Brand enhancement specialist API has developed a new adhesive system that can improve the performance of metallised polyester film laminates.

The latest addition to API’s European range, the new water-resistant system has successfully completed a rigorous testing programme, during which the company noted that it exhibited a higher peel strength, decreasing delamination risk in subsequent manufacturing processes.

API commercial director Richard Burhouse said: “This new development is another in the long line of innovations API has brought to market.

“It’s a perfect example of how customers are becoming more demanding of the materials they use, particularly where registered film laminates are concerned and we have responded to stay ahead of the game.”

The new adhesive system was said to deliver significantly high bond strengths without being extremely pressure sensitive.

“This new development is another in the long line of innovations API has brought to market.”

The resulting laminate is expected to enhance the operating window to downstream processes, including die-cutting, where there are higher chances of delamination on the packaging edges due to cutting action.

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It also offers increased temperature stability and compatibility with API’s unique registration control system, which allows the printing of pre-imaged laminated board in register during the subsequent conversion steps.

Burhouse added: “The new adhesive is complementary to the existing range of approved systems available and it allows our technical and quality colleagues to work in partnership with customers to specify the most appropriate product for the job at a time when packaging is becoming ever more sophisticated.”

With 13 operating locations across Europe, America and Asia, API focuses on delivering foils, laminates, holographic materials to various market segments worldwide, including drinks, confectionery, tobacco, cosmetics and healthcare.