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The UPACO Footwear Products group offers premier adhesive, waterproofing, and bonding solutions to brands worldwide. We have strategically established sales & technical teams and warehousing to provide the best service to our customers across the globe. Our research & development team is focused on creating new technologies that improve our customer’s processes while reducing environmental impact.




We have been custom compounding, reacting, and extruding products for every operation of footwear and allied trade manufacturing for over 40 years. Our service technicians, backed by a fully staffed R&D and testing laboratory, are knowledgeable in the most up-to-date systems and manufacturing processes. They are available world-wide to work with customers to solve problems and introduce innovative new concepts.



In the late 1990s, UPACO chemists noticed customers were increasingly frustrated by the existing process of sole attachment within the footwear industry. For decades, the industry applied what was essentially a wet cement product that adhered shoe elements together. UPACO's EcoBond adhesive film reduced the traditional 10 step process down to three simple steps. No roughing. No priming. No Hazardous Chemicals. Click here for more information on our EcoBond solutions.


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Bob Chang
Business Unit Manager
Direct #: 603.821.5974

Pat Poliquin
Customer Success - Adhesives & Films
Direct #: 603.821.5993

Sandie Thibodeau
Customer Success - Insole Rib & Machinery
Direct #: 603.821.5950

Troy Medeiros
Market Manager
Direct #: 603.821.5938

Weilan Peng
Technical Manager
Direct #: 603.891.8998

Industry News

  • What Makes a Good Construction Adhesive? - As reported by Adhesives and Sealants Industry Magazine in their article “What Makes a Good Construction Adhesive?,” there are various things to consider before choosing an adhesive for your next construction project. “They can be used in almost any construction project, big or small, and they strengthen and improve the longevity of common projects like … Continue reading What Makes a Good Construction Adhesive?
  • Nature Inspires New Type of Adhesive - According to Assembly Magazine in their article “Nature Inspires New Type of Adhesive,” there could be new, sustainable adhesives in our future thanks to engineers at Purdue University. “In many cases, their new adhesives held up well, sometimes performing similarly to, or even better than, traditional toxic adhesives such as cyanoacrylate and epoxy,” Assembly Magazine … Continue reading Nature Inspires New Type of Adhesive
  • Paper Converting Adhesives - As reported by Medium in their article “Paper Converting Adhesives,” paper converting is the process of turning paper in one form into another, typically a product, and adhesives play an important role in that process. “Various production processes are involved in making new paper products — one of which is very often glueing. And for … Continue reading Paper Converting Adhesives