Adhesives are among the most important and widespread
materials in use in modern industrial production. However, they
remain dangerous and often volatile substances. Primers and other
products are often needed to prepare surfaces or otherwise complete
gluing processes. The emissions of traditional halogenated or hydrocarbon
solvent-based primers have been linked to cancer and other serious
diseases. New laws like those being applied in Germany now prohibit
the use of halogenated solvents, leading to an ever-increasing demand
for solvent-free products.
This project was aimed at developing a new solvent-free
primer and then successfully launching it on the adhesives market.
Project partner Jowat became one of the first companies in the world
to deliver a safe and effective water-based primer. In addition,
a new testing procedure for inspecting samples with hotmelt adhesives
was submitted to the German adhesive council as a contribution to
new standards development.
A cumulated turnover of over 2.5 million
euro has now been achieved, and the new product has been invaluable
in helping Jowat access new markets and increase its market share.
Partners say the new product has opened a lot of doors to both major
new customers and important commercial links.