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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

 

To purchase the report visit the ASC Store

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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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Partnership Established Between Chemsultants International and Coating Tech Slot

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Chemsultants International a Mentor, Ohio based company and Coating Tech Slot Dies have entered into a partnership to provide product development services in the prototyping and coating of fluids and adhesives. This new partnership will allow companies as well as entrepreneurs to have a single source for product development. Chemsultants International and their sister company, ChemInstruments, house a staff of chemists and scientists and for the past 25+ years, have assisted in formulating, compounding, mixing and rheological modification of adhesives, sealants and specialty coatings. Chemsultants ISO 13485/9001 certified product development and pilot coating operations can provide pilot, scale up and contract production services are offered in a facility featuring three coating and laminating lines. As a result of this new partnership, Coating Tech Slot Dies will be conducting trial runs at the Chemsultants site in Mentor, Ohio.

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New Flexible Adhesive Patent Application from Boeing

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 5, 2015
A new patent application for a flexible adhesive has been submitted by aerospace company Boeing. The flexible adhesive is designed for use in electronic circuit boards intended for aerospace applications. The adhesive will form a cured adhesive structure that connects circuit boards to electronic components. The new adhesive will offer better thermal management in order to ensure the effective functioning of electronic components beyond the earth’s atmosphere and is expected to be applicable to unmanned space missions since it allows for greater heat generation by miniaturized semiconductors.

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Kraton Performance Polymers Purchases Arizona Chemical Holdings Corp

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 5, 2015
Houston-based Kraton Performance Polymers, producers of rubber-based sealants and coatings as well as medical and personal care products, has announced its planned acquisition of Arizona Chemical Holdings Corp for $1.37 billion.  The pine-based chemicals produced by Arizona Chemical Holdings are used in the production of adhesives and inks used in packaging, cleaning agents, coatings, lubricants and road construction materials to name but a few. Executives predict increased profits for shareholders estimated at $1.40 per share by the end of the first year as a result of the acquisition. Kraton released projections indicating an expected $65 million in pre-tax synergies and a cash-flow improvement of over $450 million by 2018.  The necessary financing will be obtained from Credit Suisse Securities, Nomura Securities and Deutsche Bank and the transfer of ownership is expected to take place late in 2015 or in early 2016. 

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HB Fuller Announces Launch of New Packaging Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 5, 2015
The launch of HB Fuller’s Advantra® 8790 was announced on September 28th. The ‘more stick for less product’ adhesive is aimed at sustainability, efficiency and reduced costs for the packaging industry, and is said to be highly effective on a wide range of substrates.  HB Fuller reports that packaging companies can use up to 20% less product when using Advantra® 8790. Added benefits include reduced maintenance costs and production-line down time as well as reduced wear and tear on equipment.  The new adhesive offers companies an opportunity to save time and money without sacrificing quality, and also offers a more environmentally friendly option that meets the demand for ‘greener’ packaging processes and products.  But, says vice president of HB Fuller, Brad Zechman, HB Fuller doesn’t stop at providing innovative products. Packaging line optimization and staff training services are among the extras offered to clients. And, says Zechman, measurable savings result from these interventions.

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Biomedical Adhesives – No More Sutures!

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 5, 2015

The less invasive surgery can be, the better. Gecko Biomedical, a French medical device firm specializing in medical sealants and adhesive polymers makes their contribution to reducing surgical trauma with an innovative biodegradable adhesive that can be used to repair internal tissues. An apparatus consisting of ‘balloons’, a mirror and a fiber optic cable is used to apply the adhesive and activate it by means of light exposure.  

The light reflecting balloon catheter and the adhesive suture replacement are making waves in the medical world since the publication of Gecko’s research paper in the journal Science Translational Medicine this September. 

The adhesive can be used to repair heart, abdominal and intestinal tissues and biodegrades in the course of time without producing any toxic by-products.  Gecko’s next project, the development of a polymer for repairing blood vessels, is underway and will enter its medical trial phase by the end of the year.

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