GERMANY— DELO, a manufacturer of industrial adhesives for automotive, consumer and industrial electronics applications, has broken the world record for having the heaviest lift using adhesive. The company lifted a 17.5-ton truck, compared to the previous record of 16.3 tons.

For the world record attempt, a 17.5-ton truck was lifted by crane to a height of one meter with only 3 grams of adhesive. The entire weight hung for one hour on a bonded aluminum cylinder with a radius of just 3.5 centimeters. This corresponds to the diameter of a standard soft drink can. With the new record, DELO is 7 percent above the previous official record of 16.3 tons.

In order to demonstrate that DELO offers not only the fastest and most versatile adhesives in the world, but also the strongest, the company decided to take on the challenge of setting a new world record. Customers of DELO rightly presuppose that the high-tech adhesives reliably bond parts together. Nevertheless, an extraordinary strength is always a fascinating feat of engineering.

In addition to the about 600 DELO employees, two local politicians accompanied the record attempt as witnesses and were impressed with the success of the company. An official adjudicator from Guinness World Records was also present to confirm the record and congratulate the company.

“We made it!” says Sabine Herold, managing partner of DELO. “The great result is an absolute team success, which also shows how we work every day. We don’t shy away from challenges and we know our adhesives can live up to extremes.”

The strongest adhesive in the world, specially developed for the record attempt, is a high-temperature-resistant DELO MONOPOX. The one-component, heat-curing epoxy resins in this product group are known for their high strength and are used in the automotive industry and mechanical engineering. Electric motors in electric cars, for example, would be inconceivable without these adhesives.