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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Develops a Guide for Aerosol Foam Sealants with ASTM C24

Posted By ASC, Monday, April 3, 2017
Updated: Saturday, April 1, 2017



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"Standard Guide for Product Selection and Delivery Systems for
Aerosol Foam Sealants and Adhesives: ASTM C-1852"


Collaboration between ASC and ASTM increases awareness with new guide on foam sealants

April 3, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has lead efforts along with manufacturing members of aerosol foam sealants and supply chain partners by developing a new guide document described as a “Standard Guide for Product Selection and Delivery Systems for Aerosol Foam Sealants.”. The Guide was developed with the ASTM C24 Seals and Sealants Committee with a task group within the C24.61 Aerosol Foam Sealants Subcommittee.

The guide will be directed at educating designers, specification writers, purchasing agents and end users on choices available with foam sealant products and the equipment necessary for delivering the product. Companies such as ICP, DAP, Dow Chemical, Clayton Corporation, PFS Corporation and Tremco have actively participated in the process.

“The purpose of the new guide document will be a companion document of the C1620 specification for foam sealants and provide further refinement on the “how to” and “where to use” rather than solely on performance driven attributes, indicates Steve Duren, Senior Director at ASC and ASTM C24.61 a 17 year Subcommittee Member and task group leader.” These products provide a robust dependable solution but most importantly they contribute to energy savings that can now be assessed using test methods and tools like “The Specification for Aerosol Foam Sealants” ASTM C-1620-16 which provides the user a snapshot of 10 product attributes and reports consensus values derived from aerosol foam sealant manufacturers,” indicates Bob Braun Chairman of ASTM C24.61 subcommittee.


The new guide;C1852 will be intended to aid downstream users to better understand the value proposition of aerosol foam sealants and their material properties. The guide document was written with the intent to provide an easy to understand consensus driven document that will provide an overview that is user friendly and focuses on commonly found physical properties of aerosol foam sealants.

The Guide will link these important material attributes to the most common and emerging applications within building and construction. It is also intended to identify the delivery formats in which aerosol foam sealants are supplied to the market and the value that these products play in helping mitigate building water intrusion, bonding of diverse substrate materials and most importantly maintaining the integrity of air barrier properties at critical interfaces within the building envelope. This guide also identifies product limitations in terms of safety considerations and suitable product applications temperatures.

Stakeholders can purchase the new standard HERE.


To learn more about ASC, visit or contact Steve Duren, Sr. Director of Member Services:  or 952-300-8280.




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


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The Passing of Gene Simmons, Industry Icon

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gene Simmons, Technical Manager, PSA Hot Melts - Evans Adhesive Corp, Ltd. Passes


--Shared by Rusty Thompson, President, Evans Adhesive Corporation--


It is with great sadness from everyone here at Evans Adhesive Corporation that I inform you of the passing of Gene Simmons.  Gene passed away on Saturday, March 25th after suffering a series of strokes in mid-March.  Gene would have turned 64 in May.


Gene was an Adhesive Industry Icon having worked with glue, specifically Pressure Sensitive Hot Melt Adhesives, for over 40 years.  Gene started his career with H B Fuller where he learned and developed his PSA formulating skills.  He joined Evans in 2007 and helped upgrade our company’s PSA hot melt product line, while teaching and coaching his knowledge to others.  Our customers loved Gene, especially his experience, enthusiasm, and his passion for helping our customers’ applications be successful.


Gene was well-known in the adhesive industry by dozens who worked with him over the years.   Raw material suppliers, application equipment manufacturers, and customers, knew that Gene would provide straight-forward, honest answers and feedback to any questions asked of him.  Gene had a reputation of sincere patience, hard work, and a diligence to deliver what any salesperson or customer needed to have, in order to create a path to success.  His passion for his job and his co-workers created a successful working environment.  We will all miss his incredible sense of humor, his sincerity, and his willingness and desire to help others.


Gene was married to his wife Irene for more than 40 years.  The two of them were meant for each other.  Gene loved his son and daughter, his three grandchildren, and his many friends and co-workers.  He had a great love of both music and sports – when not thinking about glue!


Evans will be hosting a "Celebration of Life" for Gene on April 27th in Columbus from 5:30 - 7:30 for those interested in attending. His wife will be there as well. Contact Rusty Thompson @ 614-906-1085 for details.


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New Hot Melt Adhesive Addresses Agricultural Packaging Problems

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh produce packaged in corrugated cardboard trays or cellular propylene imposes a unique set of demands on packaging adhesives. The produce is live, it is subjected to refrigeration, and it may be transported by refrigerated sea freight for several days or weeks only to be subjected to contrasting temperatures during inspection and distribution after its arrival.

Although metallocene hot-melt adhesives have been widely adopted in industrial packaging, they have not previously demonstrated any advantages that would make them worth using in agricultural packaging. After extensive research, it was found that a new formulation would be needed to make metallocene hot-melt adhesives useful to the agricultural sector.

BADRINAS, an established Spanish manufacturer of hot melt adhesives, has announced its soon to be released SEMPACOL Innovation AGRI adhesive. This will allow the fruit and vegetable packaging industry the option of a metallocene hot-melt adhesive specifically formulated for agricultural produce packaging.

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HB Fuller Offices in Dubai Open

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 27, 2017

Owing to a growing client base in the Middle East, HB Fuller has opened its new Dubai office, with the aim of further strengthening its competitive position. Harsh Gupta, HB Fuller’s general manager for India, the Middle East, and Egypt, will henceforward be based in Dubai. From this hub, he will set up dedicated teams to serve each of these regions, managing the company’s growth strategy in targeted markets.


The company serves clients in over a hundred countries and has generated a focused strategy for its activities in the Middle East and Egypt where it is able to offer adhesives suitable for use in the construction, packaging, labeling, tapes, graphic arts, filtration, construction, oil and gas, and hygiene sectors. The company believes that having a base in Dubai will aid it in effectively targeting and marketing its extensive range of products and services to clients in the region.


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Henkel Submits Offer to Acquire Darex Packaging Technologies

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Henkel has entered into negotiations with GCP Applied Technologies to acquire their global Darex Packaging Technologies business for around EUR995 million.


"The intended transaction is in line with our strategy to strengthen our portfolio through targeted acquisitions and would reinforce the position of our Adhesive Technologies business as a global market and technology leader,” said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen

Darex is based in Cambridge, MA, USA and supplies high-performance sealants and coatings for the metal packaging industry around the world. It serves various global customers producing beverage, food or aerosol cans, ensuring with its solutions the highest quality standards for many best-known brands. In fiscal 2016, Darex Packaging Technologies generated sales of around 300 million US dollars (around 285 million EUR). Darex has about 700 employees and 20 sites in 19 countries.

"We are glad that we are now entering into exclusive negotiations about a possible acquisition. Darex’s experience in developing innovative, high-performance sealants and coatings will underpin our commitment to provide our global customers with best-in-class solutions. This business is the perfect fit for our existing portfolio serving the metal packing industry and would therefore strengthen our position in this highly attractive and non-cyclical business,” said Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies at Henkel.


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3M Buys Personal Safety-device Maker Scott Safety

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 20, 2017

3M Co. announced March 16, 2017 an agreement to buy safety-device maker Scott Safety from Johnson Controls International PLC in a deal valued at $2 billion.


Scott Safety is a premier manufacturer of innovative products, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems, gas and flame detection instruments, and other safety devices that complement 3M’s personal safety portfolio.

“Personal safety is a core growth business within the 3M portfolio,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This acquisition leverages our fundamental strengths in technology, manufacturing, global capabilities and brand, and builds upon recent portfolio actions within our Safety and Graphics business to position it for long-term success.”

Scott Safety’s products help protect firefighters, industrial workers, police, military, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world from environmental hazards. The business had annual revenues in 2016 of approximately $570 million.


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Purdue Researchers Design Bioinspired Elastin Medical Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 16, 2017

Biocompatible adhesives that will form and maintain bonds in wet environments are important for medical applications and are exciting much interest in the research community. Researchers at Purdue University have announced their development of a new adhesive formula to address unmet needs for biomedical adhesives. The new formula can also be adjusted to meet a variety of needs thanks to its environmentally responsive properties. The adhesive material, ELY16 is made from a polypeptide that is similar to elastin, a protein found in connective tissue.


The underlying principles behind the adhesive match those used by marine creatures like mussels and sandcastle worms. The new material undergoes chemical reactions after exposure to enzymes, converting into mELY16 and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA). DOPA helps the protein to bond with glass with an adhesion strength of around 250 kPa. When compared to fibrin sealants, mELY16 exhibits significantly greater bond strength. The researchers have concluded that the new adhesive protein shows potential for further commercial development as a smart biomedical adhesive.

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Permalink BLOG: Imparting Barrier Properties in Flexible Packaging Application: Part 2

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BLOG:  Imparting Barrier Properties in Flexible Packaging Application: Part 2


By Deb Bhattacharjee, Expert Blogger


In an earlier blog HERE, the discussion centered on the fundamentals of barrier properties, how it can be best achieved in a practical and cost effective manner through judicious selection of multilayer polymer films necessary for success in a specific application.While most of the barrier properties to oxygen would come from the plastic layers, design of the polymer backbone in adhesive could also play a very important part in improving the barrier properties. This is quite intriguing as adhesives constitute a very small fraction (~1wt.%) of the total mass of the overall packaging material. The purpose of this blog is to discuss several approaches of improving barrier properties through modification in adhesives composition and incorporation of fillers.

These include:


  • Acrylic adhesive composition containing (meth) acrylate component and a cure system including naturally occurring filler (e.g. a tannin-containing cellulosic material, such as wood flour) which inhibits free radical cure, and oxygen scavengers like triphenylphosphine and phenyl dihydropyridine, was also reported to impart barrier characteristics in packaging applications (US8231758)
  • Epoxy hardener obtained by reacting m-xylylene or p-xylylene diamine with unsaturated carboxylic acid was claimed to have improved gas barrier properties (US20150082747)

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AkzoNobel rejects $22 billion PPG bid, citing #DutchPride

Posted By ASC, Friday, March 10, 2017

Dutch paints and chemicals maker AkzoNobel NV on Thursday spurned a takeover offer by PPG, but the Pittsburgh coatings company said it will continue to pursue a deal despite political sentiment against foreign takeovers in the Netherlands.

PPG’s unsolicited bid for the Dutch company totals 21 billion euros ($22 billion), or about 83 euros per share, including 54 euros cash plus 0.3 shares of PPG for each Akzo share.
Akzo’s shares jumped by 13 percent Thursday to close at 72.79 euros while PPG shares fell by more than 3 percent to close at $102.93, down $3.90. PPG’s stock had surged Wednesday on news of the bid.

Akzo said the offer was too low and was reviewing its options, including the possibility of spinning off its chemicals business to boost its value.

“The unsolicited proposal we received from PPG substantially undervalues our company and contains serious risks and uncertainties,” Ton Buchner, Akzo’s chief executive, said in a statement.
“The proposal is not in the interest of AkzoNobel’s stakeholders, including its shareholders, customers and employees, and we have unanimously rejected it.”

Securities analysts said it’s likely PPG will increase its bid and could possibly structure a friendly offer for Akzo.

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Frogs Hold the Secret to Reversible Adhesives for High-Speed Application

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Nature has been an inspiration for many scientific and technical advances, and now frogs may be pointing the way towards yet another advance in adhesives technology. In a recent discovery, frog saliva has been found to act as a non-Newtonian fluid that can act as both a liquid and a solid. This adhesive tolerates forces twelve times that of an object’s gravity, allowing frogs to catch creatures nearly one and a half times their body weight.

The frog’s viscous saliva liquefies on contact solidifying instantly to form a bond that penetrates every crevice on a surface. The action of the tongue itself also plays a role, absorbing energy and ensuring good coverage on the surface it contacts. Then, the tongue retracts, and the frog saliva slips off, allowing the frog to swallow its prey. The combined action of tongue and saliva result in adhesion that is fifty times greater than that of current synthetic polymer materials and could become the principle behind reversible adhesives for high-speed application.

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