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When the industry gathers in Tokyo for the World Adhesive & Sealant Conference 2016 (WAC2016), the key words will be Environment, Creation and Evolution. One of the speakers is Dr. Peter Kaali, Technical Advisor CMI Nynas Naphthenics.
The World Adhesive & Sealant Conference (WAC) is held every four years, alternating between America, Europe and Asia. This important international forum brings together not only manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, but also suppliers of raw materials, equipment manufacturers and salespersons all in one place.
Items on the programme include a presentation by Dr. Peter Kaali, Technical Advisor CMI Nynas Naphthenics. Under the heading of “Applicability of rosins in mPO based hot melt adhesives”, he will deal with and highlight resin and polymer compatibility in hot melt adhesives.
“Typically, the new metallocene-based polyolefins are not compatible with rosin or other natural based tackifiers. Our idea is to use mineral oil as a compatibiliser between these two materials. We have evaluated a variety of tackifiers and oils with different characteristics in order to get an idea of the most suitable one. The first results from the project are promising, but we need to continue development work in order to achieve the best results,” confirms Peter Kaali.
This year’s four-day conference will be held in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, starting on 25 October. The content of the conference, which has “Creating Tomorrow” as its headline theme, will cover three main concepts. Environment focuses on life cycle considerations for adhesive and sealant industries. Creation is about innovative adhesive and its nature, while the focus of Evolution is on adhesion evaluation technology in the future.
There is undoubtedly a major need to discuss the industry’s development, in view of the fact that the global adhesive industry has achieved remarkable development. But there are also major challenges for the future. These include not least environmental problems, legislative controls and raw material supply problems, all areas that are becoming increasingly complicated and globalised.
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