Perstorp and Corbion have developed a lactide caprolactone copolymer for hot melt adhesive applications, as a result from a partnership agreement they signed in 2011.
The product is part of Perstorp’s Capa Lactide and the two companies are market leaders in their respective fields of caprolactones (Perstorp) and lactides (Corbion).
The new material is expected to be the first in a series of innovations for the adhesive industry.
The new product has a renewable content exceeding 80% and is fully compostable – providing adhesives manufacturers with the technology to improve food safety aspects of packaging and meet the growing demand for more sustainable products.
“This new material represents the culmination of two years’ joint development work with Perstorp,” says Corbion’s senior VP Biochemicals Marco Bootz.
“It will create a strong technology platform for the development of polymers that provide a genuine alternative to traditional materials like EVA [ethylene vinyl acetate] and mPE [metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene] for the adhesive industry.”
The Capa product is expected to be commercially available in the final quarter of this year and will be brought to market by Corbion.