New Fast-curing Solvent-free Adhesive for Sustainable Packaging DIC Corporation has developed DUALAM™, an instant curing solvent-free adhesive for general purpose packaging. The instant curing technology is a result of collaborative innovation together with Fuji Kikai Kogyo Co., Ltd., responsible for the design and creation of a solvent-free lamination machine perfectly suited for DUALAM™.
Key Features of DUALAM™ Adhesive
DIC'S fast-curing solvent-free adhesive, DUALAM™, offers several advantageous performances as follows:
Wider applications for lamination structure (multi-layered applications).
Instant curing and shortened aging time of the laminated film.
Longer pot life of the adhesive.
Lower emission of volatile organic compound (VOC) and CO2.
Improved appearance of the laminated film.
In addition to its efforts to increase the sustainable packaging and adhesives products portfolio, the DIC Group also focused on practical matters such as increasing the versatility of adhesives used in packaging solutions but has faced challenges finding ideal curing speeds and stable lamination processes. Further, the resulting adhesives were, until now, only suitable for use with lightweight packaging materials.
Developing Solvent-free Adhesives with Low VOC
The DIC Group is guided by DIC’s new medium-term management plan, DIC 111, which directs the Group to work towards providing environmentally friendly products as well as economic value as a part of its ongoing innovation. Global warming, climate change and other environmental issues demand an increased attention to sustainability matters which influence the packaging and adhesive industries. Considering these important issues, the DIC Group has made significant strides towards reducing its environmental impact and has developed numerous solvent-free adhesives with low-volatile organic compound (VOC).
In collaboration with a packaging converter, Nihon Packaging Material Co., Ltd., the DIC Group plans to test DUALAM™ for more diverse packaging applications.