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SRW Products Releases New Rapid-Cure Adhesive for B&C Market

Posted By ASC, Thursday, September 8, 2016

Minnesota adhesives manufacturer SRW Products has released a new adhesive that bonds hardscape materials such as stone to vertical surfaces. The adhesive cures in under five seconds, allowing construction professionals to eliminate bracing and even the use of mortar to secure hardscape materials to walls.

 

The company says that Vertical Instant Lock Adhesive outperforms polyurethane and silicone adhesives when used for vertical installations. In testing, the adhesive was able to secure stone pavers weighing 25 pounds to a vertical wall. The adhesive can be used to bond stone, block, metal, tile, glass, wood and brick to vertical surfaces, and is likely to be widely used to install stone or brick veneers. Domestic consumers will use it to simplify tasks as large as installing outdoor kitchens and as small as putting up metal house numbers on exteriors or installing towel rails onto tiled surfaces.

 

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Lohmann Specialty Coatings Expands U.S. Manufacturing Plant

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lohmann Specialty Coatings, a manufacturer of specialty adhesive tapes, is increasing capacity to step up to a growing global demand in automotive manufacturing and assembly by adding 25,000 square feet to its facility in Orange County, Virginia at a cost of $6.7 million. The increased capacity is needed as a result of growing demand for specialty adhesive tapes for the automotive industry.

 

Previously, US supply depended on Lohmann’s European manufacturing facilities, but auto manufacturers said that direct access to Lohmann’s products would be desirable. The company says that the expanded facility will be able to provide adhesives for every type of surface used in the automotive industry.

 

Lohmann reports that automotive manufacturing in the US is seeing exponential growth, adding that the company’s specialized adhesive tapes are being used in almost every exterior, interior, electronic, decorative and mechanical component.  The expanded facility will meet the auto manufacturing industry’s need for direct access to Lohmann’s products.

 

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Customized Sealant Solves Airline’s Interior Aesthetic Issue

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Jamco America had an aesthetic problem with a material it had chosen for its passenger seating.  It seemed impossible to find a sealant that would match the metallic rose gold material owing to color changes that depend on lighting. A previous attempt had been made by mixing a pigment with the sealant that the airline had been using, but it subsequently made the sealant ineffective and also voided its guarantee.

 

Adhesives and sealants company Forgeway, makers of the Formosa Colors range of sealants, was approached with the problem. The company found a solution in the form of a bespoke metallic pigment combined with Forgeway’s Formosa crystal polymer base, resulting in a product that matched perfectly. In addition, the sealant complied with airline safety codes governing potentially flammable materials. The creation of the bespoke sealant is in line with Forgeway’s philosophy of creating products to meet the specific needs of its clients.

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New Addition to Henkel’s NO MORE NAILS Range Launched

Posted By ASC, Thursday, September 1, 2016

Henkel recently announced a new addition to its NO MORE NAILS® range in the form of LEPAGE® NO MORE NAILS® WET GRAB®. The new adhesive is formulated to bond to wet surfaces, tacks instantly and is completely waterproof. The “instant grab” capability of the adhesive makes it a viable alternative to tape, nails, screws and clamps.

 

The company reports that the new adhesive is able to bond to both porous and non-porous surfaces thereby allowing the bonding of a wide range of substrates even when they are wet or frozen. In addition, items attached using NO MORE NAILS® WET GRAB® can be re-positioned for ten minutes after placement, and the low-odor, paintable adhesive is impact resistant. Green Guard certification testifies to low VOC emissions, and the ASTM D3498 and C557 standards have been met. Henkel says that the product will work in all conditions, wet or dry, hot or cold.

 

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Arkema Appoints New Chairman and CEO of Bostik

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Effective 1st September 2016, Vincent Legros is being appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bostik and becomes a member of Arkema’s Executive Committee.

 

Vincent Legros, 43 years old, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, is an engineer from Ponts et Chaussées, and holds an advanced diploma (DEA) in production and company organization.

 

He joined the Saint-Gobain group in 1998 as Production Engineer at the Pont-à-Mousson plant (1998 – 2000), followed by Plant Manager at the Toul plant (2000 – 2002), Deputy Plant Manager at the Pont-à-Mousson plant (2000 – 2004), and Director of the Pipes and Fittings business (2004 – 2006). He was appointed Operations Director at Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson in 2006. From 2009 to 2013 he held the post of Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson China. Since 2013 he had been Deputy Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson and Director of the group’s Pipe business.

 

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BASF Introduces New Self-Leveling Sealant for Damp and Green Concrete Applications

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BASF has introduced a new sealant that can be used on fresh (green) concrete within 24 hours of form removal.  Previously, construction professionals have had to wait for up to 21 days before sealants could be applied to concrete.  The company reports that MasterSeal SL100 will keep horizontal joints watertight, even in unfavorable conditions, and will speed up construction processes and limit delays caused by rainy weather. The UV resistant sealant can be used on a wide range of substrates including concrete, metal and stone, has a skin time of 5 – 45 minutes, and can be painted after curing.

 

The product was tested by a Texas construction company, and its director says that the sealant skinned over in just 5 minutes. In addition, the sealant’s viscosity allowed for easy gun application. The company reports that field results confirm that the new sealant will save building contractors both time and money, and the re-sealable packaging eliminates material waste.

 

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Traveling Lighter in Quieter, More Comfortable Cars, Thanks in Part to Adhesives & Sealants

Posted By ASC, Monday, August 29, 2016

Lightweighting is a big issue in the auto industry. Not only does using lighter materials lead to greater fuel-efficiency and reduced emissions, it also helps to improve vehicle performance. There’s just one problem: many of the lighter weight materials such as aluminum and magnesium are also prone to increasing noise, vibration and hardness (NVH). Their lightweight nature, as well as the need to use thinner components, increases their sensitivity to vibration and the noise that results from that vibration. Although consumers are in favor of fuel-efficiency, drivers and passengers don’t want to be exposed to greater wind and road noise.

In the past, manufacturers solved the problem with manually applied bitumen mats and anti-flutter mastics, but Henkel is among the companies in the adhesive and sealant space that have invented new solutions that can be used in automated production lines.


New Solutions for the NVH Problem

By applying the latest technologies, improved acoustics and sound damping can be achieved. Structural Reinforcements and new bonding techniques help to enhance component rigidity and durability while contributing to the reduction in NVH and lightweighting targets. Examples of these solutions include:

TEROSON® Liquid Applied Sound Deadener (LASD): A spray consisting of polymers, renewable raw materials and additional chemicals is sprayed onto vehicle body parts during assembly. Unlike the installation of bitumen mats, this process can be performed by assembly line robots. 

TEROSON® High Damping Foam: Anti-flutter mastics can be replaced byTEROSON® High Damping Foam. The foam is used to dampen flutter in roof and door panels and provides a lightweight alternative for car makers.

Both these products were exhaustively tested in Henkel’s acoustics lab in Michigan, but Henkel says that auto manufacturers needs are constantly changing, and it will be ready to develop new NVH damping solutions based on its clients’ requirements.

 

 

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BLOG: Energy Efficiency and Opportunities for Adhesives and Sealants

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 25, 2016

AUGUST BLOG from ADHESIVES.ORG

 

Contributed by Paul Bertram

 

I want to focus on the “building” sector and some of the programs that are opportunities regarding adhesives and sealants.

First, there is the EPA Clean Power Plan that has issued mandates to each State to reduce GHGs at the Utilities within their respective States.

The EPA established emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) with a focus on CO2 reduction. While the emphasis is moving away from coal to natural gas and adding renewables, there is encouragement to utilize energy efficiency strategies.

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court “stayed” implementation of the Clean Power Plan pending judicial review. Twenty-seven states oppose the rule, and 18 support it. Plans can include “building” energy efficiency to reduce demand side energy and related GHGs. Many States are quietly continuing efforts to develop a plan as it actually has positive implications from a jobs and economy point of view.

There are a multitude of programs already in place that are implementing Energy Efficiency programs.

Twenty-five states currently implement long-term Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)binding energy savings targets. These programs are run through respective utilities. To date most of these improvements are coming from ESCO contracts and concentrate on LED lighting, building controls and equipment updates. The seemly missed opportunity is the Commercial Building Envelope.

New York State has introduced the REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) that includes improving building envelopes and air leakage of older buildings. Much of this is focused on existing buildings.

Other programs of note include:
The American Business Act on Climate Pledge that has over 140 businesses pledging to reduce GHGs associated with their businesses. In fact, American businesses, as it turns...Read More

 

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Henkel Releases New Silicone Sealant for Auto Manufacturers

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A new two-part silicone sealant from Henkel is able to reach full cure at temperatures ranging from 25 to 180 degrees Celsius according to the company. BERGQUIST TLB 400 SLT provides an adaptable alternative that can be used in a variety of manufacturing processes. Henkel says it adjusts the cure profile of the adhesive to meet manufacturers’ needs. Thus, the adhesive can be made to cure rapidly at room temperature, or it can be primed to cure extremely quickly at higher temperatures.

 

The sealant is able to bond to a wide range of substrates including aluminum, steel and composites, and elongation can reach 400% before breakage occurs. The sealant has been used successfully in hybrid and electric car modules, engine control units, integrated brake control modules and other electronic enclosures. It remains reliable across a range of operating temperatures and tolerates humidity and exposure to automotive fluids. 

 

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Chemique Adhesives Releases Greenguard Gold Certified Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Monday, August 22, 2016

Chemique Adhesives has announced its release of a range of solvent-free adhesives and applicators. The water-based adhesives, ProAqua Mono and ProAqua Office are suited to furniture manufacture as well as other forms of fabrication. Greenguard certification means that the adhesives emit the lowest possible levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and thus contribute to better indoor air quality. The company reports that this can be achieved without compromising bond strength or production-line efficiency.


The new ProAqua range is designed for foam fabrication applications in which foam is bonded to cloth, wood, plastics and metals. ProAqua Mono, for example, is a single-part water-based adhesive that can bond foam to a wide variety of different substrates, providing instant tack with absolutely no bleed-through. To round off the offering, Chemique has developed a patented 8-gun sprayer for applying the adhesives efficiently and easily, boosting production line speeds in the process.

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