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New H.B. Fuller adhesive tackles ‘noisy’ packaging

March 7, 2011

The adhesive addresses high noise levels in Ingeo based flexible packaging laminations.

H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) expands its proven Flextra family of flexible packaging adhesives to introduce Flextra Quiet laminating adhesive – its first water-based adhesive technology to address the challenge of high noise levels in flexible packaging produced with Ingeo (PLA) based laminations.

“Our team at H.B. Fuller is focused on perfecting adhesives that address the needs of the flexible packaging industry,” says Brian Glasbrenner, North American sales manager, flexible packaging. “Consumer packaged goods manufacturers have told us they need innovative solutions to reduce the noise levels of PLA based packaging materials, and we have delivered an adhesive solution to address the issue.”

The team at H.B. Fuller – business development manager, application engineer, research chemist, applications specialist and sales manager – drew upon the company's collective knowledge and ingenuity to develop a sound reducing laminating adhesive. First, lab trials were run with the adhesive formulation in the company’s St. Paul, MN, USA, pilot facility to achieve the desired sound reducing properties. Following successful lab trials, the company was able to test the formulation by bonding PLA film on Fuller’s full production-scale laminator.

H.B. Fuller has been a global adhesives provider for nearly 125 years. With fiscal 2010 net revenue of $1.36 billion, H.B. Fuller serves customers in packaging, hygiene, paper converting, general assembly, woodworking, construction and consumer businesses.