Whenever you find yourself needing to glue something in a book, how often do you turn to the classical Pritt Stick? Near enough every time is my answer. However before forty years ago, people wouldn’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

The Pritt Stick was invented in 1969 by a clever group of Germans who ran a company called Henkel. This was the very first glue stick that you had to twist to use it, this being a really successful idea because it’s not messy and easy to use. The glue was released under the Pritt name and has stuck ever since… ‘stuck’, ha ha I used a pun!

Just two years later, the glue was available in 38 different countries. The success of this company continued to rise, which led Henkel to produce more Pritt products such as ‘PowerPritt’ which is basically stronger sticking glue, PowerPritt Gel, PowerPritt Stick, Correction Comfort Roller and many more were made popular very quickly. They’ve even made Pritt tape. I wonder if nails and screws will be their next ideas.

Since the beginning, Henkel has earned six awards for their ideas and they have sold well over one billion glue sticks in 121 different countries, and now produces over 650,000 Pritt Sticks a day… so if you work it out it’s about 130 million a year. That’s a lot of glue. Oh and by the way, don’t eat glue sticks… it’s not good for you. Over 30 schools in the world have banned glue sticks because they are seen to be dangerous to young children. It’s quite silly really, if you ask me.