Sustainability at Bolton Adhesives – A glue for every need

With our distinctive brands, there is virtually nothing we cannot glue at the Bolton Group. We develop high quality adhesives, sealants and maintenance products for a wide range of customers – from children to do-it-yourselfers and professionals. For us, high quality means long lasting products that work well and are safe, but also developing products and packaging that have as little impact on the environment as possible.

Our adhesive companies stay well connected to consumers and local markets around the world in order to develop products that fulfil every adhesive need. UHU has even become a generic term for glue in many European countries, while Bison is synonymous with adhesives and sealants in The Netherlands and Belgium and plays an important role in other European countries and the Middle East.

Bolton Adhesives’ sustainability policy

At Bolton Adhesives, we place great importance on product innovation and continuous product improvement - always focusing on consumer requirements. This is both a challenge and a commitment for our company, in which sustainability plays a fundamental role. Indeed, environmental awareness is at the core of Bolton Adhesives’  business, and measures are applied in all areas – from product development and production processes, to usage and disposal by consumers. We constantly find ways to protect and improve conditions for the health of our employees, the environment and for our millions of consumers worldwide. As an example of this strategy, our production process far exceeds the minimum legal safety and environmental requirements.

Our sustainability policy is based on 4 important pillars:

  • Quality Products
  • Innovative Packaging
  • Clean Factories
  • Inspiring People 

Quality Products

At Bolton Adhesives, we have been developing high quality products for a wide range of consumers for many decades. We are convinced that a high standard of quality allows our products to be dependable, long lasting and safe during both production and use. A large part of our products are made in Germany and the Netherlands. Our Research & Development team will stay close to consumers, to effectively translate their needs into concrete solutions.

Innovative Packaging

All packaging used for Bolton Adhesives products is recyclable. We focus on easy application of our products to enable efficient use and to help preserve natural resources. We are aware that the choice of packaging material is very important, both for the safe use and for storage of products.

Clean Factories

A large part of our products is manufactured in Bühl (Germany) and  Goes (the Netherlands), within factories that are in close proximity to the city centres. It is therefore even more vital to be safe and clean.

In Goes, we work with Key Performance Indicators to continuously improve our production process. We monitor and set targets in the following areas: use of packaging materials, usage of (chemical) waste, waste water and energy efficiency. As a result, we have managed to reduce waste and water consumption in our factory, and our solvent emissions are substantially below the legally set level. We also use recycled solvents from other industries.

In Bühl, we strive to lower our solvent and CO2 emissions, and have put in place several projects to lower waste, water and energy consumption. As a result, this factory also has close to zero levels of emissions, and we manage to recycle approximately 40% of the waste generated.

Inspiring People

We want our products to inspire all of our consumers. For Bolton Adhesives, this inspiration must come from a combination of excellent products and expert advice.

We offer a helpline to advise hundreds of consumers a month, and organise workshops to help our customers how to best use our products. Our company was also the first to offer an in-store interactive glue-advise computer to help consumers to find the best solution for their goals. The glue computer now helps consumers every day in stores all over Europe. In addition, the interactive glue advisor tool on our UHU and Bison websites also provide advice to consumers all over the world.

Inspiring people also means doing our best to make our employees proud of the company  they work for. We regard all our employees as ‘adhesives specialists’ who demonstrate passion and pride for our products. Providing them with a safe and healthy working environment, with opportunities for growth and development, is instrumental to this inspiration and – ultimately - to the consistent quality of our products.

Bolton Adhesives and the future

We  will continue our efforts towards sustainability and will communicate in all transparency to key stakeholders. We are also committed to responding to our consumers’ increasingly specific expectations, with the aim of offering innovative solutions made for easier use and effective results – based on Bolton’s mission:

We Care Where You Care

Contact us

We wish to engage in open dialogue with all stakeholders. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Bolton Adhesives

Adriaan Volker Huis
14th Floor
Oostmaaslaan 67
3063 AN Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone:  +31 (0)88 3 235 700
Fax: +31 (0)88 3 235 800



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