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EPA Extends Comment Deadline for TSCA Methylene Chloride and NMP Proposal

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended its comment deadline for stakeholders to submit comments on its proposed rule for methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) under the amended Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA delayed the comment deadline from April 19, 2017, to May 19, 2017.

Last month, ACA submitted several sets of comments to EPA addressing the agency’s proposed rules under the recently amended TSCA.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, signed into law on June 22, 2016, mandates the agency to restrict chemicals already in commerce that pose unreasonable risks to public health and the environment. Since January, EPA has released multiple proposed regulations that will impact how EPA evaluates chemicals used in the coatings industry. ACA has been actively developing coatings industry positions and comments on these important rulemakings. As these rules are finalized, ACA will provide compliance materials for the industry.

EPA’s Jan. 19 proposed rule aims, among other restrictions, to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride for consumer and most types of commercial paint and coating removal. EPA also proposed similar restrictions for NMP, along with alternative proposals. Under the first approach proposed for NMP, EPA proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of NMP for all consumer and commercial paint and coating removal, with exemptions for certain coating removal uses that...

- See more at: http://www.paint.org/nmp-proposal

 

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Forecasts Confirm Expectations for a Growing Automotive Adhesives Market

Posted By ASC, Friday, April 21, 2017

Analysts say that we can expect the global automotive adhesives market to reach the 6.05 billion mark by 2021 with a CAGR of 8.5% in the period from 2016 to 2021. The lightweighting trend, which promotes the use of alternative materials for which adhesives offer the best bonding solutions, is established in the US and Europe, and markets in the rest of the world are following suit. However, analysts warn that raw materials prices remain volatile and that further regulation of hazardous chemicals may impose growth constraints.


Body in white applications have the largest share of the automotive adhesives market and offers the greatest potential for lightweighting while still improving strength and toughness. It will represent the largest growth point for the automotive adhesive industry, largely driven by lightweighting goals and the need to bond dissimilar substrates.


Growing affluence in developing markets will fuel growth in the passenger vehicle segment while rising demand from the Asia-Pacific regionwill be linked not only to greater local consumer demand, but also the move towards emerging market production for developed market consumption. China will continue to be the largest automotive adhesives consumer in the region.

 

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Exxon Mobil & Saudi Partner Plan Multi-Billion Dollar Plant in Texas

Posted By ASC, Thursday, April 20, 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.  plan to partner to build a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant near the Texas coast according to Texas' governor.

The plant will be built in Portland, just north of Corpus Christi, on approximately 1,300 acres. The plant will produce components used to make polyester, anti-freeze, plastic bottles and other items and is estimated to cost about $10 billion, 

 

The project will be a joint venture between Exxon and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp. Exxon officials state that it will be the largest ethane steam cracker plants in the world, with an opening scheduled for 2024.

Gov. Greg Abbott said the plant "illustrates that our business climate is exactly what leading and growing companies are seeking when investing in their future." Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, CEO of SABIC, added: "We are focused on geographic diversification to supply new markets."

The project has received state and local tax incentives including $1.2 billion in tax incentives from the local school board, a $210 million package from the San Patricio County and $6 million in state tax breaks.

 

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Stores Sell Out of Glue Thanks to Kids’ Craze

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

When one hears that stores are selling out of glue owing to a kids’ craze, one might raise an eyebrow and wonder what mischief is afoot, but the cause of the spike in sales is perfectly innocent. It’s the revival of an old craze that will resonate with many adults: SLIME!

 

Kids make the gooey substance from glue, water, and sodium tetraborate (Borax is most common brand name), adding a creative touch with food coloring and even glitter. New formulations are always being created with substitutions/additions like shaving cream, liquid starch (instead of sodium tetraborate), liquid soap and new ones all the time!

 

Thanks to social media, the craze is sweeping the internet with kids posting images of their colorful slime creations. Glow-in-the-dark slime, scented slime, glitter slime, spongy slime and many more types can be created with simple, easy to find ingredients.

 

The adhesive they’re all gunning for is Elmer’s Glue, and the slime phenomenon is being credited with DOUBLING sales of the adhesive in the second half of 2016. Elmer’s says it is increasing production to cater for the craze and is investigating products that are specifically designed for slime creation. Meanwhile, many stores are sold out of the popular glue.

 

Sometimes, new uses for adhesives come as a surprise – even to the companies that manufacture them.

 

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Adhesives.org BLOG: Bridging the Gap between a Chemical Professional and Mechanical Design Engineer

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BLOG:  Bridging the Gap between a Chemical Professional and Mechanical Design Engineer

 

By Dan Daley, ChemQuest, Adhesives.org Expert Blogger

 

My first ASC Blog post recounted an example at an OEM truck manufacturer where I worked as the Senior Materials Engineering Manager for 30 years. I underscored why it is critical for a Materials Engineer to facilitate the communication to the Manufacturing Division of the requirements of structural joints in vehicle assembly.


In Materials Engineering, we also had sway with knowledgeable suppliers calling on our company. We learned to leverage the product knowledge of technical sales representatives for the benefit of the in-plant teams we supported. A new adhesive supplier calling on Navistar’s Materials Engineering Group was typically nonplussed to discover that we (material engineers) were both gatekeepers and influencers of the adhesive sale. An adhesive sales rep’s success was wholly dependent on good reciprocal communication with mechanical design engineers. Chemicals professionals and mechanical design engineers each speak a different language – which is where we (material engineers) came in – as language translators bridging the gap.


My son, Brian, worked at a car dealership while earning an engineering degree. Brian’s day at the car dealership would either take off or take a nose dive when an engineer walked through the door to buy a car. Engineers tend to be a tough sell but my son’s advice for winning over an engineer (notwithstanding the irony) is... READ MORE

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Winners of the 2017 ASC Innovation Awards Announced

Posted By ASC, Monday, April 17, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-3280
steve.duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2017 INNOVATION AWARDS 

 

 

April 17, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) held its first ever Innovation Awards at the Annual Spring Conference in Atlanta April 3-5. The Innovation Awards had two categories: small business and the primary award. Independent judges reviewed the following categories and weightings as part of review process:


• Science and Innovation (30%)
• Applicability & Impact (10%)
• Impact of the Technology Relative to the State of the Art (30%)
• Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities (20%)
• Significant Milestone (10%)


ASC judges reviewed 15 submittal packages between the two categories and the following were the winners of the 2017 Prize:


The primary award was presented to Simone Kaslowski, CEO of Organik Kimya, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey. The lead developer for the technology is Filiz Ozturk, Business Unit Manager for industrial adhesives. The Development from Organik Kimya was entitled “A Novel Process and Packaging Technology for Hot Melt Pressure Sensitive Adhesives.” To learn more about this development please review a short video presentation HERE.


Resinate Materials Group took home the small business award for the development titled; “Creating a Circular Economy by converting PET scrap to Polyester Polyols for Adhesives Synthesis.” The lead developer and accepting the award was Shakti Mukerjee, Director of Product & Process Development and Mike Christy, Staff Chemist. To learn more about this development please review a short video presentation HERE.


Interviews with both winners can be found as part of the ASC/ICIS post-convention digital magazine HERE.


“We were pleased with all of the submittals for the first ever program in which we recognized unique developments for our industry”, indicated Steve Duren, ASC Senior Director and lead for developing the innovation awards. “We will improve and sharpen our program for 2018 and thank all of those who submitted in 2017. Congratulations to both Resinate Materials Group and Organik Kimya as our winners for the 2017 best innovations.”


Interested parties can learn more about the 2018 awards at this link or by contacting Steve Duren: steve.duren@ascouncil.org or 952-300-8280.

 

 

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 133 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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HB Fuller Launches New Adhesives for Camera Lens Assemblies

Posted By ASC, Thursday, April 13, 2017

HB Fuller has announced the release of its newest adhesives, a range targeting camera module production. The range uses a new patent-pending chemistry dubbed Low Temperature Cure, Enhanced Reliability Adhesive (LOTERA). According to HB Fuller, the range allows clients to specify glass transition temperature requirements ranging from 0 to 150°C, and the LOTERA adhesive from the EA6400 Series supplied will match these according to.


The company says that the new range of adhesives will also have clearly specified product storage recommendations that will ensure stability and reliability. The adhesive range consists of single component, premixed products with high UV penetration even at very short exposure times of between 2 and 5 seconds and short cure times at low temperatures. Specifically targeted for camera modules, the adhesives target the relevant substrates used in their manufacture.

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Wacker Launches Polymeric Binders to Optimize Adhesives Performance in Paper & Packaging

Posted By ASC, Friday, April 7, 2017

Wacker has announced its introduction of two vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) copolymer dispersions for the adhesives industry.

 

VINNAPAS EP 6420 will be used in the formulation of water-based adhesives used in paper and packaging, and the company says its new product has excellent nozzle application performance and adhesion/cohesion balance. It will allow companies to formulate adhesives at a range of viscosities and will resist sedimentation even at low viscosities.VINNAPAS EP 701K is intended for the lamination of plastic film onto coated or uncoated paper. It eliminates the need for external plasticizers, thus ensuring a low migration potential. It will be used for packaging, book covers, or in film lamination applied to furnishings.

 

Other polymeric binders recently introduced by Wacker include VINNACEL 201, a vinyl acetate, ethylene and acrylate dispersion agent. The SILRES BS additives for masonry coatings and the PRIMIS range of binders for exterior coatings.

 

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Adhesives Manufacturers Help Microfluidics for Healthcare Electronics Become a Reality

Posted By ASC, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Investment, funding, and research have led to the formulation of non-toxic, low temperature adhesives. These include the development of off stoichiometry thiolene-epoxy (OSTE), allowing microfluidics to become an economically viable field for industries. Microfluidics is becoming a very attractive technology for both academic researchers and industrials since it considerably decreases sample and reagent consumptions,  shortens time of experiments and, in doing so, reduces the overall costs of applications. Thanks to the low volume required, microfluidics represents a promising alternative to conventional laboratory techniques as it allows the achievement of complete laboratory protocols on a single chip measuring just a few square centimetres.

 

Evolving micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are leading to interest in wafer packaging and bonding with particular interest in lab-on-chip (LOC) applications. With adhesive bonding being a preferred method in the fabrication of MEMS, the adhesives industry is assisting its clients in exploring new methods of fabrication and bonding.

 

The ability of adhesives to bond dissimilar substrates across a wide range of temperatures while offering the advantage of biocompatibility is changing the wafer packaging market allowing the development of low-cost devices for immunoassays and DNA analysis. Adhesives for microfluidics are currently still in their infancy with niche technology status, but with research in the Asia-Pacific region making it a wafer packaging hub, attempts are being made to optimize the production of MEMS. This will lead to a greater demand for adhesives able to achieve shorter cure times, greater homogeneity and improved uniformity.

 

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Adhesives.org Article: Adhesives Speed Assembly Lines

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fastening components to one another with traditional screws, rivets, and welds is a time-consuming process. In modern production lines, speed is of the essence, and adhesives are offering manufacturers a multitude of ways to speed up their assembly lines.

 

Besides making production faster and more efficient, structural adhesives are also able to offer stronger bonds, improving quality and durability. The final finish is also improved. Instead of using rivets, manufacturers can even use structural adhesives or even strong adhesive tapes resulting in cleaner lines and a neater appearance.

 

Finally, manufacturers benefit from a reduction in their need for skilled laborers such as welders. This reduces wages and the need for costly training. Taping components together doesn’t require any special skills, but welding does. Whether manufacturers choose structural adhesives or adhesive tapes, many benefits lie in store.

 

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