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Flood Protection Adhesive Finds New Use as Caulking and All-Purpose Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 5, 2017

When Smart Vent Products Inc. introduced its HurriBond™, adhesive, the product was initially meant to be used when installing the company’s flood vents. These vents are installed to allow water to flow through buildings, saving them from the pressure of flood waters that would otherwise destroy them.

But the company found that its clients didn’t only use HurriBond™ for its intended purpose. The fast-curing, sandable and paintable adhesive was being used as an all-purpose glue and as caulking. Construction professionals say that the adhesive doesn’t crack or peel the way conventional caulking does and that its high bond strength made it suitable for a wide range of applications.


Smart Vent adhesive chemists have done a few tests of their own. They’ve used the product to mend a leaking fish tank filled with water, glued dumbbells together, and have even used it to pull a vehicle along. Of course, the adhesive is still used for flood vent installation as was originally intended.

 

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2018 Hyundai Accent an Example of How Auto Repairers Need to Move with the Times

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

From ADHESIVES.ORG:

 

The new Hyundai Accent is a sub-compact car for the entry-level market, yet it exhibits many of the advances and changes that are the trend in auto manufacture. Advanced, high-strength steel now represents 54 percent of the car, rising from 41.5 percent in the previous model, and 98.5 meters of structural adhesive are used in its manufacture.

 

However, the improvements may pose a challenge to auto repairers. There are limits to how much heating, straightening and sectioning high-strength steel can take while still performing to specification. In fact, many OEMs are designating high-strength steel components as “replace only.”

To inform repairers, Hyundai is providing repair guidelines on its technical website HERE and the “Ask I-CAR” website. The company says that if sectioning guidelines are not available, repairers should not section. Replacement of parts at factory seams appears to be the best solution since parts could deform if they no longer meet manufacturer’s specifications.

Apart from its materials choices, the new Hyundai is also fitted with some of the latest technology including a proximity key, backup camera, and autobraking. It serves as an example of how automotive technology is progressing, even in the...

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Trudeau Impressed by 3M Innovations During Tour in London, Ontario

Posted By ASC, Friday, April 28, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently took a tour of 3M’s facilities in London. The adhesive tape which 3M has produced as an alternative to rivets in aerospace and automotive applications was among the products that were demonstrated. 3M asked Trudeau to test the strength of its tape by dropping a sledgehammer onto two pieces of thin metal joined with the new tape, prompting further questions from the Canadian PM.

 

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“How does it react to extreme heat?” he asked. The answer may well have surprised him since 3M™ VHB™ Tape retains its properties at temperatures ranging between– 40°C (- 40°F) and 66°C (150°F). Put it underwater for ten years, and the tape still holds, and even hurricane-force winds don’t affect it.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Not to Pursue Industry Wide EPD for Sealants

Posted By ASC, Thursday, April 27, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

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


  

 

ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL NOT TO PURSUE
INDUSTRY WIDE EPD FOR SEALANTS 

 


ASC Will Continue to Monitor End User Marketplace for Future Direction
of Green Building Advancement

 

 

April 27, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) with guidance from its PCR/EPD Task Force and the Board of Directors have decided not to pursue an industry wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for sealants in 2017.


ASC has had a task group for the past 4-1/2 years examining the pros and cons of PCR and EPD development. ASC developed and published a Product Category Rule (PCR) in the fall of 2016 which can be reviewed HERE. Product Category Rules (PCR) define the rules and requirements for EPDs of a certain product category. They are a key part of ISO 14025 as they enable transparency and comparability between EPDs.


“Our sealant members and non ASC member sealant stakeholders have spoken and we do not have consensus on the equality of benefits for an Industry Wide EPD for sealants,” indicates Steve Duren, Senior Director at ASC and staff task group leader. “With the change in administration in Washington DC and unclear future adoption with the downstream markets for EPDs, ASC will continue to monitor the end user marketplace to determine if building owners, architecture & engineering firms and jurisdictions will start to focus on more relevant ways to manage costs and put more merit in cost/benefit modeling in the green building area with more of an emphasis on functional performance,” says Duren.


“The ASC Task Group efforts in polling the sealant industry resulted in a split industry on whether ASC should move forward with the Industry Wide EPD,” indicates Steve Rosenberg– Senior Vice President Risk, Quality & Sustainability - Sika Corporation and Chairman of ASC Task Force. “There were multiple issues raised during this survey by various Sealant Manufacturers about the utility of the EPD and the effort needed to develop an Industry Wide version,” says Rosenberg.

ASC would like to thank all of the members of the task force for their involvement in this effort.
ASC has disbanded the PCR/EPD task group for sealants, and its strategic focus for the remainder of 2017 will be on developing its new long range plan.

 

For more information contact Steve Duren, Senior Director of Membership: 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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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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