25 years SIMALFA® - From the vision to the leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly adhesives for the foam bonding industry

(PresseBox) ( Rafz, )
After a long day at work you get home and curl up on your cozy couch, sit on your soft padded chair or stretch out on your comfortable mattress. While enjoying the silence, you smell the fresh leather of the chair or the nice aroma of the newly laundered linens on your mattress.

What you do not smell, is the adhesive with which the foam has been glued within your furniture or in your mattress. It was not always like that.

With our adhesives from the SIMALFA® series, we focus on solvent-free, environmentally friendly products since 25 years. What started with small experiments in the local Swiss market, is now used worldwide for bonding foams.

It all started with the vision

Certainly you know situations in which you are being told: "You cannot. This doesn't work like that."

The acquiescence of such a statement, was for the founder of ALFA Klebstoffe AG and the inventor of the SIMALFA® adhesives, Emil Simmler, not an option. After a few or rather thousands of trials, the first SIMALFA® adhesive was born: water based, high-performing, user-friendly... solvent-free (1990 applied for patent).

For the foam industry which was characterized by solvent based adhesives, this was revolutionary in 1990 and it began a rethink of our environment and the health of the employees. What started in Europe, spread over the years more and more and is today a central element in the evaluation of technical solutions for the bonding of foams.

"Ever since the first generation of the SIMALFA® adhesives in 1990, our top priority is to provide an adhesive solution which is easy to use for the operator, provides best possible results and is completely solvent-free. The responsibility towards our fellow human beings and the environment is more important than ever. We are proud that we can make an active contribution since 25 years," says the managing director, Thomas Simmler.

Continuity without compromise

Since the first trials with SIMALFA®, much has changed. As a pioneer and revolutionist we stepped into the adhesive market a quarter of a century ago, established a new technology and made us strong for increasing the awareness of our customers about our environment. The products were well received by the market.

The demand of environmentally friendly adhesives became bigger and bigger and with a worldwide growing customer base, the adhesives were continually developed.

The success of the product is a result of a variety of factors. In first place is the excellent bonding performance that SIMALFA® provides. In addition to the environmental friendliness, the adhesives offer an exceptionally high initial tack, which can easily keep up with solvent-based systems. This allows to process SIMALFA® quickly, mainly appreciated by the users. Further developments such as the overspray-free additive or frost-resistant types simplify the handling, storage and processing additionally.

Another advantage is the extremely low application quantity. Even with the minimal consumption of material, the adhesives reach their full potential. It is obvious that this fact influences the economic and ecological objectives of our customers in a very positive manner.

The products are complemented by the specifically for the SIMALFA® adhesives developed free-flowing system. The system offers the user maximum flexibility, minimal maintenance work and can be installed at any workstation with just a few simple steps. Designed from a single source, the perfected adhesive system optimizes each bonding process, impresses with its simplicity and saves time and money.

More than just a product

Behind every product stand individual human beings. With the work they do every day and their ideas and their know-how that flows into the development of our products, they carry the biggest chapter of our success story. As the success the team and the associated knowledge has grown steadily over the last 25 years.

From the development work in our own laboratory, over the uncompromisingly focused on quality-orientation work in the production, up to a maximum customer oriented service in administration and sales, our work is aimed to offer a complete solution tailored to the needs of our customers. Today our role as an expert for adhesive solutions includes much more than just a top product and the related application system. Furthermore, it is to accompany the customer from the evaluation of the proper adhesive to the continuous optimization of its complete adhesive process.

With our own people, our partners and a specially built distribution network, we are worldwide closer to our customers today than ever.

The complete system

From the idea originated in the mind of a visionary and pioneer, we have grown to an internationally operating company. Our adhesive solutions set standards in Switzerland and abroad and are used in the largest foam converting companies in the world.

Since the first type which was patented in 1990 up to the latest developments of SIMALFA®, all types are solvent-free and along with the easy to use application system, they play their part in making workplaces safer and environmentally friendlier.

Our worldwide service and expertise which we make available to our customers complete the package. Thus we accompany our customers throughout the whole bonding process on the way to the adhesive solution tailored to their needs.

That you can enjoy upholstered furniture or mattresses in the future which are environmentally friendly produced and do not smell of solvents, we are committed to ensure that foams are bonded with ecological adhesives at least for the next 25 years.

SIMALFA® - innovation leaders in water based foam bonding solutions.
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