Hot Melt Adhesives
Learn more about the benefits of Hotmelt adhesives
Hotmelt adhesives are used in a huge range of applications. They are normally applied at temperatures between 120 – 170ºC using specialised equipment. As the adhesive cools it sets very rapidly forming bonds in just a few seconds.
We offer the following types of hotmelt:
Metallocene – these are mainly used in the food packaging industry for closing and sealing cardboard cartons. They are clear in colour, have low/no odour, are very heat stable & clean running. They offer significant advantages over traditional EVA hotmelts and when customers are installing new equipment we would always recommend they use metallocene hotmelt
EVA – although they are still used in the food packaging industry they are quickly being replaced by metallocenes. They are however still widely used for the manufacture of cardboard packaging, books and furniture.
PSA – pressure sensitive hotmelts remain permanently sticky at room temperature. This makes them particularly suitable for labelling, self seal envelopes and cartons, pallet stabilisation & bookbinding.
HMPUR – polyurethane hotmelts are mainly used for bookbinding and furniture manufacture. They have excellent water and heat resistance & form incredibly strong bonds.
The Planamelt range from german manufacturer Planatol burst on to the scene and has changed the way we think about bookbinding hotmelts. Planamelt combines the advantages of EVA and HMPUR hotmelts and eliminates the disadvantages, to provide an improved biding experience. More information is available on our partners page