Adhesive Applications

Selvol™ Polyvinyl Alcohols offer unparalleled results as additives or modifiers in polyvinyl acetate emulsion-based adhesives as well as in solid fiber laminating and spiral tube winding adhesives.

Uses as Solid Fiberboard
  • Shipping Cases
  • Slip Sheets
  • Returnable Beverage Cases
  • Luggage
  • Book Covers
  • Furniture
  • Building Partitions
  • Mobile Home Panels
  • Automotive Partitions and Decks
  • Shipping Drum Heads and Bottoms
Uses of Spiral Wound Tubes
  • Composite Cans
  • Cones
  • Paper and Textile
  • Floor Covering
  • Tape and Business Machines
  • Film and Metal Foil
  • Mailing and Package Tubes
  • Construction Forms and Tubes
  • Specialty Tubes
Polyvinyl Alcohol as a Modifier for Polyvinyl Acetate-Based Adhesives

Selvol™ Polyvinyl Alcohol resins have been used for more than 40 years as modifiers for polyvinyl acetate emulsion adhesives because of their many outstanding characteristics.

Polyvinyl alcohol adheres particularly well to cellulosic substrates such as paper and wood. Adding it to a polyvinyl acetate emulsion will increase the efficiency as well as the tensile strength of the resulting adhesive.

Recipe for Success

Select the Right PVOH Grade to Get the Most Benefit from Your Final Product

Before choosing any of the Selvol™ Polyvinyl Alcohol grades, please consider the material you will be working with and whether you will be using it as a sole adhesive or a compounding adhesive.

PVOH molecular weight and hydrolysis levels have a large influence on the final properties of the adhesive.  In general, higher molecular weight PVOH grades will result in emulsion polymers with higher viscosity, increased shear thinning, higher tensile strength and higher wet tack. Lower hydrolysis levels will create good stability, increased water sensitivity and improved freeze – thaw stability.

View an application and end use table for textiles, adhesives, paper, building products and specialty products.


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