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Waterborne Polychloroprenes Allow the Formulation of More Sustainable Adhesives

Published on 2011-04-20. Author : SpecialChem

Tampa, Fla. -- Solvent-based polychloroprene adhesives have been the standard technology for high-performance contact adhesives for many years. Due to new environmental regulations and concerns, there is a growing demand for a better adhesive option. By replacing the solventborne ingredients with waterborne polychloroprenes, formulators can produce a better adhesive.

Dr. Jeffrey Dormish, business development - Adhesives & Specialties, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, discussed this topic during his presentation, "Waterborne Polychloroprene Technology." at the Adhesive and Sealant Council's (ASC) Spring Convention and Expo.

According to Dr. Dormish, in addition to being a better alternative to solventborne ingredients, the use of waterborne polychloroprenes also improves the storage stability of the adhesives. Traditionally there has been a trade-off between storage stability and end-use performance in waterborne polychloroprene adhesive technology. Dr. Dormish discusses products, such as Bayer MaterialScience LLC's Dispercoll® C 2325 dispersion, that offer high adhesive performance along with greatly improved storage stability. Bayer's line of Dispercoll® C products are aqueous polychloroprene lattices often used in foam-laminating adhesives for the automotive, construction, furniture, footwear and packaging industries.

Some new Bayer materials, like Dispercoll® C XP 2694 and Dispercoll® C XP 2717 dispersions, have a very good shelf life, and are ready-to-use adhesives as supplied. Although no formulating is needed for these products, they can still be modified by the adhesive manufacturer (if desired) to adjust performance specifications for a specific application.

Dr. Dormish also explains a new technology that utilizes carbon dioxide activation of waterborne polychloroprenes to generate the high-performance adhesives. The carbon dioxide is added at the site where the bonding of the substrates will occur. This activation process can be performed in a fixed manufacturing site or via mobile equipment.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,400 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2010 sales of 10.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience's North American sales were 2.0 billion euros in 2010. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC's business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Source: Bayer MaterialScience LLC

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