Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
9291 Bryn Mawr Ave,
Rosemont, IL 60018

Ashland focuses on flexible packaging


Toxicologist Joe Spinnato is presenting the latest on laminating adhesives for flexible packaging.

The flexible packaging market is experiencing significant growth. Thus, many narrow web converters in the label market are looking to add flexible packaging to their operations. Ashland, with its history in the flexible packaging market and its relationships across the industry, is well positioned to help narrow web companies make educated decisions about entering the market. The company is focusing on the journey into flexible packaging during Labelexpo. Ashland is in booth 1620.

“As a leading supplier of adhesives and coatings, Ashland has strong ties with key players in all corners of the industry,” says David Hatgas, global business director, adhesives and coatings, Ashland. “We have a toxicologist on staff, and we are well-versed in working with FDA and other regulatory agencies. With this knowledge and our relationships with equipment manufacturers, we can be a valuable resource for companies looking to get into flexible packaging.”

Ashland offers a broad product line for flexible packaging applications including water-based, solvent-based, radiation-curable, and solvent-free laminating adhesives and coatings. The portfolio includes the recently launched Purekote 23589, a water-based, soft-touch matte coating, and Purelam 9500/9240, a solvent-free laminating adhesive with ultra-low migration. Both products have been evaluated by the FDA and can be used in food packaging applications. Aroset 2570 is an excellent resealable pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) for the packaging of wet and dry goods such as baby wipes and moist towelettes. Aroset 2570 adhesive provides good peel adhesion to a variety of surfaces and does not contribute to residue build.

“We’re continually building our expertise and product lines,” adds Hatgas. “We are growing in digital and resealable technologies, and in LED-curables for many applications.”

In addition, Ashland Toxicologist Dr. Joseph Spinnato will present Ashland’s latest advancements in laminating adhesives and explain chemical migration in flexible packaging for both food and non-food applications. The presentation, in conjunction with the equipment manufacturer Mark Andy, Inc. and converting company Global Packaging Solutions, Inc., is titled “Moving into new markets: film labels and flexible packaging."