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Ford, Proctor & Gamble Invest in Biomimicry Adhesive Research

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Geckos have already provided inspiration for adhesive products such as Gecko Tape. Now Ford, in association with Proctor & Gamble with The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit committed to promoting the innovative approach of looking to nature for sustainable solutions to modern-day challenges, will be investigating a means of mimicking the gecko’s ability to stick to almost any surface. They aim to develop adhesive technologies that Ford will be able to use for bonding foams to plastics and metals.
Ford recently hosted a forum at its Dearborn campus with participation from Procter & Gamble and The Biomimicry Institute where nearly 200 researchers and designers took part in the day-long session to learn about biomimicry and how to apply it to their work.

It is hoped that the research will produce a solution that will improve bond quality, reduce costs and allow for greater recyclability of foam and plastics. A representative from Proctor & Gamble said that the biomimicry approach opened new avenues for problem-solving research. Ford noted that solving this problem could provide cost savings and certainly an environmental savings. “It means we could increase the recycling of more foam and plastics, and further reduce our environmental footprint.”

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MVP - New Products for Existing and New Markets Along with New Brand Identity

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MVP announced today that it is taking strategic steps to prepare the organization for rapid growth as the company diversifies its product portfolio, expanding into new markets. To support the expansion, MVP introduces the first single component pumping system, and launches a new brand identity. These strategic initiatives are designed to signify change within the company and reflect the innovative vision of MVP. In early 2016, MVP will begin offering the fist single component pumping system along with a single component application gun, which will be available for dispensing from 5 and 55 gallons of materials. Manufactured with stainless steel components, this rugged machine will help cut down on wasted time in changing over cartridges. A new control box provides simplification and ergonomics to single component adhesives. In addition to the launch of the single component pumping and application gun, MVP revealed a new brand identity including a newly designed logo and bold red color palate, a transition from its previous blue globe logo that initially evolved years ago when Magnum Industries acquired Venus Plastech in 2000.

 

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Fomo Products and Honeywell Commit to Reduction in Emissions, White House Reports

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The White House has released a statement acknowledging private enterprise commitments to emissions reduction.  U.S. companies Fomo and Honeywell have responded to Obama’s call to reduce emissions as part of the Climate Action Plan as follows: Fomo Products, a large producer of low-pressure polyurethane insulation, sealants and adhesives, aims to convert from using HFCs to HFOs in 95% of aerosol products and 25% of low pressure spray polyurethane foam products by the summer of 2016.  Global technology and manufacturing company Honeywell says that it’s Solstice trademarked low-GWP blowing agents will reduce CO2 emissions by 475 million tons by 2025, increasing the predictions announced in 2014 by 36%. Honeywell has also committed to using feedstock HCFC-22 from suppliers who control and strive to eliminate HFC-23 by-product emissions. 

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New Bio-based PE Self-Adhesive Labels from Avery Dennison

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In response to the demand for bio-based labelling products, Avery Dennison has launched two versions of a self-adhesive bio-based polyethylene (PE) film label.  The labels consist of 80% renewable materials and were developed in collaboration with worldwide resin producer Braskem and Belgium-based Desmedt Labels. Cleaning products manufacturers Ecover made their facilities in Belgium available for testing of the prototype labels.  A clear film label and an opaque white version using ethically produced Bonsucro Certified Sugar Cane-based resin adhesive have resulted from this collaborative effort.  According to Avery Dennison, the recyclability of the new labels is comparable to that of labels utilizing standard PE85 resin and reduces dependency on fossil-fuel-based products.  Manufacturers who wish to apply the eco-friendly adhesive labelling technology will not need to make any alterations to existing production lines in order to do so.

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Spider Glue Opens Up New Avenues for Adhesives Innovation

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Researchers from the University of Akron and Virginia Polytechnic Institute will soon be publishing their latest findings on the properties of the glue droplets that coat the capture silk of spiders’ webs. Although synthetic adhesives lose adhesion in high humidity conditions, certain ‘spider glues’ becomes stickier the wetter it gets – all the way up to 100% humidity.   Research shows that spiders are able to exude a glue that reaches its maximum adhesion at the ambient humidity associated with their usual foraging times. The composition of these bio-adhesives will give us new insights that could allow for the development of smart adhesives targeted for use at specific humidity.  The researchers have been analyzing the proteins and salts in spider glue droplets and believe that the key lies in the salts rather than the proteins, since these showed the greatest degree of variation among the species studied. The findings of this aspect of their research will open up new avenues for adhesives innovation.

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Preview Webinar for Caulks & Sealants Market Report Available

Posted By ASC, Friday, October 16, 2015

Ducker Worldwide was contracted by ASC to perform an extensive study on the Caulks and Sealants market. This report expanded from historical ASC reports, and included not only market size, volume and other data, but also qualitative information on key trends and market drivers.

Ducker Worldwide Principle Katie Janess led the effort that focused on, depth and quality of customer input vs. quantity of interviews and provided an independent, data and fact-based assessment of prioritized opportunities for ASC and its members. Recently Katie Janess participated in a webinar held by the ASC Training Academy and discussed the Caulks & Sealants in North America Market Report findings. The webinar may be viewed HERE

 

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BMW: Quicker Production and Improved Safety with Advanced Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 12, 2015

BMW’s increased use of carbon fiber reinforced plastics allows advanced adhesives to replace traditional bonding methods such as welding or bolting, halving the production line time needed for assembly. According to BMW, the new adhesive begins to work within 90 seconds and takes only an hour and a half to harden completely.


Additional benefits of the adhesive include the reduction of noise and vibration and increased static and dynamic stiffness as well as a higher load-bearing capacity. This, according to BMW, will also improve safety performance in the event of a crash.


Dow Automotive is responsible for the development of the new adhesive which was customized to match BMW’s assembly processes and time requirements. The adhesive technology allows the use of lightweight materials which will improve fuel economy, resulting in reduced emissions.

The adhesive, known as BETAFORCE enables BMW to apply shorter cycle times (the time needed for a production line process) and a flexible open time (time during which the adhesive can be exposed prior to bonding).

 

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PPG Industries Acquires Majority Shareholding in Sealant and Adhesive Company Le Joint Francais

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 12, 2015

US coatings company PPG Industries recently announced its acquisition of majority holdings in sealant and adhesive company Le Joint Francais. No financial details were disclosed.

The business relationship between the two companies is an established one - Le Joint Francais has been a licensee of PPG’s aerospace sealants and will now be embarking on a joint venture with PPG. The venture, Sealants Europe SAS, will produce and supply aerospace and automotive adhesives and sealants to the European market.

PPG president Michael McGarry says that Sealants Europe SAS will be expanding their range of automotive products and will be able to offer enhanced service to their European automotive and aerospace clients from their headquarters in France. 

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Apple’s Waterproofing Adhesive Makes its Debut

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 12, 2015

Although Apple is not marketing the iPhone 6 as being water resistant, users have been reporting improved water resistance. Teardown investigators iFixit took an iPhone 6 apart, and determined that unlike older models, the iPhone 6 has a gasket-like layer of adhesive around the display. Since the display is already secured with screws, iFixit suspects that the adhesive has been used to improve water resistance.

This seems to be confirmed by the modification of the smartphone’s casing to accommodate the sealant, but with the exception of a silicone seal to protect the logic board, no other modifications have been made to the design.

While the iPhone 6 may be more water resistant than its predecessors, it cannot be said to be ‘waterproof’.  However, iFixit investigators note that recent patent filings by Apple indicate that the development of a truly waterproof phone may be in the pipeline, likely assisted with the use of adhesives.

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Bostik Showcases Sustainable Construction Innovations with Smart House

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2015
Bostik, a member of the Arkema group, has opened their Smart House at the Bostik Smart Technology Center near Paris for viewing by customers and their partners. The Smart House aims to showcase new construction methods which Bostik foresees as being representative of the future of sustainable construction. The themes it represents are environmental soundness, energy efficiency and comfortable, healthy living. The futuristic house will provide an environment for experimental testing of its performance under real life conditions, and a neighboring showroom showcases Bostik’s latest innovations in the field of sustainable construction. Bostik aims to obtain international sustainable construction certifications from LEED, BREEAM, Passivhaus and Bepos. Should all four certifications be confirmed, the Smart House will be the first building to receive this range of certifications. The show house has been designed to be an environmentally sound dwelling throughout its life cycle, and researchers will use it as a laboratory for further Research and Development initiatives.

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