Rohm and Haas To Exhibit Solvent Free Adhesives at Drupa

PHILADELPHIA, PA | Specialty Materials Company Rohm and Haas will present advanced, solvent-free laminating adhesives at Drupa 2008. These adhesives products are said to enhance environmental benefits and productivity for food packaging.

Through water-based acrylic technology, Robond adhesives offer properties that are particularly important to Drupa's European converter attendees, who are challenged by increasing regulation and informed, highly aware consumers. Rohm and Haas's second-generation Robond technology answers their concerns with its environmentally advanced formulations, excellent food safety and faster processing during packaging, according to the company. Its water-based acrylic and solventless polyurethane laminating adhesives offer competitive advantages to a dynamic industry that is starting to replace solvent-based materials.

Robond adhesives provide high shear strength that allows faster slitting to streamline the laminating process, thereby allowing converters to lower inventory and reduce delivery time to customers—key productivity advantages in the very competitive flexible packaging market, which is currently experiencing high customer cost pressures. More versatile, new second-generation products now offer enhanced capabilities that handle general and medium performance applications, as well as selected, higher-performance applications such as triplex structures containing aluminum foil used in the packaging of aggressive foodstuffs.

The company's solventless Mor-Free ELM series will also be featured at Drupa as another key environmentally advanced technology. The amount of free isocyanate monomer in Mor-Free ELM products is below 0.1 percent, which drastically lowers the risk of PAA formation and therefore reduces the waiting time needed prior to shipment, Rohn and Haas reports.

Mor-Free ELM bonding agents are also well suited for general to medium performance food packaging applications. For more information, visit: www.rohmhaas.com.


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