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Editor: RE: “Adhesives under pressure from VOC
regulations” (FDMC August 2017), early this year,
the California Air Resources Board (CARB) acted
to further limit the volatile organic compounds
(VOC) permitted in certain spray aerosol adhesives,
including mist spray and web spray. This enactment
may have significant effects on the number of CARB
compliant spray adhesives available on the market.
However, the entire portfolio of 3M Low VOC
Spray Adhesives contain fewer VOCs than the
current California requirements dictate, and have
done so since September 2011 – making 3M the first
manufacturer to release products that adhere to
these new, strict CARB VOC limits while still providing the strength that users have come to expect.
3M is reminding customers that its existing spray
adhesive portfolio already meets the new standards
without sacrificing quality. “3M pioneered our Low
VOC aerosol adhesives several years ago, before the
new CARB limits were adopted, as part of our commitment to reducing our products’ environmental impact.
As such, our Low VOC Spray Adhesives are already in
alignment with the strict aerosol regulations in place in
California,” said Catherine Jacobson, Senior Toxicology
Specialist at 3M.
3M remains committed to working with CARB
and other regulatory agencies to provide input during the development of regulations, and effectively
meet the requirements of new, enhanced standards
for sustainability and fewer VOC emissions. The 3M
spray adhesive team in particular wants to ensure
customers have easy access to compliant products,
which is why 3M will continue to stay ahead of the
curve when it comes to sustainability, innovation,
U.S. Product Marketer, Sprayable Adhesives, 3M.