Making the switch to less hazardous adhesives


With Britain having recently left the EU, there could be some big changes ahead for UK businesses who use solvented adhesives as part of their manufacturing processes – so it now seems like the ideal time to use this as an opportunity to review your current work environment and make the necessary changes  to maximise productivity and product quality by making the switch to less hazardous adhesives.making the switch

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. 

Stuart Francis, Managing Director of Chemique Adhesives comments, “Over the past 30 years we have made progressive strides towards eliminating hazardous solvents from the workplace by replacing these with our state-of-the-art water based adhesive systems.  Our reputation in the UK foam and furniture market is second to none and chances are that the sofa or mattress in your home will contain adhesives from Chemique”.

This year Chemique Adhesives will be adding several new water-based and hot melt adhesives to its existing range which are ideally suited to the foam and furniture industry. These adhesives offer a solution to traditional solvent based types that have both environmental and safety shortcomings. Not only this but the new water-based polymer systems will also be suitable for other markets, giving them the chance to go hazard-free including manufacturers of scouring pads and insulated panel lamination, where in the past only solvent or polyurethane systems would work.

If environmental and safety concerns along with product quality and profitability are key issues for your company, now could well be the time to find out more about switching to solvent-free bonding! And don't forget that expert support is readily available, not only to help you choose the right product, but to also assist you in making the switch with minimal disruption whilst optimising your bonding systems and practices.

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As a business owner you may find that one of your biggest challenges is balancing your company’s immediate needs with its long-term goals. Both are equally important, especially if your business is going through a growth period. This is why, if you are a user of adhesives, you may be debating whether you should invest in equipment for the long term or take the more conservative approach of buying ‘off-the-shelf’ products and equipment to reduce immediate expenditure.

Let’s examine some of the issues involved. You may well feel that you already have a reliable supply chain for your adhesive requirements; for example, the adhesive you need for your furniture production is sourced from a local distributor that carries most makes and types. Maybe the adhesive dispensing system used in your production process was purchased from an installer and your fume extraction system came from yet another supplier.

It looks like everything is running smoothly, but you’re relying on many suppliers who have no formal connection yet must work together to keep your adhesive operations on track. So, if there’s a problem, are you confident that you can get the support you need when you need it? And are you sure that there will be no blame shifting, as Inevitably things sometimes do go wrong and when one of the links in your manufacturing chain breaks, it can leave your business vulnerable to costly downtime.