Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist catering to industrial, construction, and consumer markets, is set to present Bostik SF10M at the 10th Specialty Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit. This adhesive is claimed to be the world’s first RecyClass-approved laminating adhesive. The summit is scheduled to take place on 31 August and 1 September 2023, in Mumbai, India.
Bostik SF10M is a solvent-free aromatic polyurethane-based laminating adhesive that was purposely designed for mono-material structures, more specifically for polyethylene and polypropylene films to enable high-quality recyclability of packaging. The company asserts its efficacy, especially for laminates comprised of printed or unprinted polyolefin films, encompassing MDO-PE, BOPE, LDPE, CPP, BOPP, along with metallized BOPP. Notably, it boasts seamless compatibility with elevated line speeds, reaching up to 400 meters per minute, all without necessitating any process adjustments.
At the end of 2020, Bostik SF10M was thoroughly tested and approved by RecyClass as fully compatible with the EU PE flexible recycling stream and since then its recyclability performance has been confirmed in the field. RecyClass is a non-profit, comprehensive cross-industry initiative that advances plastic packaging recyclability and ensures traceability and transparency of recycled plastic content in Europe.
Bostik SF10M is fully commercial and contributes to the circularity of packaging by enabling higher quality recyclate. Additionally, by utilizing a solvent-free 2K system, which reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission levels, it helps reducing impact on the environment during the converting process. Essentially, Bostik SF10M contributes to packaging circularity without compromising on consumer safety, food protection and packaging performance.
“According to a 2023 report by technavio, In India, there is an increasing use of innovative packaging such as stand-up pouches, primarily in the food industry. Coupled with the growing focus on sustainability, customers today are looking for recyclable, biodegradable and low VOC-emitting products. Safe and recyclable adhesives such as Bostik SF10M will enable packaging converters and manufacturers to gear up against plastic pollution and drive a circular economy for India and the Asia Pacific region,” said Bhargava Amit, flexible packaging business manager, Bostik India.