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Carton closing, straw attachment, tray erection, deep freeze, cold storage, closure of folding boxes, UV varnished board, security packaging, palletising, difficult surface bonding we have the answer to the problem.

Tecbond shaped hot melt adhesives have been sealing cartons, tray erecting and carton closing for many years. They are ideal for small to large volume production runs and for end of line sealing of ‘pop’ open cartons.

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Tecbond 214/43 high performance fast setting economical packaging adhesive.
The combination of a fast set time and the medium viscosity allows Tecbond 214/43 to be used on a wide range of paper and board materials. Applied via the Tec 7100 with its dual 500 watt heaters (5 kilos per hour output) makes this probably the worlds most powerful hand held adhesive system for packaging applications.
Tecbond 214 12mm | Tecbond 214 15mm | Tecbond 214 43mm

Tecbond 261 high performance shaped hot melt adhesive for use on a variety of plastics, laminates and many UV cured varnished boards.
Tecbond 261 12mm | Tecbond 261 43mm

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Tecbond 14/43 high output packaging adhesive, suitable for use on most paper and board materials.
The low viscosity of this product helps prevent stringing, improves glue gun output and ensures bonds are made with the minimum gap between surfaces. Ideal for small delicate assemblies as well as very high output applications that require fast adhesive dispensing. Suggested applicator Tec 6100 or Tec 7100.
Tecbond 14 12mm | Tecbond 14 15mm | Tecbond 14 43mm


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best glue sticks for paper, board, box assembly, carton sealing, case making and tray forming?

Recognised as the market leading glue stick for packaging applications, Tecbond 134 offers a combination of a fast set time and medium viscosity which allows Tecbond 134 to be used on a wide range of paper, card, plain and printed board materials. Perfect allrounder for standard, printed boards and packaging. Can also be used as a low melt adhesive for heat sensitive materials, e.g. polystyrene and foam applied via a suitable Tec glue gun at a temperature range between 130c-160c. Tecbond 134 is available in 12mm, 15mm and 43mm glue sticks and also in a bulk format for tank systems. Tecbond glue sticks are Made in Britain.

What are the best glue sticks for UV Varnished, coated or laminated board, PP coated, PET laminated, varnished and high-density board?

Standard glue sticks lack adhesion to difficult boards and other tricky surfaces. Although a bond appears to be made adhesive failure the loss of adhesion between the adhesive and substrate soon occurs. The adhesive pulls cleanly away from the substrate. Specialist grades have been formulated for difficult boards such as, Tecbond 265 and Tecbond 261. True problem-solving adhesives for challenging packaging applications. Tecbond glue sticks are Made in Britain. Also available in bulk formats for tank systems.

What are the best glue sticks for Tri-walled board, “springy” board?

Tripled walled cardboard is a real challenge for standard glue sticks as they often lack the hot tack / molten tack which is the holding power of hot-melt packaging adhesives while in the liquid hot state. Tecbond 342 adhesive has been specially formulated for use on heavy-duty carton board and other substrates that require a high molten tack and instant hold which allows the adhesive to grab and secure the board while the adhesive sets.

The high viscosity and white colour also make these packaging adhesives suitable for cable attachment in telephone, computer and alarm installation industries. Tecbond hot melt adhesives are Made in Britain. Also available in bulk formats for tank systems.

What is the best glue for end of line “pop” opens or re-sealing damaged cartons/boxes?

End of pop opens where the glue line has failed resulting in the folding carton “popping” open often caused by lack of compression or insufficient adhesive during the packaging process. Folding cartons that cannot be fed back need to rework or deemed unfit for purpose resulting in a costly waste. Tecbond 134 is the perfect adhesive for reworking pop opens offering fast setting speeds and high molten tack. Also available in bulk formats for tank systems. Tec glue guns have a 12 month warranty.

What are the best glue sticks for deep freeze applications or cold storage?

Tecbond 134 glue sticks are ideal for box assembly, carton sealing, case making, tray forming for cold storage at low temperatures to -15c. Cartons for freezer storage Tecbond 132 glue sticks with low temperature to -30c are ideal. Also available in bulk formats for tank systems. Don’t throw your old glue guns, service exchange them for a new Tec glue gun at a discounted price.

What is the best glue for secure and tamper-resistant used within healthcare and pharmaceutical packaging?

We offer a range of coloured glue sticks used for product identification, batch coding, tamper resistant seal, tamper-evident and security marking of cartons. Range of colours available: black, white, brown, dark green, light green, gold, red, silver, yellow and light blue. Available in 12mm glue sticks. Can also be used for making wax seals!

Are Tecbond glue sticks FDA approved?

Yes, Tecbond hot melt packaging adhesives are F.D.A. approved for indirect contact. All the constituent parts of Tecbond adhesive have been approved by the American F.D.A. under C.F.R. 21.175.105 (adhesives) (subject to limitations). Tecbond glue sticks are Made in Britain. Advanced technology at the UK manufacturing facility and a continuous programme of research and development ensures that we continue to meet the ever changing and challenging needs of industry.

I use metallocene technology for my bulk adhesives, can I get a metallocene glue stick?

Yes, Tecbond 345 metallocene glue sticks offer exceptionally high instant grab and very versatile with excellent adhesion to difficult boards. More mileage vs EVA up to 40% reduction. Tecbond 345 metallocene adhesive, the old saying “less is more” is true. Tecbond 345 metallocene based hot melt adhesive is less dense so the same volume of adhesive will weigh less when compared to standard EVA packaging adhesives. Available in 12mm glue sticks. Also available in bulk formats for tank systems.

What is Coffee cup adhesive?

Cardboard wraparound the plastic “to go” coffee cup to prevent heat transfer is secured using Tecbond 7718 commonly known as coffee cup adhesive. Adhesive with a high heat resistance and boil test are required for this application. Available in Polyolefin (PO) and Polyamide (PA) grades bulk formats for tank systems. Did you know: Tecbond adhesives are often formulated using raw materials harvested from sustainable managed forests. Our packaging is recyclable, and where possible made from recycled materials.

What is the best adhesive for food packaging?

When looking for an adhesive for the food packaging industry, it is important to find one that will not contaminate the food. Metallocene hot melt glue is a great option because it is specifically developed for food packaging and offers the strongest bonds.

What adhesive is best for folding cartons?

When it comes to folding carton production, the right adhesives and sealants can make all the difference in the finished product quality. That’s why so many professionals turn to Tecbond 134. This high strength glue boasts impressive bonding capabilities and a fast set time, allowing for quick and efficient folding carton assembly. Its unique formula also offers excellent resistance to heat and humidity, ensuring that your product remains securely sealed even under challenging conditions. In short, Tecbond 134 is the top choice for folding carton adhesives.

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With over 40 years of gluing knowledge and experience we are challenged on a daily basis to find the answer to various adhesive problems and new applications. You will be amazed at what we have been asked to bond and the majority of the time we have surprised ourselves by providing the answer to some very difficult adhesive problems. offer a comprehensive range of market leading adhesives technologies, technical support and training, UK stock holding across three warehouses and delivery when the customer needs it. We are the complete adhesive package!

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