Michelman’s Water Resistant HydraBan Coatings Make Innovative Solutions Possible

Michelman’s HydraBan® is a brand of water-based coatings designed for use on paper and paperboard. It provides water repellency, excellent gluability, printability, and is available for food contact applications.

HydraBan reportedly offers two properties critical to designers and converters of packaging for perishables and building products – water-resistance and release – without sacrificing recyclability.

HydraBan is reportedly repulpable and PFAS-free. It could help meet light-weighting initiatives as an alternative to wax, PE extrusion coating, and film lamination techniques. Additionally, it could offer improved water barrier properties for perishable and frozen foods like seafood, fruits, and ice cream to converters of paper plates, cups, and food packaging.

A recent and essential non-food application of HydraBan is for corrugate-based beds intended for use by hospitals and COVID-19 quarantine centers. Because of its water-resistant properties, HydraBan was reportedly used to enhance the performance of lightweight beds created by Indian-based Aryan Paper Group, who have taken an active role in India’s COVID-19 response.

“We designed these beds, knowing that the inclusion of HydraBan makes them water-resistant to withstand mopping and disinfecting for repeated use,” said Param Gandhi, business development director, Aryan Paper Group.

The beds, 100 percent recyclable and incredibly lightweight, are easily lifted by a single person, but still very strong and durable.

“Paperboard treated with Michelman water-based coatings provides good barrier properties and is often the best combination for environmentally friendly packaging or other innovative structures such as these beds. We salute Aryan Paper Group for their innovation and quick response to this pandemic sweeping across the globe,” said Shailesh Nema, vice president and managing director, Michelman India.

For more information, visit https://www.michelman.com.

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