Cambond Ltd, a new Cambridge start-up company working on ‘green’ adhesives for industry has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2014.
Cambond was founded by Drs Xiaobin Zhao and Gareth Roberts to develop Dr Zhao’s invention of a way of making adhesives from biomass (such as algae and co-products of ethanol production). Adhesives are a core industrial commodity used extensively in the construction, packaging, automotive and aerospace industries. They are a global £34 Billion market (for 2013) and over 13 million tonnes of adhesives are manufactured each year. Existing (phenol-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde based) adhesive chemistry is derived from oil and has issues concerning toxicity. Whilst there is a desire in the industry to be ’greener’, current substitutes have either technical or cost issues.
Cambond’s proprietary technology makes low carbon adhesives from biomass feedstocks and provides a way to manufacture ‘green’ sustainable adhesives (BCB adhesives) in a cost effective manner:
- Biomass-based ‘green’ adhesives could capture a significant part of a £34Bn market.
- BCB adhesives provide UKplc with a global lead in ‘green’, low carbon adhesives.
- BCB adhesives have commercial advantages over the entire adhesive lifecycle from sustainability of feedstocks, low toxicity of the products and ease of recycling.