Adhesive manufacturing, your way
There’s complex science behind formulating the perfect hot melt adhesive for your specifications. And as the world’s largest producer of polyolefin elastomers, with more than 40 years of industry experience and expertise in the HMA marketplace, we’re qualified to help.
Our product families are inherently versatile and can be tailored to your needs, production processes, designs and end-use. Starting with this broad portfolio of innovative solutions, we use our unique process technology, coupled with Dow’s proven INSITE™ Catalyst Technology, to produce high-performance, cost-effective polymers.
Packaging takes many shapes — some with distinctive requirements. We can meet your unique needs for primary and secondary packaging applications with our diverse product families and specialized grades.
These include the high-performance requirements for hot-fill and retort packaging and other temperature sensitive applications ranging from freezer foods to microwave meals. There are HMAs for bag-in-box applications, including adhesives for the bag and the box. Our HMA offerings also protect against aggressive contents such as detergents and high-acid liquids.
Secondary packaging applications include:
- Sealants for paperboard containers
- Corrugated boxes
- Wrap-around boxes
- Other protective packaging
When most people think of adhesives on diapers, they think of the tabs that keep them on. But there’s more to it than that — children’s diapers, adult incontinence underwear, and feminine hygiene products all employ highly specialized adhesives.
Among our other adhesive features, low-odor formulations, excellent processability, and all-important softness have contributed to our growing position in the marketplace.
Woodworking can get messy, but it doesn’t have to. Our HMAs are formulated for clean, convenient application. You can expect exceptional color stability and reduced degradation over time. Another perk? There’s virtually no smoke or odor during application.
We’ve got processing advantages, too. The low densities of our HMAs can allow production of more adhesive per pound (kg) of resin used. In turn, the resins’ aggressive bonding capabilities can help extend mileage by requiring less adhesive — that can mean increased productivity and reduced overall costs.
You can’t beat the look and feel of a book or magazine — that’s why we make durable blends of adhesives with appealing aesthetics. Our strong bonds can be used on a variety of substrates, both durable in intense heat and flexible in a cold snap. From manuals and maps to paperbacks and notebooks, your printed works have a long life ahead.
Our adhesives keep your production lines moving smoothly, too. The low, stable viscosities of our products enable the reliable, high-speed processing required for HMA bookbinding applications. Because of their stability, our products offer the potential for more precise control of adhesive application, extended pot life and stability, reduced lost production.
We’re building change with our HMAs, helping the value chain create adhesive solutions to support more sustainable production. This is how we’re doing it:
- Increasing sealing mileage means less materials usage
- Clean-running systems with virtually no smoke or odor during the production process
- First-rate sealing properties reduce food spoilage and product damage from package failures
We’re committed to lowering our carbon footprint without lowering our performance. That’s why we made products such as AFFINITY™ RE Bio-based Polyolefin Elastomers, a more sustainable polyolefin elastomer.
AFFINITY™ RE is produced with a bio-feedstock such as Tall Oil, a by-product of the paper-milling industry, originally sourced from sustainability managed forests with no impact on land use. The production process for AFFINITY RE™ is even certified on a mass balance basis by the International Sustainability Carbon Certification (ISCC).
Let’s stick together
No matter where you are, we can work closely with you to develop high-performance, cost-effective solutions across a broad range of hot melt adhesive applications. After all, we’re the only producer with world-scale trains on three continents.
Even with our versatile portfolio of polymers, we’re always innovating to bring you more choices, more solutions, and more possibilities.
Contact a representative today — we’re ready to offer a solution tailored to your needs.