Established in 1971, Bondtite spearheaded wattle-based adhesives for a global market. As a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest wattle extract suppliers – a company with over 90 years of wattle production and supply experience – Bondtite’s current-day expertise is underpinned by a rich history.
Bondtite’s wattle extract is derived from the bark of the Black Wattle tree, a species of Acacia native to Australia. Since its introduction to South Africa – and the subsequent discovery, research, and development of wattle extract adhesives – the wattle-growing industry has grown exponentially. Highly-organised plantations ensure sustainable, consistent supply of this renewable resource which is used across a range of applications.
Wattle extract is responsibly harvested with sustainable practices in mind. In harvesting wattle bark, tons of usable timber is also produced – meaning very little waste is generated in the life cycle of Bondtite’s wattle trees. The result is a range of natural products that are relatively environmentally friendly and offer long-term benefits to growers and labourers in the industry.
Wattle can be grown on the same site for many years – without any detrimental effect on outputs. Natural resources are normally well-protected on wattle estates. Farmers adhere to solid agricultural practices which have long-term benefits for the soil and water resources on wattle plantations.
Wattle growers have benefited enormously from research that has been actively supported for more than 50 years. Improved silvicultural techniques for growing the crop, genetically improved planting material, steady improvement of timber and bark yields, as well as better resistance to diseases have resulted from this effort which has enhanced the competitiveness of the wattle industry as a whole.