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Graphic element A new safe and effective solvent-free adhesive primer
     
 
This project is one of the first in the world to deliver a safe and effective water-based primer, opening doors to both major new customers and important commercial links.
 

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.

Cordis RCN: 14266
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