Firms seek new adhesives after Ukraine war tightens casein supplies

Al Greenwood


HOUSTON (ICIS)–The war between Russia and Ukraine has caused a shortage of casein, a milk protein that is used to make some types of adhesives, causing companies to seek substitutes, an executive at US-based HB Fuller said on Thursday.

“The Ukraine crisis has made a reduction in a raw material called casein that’s exported around the world,” said Jim Owens, CEO of HB Fuller, an adhesives producer.

The shortage has increased demand for synthetic adhesives, particularly for labels on beverage bottles, Owens said.


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