Adhesives Blog


Are Solventless Adhesives Worth It? (11/19/08)

November 19, 2008
While these solventless adhesives sound like the way to go for converting applications - no solvent means no emissions, no ovens are required, much higher speeds can be achieved, and less energy is used - they might not be the end-all solution for all manufacturers.

This month’s issue features an article on Making the Case for Solventless Adhesives. While these solventless adhesives sound like the way to go for converting applications - no solvent means no emissions, no ovens are required, much higher speeds can be achieved, and less energy is used - they might not be the end-all solution for all manufacturers. The authors cite ink smears and other unforeseen costs with the technology, such as the up-front cost of a solventless laminator and special meter/mix/dispense pump.

So are the benefits of solventless worth the trouble? As the industry shifts toward “green” and environmental friendliness, this technology might be a wise choice for many converters. However, considering the downward spiral our economy is taking, as well as rises in raw material and feedstock prices - not to mention that it simply costs more to operate a plant and conduct everyday business (have you purchased an airline ticket lately??) - these adhesives might be too much of an investment for smaller companies to justify. Does the ends, in this case, justify the means? Or are companies being forced to invest in this due to customer demand for “green” and to stay competitive?

Let’s get the discussion started with some comments below!


You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASI April 2014 Photo Gallery

Our April 2014 issue is now available!

Podcasts

ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

More Podcasts

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI march 2015 cover

2015 March

Welcome to our annual Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

Paid Leave

President Obama recently announced he wants U.S. businesses and the federal government to provide paid sick leave and paid parental leave to all workers. Do you think this is a good idea?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ADHESIVES STORE

handbook-sealant-tech.gif
Handbook of Sealant Technology

The Handbook of Sealant Technology provides an in-depth examination of sealants, reviewing their historical developments and fundamentals, adhesion theories and properties, and today’s wide range of applications.

More Products

ASI 2014 Buyers GuideASI's Buyers' Guide

Annual purchasing resource for equipment used in the manufacture/formulation of adhesives, sealants, pressure sensitives, tapes and labels and for application of finished adhesives. 

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40px twitter_40  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40 google+ icon ASI 30px

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.