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H.B. Fuller India Launches Water-based Adhesive for Paper Straws

Published on 2021-09-27. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Waterborne Adhesives      Sustainability / Natural Adhesives    

H.B. Fuller India Launches Water-based Adhesive for Paper StrawsH.B. Fuller India launches Swift®tak PS5600-I, a water-based, food-safe adhesive under its Swift®tak brand to meet the increasing paper straws demand. Paper straws have been a challenge for the industry and consumers alike, but the company’s latest launch offers differentiated advantages in terms of sustainability, safety, and manufacturing efficiency.

As more consumers are adopting an “anti-single use plastic” mindset and governments are reacting with a sense of urgency, paper straws are now becoming an increasingly important alternative. As a result, its team in India has launched Swift®tak PS5600-I, a food-safe adhesive for the paper straw market.

Water-based, Liquid-resistance & Food-safe Adhesive

Developed by local H.B. Fuller scientists, the new water-based technology enables improved food-safe solutions that maintain straw integrity while the consumer is enjoying a beverage, and create durable paper straws that withstand three-hour resistance in a wide range of liquids, including water, juices, soft drinks, and milk. Straws made with Swift®tak adhesives meet FDA 176.170 regulatory.

No matter if you are starting your paper straw business, expanding your portfolio from plastic to paper, or simply upgrading your technology to be high water-resistant, choosing the right adhesive is key to creating a safe, long-lasting paper straw that maintains its integrity during use and that help reduce environmental footprint”, said Harsh Gupta, IMEA managing director. “The new Swift®tak PS5600-I is plasticizer-free, offers more than three-hour liquid resistance and great operational efficiency,” added Gupta

The company has advanced its grade of adhesives for fast-moving paper straw machines, taking manufacturing to a new level of efficiency and product quality. Swift®tak supports fast-setting products that are easier and cleaner to work with and cause less wear and tear on machinery. Hence, this straw solution allows manufacturers to focus more on product quality and output and less on operational concerns. Additionally, as beverage brands, restaurants, and corporations make the transition from plastic to paper straws, it is important that they offer liquid-resistant, compliant, and food-safe straws made for a more sustainable future.

Adhesive Suitable for High-speed Paper Straw Production

By leveraging its laboratory in Shirwal, near Pune, the H.B. Fuller R&D team worked closely with specialized paper and machine manufacturers to customize the formulation for high-speed paper straw production and address specific applications and equipment. Having this capability and technical knowledge based in India, allows the global company to test adhesives with manufacturers’ paper samples prior to running the adhesive on their paper straw lines ̶̶̶
providing confidence in product performance before halting regular production to trial new material.

The industry is steadily moving towards more eco-friendly processes and components. Adhesives, a small, yet central, actor in the change towards circularity and sustainability, are now helping manufacturers address major concerns with plastic and tackling the paper straw market needs to continue to grow in popularity and usage,” concludes Gupta.

Water-based Adhesive from H.B. Fuller

Source: H.B. Fuller

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