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Techsil Releases a New Solvent-Free UV-Adhesive for Bonding of Elastomeric Materials

Posted By ASC, Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rubbers and elastomers have differing polarity, surface properties, and polymer structures. In the past, this has made bonding with adhesives difficult. Until now, cyanoacrylates have offered the best solution, but they have little resistance to impact and easily become brittle. UK-based adhesives technology companyTechsil has announced that its new solvent-free UV-adhesive will resolve the issue.

 

According to the company, the product, Vitralit VBB-2N LV has low viscosity and high bond strength. It has been developed specifically for bonding elastomeric materials and cures quickly under UV or visible light making it well-suited to high-volume and automated production line manufacturing.

 

The new adhesive is suitable for bonding large areas and is effective when gap size is very small. After curing, the adhesive remains flexible with good environmental stability. Techsil says that its new product is suitable for use on most elastomers. Vitralit VBB-2N LV will be well-suited to medical applications, meeting the USP Class IV requirements. It can also withstand autoclaving, gamma irradiation and EtOsterilization processes.

 

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Auto Repair Industry Society (SCRS) Releases Video on Adhesives in Auto Manufacture and Repair

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists has released an educational video series to help auto repairers adapt to the increasing importance of adhesives in auto manufacture and repair. The Society says it will be posting more YouTube videos during the course of 2017. In an interview with an auto repairers’ news publication a Society spokesperson warned that incorrect handling of repairs could lead to the voiding of guarantees, and that this could lead to the payment of damages that could cost as much as a new luxury car.

 

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Although the organization rates the use of structural adhesives as “easy,” it suggests that repairers conduct “dry runs” with vehicle components that must be bonded before applying the adhesive and going ahead with the procedure. The manufacturer provides time limits for the process, and repairers must ensure they can apply adhesives and bond components to specification.


Workshops will have to allocate curing areas that will allow parts joined with adhesives to be left undisturbed during the curing process. Ideally, this should be a low-traffic area where the components are less likely to be disturbed. Technicians must be aware of the need to leave parts alone during curing and will need to be familiar with issues such as required personal protective equipment (PPE) and curing temperatures.


Extra caution must be exercised when welding components backed with adhesives or foams. Adhesive bonds may break at very high temperatures, and foams could ignite. An auto repairer commented that he had seen many cases in which adhesive bonds have been broken owing to excessive heat exposure during repair.


OEMs will also specify what surface preparation techniques are required to ensure bond integrity. Sometimes, e-coat should be removed prior to bonding, for example. Each OEM and brand has its own requirements, and repairers will need to be familiar with the specific adhesives and procedures applicable.


Cutting costs by choosing cheaper adhesives is not a viable option. For example, the lower-cost adhesives may not have the required bond line thickness. All in all, it’s wisest to avoid substitutions. The specified materials have been developed and tested for vehicle safety, and the OEMs have also examined how repairs will hold up when subjected to impacts.

 

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Bostik to Use Interactive Display Stations at INDEX 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bostik will use interactive display stations to showcase its Smart@work adhesive technology and expertise in Booth #2138 at INDEX 2017, April 4-7, in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

According to Bostik, they will demonstrate how adhesive products and process expertise can help disposable hygiene producers create better products more efficiently.

 

“We believe creating an interactive experience will engage our customers in discussions of how Bostik can help them achieve their goals. This is a clear focus of Bostik and an area where we believe our global knowledge and almost 50 years or disposable hygiene experience can really add value to our customers.”, said Diane Toonen, Global Director of Strategic Marketing for Bostik’s Global Nonwoven Division.

 

Darius Deak, Global R&D Director of the Global Nonwoven Division of Bostik, will also deliver a presentation on Brilliance™. Deak’s presentation will take place during the INDEX exhibition on Wednesday, April 5th, from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces Release of the 2015-2019 Water Based Adhesives in North America Market Report

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

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


  

 

ASC ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE 2015-2019 WATER BASED ADHESIVES
IN NORTH AMERICA MARKET REPORT 

 

Report focuses heavily on interviews with end users in key sub segments



February 7, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) supported by the ASC Global Resources Committee, has now published the 2015-2019 Water Based Adhesives in North America Market Report.


"This report provides adhesive stakeholders with key trends, market drivers and value chain requirements for the Transportation, Woodworking, Assembly, Building and Construction and Packaging markets for adhesives. We are focusing efforts with interviews deep into the value chain and concentrating on unmet needs, policy and regulation change as well as competing technologies and key decisions that are driving material selection for end users.” says Steve Duren, ASC Senior Director. Learn more about this report via the ASC Blog HERE.


The report focuses on primary interviews among key industry stakeholders including end users and influencers in the following sub-segments, entities and channels:

  • Assembly: HVAC, Metal Panel Manufacturers, Flexible Materials
  • Transportation: RV, Car & Truck, Bus, Rail
  • Building & Construction: Flooring, Manufactured Housing, A&E Firms, Distributors
  • Woodworking: Furniture, Window & Door, Associations, Distributors
  • Packaging: Case & Carton, Flexible Packaging, Paper Converting, Adhesive Manufacturers


“ChemQuest’s role in uncovering user requirements, policies and unmet needs, and other pertinent market drivers by sub-segment, that can be met with the properties of waterborne adhesive technology, ultimately adding value to end products across the value chain, will inform industry stakeholder’s business strategies through 2019.” according to Dan Murad of ChemQuest.


Interested parties can learn more about the new report in an informative blog HERE and can order the report online at ASC's storefront HERE or by contacting Steve Duren at ASC: steve.duren@ascouncil.org (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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Avery Dennison to Acquire Yongle Tape Company Ltd.

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 6, 2017

Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) today announced it has agreed to acquire Yongle Tape Company Ltd., a manufacturer of specialty tapes and related products used in a variety of industrial markets, including the global automotive industry. Yongle Tape will be acquired from the company’s management and private equity firm ShawKwei & Partners for the purchase price of $190 million, subject to customary adjustments, with additional earnouts of up to $55 million to be paid based on the achievement of certain performance targets over the next two years.

Headquartered in China’s Hebei Province, with production facilities in Zhuozhou and Shanghai, Yongle Tape is China’s leading manufacturer of cable harnessing and insulation tapes. The company is a key supplier to both Chinese and global automakers, with a portfolio of high-value products that are specified by the automotive OEMs and their Tier suppliers.

Avery reports that over its 32-year history, Yongle Tape has built its strong market position with high quality products, competitive pricing, and regular investment in product innovation. Last year, the company generated revenue of an estimated RMB¥1.1 billion, or approximately $160 million.

“With its well-regarded products and extensive customer relationships, Yongle Tape is an excellent strategic fit with our company and a strong partner for our growing business in industrial materials,” said Mitch Butier, Avery Dennison president and CEO. “This acquisition advances our strategy to expand our global capabilities, while accelerating our growth and increasing our scale in the high-value industrial materials and healthcare segments.”

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The acquisition is expected to close in mid-2017, subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. The company expects the acquisition to have an immaterial impact on earnings per share in 2017. Avery Dennison will fund the acquisition with existing cash and credit facilities.

 

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H.B. Fuller Company Acquires Wisdom Worldwide Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

H.B. Fuller announced that, on January 27, 2017, it purchased the industrial adhesives business of Wisdom Worldwide Adhesives, a provider of adhesives for the packaging, paper converting, and assembly markets. 

Founded in 1875, Wisdom has been privately owned and operated by five consecutive generations of the Wisdom family and is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois. H.B. Fuller reports that Wisdom generated revenue and EBITDA of approximately $100 million and $11 million, respectively, in fiscal 2016. The business was purchased for $122 million and is expected to generate annual run rate synergies of approximately $6 million starting in 2018, which would make the purchase price multiple equal to approximately seven times Wisdom’s fiscal 2016 EBITDA on a post-synergy basis. H.B. Fuller expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to earnings in the first year. The business will be included in H.B. Fuller’s Americas Adhesives operating segment.

“We are pleased to welcome the employees and customers of this 140 year old company to H.B. Fuller. Wisdom’s highly successful go-to-market strategy, based on a focused product line, ultra-fast delivery and virtual service, will complement H.B. Fuller’s full value solutions. The acquisition will strengthen our leading position in this market segment within the Americas adhesive business,” said Jim Owens, president and CEO, H.B. Fuller. “The combination of H.B. Fuller and Wisdom provides significant...READ MORE

 

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Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI) Partners with Velcro for Launch of New Dry Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

When insects or geckos cross a surface, they leave no traces behind. Now Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI) has developed a dry adhesive that the company reports can stick to almost anything without leaving a residue. The new adhesives have strong shear adhesion but a low peel strength and very minimal tackiness. Peel them away from surfaces, and there’s no stickiness left behind according to the company.

 

AAI’s president, a senior research fellow at Akron University, says that the newly announced partnership with Velcro will help AAI to market its product much more effectively. Velcro sees a market opportunity for the adhesive in interior decoration. Pictures and hangings can be attached to walls using Velcro, and a dry adhesive backing will, in turn, attach the Velcro to the surface of walls or windows.

 

The versatility of the adhesive is demonstrated by its ability to bond with a wide variety of substrates including plastic, glass, steel, and drywall.  Further uses in the packaging, personal care, automotive, medical and construction industries are being explored. It’s first use, however, seems likely to stem from Velcro’s concept, and the resulting product is expected to be available by the end of 2017.

 

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Louisiana Multi-Functional Materials Group Receives NSF Grant for New Sealant Technology

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Louisiana Multi-Functional Materials Group has received a $225,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the LBTC for the development of two-way shape memory polymers that can be used as sealants. It hopes to develop a cost-effective sealant for expansion gaps and for cracks in paving or bridge decks. The National Science Foundation reports that such a sealant would also be helpful in the construction and maintenance of harbors, buildings, domestic paving, swimming pools and more.

 

Although a variety of sealants has been used for this type of application, the group notes that most fail to seal cracks and joints properly because they expand when heated and contract when cooled. The new sealant would behave in the opposite way, expanding when cooled and contracting when heated. This would limit the thermal movement of jointed structures during extreme weather conditions, limiting damage and the need for repairs and maintenance.

 

The grant was awarded in December 2016 as part of the NSF’s Small Business Phase 1 Program, and the end date is estimated to be 31 August 2017.

 

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W.F. Taylor and Spray-Lock Team up in Marketing Alliance

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 30, 2017

W.F. Taylor and Spray-Lock have announced their plans for a joint marketing initiative in which they will market each other’s product ranges along with their individual product offerings. W.F. Taylor specializes in trowel-applied adhesives but feels its clients will benefit from Spray-Lock’s spray-on adhesives in certain circumstances, and Spray-Lock will now be offering its clients W.F. Taylor’s products when they are better-suited to their requirements. Thus, both companies will have an extended product range and will be equipped to serve a wider customer base.

 

Taylor’s CEO commented that construction industry professionals would now have one-stop access to environmentally-friendly adhesives that will meet their needs despite installation variables. According to Spray-Lock, the alliance will help its clients find the best-fit product quickly, leading to greater efficiency. Both companies confirmed that the alliance is not a merger but a marketing alliance that will promote synergy in the supply of adhesives and the development of new products.

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Nordson Releases a New Hose to Combat Adhesive Degradation and Downtime

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nordson has announced the release of a patent-pending hose that will reduce downtime for businesses using its equipment to apply hot melt or standard adhesives. The hose prevents adhesive degradation, reducing downtime as a result of clogged nozzles and ensuring that adhesives applied will be free of contamination that affects performance and final product quality.

 

The company says that its PureFlow hose is expected to have twice the life-span of regular hoses. It can be used to replace the Blue Series hoses which, though they had a long life-span, are nevertheless not as long-lasting as the new innovation. PureFlow hoses will be manufactured in the same standard lengths and will have the same flexibility as Blue Series hoses. RediFlex II hangers are included with the hoses. The hoses can be used without RediFlex II frame mounts, but if Nordson clients wish to make use of the hangers, the parent machine can be equipped with mounts.

 

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