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Natural-Based Adhesives for Packaging and Converting

SpecialChem / Feb 9, 2005

Although other adhesive technologies and forms, such as hot melts, have taken some market share in recent years, natural-based waterborne adhesives are still very popular, are growing in volume and will be used for many years to come. They are the adhesives of choice in many industries. Contrary to popular belief, hot melts do not dominate the packaging and converting (P&C) industries. All available information points to P&C adhesives being primarily waterborne and suggests that a sizable percentage of these adhesives are natural based. Following are some statistics. * U.S. formulated adhesive industry - P&C 47%, waterborne 58.9%.1 * Natural-based adhesives, from a global standpoint, comprise about 37% of the total demand.2 * Starch and dextrin adhesives account for approximately 58% of the U.S. packaging market.3 Seeing these figures, one has to wonder if flexible packaging, corrugated starches, etc., are included. At any rate, there is no doubt that P&C is a large adhesive market and that natural-based adhesives are an important part of that market - although frequently ignored.

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