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Top tags: Industry News  ASC Press Releases BLOG: A Renaissance for U.S. Manufacturing - and, by Extension, Specialty Chemicals

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 18, 2017

BLOG:  A Renaissance for U.S. Manufacturing - and, by Extension, Specialty Chemicals
By Dan Murad, Expert Blogger (The ChemQuest Group, Inc.)

With over 35 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry in verticals such as adhesives & sealants, paints & coatings, and plastics, I am observing three major trends that are converging in favor of the U.S. specialty chemicals industry. Topping the list is a shift in U.S. manufacturing: More than 300 companies have reshored in the past 6 years, with many returning from China (see Figure 1 for recent reshoring cases).

The renaissance in U.S. manufacturing is revitalizing the chemical industry and enhancing global competitiveness of energy-intensive manufacturing sectors such aluminum, steel, plastics, glass, and transportation. An 8.5% uptick in automotive & light truck sales, which is partly attributable to pent-up demand as the U.S. economy continues its post-recessionary recovery, has been buoyed by low fuel costs. This is especially true regarding the increased demand for pick-up trucks, SUVs and crossovers – a real boon for all of the energy-intensive manufacturing sectors (see Figures 2 and 3)...


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC at 'Great Designs in Steel' Event

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 17, 2017



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Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-8280





ASC TO FEATURE Chairman of Growth Task Force:
Ana Wagner to Speak at Great Designs in Steel



May 17, 2017 – Livonia, Michigan – Representation from the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will be speaking at the Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) May 17 (TODAY) from 3:00 – 3:30 pm in Livonia, Michigan at the Laurel Manor Conference Center.

Featured in the program and representing ASC will be Chairman of the ASC “Task Force on Growth”- Ana Wagner of Dow Automotive. This 30 Minute talk (from 3:00 – 3:30 pm) is titled: “Adhesives and Sealants as an Enabling Technology for Lightweight, Safe, and High Performing Steel Vehicles.”


“OEM and tier I stakeholders in the automotive marketplace should be aware of the efforts within ASC to help the design and specification community become more aware of the impact that adhesives and sealants have on vehicle body structures. Light weighting, bonding dissimilar materials, and reducing noise vibration and harshness (NVH) are just a few of the benefits the adhesives and sealants provide, says Wagner.” “The GDIS show is a premier opportunity to be in front of those engineers and influencers that make decisions on materials and steel technology.”

The ASC Task Force on Growth is focused on providing value chain partners with industry neutral information that help ASC members grow the market for adhesives and sealants. The ASC transportation landing page contains white papers, blogs, videos, reports, and on-demand webinars.


More information can be found at the ASC Transportation Landing Page HERE.

For more information about ASC visit or contact Steve Duren, Senior Director of Membership: or 952-300-8280.




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

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Dow Launches New Barrier Adhesive for All-Polyolefin Food Packaging

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dow’s new barrier adhesive will help the food industry to package its goods more sustainably with polyolefin packaging that will enhance shelf-life while also offering greater recyclability. Its ADCOTETM L86-500 barrier adhesive is designed for medium barrier applications and can be recycled through standard processes.


In addition, the company says that the packaging is resource efficient, allowing for downgauging and layer simplification. Energy savings will also be achieved because the packaging will require less heat exposure in order to complete the sealing process. Shelf-life will equal that of foods packaged in PET-based packaging materials. Finally, metallized packaging made with existing barrier films will benefit from the new adhesive system’s flex-crack resistance. Dow says that its innovation will be cost competitive and that it meets food and beverage industry goals for improved sustainability.


The packaging may also benefit the personal care industry. Dow says that it would be suitable for packaging wet wipes and has created a prototype package to demonstrate this.


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Agreement Between LORD Corporation and Saint-Gobain Improves Availability of Collision Repair Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 15, 2017

An exclusive distribution agreement between LORD Corporation and Saint-Gobain will make Fusor Aftermarket Repair Adhesives available to collision repair shops in Canada through Saint-Gobain’s membership of the Refinish Solutions Group (RSG). The body consists of members who strive to help collision repair shops to access the materials and methods they need to optimize refinishing processes and outcomes.


As a group member, Saint-Gobain will be supplying the Fusor range to its clients, allowing for simplified, one-stop sourcing of the OEM-approved adhesives. The company says that by making the range available, it will help its clients to improve both the quality of their work and the profitability of their businesses. Saint-Gobain says that the procedure for ordering Fusor adhesives will be in place before long.


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New Use for Adhesives in Space Addresses Space Junk Threat

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Space junk has become a huge problem. Expensive, new satellites are at risk of collision with fragments of defunct satellites. Even a 1cm fragment can seriously damage a satellite, endangering mobile networks, television transmissions, and meteorological forecasting ability. With over 750,000 fragments of space debris drifting in orbit, a cleanup solution is needed, and Singapore-based company Astroscale thinks it may have found one.

The company proposes an adhesive-based solution that will magnetically attract space debris to its sticky surfaces. A “mother” unit will have six adhesive-coated “child” units that collect debris before falling into the atmosphere and combusting. Astroscale is set to launch a demonstration mission and seems confident that its space clean-up service will be open for business by 2020.

Both government and private agencies are expected to become clients since even the most advanced space agencies haven’t yet found a way to deal with the space debris issue. 


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Carbon-Fiber Subframe From Magna-Ford Partnership Cuts Weight by 34% and Parts by 87%

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Magna and Ford have announced that their partnership has resulted in the creation of a carbon-fiber subframe prototype that weighs 34 percent less than a steel subframe and that uses just six components as opposed to 45. The subframe consists of two molded composite components and four metal ones assembled using a combination of structural adhesives and rivets.


Lightweighting was amongst Ford and Magna’s goals, but they also wanted the new subframe to offer better crash protection and rigidity. Ford says that its collaboration with Magna will result in greater fuel economy while still ensuring a pleasant driver experience combined with durability, safety, and affordability.


So far, computer modeling shows that the concept is workable. Next, Ford will build new prototype subframes for real-world testing to verify durability and determine the manufacturing protocol to be followed.


Engineers from both Magna’s body and chassis team were involved in the project, leading industry insiders to wonder whether more carbon fiber exterior parts are likely to be designed in the near future. Magna has been a specialist in lightweight materials for several years with the carbon-fiber hood for the Cadillac CTS/ATS-V series having been the first of its innovations to be adopted.

Aside from lightweighting with carbon fiber, Magna is providing OEMs with digital technology including the new EYERIS camera system which will be used in the new Maserati Levante and its CabinWatch system which will allow parents to check what children traveling as back seat passengers are doing without having to risk turning their heads in order to do so.


More info on the cars, trucks & buses segment can be found HERE


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The Right Adhesive + Craftsmanship = Perfect Wood Fingerjointing

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 8, 2017

Fingerjointing lumber is an art that requires both precise craftsmanship and the right adhesive. The adhesive must be able to penetrate the wood, and the temperature must be high enough to allow the adhesive to form a strong bond. In addition, the timber itself cannot have a moisture content higher than 15 percent. Provided the fingerjoints are cut precisely and fit together without gaps, the adhesive will not only bond the materials, but play a role in moisture and heat resistance.

No matter how good the adhesive is, however, it can’t make up for a poorly cut dry joint. Apart from the preparatory grinding of the cutters to match the hook gauge, they must be carefully aligned, and the operator must be sure that they do not move out of alignment. The combination of careful machining and the right adhesive will ensure a professional finish and a study bond.


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PermalinkComments (0) BLOG: RED is RIGHT?!? Firestop Colors Explored

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 5, 2017

BLOG:  RED is RIGHT?!? Firestop Colors Explored


By Sharron Halpert, Expert Blogger


Our last firestop blog shared the history of firestop with you. We talked about some of the cheats the industry had seen in the early days. While this doesn’t happen so much anymore, the idea that firestop is red still prevails in some areas both with installers as well as with inspectors and everyone in between. After the last post you know that just because its red, doesn’t mean its firestop. But after this post you will see that just because its firestop, doesn’t mean it is red.

Some manufacturers make custom colored firestop that is only sold to one firestop installer. This ensures that, if someone else improperly installs firestop after they have left the project, they can easily identify it by a different color. Other manufacturers have different colors to make it easier for the inspector to identify the material. One example manufacturer for example has their intumescent material in a deep red color, their less expensive intumescent material is yellow and their non-intumescent material is a bright blue. Let’s complicate things just a tad more. Many manufacturers are able to provide a joint sealant in a color that matches a finished area. This is useful if it is not to be painted, but it adds a bit of a complication to the inspection process, but it is aesthetically another option.

Gone are the times when people are mixing up sealants or drywall caulks with colorants, but those old timers who once did that are still out there. Gone are the days when an inspector should just l... READ MORE


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Flood Protection Adhesive Finds New Use as Caulking and All-Purpose Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 5, 2017

When Smart Vent Products Inc. introduced its HurriBond™, adhesive, the product was initially meant to be used when installing the company’s flood vents. These vents are installed to allow water to flow through buildings, saving them from the pressure of flood waters that would otherwise destroy them.

But the company found that its clients didn’t only use HurriBond™ for its intended purpose. The fast-curing, sandable and paintable adhesive was being used as an all-purpose glue and as caulking. Construction professionals say that the adhesive doesn’t crack or peel the way conventional caulking does and that its high bond strength made it suitable for a wide range of applications.

Smart Vent adhesive chemists have done a few tests of their own. They’ve used the product to mend a leaking fish tank filled with water, glued dumbbells together, and have even used it to pull a vehicle along. Of course, the adhesive is still used for flood vent installation as was originally intended.


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2018 Hyundai Accent an Example of How Auto Repairers Need to Move with the Times

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 3, 2017



The new Hyundai Accent is a sub-compact car for the entry-level market, yet it exhibits many of the advances and changes that are the trend in auto manufacture. Advanced, high-strength steel now represents 54 percent of the car, rising from 41.5 percent in the previous model, and 98.5 meters of structural adhesive are used in its manufacture.


However, the improvements may pose a challenge to auto repairers. There are limits to how much heating, straightening and sectioning high-strength steel can take while still performing to specification. In fact, many OEMs are designating high-strength steel components as “replace only.”

To inform repairers, Hyundai is providing repair guidelines on its technical website HERE and the “Ask I-CAR” website. The company says that if sectioning guidelines are not available, repairers should not section. Replacement of parts at factory seams appears to be the best solution since parts could deform if they no longer meet manufacturer’s specifications.

Apart from its materials choices, the new Hyundai is also fitted with some of the latest technology including a proximity key, backup camera, and autobraking. It serves as an example of how automotive technology is progressing, even in the...



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