Direct Adhesives

Direct Adhesives

Direct Adhesives is a leading distributor working as the UK’S premuim partner for German-based Henkel Adhesives.

Direct Adhesives stock over 150 Henkel brands at their Leighton Buzzard site. These include Techno melt Hot melt adhesives and Aquence water based adhesives. In addition, the company is a manufacturer in its own right, having acquired a maker of water-based adhesives in 2001.

Based in Coventry, the business produces wood and latex adhesives as well as waterbased pressure sensitive acrylics. Typical applications for these products include case and carton sealing, woodworking, bookbinding, envelopes, tapes and labels

“We find it very easy to use. We’ve got a couple of new people in the business recently and they’ve picked it up quickly.”

Project objectives

  • Improve efficiency of key manufacturing activities
  • Gain faster insights and information from sales order processing systems
  • Support a growing business and ensure access to a user-friendly ERP system.


  • Enhance critical manufacturing processes and boost productivity
  • Information on customers, orders, payments etc is now at user’s fingertips
  • Paperless module helps save time and transform the firm into a digital business.

Project background

Direct Adhesives approached K3 for help when it was looking to upgrade its previous Sage System to a solution that was more  suited for a business of its size. The company has been a user of Sage ERP products for many years and had always found them to support the business operation well. It was becoming increasingly clear that the company was outgrowing its previous Sage Line 500 software. In particular, the company’s expanding manufacturing operations demand tooled that were designed specifically for this purpose. At the same time, the company was undergoing an overhaul of its hardware, so considered it the perfect opportunity to upgrade.

Direct Adhesives requirements

A central requirement for Direct Adhesives was that any new solution needed to have a strong manufacturing module in order to handle the business’s core activities. In particular, the company needed to have a solution that was capable of storing essential formulas and providing key information.

They also needed to be able to obtain accurate costings for bills of material and note if there was any special instructions or requirements in place for certain jobs – capabilities it had lacked in the past. Thebill of materials works essentially as the ‘recipe’ for Direct Adhesives’manufacturingprocesses, so having everything needed inoneplacewas a core requirement.

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