Finding the “perfect fit” for an adhesive and a specific flexible packaging application can be challenging, especially considering the time and resources required to test and run commercial-scale trials at customer production facilities.

Ashland Performance Materials is making the search for a perfect fit easier with the installation of a Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 laminator at its state-of-the-art research and development center in Dublin, Ohio.

“Through highly customized products and a dedicated technical team, we work directly with customers to create products uniquely suited for their applications and processes,” says Dave Hatgas, global director, packaging and converting adhesives and coatings. “The addition of the laminator to our product development and analytics capabilities will allow us to run commercial-scale trials for our label and flexible packaging customers, as well as label printer/converters seeking to expand into flexible packaging applications.”

The Nordemeccanica Super Combi 3000 full production scale laminator (52" wide) can run up to 1,300 feet of film per minute, and will be used in tandem with Ashland’s technical and regulatory expertise to develop new laminating chemistries, optimize processes, and perform quality and safety evaluations prior to beginning production.

“Ashland is committed to finding the best solutions for our customers, and by making this significant investment we are demonstrating our long-term commitment to serving our laminating and adhesive customers around the world,” adds Hatgas.

“We are excited at the opportunity to provide Ashland with this equipment, and I know that our equipment combined with Ashland’s technical expertise and proven products will add significant value to their customers,” says Giancarlo Caimmi, general manager, Nordmeccanica N.A., Ltd.

To learn more about Ashland’s chemistries and capabilities within the global flexible packaging market, please visit an Ashland expert in booth #5842 at PackExpo, from Oct. 28 - 31, in Chicago, Ill.

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