19 February 2020
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Strong bonds

For over 20 years, Chemique Adhesives has helped UK furniture manufacturer, Boss Design to produce innovative, high quality products and solutions that boasts the many attributes of British engineering, craftsmanship and cutting-edge design.

Chemique Adhesives has always been committed to providing its customers with advice and expertise and from this have established a strong relationship with Boss Design, by being its sole supplier of adhesives and application equipment.

During the past two decades that both companies have been working together, Boss Design’s needs have grown, and Chemique Adhesives’ expertise has always been equal to addressing the challenges faced.

Dave Smith, production manager at Boss Design tasked Chemique with removing solvent-based adhesives from its main production facility, to be replaced with a two-part water-based adhesive.

“ProAqua 2 is a high-performance, user-friendly alternative to a solvent-based adhesive,” says James Thorpe, Chemique Adhesives’ sales manager. “That allows for a better manufacturing and application process, as well as a safer working environment.

“Our ProAqua two-part water-based adhesives are unique in that they offer excellent adhesion to the complete range of substrates used by Boss Design including moulded and cut foams, a range of fabrics, wood and of course, where most struggle, plastics. The bond to plastics when using ProAqua 2 is second to none in the UK and has helped Boss Design win coveted contracts where their clients insist on non-hazardous materials being used”.

ProAqua 2 is claimed to provide excellent tack even on difficult substrates and another advantage is that there is no fabric bleed-through so there is no need for retouching and cleaning after application.

Chemique also installed a state-of-the-art adhesive metering system and recirculating extraction system, providing a safer, healthier option that eliminated the need to vent the atmosphere.

Boss Design was one of the first UK based office furniture companies to successfully switch from solvents. Today, the majority of Chemique’s customers within this sector are using one of its water-based adhesives.

Over the years as Boss Design has grown, it has moved to larger premises and each move has involved Chemique’s engineering team, which has dismantled and rebuilt spray booths and equipment as well as making any necessary upgrades.

Chemique’s ‘Total Service Package’ sees equipment is regularly serviced and any breakdowns that may occur are dealt with quickly and efficiently reducing any down time.

The quality of the adhesives provided by Chemique has meant that over the last 20 years Boss Design has never had an adhesive related complaint on any chair that has been made. Smith explains: “The quality of the products and service supplied by Chemique means that I have one less thing to worry about, safe in the knowledge that I have the best adhesives available today and that any breakdown issues are quickly resolved.”

Tom Austin-Morgan

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