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Adhesive Industry Wrap-Up 2017 & What Will Come in 2018?

Dr Vysakh Prasad – Dec 5, 2017

Adhesive Industry Round-upThe adhesives and sealant market is extremely diverse and complex with numerous products with broad application windows. Regulations and approvals for each industry sector are different and vary between countries. Thus, for an A&S manufacturer, it is vital and challenging to make sure that their products fulfil country- and industry-specific regulations and at the same time match the customer’s performance and application requirements.

The increasing concern about employee and product safety and the environmental impact during the life cycle of the product, push A&S producers to modify their strategies. More sustainable solutions need to be developed to be competitive in the market and to be prepared for the future.

Thus, it is of crucial importance for you to understand the key trends that affect the A&S industry and be able to answer the following key questions:

  » What are the key drivers for innovation?
  » What is already happening in the A&S following the drivers?
  » How to adopt or incorporate new business strategies to serve the changing end customer industry and provide the most sustainable solutions?

A closer look at the end consumer markets and the understanding of the occurring trends will provide the necessary answers to the above questions. Also, it can give a clearer impression about what and where these trends will drive the A&S markets.

So, let's take a look at the three key aspects within the global megatrend sustainability and understand how these trends direct innovation...

Sustainability – The Global Megatrend


#1. More Bio-based Raw Materials / Less Harmful Substances


Sustainability became a hot topic and a global trend more than ever in all industries and A&S is no difference to it. Looking for renewable resources to manufacture adhesives and sealants is becoming more important and the tendency to move away from the petroleum-based raw materials is increasing. The focus lies on bio-based raw materials that promote a safer and more efficient production of adhesives and sealants.

Megatrend of Sustainability
Sustainability aspects became inevitable and
a value selling point in the A&S industry
Megatrend of Sustainability

The ever-increasing importance of sustainability can be easily accounted with the recent innovations and developments, example:

  » Covestro AG has developed Desmodur® eco N 7300 and Bayhydur® eco 7190, the bio-based diisocyanate monomers for PU-adhesive systems. Nevertheless, this does not reduce the concerns of the customers regarding the general use of diisocynate and its safe handling. Thus, there will be lot of innovation happening in the coming years with “isocyanate free solutions”.

  » Another example, which further underlines the increasing importance of sustainability, includes the replacement of formaldehyde by bio-based raw materials to create “Formaldehyde-free” solutions.

Formaldehyde was classified as carcinogenic and mutagenic in the EU directive. This affects a variety of business sectors, especially in the furniture industry. As a consequence, the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in conjunction with AVALON Industries is launching a research project to replace formaldehyde in phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resins with a bio-based, non-toxic chemical platform 5-HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural).

Thus, replacement of harmful substances by sustainable sourcing will be a key area, which will see many innovations in the future. However, the use of bio-based adhesives will remain a niche until the end products in the application industry become more bio-based.

Continue reading this article to know other two aspects within the global megatrend sustainability directing innovations...

1 Comments on "Adhesive Industry Wrap-Up 2017 & What Will Come in 2018?"
Shrikant A Jan 9, 2018
Dear Vysakh Prasad I am etremely delighted to receive your mesasge through Linkedin.com I could just go through yr Article at a glace. My first impression is , this is wonderful study of the preveling situation as far as A& S Industry is concerned . You have really taken very sincere and Hard efforts to write this technical article . I am trying to promote this concept in India since 2014. I have two Patents , for Eco Freindly water borne , Water Repellent Coating and Natrual Rubber Latex based Pressure Sensitive Adhesives for a variety of applications , incluiding Electrical Insulation, Heat & Cold Insulation, Mounting, Surface Protection, and Cold Storage packaging. I am really impressed and feel proud to be associated with you. Keep up your Good contribution towards eco freindly solutions. Good Luck , and Warm Regards

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