Since our foundation in 1851, one thing has been the main focus for Lohmann: the development of cutting-edge and innovative products. Having always in mind the customer benefit, we work every day on making your processes even more effective and efficient by means of our adhesive solutions. One thing is absolutely clear: Our success depends on your added value. Therefore, our developers in state-of-the-art laboratories at the headquarters in Neuwied deal with the question of how innovative ideas can be "translated" into new products and applications and how existing products can be improved.
At Lohmann, we focus on three areas that will shape our company in the future, also with regard to market potential and environmental issues:
The “Fast Track” team, made up of segment and material experts, stands for the rapid implementation of market projects and modifications. This is where our segment experts from the areas of Transportation, Graphics, Industrial and Home Appliance and Electronics come together with material experts from the areas of liners, foils and foams. The Medical sector enjoys a special position due to the regulatory requirements of the market. We meet these challenges with an independent, focused team. An ideal combination for implementing your requirements in a targeted manner.
The “Fast Track” team at Lohmann consists of experts for market-oriented product developments and modifications. The goals of the team are the development of new, marketable pressure-sensitive adhesive products based on existing adhesive formulas, the implementation of routine modifications and the management of current products and ranges.
For this purpose, we take the existing components and recombine them. This enables us to react extremely quickly with products adapted exactly to new requirements of our customers, so to speak “in the fast lane”.
Our materials experts for carriers, liners and foams procure the right components from external manufacturers and ensure their further development. The so-called R&D managers, on the other hand, are our specialists when it comes to the individual markets and market segments. They “assemble” the components to create new, better adhesive solutions. And they ensure that the customer's requirements are correctly translated into adapted product designs.
Here are some examples of how the Fast Track Group found solutions:
An inestimable value of our Lohmann company lies in the decades of experience in the development, production and processing of solvent-based adhesives. The development know-how gained was digitally preserved in the form of development databases. The systematic use of this data by means of state-of-the-art technologies and data analysis tools for a fast, efficient and intelligent development method is carried out by the “Data-Driven-Development” team.
The Data-Driven Development team consists of experts in the development of water- and solvent-based pressure-sensitive adhesives and in the field of data analytics. The goal of the team is to develop new pressure-sensitive adhesives for our tapes with the help of state-of-the-art data analytics, to maintain the range of our pressure-sensitive adhesives and to find suitable tools for the digitalization of daily laboratory work in research and development and its administration.
Our adhesives experts are supported by our data analytics specialists in development in order to make the best possible use of the new raw material "data", to preserve the knowledge gained and to create the opportunity to learn from this data. These data analysis colleagues also support the entire research and development department when it comes to data analysis, the creation of empirical models, and optimal and efficient experimental designs.
Here are some examples from the area of water- and solvent-based pressure-sensitive adhesive development and data-based development:
Advanced adhesives and functional materials have always been a focus topic in R&D. These include our reactive polyurethane and epoxy resin-based adhesive tapes and films, also known as Structural Bonding Films (SBFs), and the world's first UV-LUX®, the first UV-curing epoxy resin tape with color change. Another focus is on the implementation of new, solvent-free hotmelt and UVC-curing acrylate technologies for our coating lines, so that we can continue to respond flexibly to our customers' special requirements and needs as well as to market trends. The Dry Coated Adhesives team is responsible for this with our latest TwinMelt® technology.
The focus of the Dry Coated Adhesives team is on cross-market research, development and implementation of state-of-the-art hotmelt pressure-sensitive adhesives (HMPSAs) as well as novel HMPSAs and 100% solvent-free systems or tapes that can be processed in a similar way to hotmelt adhesives.
What do the projects look like in concrete terms? Here are some examples:
The latest project for the Dry Coated Adhesives team is TwinMelt®, a state-of-the-art technology for sustainable adhesive solutions without solvents.