Butyl Rubber Benefits and Use in Adhesive Manufacturing

The global butyl rubber market is expected to grow considerably. Let’s take a look at what it is, its benefits and its role in adhesive manufacturing.

What is Butyl Rubber?

Butyl rubber is a copolymer of isobutylene and a small amount of isoprene. Impermeable to air, it has great chemical, weather and ozone resistance, making it ideal for a range of end-use applications. These include:

  • Tires (especially tire inner tubes, its first major application)
  • Tapes
  • Sporting goods

Rising butyl rubber in adhesive applications is one of the main factors in the copolymer’s growth. Additionally, the growing transportation sector and investments in construction are expected to increase its demand over the next seven years and open up new opportunities.

Butyl Rubber Benefits:

Butyl rubber offers many benefits, such as:

  • Good vibration dampening
  • Superior age resistance
  • Flexibility

 Using Butyl Rubber in Adhesive Manufacturing

Butyl rubber can be used in adhesive formulations such as hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives for tape applications. While having a rubber base typically would make the adhesive sensitive to high heat exposure, these adhesives are specially formulated to be less sensitive to temperature variations.

Considered “butyl tapes”, butyl rubber offers these adhesives for tapes the following advantages:

  • High initial tack
  • High level of adhesion to a variety of substrates
  • Waterproof

For more insight into using this substance in adhesive manufacturing, call 800-7-BOSTIK. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on butyl adhesives.

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