Covestro, HB Fuller Team Up for Adhesives
Global companies Covestro and H.B. Fuller have announced a strategic partnership with the goal to make adhesives more sustainable.
Per the agreement, H.B. Fuller is to receive a raw material with an attributed share of renewable feedstock via mass-balance from Covestro. The mass-balanced polyurethane raw material is ISCC-Plus certified, according to the companies, and is to be used in a reactive hot-melt adhesive from H.B. Fuller, where it will replace a proportion of the previous fossil raw materials.
The material is mainly used in the automotive, wood, composite and textile industries.
"We are excited to supply H.B. Fuller as our first customer for adhesive applications with a mass-balanced product," says Thorsten Dreier, Head of the Coatings and Adhesives segment at Covestro.
"With the increased use of such alternative raw materials, we want to become less dependent on petrochemical feedstocks and make our contribution 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."
According to the companies, H.B. Fuller is able to use this solution immediately in its existing manufacturing processes without any technical conversion, and no adjustments are required at its customers’ facilities, either. The product quality is in no way inferior to its conventional counterparts, but the lower attributed CO2 footprint makes the products more sustainable.
"Together with our partner, Covestro, we see this new, strategic product development as an investment in all our futures and a commitment to work towards a more sustainable world,” said Iñaki Sigler, H.B. Fuller's Global Product Manager for Woodworking and Composites.
"The new adhesive solution represents an evolution of previous sustainable product development and will likely extend into other products and areas of production." And he concludes, "We believe that any way CO? 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."