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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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PermalinkComments (0) 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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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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