Waltham, Massachusetts — Novomer Inc. and The Hanson Group llc have partnered to develop a high-performance flexible urethane adhesive for footwear and textile applications, which Waltham, Massachusetts-based Novomer will be showcasing at the European Coatings Show, 17-19 March, in Nuremberg, Germany.
The adhesive is based on Novomer's unique CO2-based polycarbonate polyols, which contain up to 50 percent CO2 by weight, have a 3-9 times carbon footprint advantage over existing petroleum-based polyols, and deliver very high strength and excellent durability/weatherability in urethane applications, Novomer claims.
The formulated adhesive system is free of volatile organic compounds, and forms a two-component reactive urethane which promises increased adhesive and cohesive strength as well as improved hydrolytic stability compared to conventional urethane adhesives.
Novomer said it will also be presenting a technical paper on this technology during the conference's Adhesives & Sealants I track on 19 March.
Novomer points out that the carbon footprint advantage "is due to the use of CO2 as a raw material and the fact that our manufacturing process requires little energy input (mild pressures, low temperatures of only about 40 deg C). These advantages are all enabled by Novomer's unique, proprietary catalyst system," the company explained.