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H.B. Fuller partners Covestro to introduce sustainable adhesives

Published on :Thursday, September 9, 2021

H.B. Fuller recently ropes in Covestro to introduce sustainable adhesives. H.B. Fuller one of the leading brands known for offering Adhesives has recently announced a strategic partnership with Covestro, one of the world’s largest polymer suppliers, to introduce sustainable adhesives at the global platform and reduce climate impact responsibly.  The new product from H.B. Fuller will ensure a reduced climate impact for the woodworking, composites, textiles and automotive industries.

“We are driven by the very present need to reduce CO2 emissions and look after the world around us, and so too are our customers”, says Iñaki Sigler, H.B. Fuller’s Global Product Manager for Woodworking and Composites. “This inspires us to continually explore new avenues to reduce our products’ environmental footprint and encourage our supply chain to do the same. Together with our partner, Covestro, we see this new, strategic product development as an investment in all our futures and a commitment to a more sustainable world.”

Bio-based feedstock partially substitutes fossil raw materials through the mass balance approach.

The new ingredient that is used in the adhesive from H.B. Fuller is a bio-attributed raw material created via a mass balance approach and will replace a proportion of previous fossil raw materials. Renewable raw materials are used as feedstock at the very beginning of the value chain and processed together with fossil-based ingredients in the same production units. The characteristic of the renewable feedstock process is then attributed to the end-product.

“We are excited to supply H.B. Fuller as our first customer for adhesive applications with a mass-balanced product,” says Dr. Thorsten Dreier, Head of Coatings and Adhesives at Covestro. “With the increased use of such alternative raw materials, we want to become less dependent on petrochemical feedstocks and contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Alternative raw materials are part of a comprehensive program to work with our partners to drive the transition to a Circular Economy and ultimately become fully circular ourselves.”

Iñaki Sigler concludes, “We believe that any way CO2 emissions can be reduced should be embraced, no matter how small, because many small steps can add up to a strong economy of scale and a giant leap forward for the adhesives industry.”

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