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Friday, May 4, 2012

Henkel expands line-up to redefine the Indian Laminates & Coating industry


Henkel launched the extended line up of laminates and coating products to once again emphasize its predominance in the global adhesive industry. One of the world’s largest providers of adhesives, Henkel has a wide portfolio of products and applications.

The new line-up was unveiled by Mr. Jeremy Hunter, President of the Henkel Group in India. The range includes Liofol LA 7514, a single component solvent-free adhesive for laminating film and foil to paper; Liofol HS 4890, an extrudable Hot melt Coating; solvent-based and water based HS coatings (gravure applied); EB Coatings or electron beam Cured Coatings and; CAC 4644, a water-based emulsion for laminating film, or foil to paper by wet lamination process. The introduction of the expanded line-up in the Indian market is a reflection of the faith our customers repose in our products as much as it is an affirmation of Henkel’s commitment to innovation, quality and perfection.

Hunter said, “The Liofol brand under Henkel is a 40 year old brand today because it has consistently delivered performance and quality to its stakeholders. It is trusted by the packaging industry from the Americas to Europe and Asia. In spite of a slowing global economy, India has been a rapidly growing market, with the size of the packaging industry being pegged at USD 18.8 billion and growing at 15% per annum.”

Liofol HS 4890 is extensively used in the US and Europe from Cup lidding for Paper, PET and aluminium foil to PVC, HIPS, PVDC-HIPS, PP and Glass cups. It is suitable for A - A and A - B sealing, and can be applied via extrusion coaters/laminators with conventional PE screw. Its features include EVA based with low activation temperature, wax for block resistance and product resistance and excellent transparency. The Solvent based HS coatings can be applied via gravure and is suited for A-A and A-B sealing. While it is modified EVA/EAA based, it has good grease and oil resistance properties along with a high degree of clarity. Again, its manufacturing in India allows easy logistics and uninterrupted supply.

The EB Coatings or Electron Beam Cured Coatings has a high gloss and has a high gloss tailor made COF and possesses good toughness /and scuff resistance along with a high product and temperature resistance. With application areas including Food processing, Labels / In-mould labels, outdoor bags, it is also FDA approved for indirect food contact. CAC 4644 works on different types of paper like glassine, chromo art, poster, etc. and has extremely low odour level. Alongside it being Environment friendly, it is also a single component requiring no dilution.

Benefits of Liofol LA 7514 include the ability to work on various paper types like Glassine, Chromo art, Poster, etc, and can deliver more than 20% savings on a Rs/sq.m. basis as compared to a solvent based solution. Its fast curing can give a fibre tear within 8 hours, and requires a low adhesive coat weight. Furthermore, it has good HR properties – 180 deg C for 2 secs, while its manufacturing in India allows easy logistics and supply. For Henkel, India is central to the APAC region and presents a huge opportunity.

On Site Services including Start-up and technical support during production start-through assistance of qualified Henkel specialists. A detailed start-up protocol is part of the Henkel service; Individual technical training service on the clients’ production lines through Henkel specialists; Optimization of the process parameters for adhesive application, and troubleshooting analysis; Quality Control support through Henkel specialists for optimal processing of the adhesive, checking of the current processing, parameters, quality check of produced parts and, detailed test report including proposals for establishing the client’s quality assurance system; Consulting through joint analysis of current production process with focus on the adhesive application (collection of present conditions), development and evaluation of possible improvements concerning the adhesive processing and, definition of suitable improvement measures (target state) plus efficiency control options.

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