Urethane Blog

Pearl PU Systems Introduces Adhesive

February 21, 2023

Increased global supply of PU-based adhesive
improves choice and supply chain resilience

Manufacturers and end users around the world are benefiting from increased availability of PU-
based adhesives following the introduction of the new PearlBond adhesive range produced by
leading Dubai-based system house, Pearl Polyurethane Systems. Previously, manufacturers in many
parts of the world had access to a limited choice of suppliers, constraining production levels and
restricting R&D opportunities. Pearl has increased both choice and improved supply chain resilience
by increasing production levels available globally with the added benefit of ongoing technical
support provided globally by its fly-in fly-out R&D team.

Two major manufacturers are already utilising the new PearlBond adhesive product in their
manufacturing processes and are benefiting from both short delivery times and ongoing technical
support. This means manufacturers can adopt a more efficient ‘Just-In-Time’ (JIT) inventory model,
tying up less capital by reducing the quantity of stock on hand at any one time. Pearl intends to
continue its product roll-out beyond the Middle East region, with its sights set on South-East Asia,
Europe, Africa, and North America.

The new PearlBond product is commonly used as a binder for running tracks, children’s playground
mats, and garden tiles, with a range of other outdoor use cases. PU-based adhesives are also used in
sandwich panel insulation manufacturing as a lamination adhesive, as well as a roof adhesive for a
range of construction applications and wood binders for structural uses. Further applications are
lamination adhesives used in the packaging industry.

Kapil Deshpande, sales head CASE-applications of Pearl
Polyurethane Systems with a drum of the new PearlBond adhesive product

Kapil Deshpande, sales head CASE-applications at Pearl Polyurethane Systems commented, “When
compared to competing rubber and thermoplastic materials, polyurethane-based adhesives can
provide a more cost-effective and durable solution suitable for moulding and processing equipment
when formulated accordingly. This is exactly where the new PearlBond adhesive can help.
“However, our main point of difference is our agility and the ongoing technical support provided by
our experienced R&D team, which provides support to manufacturers in real time using video
conferencing or on a fly-in fly-out basis – especially important when urgent production or application
process needs arise. It is this type of agility and quick response times that are resonating with
manufacturers and end users around the world. By increasing production of PU-based adhesives, we
can react more quickly to customer needs and protect against the risk of delivery delays, enabling
manufacturers around the world to forecast their production plans further into the future.
“Furthermore, a key advantage is our central location in Dubai providing moderate energy costs,
affordable labour, access to optimised raw material sourcing, and excellent connectivity with dropped
shipping rates. We are thrilled by the positive feedback so far which has exceeded our expectations
and resulted in increased orders of our new PearlBond adhesive product.” concluded Deshpande.

In 2021, Pearl’s R&D team won the ‘Innovative Insulation Project of the Year 2021’ award for the first
R&D initiative of its type launched in the Middle East, and again this year for launching its new, more
sustainable EcoPearl insulation product which achieved an overall improvement of up to 20 per cent
in insulation performance over comparable products. In doing so, Pearl is enabling the construction
industry to play its part in the fight against global warming.

Operating since 1996, the company has supplied polyurethane systems for several trailblazing
projects in the Gulf region, including Palm Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai, and Ski Dubai in Mall of the
Emirates, and more recently, the Germany Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 and, Bustanica, the world’s
largest vertical farm for Emirates Airlines flight catering in Dubai.
Pearl Polyurethane also offers a comprehensive range of polyurethane formulations and prepolymers
for the production of high-performance polyurethane foams and elastomers.

About Pearl Polyurethane Systems
Pearl Polyurethane Systems LLC, based in Dubai, is the largest system house in the Middle East and Africa
providing customised solutions for all major polyurethane applications and foam systems.
Pearl Polyurethane offers a comprehensive range of polyurethane formulations and prepolymers for the
production of high-performance polyurethane foams and elastomers.
Formerly known as Bayer Pearl and Pearl Covestro, the company has a proven track record of more than 25 years
in the Middle East region, with the company’s roots dating back to Otto Bayer – the German inventor of Polymer
in 1937.
The company provides products and solutions under a range of brand names that offer many benefits:
Polyurethane foam systems that have set the global benchmark in polyurethane foam insulation; Solid
polyurethane elastomers; Polyurethane systems used in the automotive and soft furniture industries to provide
soft and comfortable foam mouldings; and a range of other PU-based products in many fields of application.
Sustainability and research play an important role at Pearl Polyurethane. Polyurethane foams deliver superior
energy savings and reduce CO₂ emissions. With the aim of eliminating waste and ensuring continual use of
resources, the company’s circular economy policies empower its research and development team to constantly
innovate and ensure its products meet world-class standards while reducing impact on the environment.