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Many adhesive technologies require an efficient plasticiser to optimise the adhesion performance. Highly refined mineral oil is extensively used as a plasticiser in m-PO and SBC based adhesives due to compatibility, stability and appearance reasons.

However, in recent years the process industry is increasingly looking for sustainable raw materials. In line with this trend there are a few bio-based technologies that are of interest as alternatives to mineral oil plasticisers for adhesive formulations. This paper will review the technical performance of one of the most promising renewable plasticisers for hotmelt adhesives.

The renewable oil is based on fermented bio-waste that is further processed into a high viscosity, water white, colour stable and heat resistant product. This paper compares the bio-based plasticiser performance with commercially available mineral oils in both SBC and m-PO adhesive formulations.

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