Ashland Inc. and Mark Andy Inc. recently announced they have launched a film lamination technology that uses equipment advancements and new solvent-free adhesive technology to enable narrow- and mid-web converters to perform near-line slitting within hours of lamination. The combination of materials and machinery reportedly will save converters time, labor costs, and adhesive scrap; reduce line downtime; and improve productivity.

The technology reportedly uses Ashland’s Purelam 9500/9240 laminating adhesive in conjunction with Mark Andy’s in-line adhesive delivery solution to speed curing and processing efficiency on press. This technology reportedly enables in-line solvent-free lamination without pre-mix of adhesive components.

“Ashland is excited to be working with an industry leader like Mark Andy to revolutionize the way narrow and mid web converters laminate films for flexible food packaging,” said David Hatgas, global business director, adhesives and coatings, Ashland. “Beyond just focusing on products, we are focused on delivering innovation that enables our customers to improve product quality and to achieve lower cost in use.

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