Less waste with linerless labels

Up to 40 percent of the weight of a self-adhesive label is made up of a release liner that is binned once the label has been peeled off. TEGO®RC silicones from Evonik, which are applied invisibly to the top of the print, makes release liners superfluous and help to eliminate this waste. Labels can even be rolled up without sticking to one another. This does not only reduce the total weight and the associated material costs by up to 40 percent, but it also conserves resources.

The patented TEGO®RC silicones have another advantage. RC stands for radiation cured, which means the silicones are set and cured not using heat, as in the case of conventional self-adhesive systems, but rather using UV radiation—and in fractions of a second. “Compared to labelling systems with thermally cured silicones, RC silicones reduce energy consumption and conserve the label,” explains Dr. Stefan Stadtmüller, vice president of Surface Technologies at Evonik. “TEGO®RC silicones can therefore also be used for heat-sensitive materials.”

UV-curing silicones from Evonik have already stood the test as release coatings for all kinds of self-adhesive products. In close cooperation with machine manufacturers, it was shown that UV siliconizing can be easily integrated into modern facilities to manufacture self-adhesive products.

There is a wide range of final applications for linerless technology, from the tagging of food packaging and labelling of consumer goods to use in transportation and logistics.

About Nutrition & Care
The Nutrition & Care segment is led by Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH and contributes to fulfilling basic human needs. That includes applications for everyday consumer goods as well as animal nutrition and health care. This segment employed about 7,000 employees, and generated sales of around €4.2 billion in 2014.

Company information
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders
in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2014 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €12.9 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €1.9 billion.

In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.

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