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The Sustainability Question

Andy Extance – Sep 21, 2011

Sustainability is a buzzword of our times, becoming an increasingly important aim for companies and governments alike. In the adhesive industry, it usually means replacing petrochemicals with plant-derived alternatives. In fact, there's already a good track record with adhesive raw materials like starch. However, a five-fold rise in the price of gum rosin used in hot melt adhesives shows what the limited output from plants can lead to. Crop prices are already rising steeply, in part due to their increasing use for energy and chemical purposes. So, with concerns about security of petrochemical supply, where then is sustainability to be found in the adhesive industry?

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