Product Spotlight: Hide Glue

Posted on August 25th, 2011 by Maria Verros

L.D. Davis manufactures a wide variety of adhesive to fit your needs. We have so many different kinds of glue to offer we figured we’d use our blog as a space to put a focus on one kind of adhesive at a time. After all, our goal is to educate and inform our readers, not to overwhelm with a laundry list of our products. Today’s post puts a product spotlight on hide glue and on L.D. Davis as a major hide glue supplier.

Hide Glue

Hide glue is also known as animal glue or protein adhesive, which is extracted from the hides and bones of pigs and cattle. This protein is called gelatin, and it is also processed in different ways to make it acceptable for human consumption. Food-grade gelatin is found in popular brands like Jell-O and certain types of candy. The gelatin we use in our adhesive production is called technical gelatin, which is the industrial grade version. Since the 1970’s, the gelatin used in hide glue is more commonly made from recycled scraps of hard cap and soft gel netting from pharmaceutical companies.

Hide Glue Facts

The hide glue we manufacture is also sometimes referred to as “cake glue,” because it is manufactured in a cake form that must be melted before application. Hide glue is totally water-soluble, non-toxic, and biodegradable, making it a very environmentally-friendly adhesive. In addition, we recycle scraps of both hard capsules and soft gel netting from pharmaceutical companies to make our hide glue; helping the environment by utilizing their waste products.

L.D. Davis hide/animal glue in cake form before melted for use

Hide Glue in Cake Form


Hide glue is usually applied using a wheel, roller, or pad. It is commonly found in:

  • match heads,
  • abrasives,
  • paper crimping,
  • woodworking,
  • laminating,
  • bookbinding,
  • rigid box manufacture.

Take a look at our bookbinding glue page on our website to learn how hide glue is used in the bookbinding process.

Hide or animal adhesive is also commonly used in rigid box and carton production. We are a major hide glue supplier for the rigid box industry and hold everything together from game boxes, cigar boxes, food packages and DVD boxes. L.D. Davis is a hide glue supplier for just about any type of folded board or set-up box. Some common places where you can find L.D. Davis hide glue include the game Monopoly, Godiva chocolate boxes, and many other popular packages.

For more information about L.D. Davis Industries as a hide glue manufacturer, please visit our website

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L.D. Davis Hide Glue

L.D. Davis Hide Glue is melted before use.