Since development of its earliest form in the 1850s, plastic has been continually evolving, with new breakthroughs and innovations every year. Usage is exponentially growing and plastics have become a fundamental part of our everyday lives.
From the car you drive, to the phone in your hand, to the freezer in your kitchen – plastic is something we would struggle to live without.
The choice of plastics available for a diverse range of applications is huge. Passenger vehicle manufacturers are always looking to reduce the weight of their vehicles for enhanced efficiency and plastics have made this possible.
However, with the many benefits of an ever growing range of plastics, there are always new challenges to overcome. One is matching a suitable adhesive.
Bonding plastics often proves difficult due to their low surface energies. ABS in particular, has inert nitrile particles on its surface, meaning that the plastic has a low surface energy and is difficult to bond.
Another problem is stress cracking (Environmental stress cracking) of plastics, it may be possible to bond plastics with many types of adhesive but what we have seen, particularly on ABS, Polycarbonate and PMMA is significant weakening of the plastics directly as a result of the glue being used.
But fear not. Forgeway continues to be at the forefront of adhesive bonding solutions, particularly for plastics that are difficult to bond and prevention
Formoa 206i is a high-performance polymer based adhesive/sealant developed in response to specific customer problem – interior panels on several passenger carrying vehicles were proving impossible to bond with other adhesive technologies. After the fulfilment of the customer’s initial wish list, the test programme was completed and Formoa 206i was made available to the market.