According to the Adhesive and Sealant Council’s most recent North American Market Report, the packaging sector makes up 59% of the market, with 4 billion pounds of product shipped in the North America (North America total market is 7 billion pounds). Packaging in adhesives covers a wide swath of products and market segments, including converting, flexible packaging, high-gloss laminating, non-woven fabrics, PSAs and even bookbinding.
Packaging leverages the full range of technology types available to a consumer goods company, including: natural adhesives, polymer dispersions/emulsion adhesives, hot melt, solvent based, reactive adhesives and water-based solutions. However, more than half of the shipments in 2012 were of the “polymer dispersions and emulsions” variety, including PVAs, acrylics, SBR, PUD and natural rubber latex.
In this issue of Packaging Strategies, we take a look at the packaging robotics industry, learn about some of the latest products to be featured at PACK EXPO LV, sustainability innovation, and much more!