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Global adhesive leader’s investment in UV acrylic HMPSA manufacturing enables new products’ launch in high-performance markets

Bostik, adhesive solutions by Arkema, has invested in UV acrylic hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive (UV acrylic HMPSA) capabilities, which, effective April 2024, expands the manufacture of UV acrylic HMPSAs within its North American facilities and brings its high-performance portfolio to market.

“Our investment in UV acrylic HMPSA furthers our efforts to provide customers with more sustainable adhesive options that meet their ever-evolving application requirements,” said Stuart May, Bostik’s Global Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Segment Director. “As a division within Arkema, this is just one example of our company’s commitment to reducing environmental impact without sacrificing performance capabilities or output efficiencies needed by our customers.”

UV acrylic HMPSAs offer key cost and sustainability advantages. Based on internal testing and data, they enable production lines to run up to 5 times faster, depending on deposition and number of UV lights, because they do not require drying ovens. In addition to increasing production efficiencies, this capability decreases energy usage and plant footprint. Further, converters can achieve a much higher coat weight in a single pass compared to other technologies, which keeps production lines moving and manufacturing costs to a minimum while also reducing product waste.

Read the company’s article in ASI Magazine that details UV acrylic HMPSAs’ economic, performance and sustainability value. Bostik is also conducting a podcast about UV acrylic HMPSAs with Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine in April 2024. Be sure to listen in, and stay tuned for upcoming webinars about Bostik’s UV acrylic hot melt portfolio.

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About Bostik

Bostik, the adhesive solutions division of Arkema, is a global player in specialty adhesives for the construction, consumer, and industrial markets which develops innovative and multifunctional sealing and bonding solutions that have been shaping our daily lives for over 130 years. With annual sales of 2.9 billion euros in 2022, a presence in more than 40 countries, and 7,000 employees, Bostik is committed to meeting the major ecological, energy and technological challenges through its innovations. It is focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence to meet the expectations of its customers and partners.

About Arkema

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into 3 complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 91% of Group sales in 2022, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of around €11.5 billion ($12.1 billion USD) in 2022, and operates in some 55 countries with 21,100 employees worldwide.

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