Bostik to present laminating adhesive at flexible packaging summit

Bostik will be showcasing Bostik SF10M, the world’s first RecyClass approved laminating adhesive, at the 10th Specialty Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit, held in Mumbai, on 31 August and 1 September.

28 Aug 2023 | By Abhay Avadhani

Reference image for Bostik SF10M application

With the rising trend of redesigning packaging into mono-materials structures to enable their recyclability, it is important for all packaging components including adhesives, inks, and functional resins to be proven recyclable. Bostik SF10M is a solvent-free aromatic polyurethane-based laminating adhesive. It was designed for mono-material structures, specifically for polyethylene and polypropylene films to enable high quality recyclability of packaging.

It is particularly suitable for laminates consisting of unprinted or printed polyolefin films such as MDO-PE, BOPE, LDPE, CPP, BOPP, as well as metallised BOPP. It is compatible with high line speeds of up to 400-m/min without requiring any process adaptations.

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 commercial and contributes to the circularity of a packaging by enabling higher quality recyclates. Additionally, by utilising a solvent-free 2K system, which reduces volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission levels, it helps reduce impact on the environment during the converting process. Bostik SF10M does not compromise 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.

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