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SUPPLY CHAIN COMPLEXITY, GREEN CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICALS REGULATIONS FOCUS OF ASC SPRING CONVENTION

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:

Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


January 25, 2013 – Bethesda, MD 
– The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that its Spring Convention Keynote Speakers will address pressing industry issues including supply chain complexity, green chemistry and chemical safety, featuring experts from the industry.  The speakers include:

Paul Hodges, Chairman, International eChem

“Managing Business in Today’s VUCA Environment”

Explore why volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity dominate; discover how changing demand patterns mean GDP ratios no longer apply; discuss developing your own road map for the “new normal”; and clarify why vision, understanding, clarity and agility are the keys to success.

John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

“Entropic Controls in Materials Design as an Example of Green Chemistry”

This presentation will describe results in non-covalent derivatization and bioinspired photopolymers that illustrate a shift towards entropic control as an example of green chemistry, resulting in reduced toxicological and environmental impact.

Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

“Chemical Safety Overview”

The session will share recent actions the agency and stakeholders have taken to improve chemical safety, increase public knowledge about chemicals, transition to alternative and smarter chemicals, and to integrate pollution prevention methods in chemical development and manufacture.  Additionally, perspectives on future developments in chemical safety, upcoming activities, chemical information releases and opportunities for stakeholders to become more involved, will be shared.

“ASC attendees will appreciate the insights these respected leaders will share during the keynotes held each morning, and during the Tuesday lunch,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We always want to challenge our industry via thought-provoking presentations and feel we have a solid line up and forward thinking individuals that have ideas that directly impact our industry.”

In addition to the key note presentations, ASC’s Spring Convention and the newly expanded EXPO will feature 50+ presentations and 70+ exhibiting companies during the 2.5 day event being held April 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.  ASC is expecting 480+ attendees to participate including formulators, raw material suppliers and service suppliers to the industry.  Information on the event can be found atwww.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 124 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 EXECUTIVE JOINS ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL BOARD

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:

Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


January 25, 2013 – Bethesda, MD 
– The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that its Spring Convention Keynote Speakers will address pressing industry issues including supply chain complexity, green chemistry and chemical safety, featuring experts from the industry.  The speakers include:

Paul Hodges, Chairman, International eChem

“Managing Business in Today’s VUCA Environment”

Explore why volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity dominate; discover how changing demand patterns mean GDP ratios no longer apply; discuss developing your own road map for the “new normal”; and clarify why vision, understanding, clarity and agility are the keys to success.

John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

“Entropic Controls in Materials Design as an Example of Green Chemistry”

This presentation will describe results in non-covalent derivatization and bioinspired photopolymers that illustrate a shift towards entropic control as an example of green chemistry, resulting in reduced toxicological and environmental impact.

Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

“Chemical Safety Overview”

The session will share recent actions the agency and stakeholders have taken to improve chemical safety, increase public knowledge about chemicals, transition to alternative and smarter chemicals, and to integrate pollution prevention methods in chemical development and manufacture.  Additionally, perspectives on future developments in chemical safety, upcoming activities, chemical information releases and opportunities for stakeholders to become more involved, will be shared.

“ASC attendees will appreciate the insights these respected leaders will share during the keynotes held each morning, and during the Tuesday lunch,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We always want to challenge our industry via thought-provoking presentations and feel we have a solid line up and forward thinking individuals that have ideas that directly impact our industry.”

In addition to the key note presentations, ASC’s Spring Convention and the newly expanded EXPO will feature 50+ presentations and 70+ exhibiting companies during the 2.5 day event being held April 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.  ASC is expecting 480+ attendees to participate including formulators, raw material suppliers and service suppliers to the industry.  Information on the event can be found atwww.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 124 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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ASC PUSHES FOR BIPARTISAN TSCA REFORM IN NEW CONGRESS

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:
Mark Collatz
Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org

Council Meets with Offices of Senators Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan

 

 

January 16, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – With the opening of the 113th Congress, the Adhesive and Sealant Council again took its message of the need for a bipartisan solution to the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the offices of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). The meetings were part of an effort by American Alliance for Innovation (AAI), a broad based coalition of associations interested in chemicals management policy as regulated by TSCA to educate legislators about the importance of the legislation keeping pace with advances in science and technology.  ASC is a charter member of AAI.

 

In the discussion with both Senate staffs, it was emphasized that the complexity of TSCA will require that all concerned parties find common ground in modernizing the legislation and that the TSCA reform legislation proposed in the prior Congress either did not address critical issues regarding chemical assessments or took a step backwards from the existing TSCA law.

 

Examples cited included a lack of a preemption provision that would preclude efforts by states and local municipalities from introducing their own chemical regulatory laws and the absence of an effort to create a prioritization process that would allow EPA to address the chemicals of most concern.   

 

ASC also pointed out that the present TSCA program for new chemical review assessments has been working effectively, yet last year’s proposed reform legislation would have “gutted” that work and substituted an approach that would have offered no appreciable improvement in risk assessments.  

 

“Everyone agrees that establishing a modernized TSCA program is critical because the absence of action throws these activities into the state legislatures and regulatory agencies,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Government Relations.  “Without bipartisan action by Congress, we are likely to end up with a patchwork of requirements for managing chemicals that ultimately will inflict harm on U.S. manufacturing and result in the job losses.”






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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 124 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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EPA OFFICIAL TO KEYNOTE AT ASC SPRING CONVENTION

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:
Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


Jim Jones, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Will Share EPA’s Approach to Chemicals Safety to Adhesive and Sealant Leaders



January 15, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that Jim Jones, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will speak at the upcoming ASC Spring Convention being held April 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.



Mr. Jones will share the EPA’s approach to chemicals management and pollution prevention, an area he oversees as part of the senior leadership team for the EPA, during a luncheon keynote to be held on Tuesday, April 23.



In March 2012, the EPA announced a comprehensive approach to enhancing its existing chemicals management program plans through the identification of a work plan of 83 chemicals for further assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Seven of these chemicals were identified for risk assessment in 2012 with draft assessments for the first five issued last week.  The Agency has scheduled 18 more of these chemicals for assessment in 2013 and 2014.  The assessments for the remaining 58 chemicals are expected to be completed by the end of 2017. 



“It’s critically important to hear directly from our Nation’s regulatory agency leadership on what is on their regulatory agenda in order for industry to properly resource and plan for the ripple effects that always occur,” notes Matthew E. Croson, ASC’s President.  “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Jones has accepted our invitation and will share the Agency’s view on managing chemicals, risk assessment and prioritization; we look forward to listening and learning from Mr. Jones when we addresses our industry in April.”



In January 2012, President Obama nominated Jim Jones to be the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). The nomination is currently pending in the U.S. Senate. At this time, Jones is the Acting Assistant Administrator of OCSPP. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation’s pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws. The office has an annual budget of approximately $260 million and more than 1,300 employees.

From April through November 2011, Jones served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.



From January 2007 until April 2011, Jones served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP, including six months as Acting Assistant Administrator. From 2003-2007, he served as the Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs. In this role he was responsible for the regulation of pesticides in the United States with a budget of approximately $150 million and 850 employees, making it the largest EPA Headquarters’ program office.



Jones’ career with EPA spans more than 24 years. He has an M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, both in Economics.



Information about ASC’s Spring Convention and EXPO can be found at www.ascouncil.org.  Registration for the event is open to all ASC members, and industry professionals.  The event is expected to draw more than 450 attendees, and will include more than 45 presentations and speakers over the 2.5 day event.





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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 124 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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VENDORSELECT TOOL DRIVES ADHESIVES.ORG AND ASCOUNCIL.ORG WEB TRAFFIC

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 14, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:
Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


ASC Members Leverage Online Directory to Increase Industry Exposure



January 14, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – End user visitors coming to www.adhesives.org to find adhesive and sealant solutions are leveraging the easy-to-use VendorSelect Tool and connecting with Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) member companies.  Raw material suppliers looking to connect with manufacturers and manufacturers looking to connect with distributors are also now using the same tool on ASC’s newly redesignedwww.ascouncil.org website.



“The VendorSelect Tool is one of top visited areas on adhesives.org, with hundreds accessing the tool on a monthly basis to locate manufacturers,” reports Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “VendorSelect is a free member service that includes a listing of all member companies with basic contact information, including company name, description, address, telephone, and web address.  We are finding that a large number of members are inquiring about this new program and are requesting to enhance their free listing with a simple advertisement that links directly back to a page on their website.”



The VendorSelect Tool allows visitors to both adhesives.org and ascouncil.org to use a simple point and click methodology to select the raw material or formulated product for which they are looking.  Once the variables are selected, a roster of companies is identified, and the user can begin researching the appropriate manufacturers, suppliers, or distributors.



This new advertising program allows any ASC member to add their own branding or marketing image to their listing with a link to a specific page on their website for an annual fee of $250.



“The basic listing is free and is automatically given to those who join the Council,” notes Jessica Carter, ASC’s Online Communications Manager.  “However, enhancing a basic listing allows a company to distinguish themselves from other ASC member companies by illustrating something specific they want to promote, whether it is a new product line or recent award.  In addition, those who choose to enhance their listing can switch out their ad on a quarterly basis to coincide with their marketing plan.  The price is a nominal at $250 a year, which basically covers the cost to host the image and maintain the tool.”



Companies that have signed up to enhance their VendorSelect listing in 2013 include:



 

Accumetric

Avery Dennison

Celanese

Cytec Industries

Dynasol

Evonik Degussa

H.M. Royal

Honeywell

ITW Performance Materials

Kraton Polymers

RisunPolymers

 



 

Members interested in participating in the enhanced listing can contact Malinda Armstrong atMalinda.armstrong@ascouncil.org or 301-986-9700, ext. 106.  Members can also purchase the online listing viawww.ascouncil.org by accessing the ASC Store on the top navigation bar after they have logged into the site.



The VendorSelect Tool can be accessed here:



Adhesives.org VendorSelect



Ascouncil.org VendorSelect


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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 124 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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ASC ANNOUNCES 2013 TRAINING ACADEMY COURSES

Posted By ASC, Friday, December 21, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




Media Contact:
Nick Mancusi
Education Manager
(301) 986-9700 ext. 104
Nick.mancusi@ascouncil.org 

Eight Courses Will Present Fundamentals of Training for the Industry in 2013; More Being Considered

December 21, 2012 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that its Training Academy program for 2013 will consist of eight webinars in during the year, with five currently on the calendar, and three being placed in early 2013.



“ASC’s Training Academy will build on the foundational success it experienced in 2012, with a strong program that includes new, never before produced webinars, as well as the traditional training programs that the industry has relied on to keep up with emerging technologies,” said Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We are also working to incorporate some of the successful programs we delivered in 2012, during 2013 and will be announcing additions to the calendar in early 2013 once details are finalized.”



 

The 2013 ASC Training Academy program and descriptions are:




Adhesive and Sealant Technology Types – a Two Part Course on various technology types.  - February 6 + 13, 2013

Trainer:  Dr. Hartwig Lohse of Klebtechnik



Develop an understanding of various adhesives and sealants technology types in the Building and Construction, Assembly, and Transportation segments. Review the fundamentals of adhesive bonding and the principles associated with creating reliable bonds as the foundation to understanding technology types and uses. Explore the various adhesive technologies available on the market and the basis of each presented in an easy to understand way. Learn about typical applications from primary markets as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each technology. Gain an understanding of future trends, new developments and the opportunities for the industry.



Assembly Operations 101 - March 6, 2013

Trainer:  Dave Nick of DPNA International



Gain a greater knowledge of Adhesives and Sealants in Assembly Operations including their use in appliances, electronics, alternative energy, and medical equipment.  Understand the options for assembling components and joint design while exploring the strengths and weaknesses of these options.  Learn about how adhesives and sealants are currently in use and where they have potential for growth including the area of micro electronics.



Adhesives 101 – a Two Part Course on the Core Foundation of Adhesives – May 8 + 15, 2013

Trainer:  Dick Hartshorn of ChemQuest



Acquire the essential foundation of knowledge necessary for understanding the science and technology behind adhesives and the many markets and applications that benefit from their use.  Adhesives 101 will help participants better understand the science behind adhesive technologies, the benefits adhesives bring to specific applications and how they improve product design and streamline industrial production.


Packaging 101 - July 10, 2013

Trainer:  Dave Horwat



Learn about the different types of adhesives bonding and application methods related to their use in the packaging industry.  Understand application equipment selection while understanding how to identify the quality characteristics of an adhesive and the sources for variation in quality.  Explore the considerations used in selecting adhesives and determining the best fit, the limitations of adhesives, and final performance.



Additives 101 – September 18, 2013

Trainer:  Dave Horwat



Learn the basics of additives including plasticizers, tackifiers, fillers, thickeners with PVOH, wetting agents, dispersants, defoamers, biocides, adhesion promoters, humectants, safe solvents, xlinkers, antioxidants and waxes.  Explore the subclasses within each additive, the benefits and limitations of each additive, typical uses, use levels, and the effect on application and performance.



“With an effort to educate users of adhesives and sealants, while providing valuable training to our member companies – we have an exciting line-up of End User and Member focused webinars coming next year,” said Nick Mancusi, Education Manager for ASC.  “The Training Academy is providing fantastic value for our members and users of adhesives and sealants as they gain a robust foundation of the industry and explore emerging trends that impact the supply chain.”



ASC will be adding additional courses over the year as we expand the Training Academy to incorporate some of the successful programming delivered in 2012, and add new program based on industry dialogue and need. 



Details on the program and registration information can be found here.



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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 124 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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ASC IDENTIFIES REGULATORY ISSUES FOCUS FOR 2013

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:


Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org

SCAQMD and USGBC Rating System are Priority Issues; Committee Adjusts Name to Align with Focus



December 17, 2012 – Bethesda, MD – The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) plan to reopen Rule 1168 and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) efforts to revise their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system will be the Adhesive and Sealant Council’s (ASC) regulatory affairs focus in 2013.

 

“With SCAQMD delaying the re-opening of Rule 1168 in 2012, we are confident that that regulation will be a priority for this district in 2013,” said Mark Collatz, ASC Director of Regulatory Affairs.

 

The regulation sets volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for commercial adhesive and sealant product categories throughout the largest and most populated counties of the Los Angeles basin and could have a major impact on how members formulate their products

“Should the District decide to add new categories to the rule, companies that may never have had to deal with the rule could now be thrown into the mix.  In addition, South Coast can be a bellwether for other California air districts which might follow suit in revisiting their rules,” added Collatz.  “This issue will impact nearly all of ASC’s member companies, and is an important issue facing the entire industry.”

 

USGBC LEED v.4

 

ASC continues to voice its concerns with USGBC’s  latest revised LEED v.4 rating system proposal that offers credits based on the improper characterization of finished goods that could result in regrettable decisions in the material selection process.

 

“This latest draft includes tools that do not take into account how products are used and the importance of exposure information,” reports Collatz. “If USGBC continues this approach, it will only lead to confusion throughout the downstream community from architects to building owners.”

 

The USGBC LEED process impacts all ASC member companies that sell high performance adhesives and sealants into the building construction industry.

 

Other issues the Council will be closely monitoring this coming year include:



  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) continued work on a final rule aimed at reducing toxic chemicals from consumer products;

  • U.S. EPA’s TSCA Chemical Work Plan activities;

  • Environment Canada’s second phase of Chemical Management Plan activities; and,

  • TSCA modernization legislation.



NEW NAME FOR COMMITTEE

 

To align its actual activities with the name of the committee, the Council is changing from the Government Relations Committee to the Regulatory Affairs Committee. 

 

“This important nuance is a clear signal that the Council will focus its efforts on the regulatory side of things as it relates to Federal, state and local issues,” said Collatz.  “ASC does not lobby, does not operate a Political Action Committee or generally provide services that traditionally fall under a Government Affairs entity.  Instead, we focus on issues that directly impact member companies, and collaborate in order to provide the science and informative data that regulatory agencies need to oversee our industry.”

 

ASC will continue to work closely with allied organizations such as the American Chemistry Council, the National Associations of Manufacturers, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce by supporting the information needs of these strong lobbying oriented organizations, while focusing its internal resources on regulatory matters.

 

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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 124 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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ASC PROVIDES COMMENTS ON USGBC’S LEED DRAFT

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:


Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org


Council Focuses on Material Ingredient Reporting, Rating Systems, EPD Inclusion, and Process

December 17, 2012 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) provided significant input to the United State Green Building Council’s (USGBC) latest revision of their new building construction rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v.4.).

The Council focused its commentary in four areas:  Materials Ingredient Reporting, Ratings Systems, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and the LEED review process.

“ASC appreciated the opportunity to share its concerns, even though the Council is not a member and therefore not a part of the members-only process the USGBC follows,” stated Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “With USGBC’s LEED program becoming a de facto code throughout the United States with zoning boards consistently adopting the program as part of their local code, it’s critically important that input into the draft is considered from the entire supply chain, including non-members.”

 

Material Ingredient Reporting

 

With regard to the Material Ingredient Reporting credit, ASC pointed out that the USGBC is suggesting that industry uses a tool for material reporting that was developed to support the research and development efforts of a formulator.  The inclusion of the Clean Production Action Network’s GreenScreen Tool as a means for identifying hazards within finished building products is not how the product was envisioned. 

 

“That tool characterizes individual raw material components but does not evaluate the fully reacted ‘finished product’ which is a critical element of building construction,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.  “Any reference to the GreenScreen Tool should be deleted from the Material Ingredient Reporting credit, or industry should come together and further develop the GreenScreen tool to address building construction materials in their finished form.”

 

Rating Systems

 

ASC also noted that the USGBC is relying on the “Cradle to Cradle” program as a certification tool for establishing the safety of a given building product.

 

The concern ASC has with the Cradle to Cradle program is that it is administered by a private organization, and has not been vetted by any standards organizations such as ANSI or ASHRAE.

 

“Like LEED, the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ system is well known, and there is value within the program as it was developed by engineers and visionaries,” said Collatz.  “The problem is that not all industry supply chain participants were included in the process and there are disagreements on definitions, guidelines and practices.”

 

Environmental Product Declaration Credit

 

Responding to the proposed Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) credit, ASC offered cautionary support.  The desire to leverage EPD’s within the design community is a positive step, but there is no agreed upon product category rule (PCR) established for adhesives and sealants, much less an agreed upon EPD. 

 

“This is a clear example of putting the cart before the horse,” adds Collatz.  “An EPD needs PCR information, criteria and boundary conditions in order to be of value to the downstream stakeholders, the design community and building owners, and none of this is spelled out or explained in the draft, and can’t be spelled out without considerable input and consideration from stakeholders.”

 

Process

 

ASC also noted that the USGBC should consider a ANSI process for future draft reviews to ensure a broader input of data and information in order for an even stronger, more credible product. 

 

“Everyone knows how powerful a tool like LEED is, with zoning boards across America making LEED the code of choice for new construction with local developers,” said  Croson.  “But without a true consensus program, the LEED tool will only reflect opinions, and not science or fact, in some of the key areas such as material selection.”

 

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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 124 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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ASC REVAMPS ASCOUNCIL.ORG

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:


Matt Croson

President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org



Updated Site Offers Regulatory News, Training Access, Jobs Board, Newsletter Subscriptions and Event Access



Bethesda, MD – December 13, 2012 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently revamped itswww.ascouncil.org website to focus on providing information and services to its members that are action oriented and supportive of its member companies. 



“The site has completely transformed into an information oriented site where members can find the latest regulatory information, fill positions within their operations, read news from industry, and generally keep up to speed on the changes happening within our sector,” notes Matthew E. Croson, ASC’s President.  “What was once predominately an events registration website has now expanded to include information, news and alerts that can be leveraged by ASC members on a regular basis.”



The new site features a number of new tools, including:



VOC Regulation Map – The United States map includes hyperlinks to all of the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations that impact the industry. 



ASC Industry Updates – Information updates that are linked to either “events, news, jobs or advocacy” and that can be subscribed to by members to keep up to date with changes happening in the industry.



Industry Intelligence – links to ASC’s market reports, press releases, newsletters, standards, and the ASC Vendor Select Tool.



Job Board – free to members, the job board can be utilized to attract students and professionals to open positions within their companies.



ASC Store – a streamlined store that allows members to purchase ASC market reports, sponsorships, past proceedings, exhibit space and other programs offered by ASC. 



Training – Access to ASC Training Programs, such as the ASC Training Academy and other industry webinars.

Advocacy—Includes Regulatory Affairs issues deemed critical by the Regulatory Affairs Committee.  Will include blogs from time to time that came be commented on by members.



“Ascouncil.org will be the place that members want to visit regularly in order to become aware of issues facing the industry, before they are actual issues for a member company,” adds Croson.  “In 2013, Council members will see an increase in blogs, information sharing and posting of news, data and trends that we know members will be able to use in their businesses, whether they are simply keeping up to speed, or needing critical information in order to respond to an issue.”



The new site was developed in collaboration with the Council’s Web Advisory Board, which provided input and direction on what members may find of value.  WAB members are:



  • Traci Jensen—Vice President, Americas Adhesives –HB Fuller 

  • Stephanie Laurio –Web Developer—RS Industrial

  • Elise Cruel— Market Manager - Industrial Emulsions, Americas —Celanese

  • Stacey Wagner—Marketing Communications Administrator—3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes

  • Ernie Ballester—Field Marketing Manager, Americas—Honeywell

  • Chris White—Research Chemist—NIST

  • Jessica Carter, Online Communications Manager, ASC

“As they did with the new adhesives.org 2.0 launch in April, the WAB really played a strong role in making sure the site was member focused and highlighted issues that are truly of interest to Council members,” notes Jessica Carter, ASC’s Online Communications Manager.  “The new ascouncil.org focuses less on simply promoting events, and much more on offering valuable data and content.”



You can visit the revamped site at 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 124 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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ADHESIVES.ORG GARNERS SIX AWARDS FOR THE ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL IN MARCOM AWARDS PROGRAM

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adhesives.org, ASCTV & the Adhesives.org Home Page win Two Platinum & Four Gold Awards
in One of the Largest and Most Respected Competitions Sponsored by the Association of
Marketing and Communications Professionals

 

November 6, 2012, Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that
it has won six awards for its adhesives.org website in the well-respected 2012 MarCom
competition, sponsored by the Association for Marketing and Communications Professionals
(AMCP).

 

Adhesvies.org won the following awards:

Platinum– Adhesives.org website in the category of Website/Association
Platinum– ASC TV in the category of Web Video Element/Multi-Media
Gold – ASC TV in the category of Web Video/Educational
Gold – Adhesives.org website in the category of Design (Web)
Gold – Adhesives.org home page in the category of Design (Web)/Website Home Page
Gold – Adhesives.org home page in the category of Specialty Web/Home Page

 

“ASC is pleased to be recognized for the significant changes made to adhesives.org as we
transitioned from a static, one-way information library, to a dynamic, two-way engagement
platform that allows for dialogue, education and connections,” notes Matthew E. Croson, ASC’s President. “It took a team of professionals to make this happen. Kudos and thank you go out to
ASC’s Web Advisory Board, our technology partner—NonProfitCMS—and our online
communications professional, Jessica Carter.”

 

ASC’s Web Advisory Board Members are:

 

Traci Jensen—Vice President, Americas Adhesives –HB Fuller
Stephanie Laurio –Web Developer—RS Industrial
Elise Cruel— Market Manager - Industrial Emulsions, Americas —Celanese
Stacey Wagner—Marketing Communications Administrator—3M Industrial Adhesives &
Tapes
Ernie Ballester—Field Marketing Manager, Americas—Honeywell
Chris White—Research Chemist—NIST
Jessica Carter, Online Communications Manager, ASC

 

Over 6,000 entries spanning seven categories are submitted to MarCom each year—marketing,
publications, marketing/promotion, public service/pro bono, creativity and electronic/interactive.
A panel of senior-level marketing and communications industry professionals serve as judges,
reviewing each entry for “its quality, creativity, and resourcefulness.” Winners are chosen if their
talent exceeds “a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the
industry.”

 

In looking at the winners of this year’s competition, well-known individuals, media houses, and
Fortune 500 companies are all represented.

 

 “As an association, ASC’s entries were scored based on design in general, and also design
and development of websites within the nonprofit sector,” notes Jessica Carter, ASC’s Online
Communications Manager. “ASC’s adhesives.org website was found to be a benchmark of
industry excellence, and as a small trade association that had limited resources to redesign the
website, we’re incredibly proud to be affiliated with recognized marketing leaders including
Lockheed Martin, American Airlines and Bloomberg.”

 

ASC is currently re-developing its member-oriented website at www.ascouncil.org, transitioning
the site to a stronger information exchange and member program access platform.
In 2013, the Council will also focus its energies on creating mobile versions of both
adhesives.org and ascouncil.org to allow for user friendly viewing on small screens, like the
iphone and android.

 

“ASC is continuing to innovate as we work to fulfill our vision of becoming the ‘essential center
of knowledge and catalyst for growth’ within our industry,” adds Croson. “Standing together with
the leading adhesive and sealant suppliers and manufacturers in the world, we are on the path
towards meeting this vision. We urge that any company involved in this sector join the Council
and be a part of the curiosity and innovation that drives our industry forward.”

 

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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 119 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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