Image: Henkel)

Adhesives technology developer and manufacturer Henkel Singapore celebrated its 40th anniversary on 11 Oct 2023, hosting a special occasion with its employees, where esteemed guests from EDB, Mandai Wildlife Group, The Food Bank Singapore and Singapore Fashion Runway attended.

“As we commemorate 40 memorable years in Singapore, I would like to sincerely thank our teams, trusted partners and customers for their commitment in shaping our success over the years,” shared Thomas Holenia, president of Henkel Singapore.

“Henkel’s purpose ‘Pioneers at heart for the good of generations’ reflects our desire to enrich and improve the communities around us every day with our pioneering spirit, products and technology, and we will continue to deliver value to our stakeholders.”

Established in 1983, the Singapore team has grown to become a key driver in Henkel’s global operations. With more than 160 employees across its Adhesive Technology and Consumer Brands business units, Henkel Singapore’s two offices include a global supply chain hub.

The local hub, alongside the headquarters in Amsterdam, consolidates Henkel’s purchasing, production and logistics processes and creates a foundation for Henkel’s operations, merging its supply chains worldwide.

The support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) has also enabled a continuous exchange on the business sector, leading to invaluable insights on Singapore’s vibrant ecosystem.

“Henkel has not only deepened its roots in Singapore but has also played an active role in strengthening the industry and fostering talent through their digitalisation, innovation and sustainability initiatives,” said Fong Pin Fen, vice-president and head of Consumer Division at the Singapore Economic Development Board, at Henkel’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

“These strategic pillars of Henkel’s purposeful growth strategy are well-aligned with Singapore’s long-term vision of promoting sustainable growth and creating exciting opportunities for Singaporeans EDB looks forward to the continued partnership with Henkel to capture growth opportunities in Asia.”

Henkel Singapore has implemented Industry 4.0 and smart systems for their plants across Asia, including the establishment of the Global Adhesive Operations (AO) Digital Team and upgrading of the adhesives application engineering laboratory.

The Global AO Digital Team creates a digital backbone for Henkel’s operations through cloud-based solutions, enhancing the interconnectivity of its plants.

With improved infrastructure, innovation and intelligence to deliver productivity and efficiency at an accelerating pace, it aims to drive Henkel’s customer satisfaction, cost-competitiveness and sustainability.

Similarly, the adhesives application engineering laboratory was upgraded to provide more advanced mechanical reliability and environmental testing services and support customers from product development and design to the manufacturing stage.

With a wide network, proximity to design centres and access to engineering talent, the upgraded laboratory brings Henkel’s training, sales and application engineering capabilities closer to its customers both locally and throughout the region.

In the field of sustainability, Henkel seeks to drive new solutions that develops its business responsibly and successfully along the entire value chain. Since 2018, the Singapore offices have switched to utilising 100% solar energy, as claimed by Henkel Singapore.

Earlier this year, the team planted 40 trees at Wilby Road as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, contributing to the OneMillionTrees movement to plant one million more trees across Singapore by 2030.

Henkel is also one of the founding members of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ (TfS) initiative that was launched in 2011, which aims to enhance sustainability within the supply chain. Building on this initiative, Henkel Singapore partnered with five other chemical companies in 2021 to launch the TfS Singapore team, driving greater sustainability across chemical industries in the region.

To engage its employees on sustainability, Henkel implemented a global ‘Sustainability at Heart’ holistic engagement programme in March 2022, to inspire, support and connect employees.