One of the first questions potential customers want to know when they call our company is: how much does your hot melt glue cost?
When switching glue vendors, cost is a top concern. Although this is a very difficult question to answer, I will try my best to explain some hot melt cost drivers.
Simply put, you are shopping for a hot melt glue that will work properly without significantly driving up your costs. This sounds very straightforward but, believe it or not, there are many project specific details that we review to recommend the right hot melt glue for packaging applications. Each of these details may adjust the formula, and drive the cost (up or down).
Details of Your Application
One factor that goes into recommending the right hot melt glue is your application. What substrates are you working with? Does your glue need to be freezer grade? Does it need to be FDA approved for direct or indirect food contact? Each of these details may influence the cost because the recommendation is based on your specific application.
Our technical team reviews each inquiry to recommend the best glue for your specific application. Sometimes this includes having our technical team test your substrates in our lab.
How are you applying the glue?
Another detail to consider is what equipment you are using to apply the glue. Some customers apply glue with a glue gun. Others use larger automated equipment to apply their glue. There are a number of machines used in the packaging industry. For this reason the hot melts that we recommend for one machine may vary from another. Each glue is formulated for the application and the equipment that the glue will run on.
How much glue will you order?
The final cost driver is order volume. Like many industries, we are able to offer more competitive pricing for larger orders. For this reason, we can provide more competitive pricing for orders that are a truckload or more.
How much does packaging hot melt glue cost?
As you can see, this question is not very easy to answer. While there is not a simple answer, I hope this has helped you understand the different factors that influence glue cost.
While we cannot give an exact cost per pound for every hot melt glue formation (there are hundreds), here is where pricing will usually start for our line of hot melts:
Hot melt glue pricing starts at about $.98 per pound
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