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Dow at K 2013: Introduces ROBOND™ L-188/CR3A™, a Water-based Adhesive and more

Published on 2013-10-22. Author : SpecialChem

DüSSELDOLF, GERMANY -- The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) showcases its broad portfolio of innovative solutions at the largest global gathering of the plastics and rubber industry at K 2013 in Düsseldolf . Under the Dow Performance Plastics group, Packaging and Specialty Plastics introduces a new water-based adhesive ROBOND™ L-188/CR3A™ and showcases the extension of water-based adhesive ROBOND™ L-168/CR3A into more medium performance applications. They are currently only available in Asia.

In line with the theme "Solutionism at K" to highlight the new levels of innovation at Dow, the water-based adhesives products also reflect the company's drive towards sustainable packaging and environmentally friendly solutions. By moving again from traditional solvent-based technology to a water-based one, the result is a solution that is environmentally conscious and enhances food safety, with reduced possibility of leakage and scrap rate during transportation and storage. Both ROBOND™ L-188/CR3A and ROBOND™ L-168/CR3A are two-component water-based adhesives that are able to replace solvent-based adhesive in laminating high-slip polyethylene structures.

Dow water-based adhesives are suitable for a wide range of medium performance applications and are used mainly in flexible packaging for food and specialty packaging such as frozen food, wet pack and sausage packaging.

New water-based adhesive ROBOND™ L-188/CR3A

The latest adhesive ROBOND™ L-188/CR3A developed by Dow is designed specifically for applications requiring a stable and balanced coefficient of friction (COF). Exhibiting COF performance during curing, ROBOND™ L-188/CR3A enables the final laminates to be run on vertical foil fill seal (VFFS) machines at desired packaging speed. The improved performance from stabilizing the COF of high slip Polyethylene (PE) film also allows the maintenance of the performance of other laminates and eliminated solvent emission during the process.

Extending the reach into medium performance applications with ROBOND™ L-168/CR3A

Suitable for a wide range of structures including Biaxial Orientated Polypropylene (BOPP) / Cast Polypropylene (CPP), BOPP / PE and Polyamide (PA) / PE laminates, the two-component water-based adhesive ROBOND™ L-168/CR3A is created specifically to improve the performance of packaging of flexibility under low temperatures or stretching conditions.

ROBOND™ L-168/CR3A can be used in a wide range of medium performance applications with its range of qualities which include:

  • Better performance in bonding and heat seal strength even at low temperatures
  • Softer structure resulting in improved packaging integrity at low temperatures
  • A more cost efficient and environmentally-friendly solution for partnering converters

"Water-based adhesives are leading Dow's growth in Asia Pacific and the team is continuously studying the market needs and trends to better understand our customers' needs to differentiate and improve our offerings. Water-based adhesives broaden our participation in the polyethylene laminates business, generating greater collaborative synergy with resins while strengthening our value proposition across the packaging structure as a holistic solution provider in the flexible packaging industry," said Henry Wei, Group Marketing Director for Adhesives & Functional Materials, Packaging and Specialty Plastics for Asia Pacific.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow

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