Dow and Nordmeccanica announce a revolutionary solvent-less lamination technology


Vincenzo Cerciello, VP Technology at Nordmeccanica
Vincenzo Cerciello, VP Technology at Nordmeccanica

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Midland (MI), USA) and the converting machinery supplier Nordmeccanica SpA (Piacenza, Italy) have launched a revolutionary lamination technology, using both adhesive and machinery hardware advancements. SYMBIEX Solventless Adhesives, Dow’s new ultra-fast curing adhesive technology, combined with the innovative Duplex SL One Shot lamination line from Nordmeccanica are expected to redefine packaging lamination, offering converters best-in-class conversion efficiency improvements, shorter time-to-market and total conversion cost reductions.

“We are excited to launch this breakthrough technology at drupa, just 18 months after the signing of the joint development agreement with Nordmeccanica,” commented Greg Bunker, global business director for Dow Adhesives for Packaging, Textiles and Hygiene, “By combining Dow’s adhesive development know-how with Nordmeccanica’s machine pioneering, we succeeded in introducing the biggest innovation in packaging lamination in 50 years.”

“Dow and Nordmeccanica worked together to reimagine the current conventional lamination process and address some of its fundamental limitations, namely combining fast curing, which requires a fast-acting adhesive, with outstanding pot life, which requires a slower-acting adhesive,” added Vincenzo Cerciello, VP Technology at Nordmeccanica Group, “With SYMBIEXand the Duplex SL One Shotlaminator, we are able to slit just 90 minutes after lamination compared to today’s 24 hour standard. This is an exciting development and game changing innovation for the lamination adhesives market.”