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Bio-based hotmelt adhesives a reality

27 June, 2013

A leading adhesive company and a bio-based material technology firm have formed an alliance to develop hotmelt adhesives that use bio-based raw materials.

The initial target for these bio-based hotmelt adhesives will be the consumer packaging market including applications of end of line and labelling.

The alliance combines Henkel’s expertise in hotmelt adhesive formulation, application, and global footprint, with DaniMer Scientific’s expertise in biopolymer science, proprietary production capabilities and the company’s bio-based technology platform.

The intended ambition of the alliance is to bring to the marketplace a technology platform that includes a family of bio-based hotmelt adhesive formulations supplied globally.

"A large number of our customers in the consumer packaging industry have publicised projects to drive sustainability initiatives such as reducing carbon footprint of packaging materials, delivering on consumer driven environmental initiatives, and diversifying supply chains for packaging materials," Gary Raykovitz, Senior Vice-President Product Development, Henkel Adhesive Technologies, said.

John Rye, VP, Consumer Packaging Group at Henkel said given the technology challenge for the use of renewable materials in adhesive formulations, the company chose to partner with DaniMer who has consistently demonstrated leadership in bio-based material innovation.

"We believe this technology, along with a range of other technologies Henkel is working on, will also play a role in assisting customers in reducing their dependence on petroleum-based materials in their packaging operations."

DaniMer’s innovative technology platform for bio-based hotmelt adhesives allows for manufacturing with a significant use of renewably sourced materials, while supporting health and safety requirements for use of these materials in packaging applications.

Full family of bio-based hotmelt adhesives

"The renewably sourced feedstocks that we use to produce these specific hotmelt adhesives are not derived from any direct food chain resources,” Daniel Carraway, CEO and Founder of DaniMer Scientific said.

“They are also unique in that we have enabled the use of recycled renewable content in certain adhesive grades which allows us to further diversify our supply chain.

"The alliance will include development of a full family of bio-based hotmelt adhesives that can be applied to a wide range of customer operating needs, including general purpose end-of-line, high performance end-of-line, labelling, and even specialised applications such as frozen food packaging."

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