Trends in adhesives
225 participants, the who’s who of the adhesives industry, from no less than 20 countries met at last year’s Munich Adhesives and Finishing Symposium to learn about, discuss and network to the tune of hot melts, hot melt adhesives, and melts. In more than one presentation, the urgency and relevance of sustainable hot melt future solutions, especially concerning the ongoing discussions and legislative procedures around the circular economy with the buzzwords reduce, reuse, repair, refurbish and recycle, formed the driving force for developments. In his opening speech, Stephan Hinterwaldner emphasized the importance of debonding in addition to bonding of adhesive joints of all types and materials and encouraged all parties involved to exhibit more courage for creativity in the bonding technology. The conference centre of the Sheraton München Arabellapark Hotel was abuzz with 32 lectures sparking lively discussions among the attending international product and machine manufacturers, process engineers, formulators and users of the adhesives, printing and converting industries, who met there from 28 to 30 October 2019.
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