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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces New Members to its Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Posted By ASC, 7 hours ago



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December 13, 2019 – Alexandria, VA – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) today announced newly elected and reelected members to its Executive Committee and Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2020.

Newly elected to the ASC Executive Committee for a three-year term is Heather Campe, Senior Vice President, Americas Adhesives, at H.B. Fuller.

Newly elected members of the ASC Board of Directors, serving a three-year term, are:

  • Shamsi Gravel, Vice President, Global Key Accounts, at Emerald Kalama; and
  • David White, Senior Vice President, Quality and Risk Management, at Sika Corporation


Reelected members of the ASC Board, who also serve a three-year term, are:

  • Kevin Campbell, Senior Director, Americas Chemical Sales, Kraton Polymers
  • Matt Devine, President, DHM Adhesives
  • Forest Driggs, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Franklin International
  • Steve Gailbreath, Global Business Director, Ingevity
  • Jack O’Malley, Head of Infrastructure Team, North America Coatings, Adhesives, & Specialties, Covestro


Dr. Tim Long, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, was reelected for another two-year term to a non-voting seat representing academia.

“ASC is fortunate to be led by an outstanding group of individuals committed to leveraging the collective wisdom of our industry to benefit its continued growth,” said ASC President William Allmond. “This coming year they will lead us through momentous occasions, hosting the World Adhesive and Sealant Conference, launching a new B2B training program, and exploring new growth potential into the North American building and construction market,” he said.

ASC’s Board consists of 23 directors, representing adhesive and sealant manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and academia.



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 117 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



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New Epoxy Adhesive Additive for Automotive Applications Improves Peel Strength

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 12, 2019
A new carboxyl-terminated acrylonitrile-butadiene toughening agent developed by CVC Thermoset Specialties will target the automotive industry. According to its manufacturers, the product will enhance adhesive peel strength at temperatures ranging from room temperature to -40°C and will offer improved adhesion when applied to oily substrates.

The company says that the results achieved represent an improvement on the core-shell rubber commonly used when bonding oily materials. CVC Thermoset Specialties believes that its additive, which it has incorporated into its HyPox RA875ahesive, will benefit the automotive industry by reducing the incidence of adhesive failure during the production process. The additive will maintain the modulus and failure strength of adhesives without altering desirable properties such as low creep. However, it is said to reduce brittleness, allowing for improved bond durability.

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New Thermoplastic and Silicone Sealant Spacer System Makes Glass Facades and Roofs Greener

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Green buildings are on the rise, and there’s an increasing demand for insulating building materials that will help to reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling. At the same time, aesthetics remain important, and large glass facades and roofs pose energy-efficiency challenges.


Traditionally, insulating glass units used aluminum spacers to separate glass layers filled with insulating gas with an edge seal ensuring that the gas fill could not escape. But now, so-called warm edge spacer systems are showing an improvement in the durability and performance of thermally insulated glass structures.


Instead of using aluminum, these systems make use of thermoplastic spacers with lower thermal conductivity, but the edge seal is still of vital importance in retaining the gas fill. A primary seal is used, and this is supplemented with a secondary sealant in the form of silicone. Silicone sealants were used in the conventional insulating glass systems of the past, but proved ineffective in retaining the insulating gas when the primary seal failed.


However, when combined with the new thermoplastic spacers, the edge seal system, which still uses silicone as a secondary edge sealant, will prevent gas migration despite the stressors to which large glass structures are subjected. Working as a cohesive system, the thermoplastic components deform, spreading stress across the structure instead of concentrating it at the edge. Meanwhile the UV resistance of silicone combined with primary seals now subjected to less stress, ensure improved gas retention.

The undulating glass roof of the Chadstone Shopping Center in Melbourne, Australia utilizes the new system, demonstrating its versatility and aesthetic potential, while still being greener than earlier iterations of insulating glass systems.


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A Versatile Product Range and Innovative Adhesives Keeps Band Aid on Top of the Curve

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

It’s hard to imagine that just over a century ago, adhesive bandages were a “new thing.” But indeed, they were developed by a Johnson & Johnson employee to help his accident-prone wife with minor kitchen injuries. The rest, as they say, is history – and Band Aid has expanded into a product range to suit a variety of needs.

A family pack contains six different types of adhesive bandages, including fun, printed ones to help kids feel better about minor cuts and grazes. Then there are hydroseal adhesive bandages which were developed to speed the healing of blisters – or draw pus from pimples. It’s a hydrocolloid bandage, and the adhesive used will resist wet conditions – no bandages coming off in the shower to worry about. Meanwhile, skin flex adhesive bandages use a material and an adhesive that moves with your skin and will hang on for up to 24-hours. There’s even a liquid bandage that combines antiseptic properties with waterproof protection. It is said to be popular with gymnasts, who need something with better adhesion than a regular Band Aid.

With adhesives for every purpose continually being developed, the next addition to the Band Aid range could already be in the making – and to think it all started with one woman who was prone to little kitchen accidents!

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New Adhesive that Debonds in Magnetic Field May Increase Recyclability of Materials

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 5, 2019
A University of Sussex research team says that it has developed an adhesive that could help to increase the recyclability of materials by debonding in a magnetic field. The team says that a plethora of products that would otherwise have been destined for landfills can now be disassembled, with component materials bring recycled instead. Adhesives are used to bond a variety of components that are used in, among others, the automotive and consumer electronics industries. These have often been difficult to disassemble when they reach the end of their useful life, generating landfill waste.

The researchers have published their findings in the European Polymer Journal, and report that their new adhesive formula will release its bonds when exposed to an alternating electromagnetic field. They say that the adhesive can be used to bond a wide variety of substrates including glass, metal, plastics and wood, but that the bond is released within 30 seconds. The debonding process relies on electromagnetism heating up metal particles in the adhesive which then melts, leaving very little residue. The process is safe for personnel and eliminates the need for the chemicals often used when debonding components for recycling.

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Loctite’s Threadlocking Adhesives Promote Clamp Load Retention Enhancement

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Threaded assemblies are often compromised by self-loosening and relaxation of tension, particularly in extreme conditions. Mechanical additions like split pins and washers will only prevent the loss of nuts and bolts. Then there are friction devices – but they will only protect against vibration. Ribbon flanged or tooth flanged fasteners do prevent self-loosening, but they are costly and may damage substrates besides requiring bigger surfaces.

Threadlocking adhesives which fill the gaps between mating fasteners and joints, on the other hand, seem to offer the most versatile and effective solution since they protect against leakage, loosening, vibration and corrosion.

In independent tests of Loctite threadlocking adhesives, joins were subjected to vibration and transverse shocks and the clamp load retention curves were recorded and compared to other locking methods. Of these, ribbed flange bolts produced results closest to those achieved with threadlocking adhesives,but it should be noted that these require larger spaces to accommodate the flange, were costlier, and damaged surfaces. Saw-toothed flanges also exhibited good performance, but again, surfaces were unavoidably damaged.

Loctite maintains that its threadlocking adhesives provided a far more cost effective solution and says that the choice of its products for Crossrail boring machines bears out its findings. The bolts that secure components of the boring machines are subjected to extreme pressure, and Loctite 243 was chosen for the task. The company also cites the use of Loctite in extreme off-road racing cars like the Local Motors’ Rally Fighter.

Various threadlocking adhesive formulations are available and are compatible with a variety of metals. When easy disassembly is required, a lower strength formulation can be chosen. These are most often selected for adjustment and calibration screws as well as meters and gauges. Medium strength formulations provide a solution for gearboxes, machine tools, compressors, and pumps. Finally, the higher strength formulations serve applications where a need for regular dismantling is not a factor.


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Adhesive Tapes Critical for Instrument Panel and Display Bonding

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) are an increasing source of concern when it comes to finding the right adhesives for bonding in the design and assembly of instrument panels and displays. This, according to 3M, is because substrates are becoming lighter, and the number and value of components involved in instrument panels is growing as mobile devices and instruments evolve.

Along with these changes comes increasing difficulty when it comes to creating bonds with the same levels of accuracy and efficiency. The company reports that the most effective way to deal with the problem is by using adhesive transfer and/or double-coated tapes. These use pressure-sensitive adhesives, require no squeeze out or curing, and can be easily used to create bonds accurately and in the right place.

To meet the display needs of mobile devices, the company has developed a special group of tapes, including Conformable Double-Coated Tapes aimed at providing consistent and lasting anti-lift bonding to display and touch screens, regardless of whether they are flat or curved.

According to the 3M, its VHB Tapes, which are similar to those long used for automotive trim, help combat NVH because the viscoelastic acrylic foam at their core resists vibration and impact. These tapes, which use a modified acrylic adhesive, also provide a permanent seal against contaminants and moisture.


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PPG Launches New Research Facility for Auto Sealants and Structural Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PPG Industries Inc, a global coating, paint and speciality material supplier for more than a century, has expanded its 42 acre research and manufacturing complex in Cleveland by adding a new 2,100 square foot research facility. The recently completed centre is to be aimed specifically at the development and testing of sealants, structural adhesives and other products required by the automotive industry.

According to the company, its scientists will be focusing on products used in the assembly of both passenger and commercial vehicles, including SUVs and light trucks. They will also be addressing the development of those coatings and sealants suitable for autonomous and battery-electric vehicles.

Particular attention will be placed on the lithium-ion battery cells, packs and modules which power them, including the sealing and attachment process involved in the assembly of the battery shell packs. This will guide research in the direction of those sealants and adhesives necessary for sealing the pack shell itself as well as those securing the cells and modules in the pack; and addressing structural reinforcement, thermal management ,and impact resistance.

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Turning Hot Roofs into Energy Efficient Cool Roofs with Coatings and Polyurethane Foam Sprays

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 21, 2019

As dark colored “hot” roofs absorb up to 90% of the solar energy that reaches them, leading to their temperatures soaring to around 150°F (66°C), switching to cool roofs that absorb half that amount, becomes one of the simplest and least invasive steps to take in cutting back on energy usage, lowering carbon emissions, and reducing the carbon footprint.


The energy from sunlight impacts mostly on the outer layer of the roof. Dark roofs have traditionally been labeled as the biggest energy guzzlers, while white or light-colored ones are deemed the coolest because they reflect back up to 80% of sunlight’s energy, compared to dark roofs’ meagre 20% reflection rate.

However, as technology has developed, products have been introduced which can help reduce the impact of both the sun and the color. These include specialist cool roof coatings, and polyurethane foam spray. The cool coating can double the reflection ceiling of dark roofs to 40%, while also cutting back on the effects of UV rays, water and chemicals, so extending the life of the roof.

Polyurethane foam spray, a thick and solid substance formed when two liquid chemicals are mixed, has also become popular for cooling low-sloped roofs. When sprayed onto the roof material, this expanded substance adheres to it, forming a thick protective layer which is further enhanced by an application of the cool coating.

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Nordson Launches New Two Component Composite Filling Meter

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Nordson has launched a new family of light and easily-mounted systems for dispensing small volumes (ranging from 0.05 cc to 25 cc) of composite fillers and other similar materials.

According to the company, the newest member of the Nordson Sealant Equipment Micro-Meter 2K family, the easily assembled dual linear servo, two component D2K meter, is aimed at dispensing for potting, gasketing, encapsulating, bonding and composite filling as well as micro-dispensing.

Nordson reports that the meter, which uses positive rod displacement metering technology to determine the exact volumetric ratio required by manufacturers, so ensuring precision, accuracy and control, also includes application flexibility and adjustment, with ratio changes possible using software inputs should they be necessary.


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