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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 x111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


 

ASC LAUDS PASSAGE OF S. 697


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.

 

 

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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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Bostik Opens New Production Facility in Dallas

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema, began manufacturing its tile adhesive and floor preparation products at its new plant in Dallas this month. The new plant is one of several strategically located facilities to be inaugurated in recent months, following on the opening of new facilities in Brazil, Malaysia and India.

 

The highly automated plant in Dallas will focus on the production of tiling and floor preparation products using Bostik’s Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) technology which remains an important element in Bostik’s research and development activities. The new Dallas facility includes a training and demonstration area in which clients and other industry partners can learn about and try out the products as well as view the production process.

 

Since Dallas is seen as a key market for the construction industry, Bostik is confident that the new plant will enable the company to deliver improved technical service, reduce delivery times, and allow for on-site technical service according to their recent press release.


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Impact Resistant Adhesive for Collision-related Damage Approved by OEMs

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When repairing collision-related damage, structural bonding is often required. Now the adhesives industry in the form of 3M has come up with a solution that has been approved by OEMs: a two-part epoxy adhesive that adheres to a range of automotive body part substrates including steel and aluminium. The 3M Impact Resistant Structural Adhesive 07333/57333 allows for a protracted working time, and is then cured using heat.

In the development of the adhesive, 3M worked with a number of OEMs, and the resulting product addresses several collision repair issues. In addition, it is recommended for use on weld-bonded and rivet-bonded joints.

The automotive collision repair market is valued at over $166.98 billion and is expected grow steadily. Although collision fatalities have decreased owing to improved vehicle safety features, collisions have increased. 2014 saw 14 million collision repairs in the US and more than 30 million in Europe.

 

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Dow Chemical and DuPont Announce Merger

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 14, 2015

Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion that will then be split into three publicly-traded businesses covering agriculture, material sciences and specialty products. If the merger is approved, the new company will be called DowDuPont. DuPont’s Chief Executive Officer Ed Breen will be CEO of the new company and Dow CEO Andrew Liveris would become executive chairman.

 

The company would maintain dual headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, DuPont's current headquarters, and Midland, Michigan where Dow is headquartered. DuPont shareholders would receive 1.282 shares of DowDuPont for each DuPont share and Dow shareholders will get 1.00 share of DowDuPont for each Dow share.

 

After preferred shares are converted, Dow shareholders will own 52 percent of DowDuPont. DuPont reports 2016 sales growth to be "challenging," due to economic weakness in agriculture and emerging markets. It plans to slash about 10 percent of its work force and take a pretax charge of $780 million. The three-way split is likely to be 18 to 24 months after the deal closes, which is expected in the second half of 2016.

 

The biggest of the three new companies by revenue would be material sciences, catering to the packaging, transportation and infrastructure industries. The specialty products company will sell materials to the electronics and communications industries as well as to the safety and protection sectors. The combined adjusted revenue was about $13 billion in 2014. The third business, selling seed and crop protection chemicals, generated adjusted revenue of about $19 billion.

 

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Automotive Adhesives Market to Experience Substantial Growth in Next Five Years

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 14, 2015
Updated: Friday, December 11, 2015

The market for automotive adhesives is set to grow by more than 48% within the next four to five years. It is currently valued at $3.74 billion globally and is expected to reach the $5.56 billion mark by 2020.

 

The Compound Annual Growth rate from 2015 to 2020 is estimated at 8.2%. The RoW and the Asia-Pacific region, in particular, are expected to account for much of the growth in the industry. The demand for automotive adhesives has been led by China in recent years, and the developing world including Brazil, India and Mexico is also expected to contribute towards the projected adhesive industry growth.

 

The ongoing increase in demand for automotive adhesives is driven by the automotive industry’s ongoing efforts to improve fuel efficiency through weight reduction. This has led to the increased use of lightweight materials that are best bonded with adhesives rather than traditional fasteners. The Body in White (BIW) stage of auto manufacture accounts for the largest market segment for adhesives.


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Adhesives Used to Improve Optical Lenses

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Micro-optics, a development that was first introduced in mobile phone cameras in 2007, are now used for a variety of applications. These include LED flash modules, infrared sensors, ambient light and proximity sensors as well as cameras.


Optical wafers consisting of multiple small lenses are used to manufacture devices using micro-optic technology. Crystal clear adhesives are used in the assembly of these optical wafers, and together with the lenses, adhesives are helping to improve quality while reducing costs. The adhesives allow manufacturers to attach a large number of optical and optoelectronic components to each glass wafer.


This technology allows for greater image quality through reduced pixel sizes, and the UV-curing adhesives offer excellent optical clarity while withstanding temperatures of up to 260°C and tolerating humid environments. Today, high-power Fresnel lenses are manufactured using optical adhesives.


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Adhesives Deliver Innovative Solutions to Nike, Coach, Athletica

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Brands like Nike, Coach and Athletica are facing labor shortages, most recently in China, previously a go-to destination for outsourced sewing and stitching work. But adhesives technology is stepping into the breach. Bemis Associates offers sew-free alternatives in the form of adhesives, allowing designers to create new products that don’t call for sewing or stitching.

 

Adhesives allow for bonding with heat and pressure, enabling designers to ‘ditch the stitch’ to deliver more durable products than traditional, stitched designs. Additionally, lighter weight products can be produced utilizing innovative adhesive technologies.

 

Bemis traditionally specialized in adhesives used for labeling and in footwear manufacture, but has been targeting its efforts at the apparel manufacturing market during the last 30 years, winning over big brands like Tory Burch and Coach.

 

Apart from enabling greater design creativity and quality, the adhesives may be instrumental in helping apparel manufacturers to overcome the looming Chinese labor shortage.

 

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ASC Members Report Significant Progress Made on Delivering Value from 2010 to 2015

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 x111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


 

ASC MEMBERS REPORT SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS MADE
ON DELIVERING VALUE FROM 2010 TO 2015

 

All Six Measures Grow from 2010; Five of Six Reach 60% Approval Ratings

 

 

December 7, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council’s (ASC) 2015 Member Value Survey illustrates significant progress has been made in delivering value across the Council’s programs and services.

The ASC Member Value Survey, first conducted in March of 2010 and repeated in 2013, asks a series of questions about how effective the Council is in delivering value via programs and services. The 2015 survey benchmarks against both the 2010 and 2013 results, and clearly illustrates growth. Five of the six values have grown by double digits, and five of the six have eclipsed a 60% threshold for members reporting significant value.  The rating % illustrates the number of respondents that marked “Highly Effective” or “Effective” on the survey.

 

Members were asked, ‘Overall, how effectively does ASC…’

 



Survey Note:  The responses illustrated in the chart indicate the percentage of members that reported ASC was either “very effective” or “effective” when it comes to the specific value driver.


“The results of this year’s Member Value Survey illustrate how successful the ASC Board of Director’s long term path of value creation has been as these industry leaders, working side by side with committee members and staff, have spent considerable time and effort to try new things, take new directions and work hard to remain fiercely relevant to the 138 members that are part of ASC,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “This energy and effort has allowed ASC to achieve regulatory wins, ensure new employees have technical training, market analysts have access to the latest data and our conventions remain a primary factor in keeping the industry connected.  It is amazing to have 90% of respondents respond favorably to ASC’s ability to connect members via networking and relationship building.  In 18 years of association management experience, I’ve never seen a 90% rating, and appreciate all of the members who have worked diligently to ensure we are creating value for our member companies.”

 
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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 134 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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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 134 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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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 134 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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HB Fuller Adhesive Wins 2015 Energy and Clean Tech Award

Posted By ASC, Friday, December 4, 2015

HB Fuller’s Liquamelt® adhesive system has achieved recognition in the form of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)Tekne Award for Energy and Clean Tech, 2015. According to MHTA, the adhesive technology won the award thanks to the enhanced sustainability and efficiency it provides.

 

The commercially efficient, ‘green’ approach adhesive system can be used as a replacement for traditional thermoplastic adhesives, and does not require heating before use. This allows for improved production line efficiency including a reduction in stoppages to clean away adhesive build-up, and reduces energy consumption by up to 75%.

 

In addition, manufacturers need not order their adhesive as frequently, reducing shipping. Other benefits include greater workplace safety thanks to the elimination of hot adhesives from production processes. The adhesive itself is manufactured using 40% bio-renewable resources.

 

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