MEMBER CATEGORIES

 

MANUFACTURER MEMBER 

A Manufacturer Member is any company that manufactures (i.e. any step involving formulating or repackaging) adhesives or sealants for merchant sale in North America or uses internally (captive sale) in the manufacture of self-adhesive tapes, labels, or similar products for sale in North America (U.S., Canada, and/or Mexico).  In case a member manufactures or sells adhesives and/or sealants, and in addition supplies raw materials or equipment to the industry, the member may choose either Manufacturer or Supplier class of membership.



SUPPLIER MEMBER 

A Supplier Member is any company engaged in the sale of: (1) raw materials; (2) packaging materials; (3) processing, packaging, or application/dispensing equipment to manufacturers of adhesives or sealants as well as adhesive and sealant end-users in North America; and/or (4) toll manufactures adhesives or sealants for Manufacturers.  In case a member supplies raw materials or equipment, and in addition manufactures (including toll) or sells adhesives and/or sealants to the North American market, the member may choose either Manufacturer or Supplier class of membership.


Distributors of Raw Materials Supplier -- engaged in the sale of raw materials, packaging materials, and/or processing, packaging, or application/dispensing equipment to manufacturers of adhesives or sealants as well as adhesive and sealant end-users IN NORTH AMERICA.


Manufacturer -- manufactures (i.e. any step involving formulating or repackaging) adhesives or sealants for merchant sale in North America (including toll producers) or uses internally (captive sale) in the manufacture of self-adhesive tapes, labels, or similar products for sale IN NORTH AMERICA.

Note: In case a member supplies raw materials or equipment, and in addition manufactures (including toll producers) or sells adhesives and/or sealants to the North American market, the member may choose either Manufacturer or Supplier class of membership.

 



AFFILIATE MEMBER


Affiliate Member is one of the following:

  1. Service Supplier -- a market research or technical consultant affiliated with and works in the North American adhesives and sealants industry

  1. Distributor -- a company that buys and resells finished adhesives, sealants and/or application equipment to North American-based end-users

  1. Affiliate Manufacturer - a company that manufactures and sells adhesives and/or sealants globally, but maintains all sales and manufacturing operations OUTSIDE of North America.

  1. Affiliate Supplier -- a company that supplies raw materials to the industry globally but maintains all sales and manufacturing operations OUTSIDE of North America


Note: The following types of organizations not eligible for affiliate membership include but are not limited to: merger and acquisition companies; insurance brokers, recruiters, outplacement firms, and other general business service providers not specific to the adhesives and sealants industry; trade associations, professional societies, and other non-profit entities; end-users; government agencies; and individuals. Current service supplier members (members of record as of December 2003) may be grandfathered in under the existing supplier membership class.



DEFINITIONS 

Adhesive: An adhesive is any material used for bonding that exhibits flow at time of application.


Sealant: A non-hardening, resilient material primarily used to fill and/or seal joints (where moderate movement is expected) to prevent the passage of liquids, solids, gases or sound between two substrates such as glass, metal and plastics. The definition would include caulking and preformed, uncured or partially cured material such as tapes.


Adhesive and Sealant Industry: The adhesive and sealant industry is defined as manufacturers (including for captive use) of adhesive and sealant products.


Manufacturing: Manufacturing is defined as any step involving formulating or repackaging.



EXCEPTIONS: 

A. Coatings that have no adhesive functions and sealers, regardless of composition. A sealer is a material applied to any porous surface for the purpose of reducing porosity.


B. Textile sizers


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