The institute’s polymer division and Tex Year Group began working together last year on the hot-melt adhesive using biodegradable plastic as the base ingredient rather than traditional petrochemical plastic.
The institute said the technical knowledge would be transferred to Tex Year Group for commercial utilization. The polymer division plans to work on other projects such as decomposing ocean plastic debris and creating other advancements in plastics, it added.
“The ITRI is actively helping Taiwanese industry develop a green supply chain and aid in Taiwan’s green industrial transformation,” said Lee Tzong-ming, deputy director-general of the Material and Chemical Research Laboratories at the ITRI.
In addition to being bio-degradable, the new glue’s special molecular structure design gives it excellent qualities as a hot-melt adhesive, Lee said. It melts at the 80°C, and “has excellent adhesive and durable properties,” he said.
Tex Year Group chairman said the new adhesive can help clients who need to conform to new EU carbon tax regulations.
“We are the first company in Asia to receive certification from the German Institute for Standardization, and will soon receive our biodegradable and compostable certifications,” Hsiao said.
|Taipei Times||New glue to help meet green plastics standards|