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H.B. Fuller Launches New Bookbinding Adhesive
May 27, 2016

New Product Connects Durability with Versatility

ZURICH, Switzerland - H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) announced today the release of a new high-performance bookbinding adhesive, Swift®lock 8500, designed for improved spine gluing and gluing-off operations, on soft and hard cover books that are subject to intense wear and tear.

Recent research indicates that, despite the rise in digital communications, print still remains the most popular format within the book market. Behind this dominance are trends, such as the growing relationship between science fiction books and the film industry, the progression of independent bookstores, and the demand for customized and paper-to-digital user experiences, as well as for adult coloring books. With this in mind, H.B. Fuller set out to address the rise in print and the demand for highly versatile adhesives solutions by the graphic arts market.

Swift®lock 8500 is a new polyurethane, reactive hot melt adhesive that connects consistency with versatility. It delivers outstanding page pull values across a wide variety of paper qualities, even under challenging transport and weather conditions, such as high and low temperatures or humid climates. Plus, it delivers fast strength development on many difficult-to-bond paper stocks, such as wood free, glossy, high weight and matt-coated papers.

Typical uses for Swift®lock 8500 include the perfect binding and gluing-off of book blocks for soft and hard cover books. Besides its long-term consistent performance on brochures and books, the fast formation of the adhesive film delivers excellent book finishing with clean, straight-edged spines, making it suitable for specific aesthetic needs.

Judith Liddle, marketing manager, converting solutions, H.B. Fuller, comments, “We’re a company that aims to change lives for the better. Our commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that solve many of the bookbinding industry’s adhesion challenges. Swift®lock 8500 responds to these challenges, providing a technology breakthrough in formulation, flexibility and performance.”

Whether creating corporate brochures, branded notebooks or textbooks, Swift®lock 8500 delivers tough, yet flexible, properties that enable the versatile and consistent performance manufacturers need and the high quality experience modern readers demand. Discover more at Drupa 2016 booth 14/D10, or contact us at

Swift® is a trademark of H.B. Fuller Company (“H.B. Fuller”) or an affiliated company of H.B. Fuller, and is registered in European Community and other countries.

About H.B. Fuller:
For nearly 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 2015 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 engineering, electronic and assembly materials, hygiene, construction, automotive, packaging and other consumer businesses. And our promise to our people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit us at and subscribe to our blog.

About Drupa 2016:
Drupa is the world’s number one fair for print and cross-media solutions. Under the slogan, “Touch the future - Applications that can create growth,” more than 1,500 manufacturers from over 50 countries will be showcasing best-practice examples, future-oriented concepts and technological innovations on print, functional printing, packaging production, multichannel, 3D printing and green printing. It’s the top go-to event for the industry worldwide, as it offers participants innovative ideas and profitable opportunities, together with a concentration of business contacts. Learn more at


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