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UPM Raflatac – UV-cured and catalyst-activated adhesives

The solvents typically used for the highest performance self-adhesive labels can present risks to the environment. They also have a higher environmental impact during their life cycle due to the energy required after adhesive coating to evaporate the solvent, which is a lost residual.

But we’ve changed all that. UV acrylic adhesives from UPM Raflatac are all solvent free. This not only reduces the environmental impact of producing our labels, it is also an eco-designed choice for your product labeling. And by embracing our alternative, you can highlight your position as a leader in sustainable product labeling practices.

Exceptional durability, achieved sustainably

For extreme conditions like high-temperature automotive labeling, our solvent-free RX15 adhesive is the superior choice. RX15 is a high-tack adhesive specially designed for film face materials. It adheres strongly throughout the lifetime of the product and remains stable on polar surfaces in various environmental conditions, including when exposed to UV light or chemicals.

RX15 is the first of its kind – a new catalyst-activated adhesive. The cohesion that makes RX15 so resilient derives from a chemical reaction called crosslinking. Crosslinks lock the molecules in the adhesive together, and with RX15 we have achieved an extremely high density of crosslinks following the introduction of a catalyst – in this case water vapor.

UPM Raflatac Lifecycle assessment

Based on our LCA (life-cycle assessment) study – performed in accordance with ISO 14040/44 standards – on a standard polyester product when paper liner is recycled at the product end of life, our RX15 adhesive also reduces energy consumption, water usage, and carbon emissions during production compared to traditional solvent adhesives.

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