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GM GOES BATTY OVER NEW USE FOR 2015 CORVETTE ‘GLUE’

Posted By ASC, Thursday, November 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
General Motors is using leftover adhesive in an effort to help protect the American bat population. GM has recently made great strides in green technology with electric vehicles. Now excess adhesive from the iconic Corvette Stingray is being used for conservation. U.S. bats are a vital part of the ecosystem, serving as pollinators and eating insects that can otherwise be pests. However, bats are at risk from a fungal infection that causes a fatal disease known as white nose syndrome. Conservationists can limit the spread of this fungus in the bat population by getting bats to roost in artificial caves, because these artificial caves can be sterilized to kill the fungus. GM is reclaiming excessive adhesive from its production line to construct these artificial bat caves. Structural adhesive is used in GM vehicles and excess adhesive builds up on applicator robots. Collecting this adhesive helps conserve the bat population and moves GM a step closer to landfill-free facilities.

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H.B. FULLER CONNECTS ADHESIVE INNOVATION TO UV INSPECTION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY

Posted By ASC, Thursday, November 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
H.B. Fuller has released two new water-based adhesives containing UV fluorescent agents. These adhesives are designed to serve corrugators who are dedicated to zero defects. The first new adhesive, IpacollTM PWC 3107 I UV, is ideal for nozzle and jet applications. The second, Ipacoll WD 3930, is engineered for wheel-in-pot systems. Both contain a UV indicator recommended for use with Valco Melton’s ClearVision® Camera Inspection Systems. These adhesives are the latest offerings from H.B. Fuller’s ongoing commitment to match products and processes to customer’s critical needs. Business Director for H.B. Fuller—Stuart Jenkins—commented, “Demand to achieve zero-defect production continues to increase, as customers want high-quality products at competitive prices. High-tech equipment to eliminate manual processes is important, but adhesives play a fundamental role in delivering enhanced production, and meeting the changing demands of end users.”

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STRONG GROWTH MOMENTUM: ALL REGIONS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT SALES GROWTH IN THIRD QUARTER

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Sika Corporation is reporting strong growth in the third quarter. CEO Jan Jenisch reported, “We achieved further strong growth in the third quarter and, despite challenging market conditions worldwide, increased sales by over 11% and posted an above-average rise in net profit." This growth keeps Sika on track to meet the financial targets put forth in their Strategy 2018 plan. All regions contributed to this success with visible growth in the Middle East and Africa, economic recovery in the southern European markets, and substantially increased sales in North America and the Asia/Pacific markets. Sika's growth also featured some notable expansions. In Brazil, Indonesia, India and Serbia new factories were opened. In the US, two production facilities were built—one for concrete admixtures and the other for mortar. On the heels of this success, Sika continues to invest in growth markets and release new products. The company projects total sales growth in 2014 at 9% - 11% in local currencies.
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AVERY DENNISON LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE LABELLING FILM PORTFOLIO

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Avery Dennison has introduced a new food-safe topcoat to their line of labelling film products. The newest topcoat, PP60, is a top cavitated white film. PP60 comes with Avery Dennison’s S2045N hotmelt adhesive. Europe’s senior product manager for Avery Dennison, Rob Groen in 't Wout commented, “There are plenty of challenges in the food segment, but the most critical one faced by all food producers today is the tough regulatory environment. Our goal is to do everything possible to make food labelling choices simple and productive.” The S2045N hotmelt adhesive used with PP60 topcoat creates a durable label that meets all regulation requirements and provides exceptional performance. The S2045N hotmelt adhesive gives labels tack surface adhesion on varied materials and allows adhesion on various substrates and under challenging conditions. Under European regulations, S2045N adhesive and PP60 topcoat used in any food packaging, including chilled products and surfaces with moisture.

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PHILADELPHIA FLOOR ADDS NEW BOSTIK GREEN FORCE TO THEIR LINE OF HARDWOOD FLOORING GLUES AND ADHESIVE

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Philadelphia Floor Store is the leading hardwood floor distributor in the US and now offers Bostik Green Force adhesive. The new Green Force Adhesive from Bostik provides a high-performance adhesive and a moisture barrier membrane in one. The adhesive achieves performance with AXIOS Tri-Linking Polymer Technology. AXIOS Tri-Linking Polymer Technology means that the adhesive polymers are formulated with three branches, rather than the typical two branches, and the extra branch provides an additional point of contact between the adhesive and substrate. The adhesive structure also creates very tight molecular entanglements, which excludes water. This removes the need for moisture testing and can remove up to four days on installation. Bostik’s Green Force also has superior elasticity and anti-fracture technology that can bridge gaps up to 1/8” that form either before or after installation. Green Force can now be purchased conveniently along with unfinished and prefinished hardwood flooring and accessories for floor installation.
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DOW CORNING LAUNCHES ADVANCED NEW SYL-OFF® RELEASE SYSTEM AT LABELEXPO INDIA

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Dow Corning has made their new Syl-Off® Release System available to customers in India. The Syl-Off ® Release System combines Syl-Off® SL 35 Release Modifier and new Syl-Off® SL 411 Coating to provide cost-effective, efficient, and high quality labeling options. Syl-Off SL 411 Coating is a solventless silicone release polymer. This product offers fast curing and extremely stable release, making it ideal for bulk roll application with pressure-sensitive label stock, food packaging, and industrial release papers. Syl-Off SL 35 Release Modifier offers precisely controlled modification of a coating’s release force. This modifier uses very little platinum and offers superior stability and shelf life for improved quality control and cost savings. Dow Corning’s Syl-Off Advantage Series brings together technologies to reduce customer exposure to platinum prices and maximizes flexibility in controlling release, cure, and cost.
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HERNON MANUFACTURING INTRODUCES FUSIONBOND 372 AT MARINE INDUSTRY TRADESHOW

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
HERNON Manufacturing, Inc. has introduced Fusionbond 372, the latest addition to their adhesives for marine applications. The Fusibond family of adhesives offers a range of advantages, they: are the highest impact-resistant structural adhesive available, do not contain halogens or chlorine, have variable curing times to select from, and have high shear strength and compatibility with a wide range of substrates. Harry Arnon, President of HERNON Manufacturing, Inc. commented: “Fusionbond 372 is an excellent choice for marine manufacturers looking for a high impact resistant structural adhesive.” Fusibond 372 is thixotropic, two-component, methacrylate adhesive. It cures at room temperature and has been formulated for unparalleled chemical resistance.
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OSHA OFFERS RELIEF FROM GHS COMPLIANCE DEADLINE

Posted By ASC, Friday, November 7, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact:

Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs

(301) 986-9700 x112

mark.collatz@ascouncil.org



November 7, 2014 – Bethesda, MD –
 In response to an Adhesive and Sealant Council's (ASC) petition, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) has agreed to provide adhesive and sealant manufacturers, as well as other formulated product manufacturers, enforcement relief from the June 1, 2015 compliance deadline for implementation of the Global Harmonization Standard (GHS).  The petition was coordinated with eight other trade associations representing various segments of the chemical formulating community.

The administrative relief will come in the form of a compliance directive and enforcement policy that will allow regulated formulators, who can demonstrate due diligence and a good faith effort to obtain information for compliance with June 2015 deadline, to avoid being subject to violation penalties.

Formulators, who do not expect be in full compliance under next year’s continuing deadline, should take steps to document their efforts to obtain the information from suppliers they need to create new safety data sheets (SDSs) and the revised GHS labels as well as record any attempts made to find the information on their own.

 

“OSHA’s agreement to use some common sense in their enforcement policy will definitely offer relief to our members who are struggling to gather a lot of information from many different sources and then organize it into the new SDS format and develop GHS labels,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.  

 

Collatz noted that ASC and all the petitioning groups will be working very closely with OSHA staff during the rest of the year to establish what will be considered a “good faith” effort by their enforcement personnel.

“Eventually, as a result of these meetings over the next few months, we expect that the Agency will issue a formal policy compliance directive that will provide clarity and guidance to both those doing the enforcing and those trying to comply,” said Collatz. 
 

The ASC and the eight petitioning trade associations originally requested relief form OSHA in August citing the fact that both raw material manufacturers and formulators were operating under a simultaneous deadline that created an unworkable situation for their members.   

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry.  The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry.  “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth.  Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org.  Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.  

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EPA UPDATES TSCA CHEMICAL WORK PLAN LIST FOR CHEMICAL ASSESSMENTS

Posted By ASC, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What’s at Issue: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the list of existing chemicals for assessment under its Toxic Substances Work Plan for Chemical Assessment. According to the agency, the changes reflect updated data submitted to EPA on chemical releases and potential exposures. This represents the first update to the Work Plan list since it was created in February 2012.

What’s New: The changes include the addition of 23 chemicals that will be considered for assessment after 2017.  They are:

  • 1,3-Butadiene - Consumer uses have changed, leading to a higher exposure score
  • 2,5-Furandione - Consumer uses have changed, leading to a higher exposure score
  • 2-Dimethylaminoethanol - Consumer uses have changed, leading to a higher exposure score
  • 2-Hydroxy-4-(octyloxy)benzophenone - Commercial and consumer uses have changed, leading to a higher exposure score
  • 3,3’-Dichloro-benzidine - Reported releases to TRI increased, leading to a higher exposure score
  • 4,4'-(1-Methylethylidene)bis[2,6-dibromophenol] (TBBPA) - Reported releases to TRI increased, leading to a higher exposure score
  • Barium carbonate - Commercial and consumer uses have changed, leading to a higher exposure score
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate - Production volume increased and types of consumer uses have changed, leading to a higher exposure score
  • isopropylated phenol, phosphate (iPTPP) - Hazard, exposure, and persistence/bioaccumulation rankings are high
  • Molybdenum and Molybdenum Compounds – Increased production volume and consumer and industrial uses, leading to a higher exposure score
  • Pentachlorothiophenol - Increased production volume and industrial uses, leading to a higher exposure score
  • Triphenyl phosphate (TPP) - Hazard exposure rankings are high
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) - Hazard and exposure rankings are high
  • Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) - Hazard, exposure, and persistence/bioaccumulation rankings are high
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) - Hazard, exposure, and persistence/bioaccumulation rankings are high
  • Nonylphenols and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NP/NPE) - Hazard and exposure rankings are high
  • Group of phthalates (dibutyl phthalate (DBP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP) - Hazard and exposure rankings are high

The update also removes 16 chemicals, most of which are no longer in commerce in the U.S. A potential review of mercury was discontinued because the agency believes the hazards are already well-characterized and risk reduction efforts are in place while quartz was dropped because potential exposures are regulated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The others include:

  • 1,2,4,5-Tetrachloro-benzene
  • 4-Chloro-2-methylaniline (p-Chloro-o-toluidine)
  • Benz(a)anthracene
  • Dibenz(a,h)anthracene
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Hexabromobiphenyl
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane
  • N-Nitroso-ethylamine
  • N-Nitrosodimethylamine
  • Pentabromophenol
  • Polychlorinated naphthalenes
  • Tris(2,3-di bromopropyl) phosphate (TBP)

Click here for a copy of the updated Work Plan with a description of all 90 listed chemicals. 

Why it’s Important: The TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments best reflects the chemicals for which EPA presently has the most concern.  Unless there are further revisions, it should be assumed that the Agency will concentrate hazard assessments, and if warranted, risk reduction actions, on these compounds for the remainder of the decade.

Adhesive and sealant manufacturers should review the recently added chemicals and alert ASC regarding whether any of the recently added chemicals are utilized significantly in their formulations.  

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DOW CORNING LAUNCHES NEW ITEMS AT GLASSTEC 2014

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dow Corning® 3363 Insulating Glass Sealant and Dow Corning® Transparent Structural Silicone Adhesive (TSSA) were recently debuted at Glasstec 2014. Both are highly engineered silicone products from a company known in part for its expertise in silicone adhesives and sealants. 3363 Insulating Glass Sealant and TSSA will help architects and manufacturers conserve energy and increase durability, while also allowing greater design freedom. Dow Corning 3363 Insulating Glass Sealant is fast curing with up to a 50% increase in bond strength over comparable products. This sealant allows 30% smaller joints for faster curing on gas-filled double- and triple-glazed panels capable of withstanding hurricane-level wind. Dow Corning TSSA provides a completely clear finish for sleek facades that offer energy savings. Markus Plettau—regional market leader, Europe High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Corning—commented: “For over twenty five years, Dow Corning has collaborated with building industry leaders to engineer some of the most advanced materials technologies in the world to enable buildings that not only sustain energy, but even reduce energy consumption, without compromising aesthetics or functionality.”

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