History of Henkel

Henkel, founded in 1876 by Fritz Henkel in Germany, began as a small company producing laundry detergent. The company's first product, 'Universalwaschmittel,' was a groundbreaking innovation at the time, marking Henkel's entry into the consumer goods market. Over the years, Henkel expanded its product range to include a variety of household and industrial cleaning products, adhesives, and personal care items.

Throughout the 20th century, Henkel grew both organically and through acquisitions, establishing itself as a global player in the consumer and industrial goods sectors. By the 1960s, Henkel had expanded its operations internationally, establishing subsidiaries in Europe, North America, and beyond. The company continued to innovate, introducing new products such as Persil, a widely recognized laundry detergent brand, and Schwarzkopf, a leading hair care brand.

In the 21st century, Henkel has focused on sustainability and digital transformation, striving to reduce its environmental footprint and enhance operational efficiency. Today, Henkel operates in three business units: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry & Home Care, with a presence in over 120 countries and employing approximately 52,000 people worldwide.