Our Heritage

Innovation has been an integral part of who we are since the start

Our co-founders Paul Frankfurther and Max Kochmann held innovation at the centre of their business philosophy. As pioneers in the adhesives industry, the pair are responsible for some of the biggest advances in our field. Paul Frankfurther invented the first Triacetin-plasticised PVA adhesive and Max Kochmann invented the first self-clearing ball valve applicator within the first few years of business. Since then, we have invested heavily in the technical development of our paper converting adhesives, and continue to do so today.


1959 Business founded by Paul Frankfurther and Max Kochmann

1960 First factory opens in Triangle Road, Hackney

1963 Moved to a larger factory in Winstanley Way, Basildon

1964 Max Kochmann invents the first self-clearing ball valve applicator

1968 Opened purpose-built factory in Bentalls Industrial Estate, Basildon

1971 Factory extended to accommodate four new 25 T storage tanks and three plasticiser tanks

1980 Fully computerised 5 T mixing plant installed on site

1983 Queen’s Award for Export of Adhesive Application Equipment

1983 Max Kochmann established British Adhesives & Sealants Association

1984 Factory extended to include more emulsion storage tanks, an underground plasticiser and heating oil storage tanks

1986 We became a 49% shareholder in Efcol Adhesives France

1991 Company awarded BS EN ISO 9001 Quality Management System 16/04/1991

1991 Became majority shareholder of Efcol Adhesives France

1995 An additional three 25 T storage tanks installed

1999 Main plant ugraded to improve process capability

2000 Sold adhesive application equipment business to W H Leary in USA

2000 Max Kochmann awarded honorary Doctorate by Sussex University

2001 Pafra Adhesives Ltd is formed and is maintained as a non-trading, wholly-owned subsidiary

2002 BASA created the Max Kochmann Award for significant contribution to the work and development of the Association

2003 Installation of a new Colloid Manufacturing plant which tripled productivity

2004 Two 25 T emulsion tanks and one 25 T mixing/storage tank installed

2008 Acquisition of Adhesive International Ltd, Oxford

2009 Integration of Adhesive International Ltd with Pafra Adhesives Ltd

2009 New touch-screen computer installed on 5 T mixing plant that monitors viscosity and temperature

2010 Major improvements to facilities including installation of gas for more efficient manufacturing

2010 New energy-efficient roof to factory and warehouse

2011 Company awarded BS EN ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System

2013 Re-launch of company brand and website

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Our specialist team provide a friendly and professional service that will ensure you get exactly what you need.


We understand the science of polymer adhesives and provide smart products to a range of complex markets.


Our innovative approach has earned us a reputation for high quality adhesives that serve the paper converting markets.