Two low-odor adhesives from Huntsman Advanced Materials have secured the JEC Composites Innovation Award. The award is recognized worldwide as one of the most prestigious accolades a new composite product can receive.

The company reports that ARALDITE® 2080 and ARALDITE® 2081 adhesives drive productivity and support lowering CO2 emissions. In addition, they help companies to reduce costs without the compromises often associated with traditional adhesives, such as high odor, flammability, toxicity profiles, and the need for surface preparation. The adhesives reportedly provide exceptional bonding performance on multiple substrates (different plastics, composites, and metal).

The innovation is a new acrylic adhesives technology that cures fast, creates high strength and high elongation bonds, offers outstanding stress, and impact resistance, and importantly, unlike many structural adhesives, provides an effective solution to multiple sustainability-related challenges, without compromising performance. The products also boast a non- flammable classification, favorable health and safety profile, low odor, and limited surface preparation which make them safer and easier to use. 

Unlike traditional methyl-methacrylate-based products, the new ARALDITE adhesives are not classified as flammable, which leads to lower usage costs and environmental impact by reducing the need for specialized safety training, and special storage and transportation conditions. Additionally, since the new acrylic technology is not subject to several transportation restrictions such as road transport in tunnels, CO2 emissions are reduced by optimizing delivery routes.

Alexander Weis, strategic marketing manager for Adhesives with Huntsman, said, "We are incredibly proud the judges at JEC have recognized our efforts and awarded ARALDITE low-odor adhesives with this prestigious title. This product range is a prime example of how we are helping our customers to solve pressing challenges in more sustainable ways.”

Started in 1996, the JEC Innovation Awards has aimed to highlight and reward composites champions, based on criteria such as partner involvement in the value chain, technicality, or commercial applications of innovations. 

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