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Bostik, an Arkema Subsidiary, Opens New HMPSA Plant in Mexico

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 7, 2016

A new plant for the production of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) was recently opened in Monterrey Mexico by Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema. The adhesives are intended for use in the production of disposable hygiene products such as disposable diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine hygiene products, and the new plant will meet growing demand for HMPSA in Central and South America.

The state-of-the-art plant was designed utilizing international expertise in order to ensure top quality, efficiency and the application of the latest safety features. The new plant also features a fully automated packaging operation. A company spokesperson said that the new facility would promote efficiency and bring about significant cost-savings for the company.

The opening of Mexico’s new adhesives plant is the latest development in Bostik’s international expansion strategy that has included the inauguration of plants in China, Malaysia, India, Brazil and the US.



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Packaging Predictions for 2016

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 6, 2016



Contributed by Hallie Forcinio


As the old year is behind us, it’s time to look forward. Although we can’t be completely certain about what the new year will bring, there’s no doubt adhesive innovations will continue to play an important role in the packaging of the products we bring home or use at work or play.


I think it’s safe to say all areas of adhesive technology will evolve to address demands for more sustainable packaging, lower costs, higher productivity and shelf impact. As a result, we’ll see expanded use of:


  • Melt-on-demand sealing systems
  • Green chemistries
  • Recycling-friendly adhesive formulas
  • Consumer appeal


Melt-on-demand sealing systems

Melt-on-demand (MOD) sealing systems were prominently displayed at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), and interest in what are sometimes described as “tank-less” or “tank-free” systems is growing. MOD systems offer the potential to consume less adhesive and energy, enhance productivity by minimizing charring and degradation, significantly shorten make ready times and reduce maintenance requirements. Advanced software allows machine status to be viewed from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Pattern controllers optimize application.


Green chemistries

Green chemistries replace solvents with water or 100% solids and non-renewable raw materials with renewable natural rubber, starch derivatives, cellulose, soy, natural gum, plant oils and biopolymers. Green formulas simplify compliance with regulations minimize or eliminate emissions of volatile organic compounds, lower...READ MORE



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Royal Adhesives & Sealants Acquires Adhesive Systems Inc. (ASI)

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Royal Adhesives & Sealants, LLC has recently announced its acquisition of the stock of ASI, a Frankfort, IL-based developer and manufacturer of cyanoacrylate, methacrylate, epoxy and anaerobic adhesives. These are engineered adhesives targeted for use in a range of industries including the automotive, plastics molding, electronics, military, general industrial, appliances, furniture and filtration assembly industries.


Royal Adhesives & Sealants has its headquarters in South Bend, IN and produces specialized adhesives and sealants for the automotive, industrial, construction, specialty packaging, defense and aerospace industries. Its products include customized thermosetting epoxies, solvent-based and water-based adhesives and sealants and urethane products.


The acquisition is expected to accelerate Royal’s growth strategy which includes plans for global expansion. ASI will maintain its current leadership structure and the companies’ specialized product ranges and geographic expansion plans are complementary, according to ASI and Royal spokesmen.


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Henkel's Expertise Used to Restore Tutankhamun’s Burial Mask

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Preserving and restoring historic artifacts such as Tutankhamun’s Burial Mask presents unique challenges. The iconic 3,000-year-old artifact was damaged during cleaning, and the beard, which had fallen off, was badly glued back some time ago using epoxy resin.

Adhesives company Henkel was approached for help. The first task would be the removal of the epoxy so that no residues were left behind. A high-tech adhesive that would withstand high temperatures and vibration, yet still be easily removable should this be required in the future, was required for the restoration of the golden mask.

Using 3D modelling and extensive testing, a hot melt adhesive was developed by Henkel for this once-off project. During a presentation ceremony at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Henkel was praised by the head of the restoration team for its significant contribution to the preservation of this significant relic of Egypt’s past.

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2016 ASC Training Academy Webinars Announced

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 4, 2016

ASC Training Academy Webinars in 2016 will focus on both introductory and advanced topics of interest to industry veterans, new employees and professionals looking to advance their careers with continuing professional education and a NEW Certificate Program.


Leading off the training is the February 17th webinar "Predictive Approaches in Product Safety" with important topics following including Sustainable Chemistry, Hygiene Market Trends and Technologies, Structural Adhesives in Automobile Body Structures, Advanced Polymers, Feedstocks, Hot Melt Adhesives, Automobile Interior Adhesives, Testing, Rheology, Food Packaging and many more.


DOWNLOAD a copy of the 2016 schedule to SAVE THE DATES!


Register for the February 17th Webinar HERE

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Corning's Gorilla Glass Hybrid Used in Ford’s New GT

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ford has been taking up the challenge of lightweighting with the help of adhesives. Apart from using composites bonded with adhesives, it will become the first automotive manufacturer to make use of yet another technology made possible by adhesives: a Gorilla Glass hybrid.

This toughened glass from Corning is used on smart phones and tablets and is both stronger and lighter than ordinary glass. The variant that will be used as a windshield and engine cover for the new Ford GT consists of thin layers of soda lime glass with a crystal clear plastic adhesive sandwiched in between the layers. According to Ford, the Gorilla Glass hybrid will shave 12 pounds off the weight of the supercar, is 30% lighter than laminated glass and 25 – 50% thinner.

The new Ford GT will be released in 2017, and Ford is considering rolling out the lightweighting advantage to other models in its range.

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Emerald Kalama to Release New Line of Plasticizers in 2016

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Emerald Kalama Chemical L.L.C. will be releasing additions to its range of K-Flex plasticizers in 2016. These include X-121, which will be used as an underbody coating, X-124, an automotive sealant and X-505, a b-side two-part polysulfide sealant that was designed specifically for insulating glass. The products have been developed using benzoic acid, but differ from the dibenzoate esters that are used in Emerald’s other products.

The new additions to the Emerald range are designed for sealant systems, and have a higher molecular weight, allowing for a greater degree of permanence and greater resistance to extraction and migration, resulting in products that retain their performance and flexibility over time. X-505, a two-part polysulfide sealant will also allow for quicker cure times and cure-through.

The plasticizers will be available globally. They will comply with the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) requirements and are currently undergoing beta testing.

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Henkel to Acquire Magna-Tech Manufacturing for Vacuum Impregnation Capabilities

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 28, 2015

Henkel Corporation, the US subsidiary of Germany’s Henkel AG & Co. KGA, has announced that it will be acquiring Indiana-based Magna-Tech Manufacturing. Magna-Tech offers vacuum impregnation services that compliment Henkel’s involvement in passenger vehicle manufacturing.


Vacuum impregnation is becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry as the trend towards lightweighting accelerates. The acquisition of Magna-Tech will increase Henkel’s existing global footprint, adding a US-based subsidiary to the existing network of Henkel subsidiaries in Europe and Asia that provide impregnation services.


Magna-Tech will operate as part of Henkel Corporation’s Adhesive Technologies business which provides adhesives, sealants and functional coatings globally. With the acquisition of Magna-Tech, Henkel will be able to move from being a supplier of resin intended for vacuum impregnation to a position in which it will be able to offer process center services at ten facilities across North America.


LOCTITE® resins from Henkel already allow automotive manufacturers to produce thin-walled, die-cast parts, and with the acquisition of Magna-Tech, Henkel will now be able to perform impregnation services for automotive manufacturers.

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As the Year Comes to a Close We Pause to Give Thanks…

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The holiday season is upon us, and with it come the long-anticipated family gatherings, holiday traditions and a well deserved break from the hustle and bustle of every day work.

2015 was a challenging year but a good year overall for the industry and for ASC. It was marked by solid attendance at ASC’s flagship convention and short course events, increased attendance at Training Academy webinars, two important market reports released to the industry, our first ever capital fly-in, our second stand alone technical short course, the welcome addition of 18 new members and several other key benchmarks achieved that we are thankful for.


None of this would have been possible without the
support of our valued members!



We would like to take this opportunity to offer our members a warm and sincere THANK YOU during this important time of the year. It is because of them that the industry continues to grow and prosper and the industry's trade association, ASC, continues its successes on their behalf.


From our family to yours, have a relaxing, safe and happy holiday season.

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ASC Statement on TSCA Reform Bill Vote

Posted By ASC, Friday, December 18, 2015



Media Contact:

Matt Croson


(301) 986-9700 x111



December 18, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) commends the Senate for its overwhelming vote in favor of S. 697, the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.” The vote occurred on December 17th via voice vote.


“ASC is pleased to see the procedural votes that kept TSCA Reform from moving forward have been resolved, and S. 697 can now move to conference with H.R. 2576 which was voted on back in late June,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC. “ASC looks forward to working with the American Alliance for Innovation to support a final bill that could be signed by President Obama in early 2016. When I joined ASC in 2010, I was briefed that TSCA Reform was ASC’s primary legislative focus, and we have worked many years and held many meetings with both Members and Hill staffers to first educate, then discuss, and ultimately develop an opportunity for strong bi-partisan support of two bills (H.R. 2576 and S. 697).


This vote is a historic one that allows both the chemicals supply chain and consumers to feel confident in how chemicals are used in commerce – something that has been needed for decades. ASC would also like to commend Senators Udall, Vitter and Inhofe for their considerable efforts and patience to develop and pass comprehensive bi-partisan legislation; without their years of dedicated service to this issue, TSCA Reform would not have happened. ASC would also like to recognize the Bill’s namesake, Frank R. Lautenberg (deceased), former Senator from New Jersey, who worked for years to attempt bi-partisan legislation – his efforts have finally paid off, which will build on his legacy as a true Senate leader.”

S. 697 will move to conference with H.R. 2576 which was passed on June 23, 2015. It is expected that a final bill will move to President Obama in early 2016.



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

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