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Tough Questions Remain for Bio-based Adhesive Raw Materials

SpecialChem / May 1, 2013

Why do adhesive formulators select a new raw material? Most likely, they do it because it's cheaper than the old one. Or possibly they choose it because they get newer capabilities. But a unique set of criteria seems to apply when it comes to choosing to formulate with bio-based raw materials. In Click'n'Vote polls in June 2009 and January 2012, Omnexus4Adhesives readers chose environmental credentials as the most important reason for their interest in renewable and bio-based adhesives. Those voters were mainly adhesive users, which makes formulating products with renewable and bio-based raw materials to target them a competitive advantage. As customer preference pulls these materials into adhesives, the April Specialchem4Adhesives CnV poll asked what the biggest challenge in choosing between them was. And when I saw the results, I wondered: Are newer bio-based materials really delivering what they promise yet?

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