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Lord Corporation To Invest $80M To Expand Pennsylvania Facility.

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lord Corporation announced plans to expand and upgrade operations at its Saegertown, PA facility with an investment of $80 million during the next five years. The company plans to add various adhesive and coating product lines and provide overall modernization to the site.


Work will begin in May and continue through 2023, adding 75,000 square feet to the existing 250,000-sq.-ft. building on Lord's 67-acre site. Lord employs more than 235 at this facility, which is the company's largest specialty chemicals, adhesives and coatings manufacturing facility.

The site produces acrylic, urethane and epoxy adhesives as well as its Chemlok-branded rubber-to-substrate bonding adhesives, primarily serving the automotive/passenger car industry. Additionally, the plant produces specialty intermediate chemicals and coatings products that are supplied to customers around the world.

"Our Saegertown facility dates back to 1962, when we began with 15 employees and a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility," Doug Lorenz, president of the firm's global performance materials business, said in a statement. "As Lord continues to grow as a global company, we are excited to expand the Saegertown facility to keep pace with the growth and needs of our customers around the world."

 

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Nordson EFD Releases New Precision Fluid Dispensing Needle Valve for UV-Cure Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 21, 2018

Nordson EFD recently introduced its new xQR41V Series needle valve. The company says its needle valve has a 60 percent smaller form factor than conventional needle valves and that it is designed for customization and more precise process control. It features a patent-pending Quick Release clasp that will speed maintenance processes.


In addition, the smaller profile of the new valve will allow manufacturers to mount several of the needle valves close to one another, allowing for increased output. The reduced form factor allows for automated adhesive dispensing in tight spaces or at awkward angles while simultaneously reducing adhesive waste. The company reports that the need valve is ideal for multiple applications and industries, especially those related to electronics, automotive, medical, and general industry.


The needle valve is compatible with existing Nordson dispensing tips and can be configured to meet a variety of application needs. When combined with Nordson’s BlackPack actuator, it is capable of cycle rates of 60-80Hz or more. The company says that the new needle valve meets the design goals it set out to achieve. These were to produce an exceptionally accurate needle valve that would deliver consistent results across a wide range of fluid viscosities. The xQR41V Series needle valve, says Nordson, does just that.

 

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Arkema Announces a Proposed Acquisition and a New Plant in Japan

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 21, 2018

Arkema has announced the proposed acquisition by the Bostik-Nitta joint-venture of
the industrial adhesives of Nitta-Gelatin Inc., as well as the construction of a new
adhesives plant in Japan. These operations will enable Bostik to supply its
Japanese customers in the buoyant nonwoven markets for hygiene applications and in
the packaging, labelling, transportation and electronics industrial markets.


The Bostik-Nitta JV, majority-owned by Bostik, as Two Projects in Japan:

 

- The proposed acquisition by the Bostik-Nitta JV of Nitta-Gelatin Inc.’s industrial
adhesives. This acquisition, representing sales of some €30 million, will help step up the
development of these activities in fast-growing markets such as electronics and
automotive. The acquisition is due to be completed this summer subject to approval by
anti-trust authorities.

 

- The construction by the Bostik-Nitta JV of a new adhesives plant in Nara.
The Bostik-Nitta JV will also invest in the construction of a new plant that
will include several production lines dedicated on the one hand to adhesives for the
nonwoven market for hygiene applications, and on the other to the industrial adhesives
markets. The new facility, to be located in Nara, Japan, should come on stream early
2020.

 

 

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Polyurethane Adhesives Solve Bookbinding Problems

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 14, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Printed books are still popular despite the rise of E-books. The Association of American Publishers says that paperback and hardback book sales are growing while e-book sales fell by 18.7 percent during the first nine months of 2016. However, printed books offer challenges for adhesives to overcome. The adhesive used to bind a book must be durable and remain flexible, and if it is fast-drying, it makes the book printer’s work much easier.

Polyurethane adhesive for bookbinding are comparative newcomers to this niche but are gaining popularity thanks to the advantages they offer. Firstly, they have a lower melting-point than other types of bookbinding adhesive, and secondly, although they have a curing time of 24 to 48 hours, they meet the need for a high-quality, flexible bond that will allow book-lovers to enjoy their books for years to come. Finally, polyurethane adhesive resists temperature fluctuations and moisture, is compatible with both hard and softback books, and can be used on almost any type of paper.

 

 

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DowDupont to Invest $45M to Buy and Retrofit Delaware Plant

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 11, 2018
DowDuPont has announced that it will invest $45 million over the next two years to purchase and retrofit a Delaware plant for the production of high-temperature sealant used to make O-rings and similar products.

According to the company, sealing materials demand in the electronics, semiconductor and industrial markets have surged in recent years, causing the company’s existing production to hit capacity at the current facility.

The company says the new facility will allow manufacturing to keep up with projected business growth. It will be twice the size of the current one.

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Chemsense Introduces New Range of Adhesives for Automotive, Military, Industrial

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 10, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Atlanta-based specialty chemicals company Chemsense has announced the introduction of a new range of adhesives for the industrial manufacturing sector. The range includes acrylates, cyanoacrylates, silicones, hot melt adhesives, light cure adhesives, and machinery adhesives as well as primers and activators. The company says that it hopes to help manufacturers in its UK, US,and Chinese markets to realize greater efficiencies.

The new range adds to a product portfolio that includes UL recognized Anaseal vacuum impregnation sealants for automotive, military, and industrial use. In this instance, both thermal and heat curing options are available. The company also manufactures medical adhesives including medical device adhesives and a liquid bandage trademarked as “Liquiskin” and holds several patents. Chemence says that the popularity of its adhesives has led to a situation in which products utilizing its technologies can be found in every major retail outlet and pharmacy in North America and Europe.

 

 

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Dow Chemical Company Files Two Patents for “Greener” Rubberized Running Surfaces

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Rubberized surfaces are commonly used for running tracks, playgrounds, and playing fields, but until now, the use of a two-part polyurethane and silane-PU adhesive to bond rubberizing particles to surfaces and to one another has been the only option. As a result, VOCs from solvents, catalysts,and additives have raised concerns.

To overcome this, Dow Chemical Company has developed ECOGROUND, an adhesive that features water-borne, acrylic based technology. The water-borne binder bonds the tiny particles of rubber together, and the company says that no organic solvents, inorganic fillers, or additional additives need to be used during application and that its product will be compatible with machine sprayers and pavers as well as being suitable for manual application. At the end of its useful lifespan, the surface can be recycled.

Dow notes that recreation facilities are in demand in countries with high population growth, particularly India and China. China has uncovered health issues related to rubberized surfaces at schools and sports and recreation facilities during the last decade, and Dow says that ECOGROUND will offer a “clean” alternative. The company reports that ECOGROUND is compliant with the International Association of Athletics Federations’ requirements for rubberized surfaces.

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Adhesives.org BLOG: Microwave Emerging as Alternative Energy Source for Rapid Adhesive Cure

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BLOG:  Microwave Emerging as Alternative Energy Source for Rapid Adhesive Cure
 
By Deb Bhattacharjee (adhesives.org blogger)

There has been ever increasing demand on rapid and effective cure of adhesives while maintaining the pot life in industrial processes. In addition to the conventional heat cure, UV radiation has emerged as an acceptable alternative for improving the productivity, though it is only possible when at least one of the substrates is transparent to light. The cure of opaque, filled or thick cross-section is problematic using UV triggered system. The converters, in collaboration with adhesive manufacturers, have been investigating alternate energy sources for rapid adhesive cure without impacting processability and ultimate bond strength. Microwave has emerged as a cost effective, scalable, commercially viable process over the last few decades.

The FDA approved limit of microwave energy that can emit from commercial ovens is far below the harmful people, and several safety features have already been incorporated with no harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the heat source. Microwave energy in the 0.3 GHz and 3.0 GHz frequency range (industrial/commercial microwave systems typically operate at 900 MHz or at the wavelength of ~32.7 cm)allows more efficient penetration of the microwave through the material preferably for non-metallic or partial metallic bonding. Energy is transferred through the material electro-magnetically, not as a thermal heat flux. Therefore, the rate of heating is not limited and the uniformity of heat distribution is greatly improved. Electromagnetic radiation is converted to heat energy in the overall adhesive mass very quickly. Advantages would include lower energy consumption, very rapid cure time, bonding to...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Recipients

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 4, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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William Allmond

President
(301) 986-9700 x111
bill.allmond@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC ANNOUNCES 2018 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM RECIPIENTS   

 

Recipients recognized at ASC Annual Convention in Miami



May 4, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has awarded scholarships through the ASC Scholarship Program to four outstanding students pursuing science or business-related degrees.


The scholarship program was established in 2017 in memory of Gene Simmons, one of the industry’s most experienced, knowledgeable and respected pressure sensitive adhesive formulators. Gene was very dedicated to his development work, and recognized the tremendous importance of passing his knowledge onto those less experienced in his field. In keeping with his spirit of willing mentorship, the program was started with the support of his wife, Irene, and Evans Adhesive to support students in pursuit of their degree in a related field.

The 2018 ASC Scholarship Recipients are:


Andrea Jorissen - $1,500
Andrea is a senior pursuing a chemistry degree with a minor in Management and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College, where she is currently president of the Chemistry Society. Andrea has had experience working in internships with both 3M and H.B. Fuller, where her father has worked for the past 25 years. She was recently hired by H.B. Fuller as a Sourcing Analyst, starting full-time in July.


Joey Griese - $1,500
Joey is a junior pursuing a Packaging degree with a focus on R&D at the University of Wisconsin at Stout, where he is enrolled in the Honors College and has twice been awarded a Chancellor’s Award for academics. Last year, he completed an internship at a company that tests and certifies all types of packages, which has influenced him to pursue a career as a packaging engineer. His mother is currently a chemist at H.B. Fuller.

Jason Miller - $500
Jason is a junior pursuing a Business Process Management & Information Systems degree with a minor in computer science at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is vice president of his fraternity, where he has successfully completed philanthropic projects during his tenure. His career plans include using his skills as a valuable and necessary asset in the adhesive and sealant industry. His mother is employed by Henkel Corporation.

Karen Li - $500
Karen is a double major in Marketing & Strategy and Management Consulting at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. In her first year, she achieved the Dean’s List and was invited to join Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest academic honor society for first-year students. As a young entrepreneur, she established a profitable online used book store. Her career goals include pursuing a marketing position in an adhesive company where she could successfully use her management skills. Her father is currently employed by Henkel Corporation.

This year’s recipients were announced on April 25th during ASC’s 2018 Annual Spring Convention and EXPO in Miami. Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient’s college or university.


Congratulations to all of the 2018 recipients and thank you for helping our industry ‘Secure the Future’. For more information about the ASC Scholarship Program, please visit www.ascouncil.org/scholarships.

 

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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 107 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces Winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-3280
steve.duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2018 INNOVATION AWARDS   

 

Recipients recognized at ASC Annual Convention in Miami



April 25, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) held its 2nd annual Innovation Awards at the 2018 Annual Spring Convention in Miami April 23-25, 2018. The Innovation awards had two categories, small business, and the primary award. Independent judges reviewed the following categories and weightings as part of their review process:

  • Science and Innovation (30%)
  • Applicability & Impact (10%)
  • Impact of the Technology Relative to the State of the Art (30%)
  • Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities (20%)
  • Significant Milestone (10%)

ASC judges reviewed submittal packages between the two categories and the following were the winners of the 2018 awards:


Bostik took home the primary award, which was presented to Darius Deak, Global R & D Director-Nonwovens at Bostik. The Development from Bostik was entitled “Brilliance” which is an olefin elastic high-performance attachment adhesive. For more information on Brilliance, click HERE.


Michigan State University in partnership with POET took home the small business award for the development titled; “Lignin Based Adhesive for Engineering Wood Products.” The lead developer and accepting the award for MSU was Mojgan Nejad. To learn more about this development, review a short video presentation HERE.

1st Runner Up went to Dow Automotive with a development called Betaseal Glass Bonding adhesive and the 2nd runner up went to Sunstar Engineering Americas for automated application of a one component UV Curable Formed-In-Place Foam Sealant.


Interviews with both winners will be available in the coming days as part of the ASC/ICIS post-convention digital magazine, which will be distributed digitally to the industry and posted online at ascouncil.org.


“We were pleased with the quality of the submittals for the 2nd annual program in which we recognized unique developments for our industry”, indicated Steve Duren, ASC Senior Director, and lead for developing the Innovation Awards. “We will improve and sharpen our program for 2019 and a thank you to all of those who submitted in 2018. Congratulations to both Michigan State University/POET and Bostik as our winners for the 2018 best innovations.”


To learn more about the ASC Innovation Awards Program visit the official awards page located HERE.


Questions about the 2019 program should be directed to Steve Duren, Senior Director of Member Services at steve.duren@ascouncil.org. Companies interested in becoming a sponsor for 2019 should contact Malinda Armstrong at (301) 986-9700 x106 or malinda.armstrong@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 107 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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