WALTHAM, MA - Novomer Inc. announced that Jowat AG, a supplier of industrial adhesives headquartered in Germany, is the first to commercially adopt Novomer’s new Converge® polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols for use in polyurethane hot melt adhesive applications.

“The commercial adoption by Jowat is a significant milestone in the commercial development of our breakthrough technology, and we expect to attract additional customers in CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers) applications,” said Peter Shepard, Chief Business Officer for Novomer Inc. “Converge polyols delivered a sustainability advantage and helped Jowat improve the performance of one of their reactive hot melt products.”

Jowat was able to leverage the technical advantages of Novomer’s Converge polyols to develop a new formulation, said Klaus Kullmann, Managing Director/Sales and Marketing for Jowat AG. “We were able to help a customer improve the hydrolytic stability of their reactive hot melt without compromising on green strength and productivity,” said Kullmann. “Converge polyols are unique materials and will help differentiate many more of our products in the future.”

Converge polyols are designed to replace conventional petroleum-based polyether, polyester, and polycarbonate polyols. They are based on the co-polymerization of carbon dioxide (CO2) and epoxides, and the resulting products contain more than 40% by weight CO2. The use of waste CO2 as a significant raw material yields a product with an extremely low carbon footprint. In addition, since waste CO2 is significantly lower in cost than conventional petroleum-based raw materials, Converge polyol manufacturing costs are favorable compared to conventional polyols when produced at full commercial scale.