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What to Know About Adhesive Manufacturing Companies

A manufacturing process is only as strong as the elements of its supply chain. Thus, for businesses that need adhesives to manufacture their goods, finding quality adhesive manufacturing companies is a high priority. 

As you search for the best team, you may have a few questions. Fortunately, we have some answers!

What are the most important functions of adhesive manufacturing companies? How do their processes work, and how can you find one that’s a good fit for you? We’ll examine why adhesive manufacturing forms such a critical element of your supply chain. In addition, you’ll learn about how CTI can help make adhesive manufacturers an integrated part of your process. 

What Do Adhesive Manufacturing Companies Do?

An adhesive manufacturing company does exactly what you might expect: It manufactures adhesives. Other businesses purchase adhesives from the manufacturer to use in their own products.

Adhesive manufacturers may specialize in either natural adhesives or synthetic adhesives, although many produce both. Natural adhesives are made from vegetable or animal by-products. Synthetic adhesives are made from a combination of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers like polyvinyl acetate (PVA) and nitrocellulose. 

Manufacturers produce these adhesives in large quantities and sell them to other manufacturers. Many adhesive manufacturers also now offer custom adhesive solutions. In such an arrangement, the client specifies which qualities an adhesive needs. The manufacturer then designs an adhesive that fulfills the necessary specs.

Finding the Right Adhesive Manufacturer

Like any other link in your supply chain, finding a reliable adhesive manufacturer requires due diligence and cultivating relationships. You need an adhesive manufacturer that:

  • Produces the kind of adhesives you need
  • Is able to execute custom adhesive orders if necessary
  • Communicates and problem-solves effectively
  • Provides comprehensive info on bonding conditions, cure temperatures, etc.

Some of the most common types of adhesives that manufacturers offer include:

  • Cyanoacrylate
  • Hot melt
  • Epoxy resins
  • Pressure sensitive 
  • Polyurethane
  • Fire retardant

Adhesive Coating: The Next Step

For most manufacturers who purchase adhesives, the next step is applying the adhesives using adhesive coating methods. An adhesive coating is the delivery mechanism for the adhesive onto your product. It’s also a key step in the laminating process that creates multi-ply goods.

An easy example is the application of an adhesive coating onto rolled goods. To create multi-layered rolled goods, adhesive coating machines spray or roll adhesives onto a substrate. This adhesive coating is the foundation of the bond that holds the materials together.

Then, in the laminating process, a laminating machine applies heat and pressure to the substrate. The combination of heat, pressure, and adhesive creates a strong bond between the substrate and the upper film layer.

A wide variety of industries use adhesive coating techniques to manufacture their products. These industries include:

  • Automotive
  • Building materials
  • Consumer goods
  • Furniture
  • Office supplies
  • Packaging

CTI: Quality in Adhesive Coating 

One thing that many adhesive manufacturing companies don’t offer is actual application of the adhesive. If your process requires an adhesive applied to a material, you’ll need a contract manufacturer with adhesive coating capabilities. 

That’s where CTI can help. We’re a leading provider of contract and toll adhesive coating services, in addition to die cutting and laminating. CTI can work with your adhesive manufacturer, or suggest reliable commercial adhesive producers that we work with. 

The Top Ten Benefits of Toll Processing

As mentioned, we provide toll manufacturing services. There are many benefits to partnering with a toll manufacturer. Here is a detailed look at 10 reasons companies choose to outsource some of their production needs.

1. Fast Processing

Toll processing companies offer large facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and expert staff. This, of course, helps expedite production times for the hiring company. When you choose to have an outside company known for their lamination expertise take control of your product lamination, you speed up your production.

2. High-Quality Materials

Companies that specialize in certain manufacturing services are bona fide experts in that process. So, you can count on receiving consistently high quality from an established toll processor. Since your company provides the raw material (unlike in a contract manufacturing partnership), you can be certain that only the high-quality materials you select are used in processing.

3. Expedited Customer Delivery

When you speed up production times, you also expedite the final product delivery of finished goods to your customers. Consequently, when time is of the essence, and your customers need their product, outsourcing to a toll processing company is an advantage.

4. Cost Savings on Equipment

You won’t need to buy expensive equipment if you partner with a toll processor. We have the manufacturing equipment necessary to fulfill the needs of clients in industries such as:

  • Aeronautic
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Fiberglass
  • Insurance
  • Medical
  • Office Furniture
  • Packaging
  • Rolled Goods
  • Textiles
  • Vinyl and Paper Laminates
5. Company Savings Passed on to Customer

Because of the significant savings you can realize by partnering with a toll manufacturer, you can pass those savings on to your customer. Consequently, this can help give you a competitive advantage in the market.

6. Production Flexibility

Hiring an outside company for processing gives you enormous flexibility. This is because you can decide to switch from in-house to a company offering toll processing service at any time during the production cycle.

7. Customized Formatting and Packaging

When it comes to customization, you can’t go wrong with a toll manufacturing company like CTI. CTI is respected for providing endless possibilities when it comes to formatting and packaging.

8. Manufacturing Expertise

Toll manufacturers must be manufacturing experts or else they won’t last long. CTI, for example, has been the gold standard since 1993. We proudly adhere to all industry standards, such as ASME and ASTM.

9. Streamlined Logistics

As your toll manufacturing partner, CTI streamlines logistics for you. We can assist with offsite warehouses, storage, delivery, and more.

10. Reduced Capital Investment

We are in our fourth decade of business. This means that we have acquired, upgraded, and heavily invested in all the latest equipment innovations over the years. We’ve also trained our team, extensively, and boast a huge facility. All of this means that you don’t have to splurge on space, equipment, training, etc. We help you keep your capital investment down, as your toll processing company.

Get Started Now!

Ready to get started on your next adhesive coating project? Call CTI at 419-924-5566 or contact us online to speak to our adhesive coating professionals. We’re happy to help you develop adhesive sourcing solutions through our wide manufacturing network. It’s all part of our commitment to seeing every project through in an end-to-end devotion to quality.