Making the switch to less hazardous adhesives

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For UK businesses who use solvented adhesives as part of their manufacturing processes, now could be an ideal time to review their current work environment and make the necessary changes to maximise productivity and overall quality by making the switch to less hazardous adhesives, says Chemique Adhesives.

Chemique Adhesives has for many years been pioneering water-based technology in terms of adhesives and application equipment and continually strives to grow the business in areas which lend themselves to water-based technology. Due to their flexibility and practicality, water-based adhesives are an excellent choice for many industries as they can be an economically viable alternative when compared to solvent-based adhesives. One of the main advantages of water-based adhesives is that they are environmentally friendly and minimize the impact of pollutants due to the absence of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They are also highly resistant, form a strong bond and can adhere to a variety of substrates, the company says.

Stuart Francis, managing director of Chemique Adhesives, comments: “For over 30 years, we have made progressive steps towards eliminating hazardous solvents from the workplace by replacing these with our state-of-the-art water-based adhesive systems, which offer a solution to traditional solvent based types that have both environmental and safety shortcomings.”

“In the past our water-based adhesive range has been particularly suited to the foam and furniture industry, however with the introduction of our new water-based polymer systems, these adhesives are now ideal for a number of markets and manufacturing processes including automotive and insulated panel lamination.”

Water-based adhesives can be applied either manually or automatically, by rolling or spraying and with the right formulation and viscosity, can complement exact production requirements.

Chemique Adhesives says that its range is suitable for:

  • Aircraft seating
  • Automotive interiors
  • Contract furniture
  • Foam conversion
  • Insulation products
  • Mattress manufacture
  • Office seating & screens
  • Sofas
  • Soft furnishings

On-site or laboratory testing is also carried out to prove that the recommended adhesive will not only provide a less hazardous option but can also offer cost savings, improved efficiency, and increased output. In addition, the company also offers installation and maintenance services.