INDIA – US-based adhesives manufacturing company, H.B. Fuller has unveiled its latest bio-compatible Swift melt 1515-I adhesive tape compliant in IMEA – India, the Middle East, and Africa.

The Swift melt 1515-I is intended for medical tape applications to be utilized in stick-to-skin situations in particular climates, such as the hot and humid circumstances in the Indian subcontinent.

H.B. Fuller said that Swift melt 1515-I provides efficient, high-tack bonding that is secure, fast, and temperature- and shear-resistant.

The product underwent extensive testing and received an ISO 10993-5 certification for cytotoxicity. It exhibits great performance, balancing adhesion and ease of removal, the firm said.

The glue can be utilized in stick-to-skin scenarios in hospitals and at home because it is not hazardous to human cells.

H.B. Fuller India flexible materials business manager Manish Dwivedi said: “This is a breakthrough from our H.B. Fuller’s R&D team in India, which has developed this new technology in our lab in Pune, in response to the IMEA market specifics to support advanced stick-to-skin product compliant for medical use – such as medical plasters or bandages.

“Globally, our products have been used around the world in medical applications for more than two decades, enabling diverse new ideas and accelerating innovation for this important industry.”

According to the firm, the global market for medical tapes and bandages is rapidly expanding due to population pressure, increased illness prevalence, the intrinsic rise in the senior population, operations, and chronic and traumatic wounds.

Market Analysis Report further reveals that the global medical tapes and bandages market size valued at US$9.05 billion in 2021, is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.41% from 2022 to 2030.

The report attributes the growth to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases, the increasing number of road accidents, and technological advancements, coupled with the increasing adoption of medical tapes and bandages in various healthcare settings such as hospital, clinics, and others.

H.B. Fuller and other medical adhesive manufacturing companies are expected to expand production to meet the growing demand.

Founded in 1887, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation and sustainable adhesive solutions brings together people, products, and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

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