About Us

Creating innovative instant bonding adhesives

Glue Dots International (GDI) develops and manufactures innovative adhesive solutions; offering a clean, versatile, and preferred alternative to tapes, liquid glues and hot glues. As a leading global manufacturer of pressure sensitive adhesive patterns, GDI realizes innovation is the key to success. The company transforms ideas into technically advanced adhesive products and application systems for the industrial and consumer marketplace.

Headquartered in New Berlin, Wisconsin, GDI holds several patents and trademarks, including our established signature brands; Glue Dots®, Glue Lines®, Glue Squares®, Glue Shapes®, Double Dots®, EconoDot®, Dot Shot® Pro, and MatrX®. With manufacturing facilities in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia, GDI is committed to providing superior adhesive products, application equipment and exemplary customer service.


Founded in 1995, Glue Dots International revolutionized and adhesives industry with instant bonding adhesive products under the Glue Dots® brand name. Glue Dots® was the original product of its kind on the market, invented by company president John Downs. Initially introduced to the industrial marketplace, the product line and related uses quickly expanded.

Glue Dots® was acquired by Ellsworth Adhesives Corporation in 1999 to further strengthen product development and increase distribution channels.

In 2001, an assortment of products was launched at the Hobby Industry Association show. The response was immediate. Since then consumers have discovered endless uses for Glue Dots® around the home, school and office.

Industrial Division

Glue Dots® Industrial products offer a flexible and reliable adhesive solution for a wide variety of applications and markets. Glue Dots® engineered adhesive patterns are available in both removable and permanent formulas in a range of thicknesses for application variations. Glue Dots also launched its MatrX® line of products in 2010 and has seen a positive response ever since. In addition to the technically advanced industrial adhesives, Glue Dots® supplies everything from a pocket-sized applicator to fully automated inline equipment to make dispensing Glue Dots efficient and economical. Teamed with our dedicated field engineers, we are available to work directly with you or your customer to specify the right product for the right purpose on a global basis.

First introduced to the general printing and packaging industries, Glue Dots® products now provide innovative solutions to a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets. These markets now include direct mail, product assembly, beverage distribution, pharmaceutical & nutraceutical, medical packaging, health & beauty packaging, point-of purchase, protective packaging, material handling, and virtually any purpose customers and new markets demand.

An Ellsworth Adhesives Company

Glue Dots is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ellsworth Adhesives. Ellsworth is a leading global distributor and value-added supplier of adhesives, sealants, coatings, encapsulants, tapes and dispensing equipment with 36 offices in 16 countries. With a world-wide network of leading international manufacturers including 3M, Bostik, Dow Corning, Dymax, Emerson & Cuming, Fisnar, Loctite, Lord, Permabond, Techcon and many others, Ellsworth offers the most comprehensive level of technical expertise available.