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H.B. Fuller Plants in Germany receives ISCC PLUS Certification

 Friday, January 12, 2024

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H.B. Fuller Plants in Germany receives ISCC PLUS Certification

H.B. Fuller, one of the biggest pureplay adhesive company in the world, proudly announced that its manufacturing sites in Lüneburg and Nienburg, Germany, have received the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification, underscoring the company’s commitment to a more sustainable future and its adherence to international standards across all stages of the supply chain.

The ISCC PLUS certification, one of the world’s largest, independent certification systems for sustainability, covers all sustainable feedstocks, including biomass, circular materials and renewables, and the mass balance approach, which is a calculation-based method used to track the inputs and outputs of mass within a system or a process. As defined by the ISCC PLUS, this method calculates the use of sustainable materials, meaning that every operational entity in the supply chain is ISCC certified to ensure traceability.

“By continuously exploring ways to reduce our carbon footprint and implementing new approaches, such as mass balance, we can now offer more solutions with verified, tracked, biobased and recycled raw materials throughout the entire supply chain,” said Nathalie Ruelle, H.B. Fuller’s global quality and sustainability director. “H.B. Fuller is on the right path to facilitate incremental transition to alternative materials and reduce emissions, while helping our customers achieve their own sustainability goals.”

H.B. Fuller’s Lüneburg, Germany, manufacturing plant was certified as a compounding site for the mass balance approach and is currently using this method to produce Advantra® Earthic™ 9370, a near carbon-neutral adhesive used in the e-commerce, food, personal and home care packaging industries. This product invests in a high share of sustainable and bio-circular raw materials via mass balance, while ensuring excellent performance.

H.B. Fuller’s Nienburg, Germany, manufacturing site was certified as a specialty chemical plant. Three of the core adhesives manufactured at this site ─ Rakoll® 5010, 5016 and 4020 ─ partially replace fossil raw materials with bio-attributed raw material created via the mass balance approach. This not only reduces CO2 emissions, it also has the potential to extend into other manufacturing processes and products, such as textiles and automotive.

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