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India Market Ripe for Growth in Pressure-Sensitive Graphic Films

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Market analysts say that the use of pressure-sensitive graphic films in India is still relatively limited despite worldwide acceptance of these films as a means of placing branding on anything from planes to automobiles.  In the West, these films are also enjoying popularity as a means to create unique wallpapers, but in India, such large-scale uses for pressure-sensitive graphic films remain relatively rare.

 

Decals and labels printed on pressure-sensitive adhesive films are widely used in India, but full-scale wrapping, custom-printed with digital wide-format printing is seldom seen. However, the popularity of large scale wrapping elsewhere in the world seems to indicate that marketers will find a great deal of unexplored potential in India, and that it is only a matter of time before South Asia’s largest market adopts pressure-sensitive graphic films for larger scale applications.

 

Important players that may benefit from this potential area of growth include Henkel, Avery Dennison, 3M, HB Fuller, BASF, Ashland, and Eastman Chemical.

 

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European Packaging Innovations 2016 Showcases Latest Products and Technologies

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Apart from the many recent advances in label and packaging adhesives, the necessary tools and equipment to match these have been progressing too. Examples from the EU include the Fantastac SuperRoller that handles 75 meters of an industrial adhesive tape application, allowing for easy application without threading. A new press from Simply Cartons allows for color printing onto an APET surface, while Skanem’s smart labels send consumers directly to brand websites. Beardow Adams showcased its BAMFutura 50’s range of adhesive in packaging, offering a broad spectrum of hot and cold temperature resistance.


For those seeking a compact adhesive label printer, the new Dantex Graphics printer fits the bill, and AMS Ilumina has unveiled its thick card printer that handles materials up to 500 gsm. Advanced Labelling Systems has come up with a new design rotary labeler, and KBW is also offering a new labeling machine. Hamilton Adhesive Labels is now launching a color printer to match its labels, while CS Labels is directing innovation at the printing of stand-up pouches.


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ASC Provides EPA with Industry Information on Chlorinated Paraffin Use

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 7, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Mark Collatz

Director, Regulatory Affairs

(301) 986-9700 x112

Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org


 

ASC PROVIDES EPA WITH INDUSTRY INFORMATION
ON CHLORINATED PARAFFIN USE

 

 


March 7, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailing how adhesive and sealant manufacturers utilize mid and long-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs/LCCPs) in a range of product applications. ASC’s remarks emphasized that these materials impart critical flame retardant properties that are not easy to replicate with replacement alternatives.

The comments come in response to an EPA request for new available data from industries using MCCPs/LCCPs after the agency preliminarily determined that chlorinated paraffin substances may present an unreasonable risk to the environment as persistent bioaccumulative toxic that may exceed concentrations of concern (COC) to aquatic and sediment – dwelling organisms.

“While ASC and it members want EPA to understand the important properties that chlorinated paraffins contribute to our products, we believe it is just as important that the Agency realize and acknowledge that because of our industry’s best management practices for handling these materials, there is an extremely unlikely potential for direct or indirect release to U.S. waterways,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Collatz noted that formulators generally receive chlorinated paraffins in bulk shipments that are piped directly into tanks diked with concrete barriers to prevent leakage. Manufacturers, whenever possible, produce batches containing chlorinated paraffins back to back to eliminate the need for cleaning mixers and allowing for the reuse rinse water to minimize waste.

“While the adhesive and sealant manufacturers recognize EPA’s concerns, we believe our industry’s best management practices would open the way for EPA to create an exemption process that would allow for the continued use MCCPs/LCCPs in these type of product formulations,” said Collatz

For more information, contact Mark Collatz, Director Regulatory Affairs at ASC via email at mark.collatz@ascouncil.org.

 

 

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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 138 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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Toughened Epoxy Adhesives Delivering Stronger, More Durable Products

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 3, 2016

Consumers want products with great aesthetics and compact design but they also demand that they be tougher and more durable. Manufacturers seek to meet those demands but also reduce production costs without compromising quality and design. Adhesives offer solutions that meet all these needs in products as diverse as consumer electronics, cars, airplanes, and even golf clubs.

 

Toughened epoxies with a rubbery component are among the products that make this possible. They help to absorb the shock of impact, reducing stress on the materials they bond together. The result is an extremely high sheer and peel strength. For example, 3M’s Golf Club glue tolerates a force of 3,460 pounds or more. Without a toughened epoxy adhesive, the golf club would crack.

 

The same is true of the adhesives that are used in aircraft wings, composite automotive drive shafts and mountain bikes. Not only do epoxy adhesives make these stronger, but they allow designers to streamline the aesthetics and make them more lightweight. Manufacturers save money through increased production line efficiency from the increasing use of these innovative adhesives.

 

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Medical Adhesive Based on Mussel Protein Shows Promise

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Researchers at Purdue University recently published findings showing that an adhesive based on a protein from mussels is not toxic to living cells. Although further research will be required before the adhesive can be put to its intended use as a replacement for sutures, staples and screws, the findings bring this potential medical innovation one step closer to realization.

 

The adhesive, catechol-polystyrene or poly [3,4-dihydroxystyrene)-co-styrene], to give it its full name, is said to be stronger than super-glue, and could eliminate the need for damaging healthy tissue in order to join tissues during surgery. It mimics the mussel’s ability to cling to surfaces and is able to cure quickly under wet conditions, forming strong bonds.

 

At this stage, only animal trials have been concluded, but the promising findings so far have been welcomed by the medical and academic community, and the new adhesive will undergo further studies to determine whether it is fully bio-compatible.

 

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Auto Industry Benefitting from Increased Use of Adhesives Technology

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Adhesives are able to bond diverse materials to similar or different substrates, thereby making the use of lighter materials in auto manufacturing possible. According to the American Chemistry Council, the use of one kilogram of adhesives can reduce vehicle weight by 25 kilograms or more. Adhesives manufacturer Henkel says that its work with Ford on its F-150 model enabled a weight reduction of 700 pounds (317 kg).

 

Apart from Lightweighting  by reducing the amount of riveting needed and allowing the use of new materials, automotive adhesives are also used to improve vehicle safety, reduce Noise, Vibration and Hardness (NVH), protect electronic components and improve production line efficiency. By implementing adhesives technology, the automotive industry is following the lead of aerospace manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus, but still lags behind the aerospace industry in taking advantage of the benefits of adhesives.

 

However, it seems that the regulatory environment and the need for innovation will encourage auto manufacturers to increase their use of adhesives, resulting in greener, safer cars and improved manufacturing efficiency.

 

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New Chromate Free Corrosion Inhibiting Sealant Benefits Aerospace Industry

Posted By asc, Monday, February 29, 2016

PPG Industries Inc. has announced the release of three revolutionary corrosion inhibiting sealants. These are the first chromate free sealants to be approved for use in commercial and military aerospace applications. The sealants are not only more environmentally friendly than their predecessors; they are also 30% lighter than traditional chromated sealants, and take 70% less time to cure. The sealants use patented technologies to inhibit corrosion on metal in aerodynamic smoothing, structural surface sealing, fay sealing and pressure fuselage sealing aircraft applications. The sealants are ideal for aircraft manufacturers as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul workshops.

 

The sealant, PR-2870, was developed by PPG Industries in collaboration with the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and will allow for substantial cost savings for aircraft maintenance and manufacturing companies thanks to the reduced cycle time resulting from faster curing. It is available either as a two-part adhesive, or as a ready-mixed, frozen cartridge and can be used to replace C-8, C-12 and C-24 sealants, allowing for a reduced inventory in aerospace manufacture and maintenance operations.

 

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FEICA Appoints Successor to its Retiring Secretary General

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 29, 2016

FEICA’s President, Steve Kenny, announced that Philip Bruce is confirmed as the incoming Secretary General of the association. FEICA’s current Secretary General, Bernard Ghyoot, is retiring at the end of March 2016, but Philip Bruce will officially assume full responsibilities from 1 March 2016.

Philip joins FEICA following a successful career as Managing Director of Scott Bader in the United Kingdom where he led the company for more than 10 years with production sites across three continents and speciality chemical and adhesive sales globally. Philip states “It is an honour to become Secretary General of this distinguished organisation and to have the opportunity to build on Bernard Ghyoot’s work to deliver the highest possible value for FEICA’s members and the industry as a whole”.

Bernard Ghyoot, FEICA’s incumbent Secretary General OC, has been with FEICA since October 2006 following a long career at Dow Corning where he occupied numerous functions in Europe and abroad, and after running his own management company from 2004. His dedication and commitment to FEICA transformed the association into the voice of the adhesives and sealants industry in Europe.

FEICA’s President, Steve Kenny, adds “We welcome Philip aboard and wish Bernard a very happy and well-deserved retirement after almost 10 years at the helm of FEICA. FEICA is a success story with an undoubtedly positive future. Building on FEICA’s excellent reputation in the public domain as well as with the European Commission and all related bodies, the board and I are confident that Philip will take the association to new heights.”


Philip Bruce is the Director of PJB Chemical Consulting Ltd.

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Bemis Healthcare Evaluates Chemical Resistant Sealant

Posted By ASC, Thursday, February 25, 2016

One of the challenges facing pharmaceutical packaging companies relates to the solubility and diffusion properties of certain drugs. These can result in interaction with the sealant layers of packaging film resulting in uptake of drugs by the lamination and the chemical breaking down of sealants.


Pharmaceutical packaging company Bemis Healthcare is currently investigating the use of Anobex™, an acrylonitrile methyl acrylate copolymer (AMAC) sealant produced by MSM Poly LLC, using advanced modeling techniques. The polymer sealant is suitable for packaging in‘difficult’ applications thanks to its high level of chemical resistance.


Bemis currently makes use of a range of sealants that include CXB® and PET high barrier sealants and believes that Anobex™ will be suitable as a replacement for Barex® applications. The investigation will include a process in which the sealant will be evaluated for equivalence to Barex®, and will include the evaluation of the supply chain supporting Anobex™.


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Kia’s Use of Adhesives Helps its ‘Innovativeness’ Shine Through at Chicago Auto Show

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Kia motors’ two new releases, the Optima and Niro hybrids have received rave reviews after their introduction at the recent Chicago Auto Show. Apart from receiving accolades for practicality and design, reviewers were particularly impressed with the low NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness), which enhances driver and passenger comfort.

 

Both models make increased use of hot-stamped components and structural adhesives that allow for the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness, resulting in a smoother, quieter ride. In addition, the industrial joint adhesives used to boost torsional rigidity and structural rigidity provide increased crash protection and enhance driving dynamics. Kia believes that the Niro, in particular, will receive road safety awards as a result of these advances.

 

Adhesives technologies are enjoying increased attention from automotive designers and engineers as a means of improving aesthetics, as an essential component in light-weighting through the use of composites, and for the achievement of low NVH and enhanced motoring safety.

 

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