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Dow Adhesives and Nordmeccanica Host Sustainable Packaging Demonstration Runs

Published on 2009-05-15. Author : SpecialChem

PHILADELPHIA -- To recognize the contributions sustainable packaging can make in reducing the packaging industry's carbon footprint, Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers business team and Nordmeccanica NA hosted a day-long series of trial demonstrations for package converters. The demonstrations took place on equipment at Nordmeccanica's Long Island, New York, facilities and attracted over 40 industry attendees for a series of trial runs combining various film laminates, water-based inks and Dow Mor-Free™ solventless adhesives. The Mor-Free laminating adhesives that were demonstrated provide very favorable, high bio-content (55%) general performance without premium cost.

Various bio-based film stocks used for these trials were provided by leading film producers EarthFirst®, global producer of bio-polymer PLA (polylactic acid) films, and Innovia, global provider of bio-based NatureFlex™ printing films. Rounding out the sustainable packaging materials under demonstration were waterborne printing inks from Siegwerk and Environmental Inks and Coatings Corporation. Sun Chemical provided a solvent-borne ink for demonstration.

Unlocking better sustainability solutions

Nancy Smith, Dow North American commercial development manager for packaging adhesives, believes these technical sessions are the key that will unlock better sustainability solutions for many food packagers. "This is a truly unique gathering in a production-scale setting. Converters and global key suppliers are together in one room meeting face-to-face to discuss all the ingredients needed to produce a completely sustainable package. Questions regarding each material and its impact and interactions on production and performance are able to be answered on the spot, and the considerable savings in trial and error work, time to conversion, and trials expense to evaluate switching to a more sustainable package profile are genuinely achieved by this gathering."

In North America, this was the second annual 'Focus on Sustainability' gathering sponsored by Dow and Nordmeccanica. Just weeks ago during March in Italy, the companies also sponsored a similar technical session that coincided with Exhibition ConverFlex and provided the same opportunity for packagers in Europe.

Bringing innovation to market quickly

"Nordmeccanica is working closely with Dow and global suppliers in bio-based films and inks to bring sustainable packaging innovation to market as quickly as possible," says Giancarlo Caimmi, Nordmeccanica commercial director. "Our solventless equipment is the optimum choice for laminating hardware. When combined with Dow's innovative solventless laminating adhesives and the bio-based inks and films now on the market, flexible packaging applications with no greenhouse gas emissions can be fully realized."

About Dow

With sales of $58 billion in 2008 and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008 and 15,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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Source: Rohm ans Haas Company

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