Bondtite’s operations are based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is a sub-tropical area where plantations of wattle trees are cultivated under ideal climactic conditions. The rapid growth of the plant life produces mature wattle trees in only eight to ten years and scientifically controlled re-afforestation programmes ensure continuity of this natural resource.
Wattle bark gives up a rich harvest of products from its extracts – for dispersants / depressants, flocculants, mud thinners (used in oil well drilling), binders, and of course, adhesives – which is where Bondtite comes into the picture.
Research into wattle-based resins started in Australia in the 1950s. Some ten years later, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research took up the project with limited success. At about the same time, the research laboratories of one of the country’s largest particle board manufacturers began making major breakthroughs in adhesives from wattle extract.
By late 1968, the first Bondtite product – 345 – was commercially available and further research led to the 145 and 245 series of adhesives. With a product range established, Bondtite was formed as a company in July 1971.
The company immediately addressed potential export markets in Australasia with great success. The product range grew to service both local needs and international markets. Today, those markets include South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Hong Kong, the United States, and South-East Asian countries.
Having pioneered commercially viable and high quality wattle-based adhesives worldwide, Bondtite is committed to a programme of continuing research and development to broaden the use of natural, continuously available (sustainable) speciality products in ever-increasing fields of application.