HB Fuller’s hot melt adhesive - Swiftmelt

Swiftmelt is a hotmelt adhesive that is ideal for paper and fabric tapes. HB Fuller’s adhesives have been used around the world in medical applications for more than two decades. The WhatPackaging? team finds out more

22 May 2023 | By Abhay Avadhani

Swiftmelt 1515-I is a hot melt adhesive technology, designed for microporous medical tape applications to be used in stick-to-skin under unique climatic conditions,  such as the high temperatures and humidity in the Indian subcontinent. This bio-compatible solution can be used in medical applications, in hospitals and home care; in stick-to-skin
situations.

The adhesive is ideal for non-woven, surgical tape (microporous paper and fabric), delivering high performance in medical applications and was launched in December 2022, after extensive research, testing and certification. The adhesive is mainly aimed at medical tape and medical device manufacturers.


This is a breakthrough from HB Fuller’s R&D team in Pune in response to India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) market specifics to support advanced stick-to-skin products which are compliant for medical use. The company’s adhesives have been used around the world in medical applications for more than two decades, enabling diverse new ideas and solutions for the industry.


The medical tapes and bandages market is on the rise globally, considering the population pressure, the growing prevalence of diseases, and the increasing number of surgeries. This segment is expected to reach USD 850.1 million in India, as reported on the Medical Tapes and Bandages Market – Global Forecast 2026 by MarketsandMarkets.

Swiftmelt 1515-I is H.B. Fuller’s first bio-compatible product in IMEA. The adhesive has successfully passed ISO 10993-5 certification for cytotoxicity, which is not toxic to human cells. The product was designed to be used under unique climatic conditions, such as high temperatures and humidity in the Indian subcontinent.

It delivers effective high tack, secure and quick bonding, under high temperature and with shear resistance. The product shows balancing adhesion and ease of removal from skin without any adhesive residual. It is suitable for the production lines. To use, put the pillow pack in the hot melt coater and apply by direct coating on the substrate. Since the product is a 100% solid thermoplastic adhesive, there’s no carrier solvent to evaporate with costly drying ovens as required with traditional solvent based adhesive.

The assembly line speed is around 100 metres per minute. HB Fuller operates our manufacturing facilities according to local and global guidelines, such as Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) and international certifications. Our plant in Pune holds certification in Quality and Environmental Management Systems: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, respectively. The key customers majorly include tape, label and medical device manufacturers.

Contact person and details:
Shekhar Shinde, accounts manager, India,
H B Fuller.
Email: Shekhar.Shinde@hbfuller.com.
 

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