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Canon's New Water Resistant Adhesive Vinyl Provides Durability and Repositioning Capabilities for Banner Graphics

Posted By ASC, Monday, April 16, 2018

Canon says that its imagePROGRAF large-format printer now offers two new options for those seeking attractive marketing materials for outdoor display: Canon Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl (330gsm) and Canon Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl (480gsm). The company wanted to provide durable options that can withstand the elements and the Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl option features an adhesive that allows for repositioning of materials yet will last for up to six months.


When adhesive banners are applied, air bubbles trapped between substrate and banner can ruin the overall effect, but the company has designed its Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl product to include air release grooves that it says will allow end-users to simply away any bubbles. Canon says that the material can be used on curved surfaces as well as flat ones, and features gray adhesive that prevents the overlapping of images when two banners or media are placed over one another.


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Building Design and Construction Magazine Nominates Bostik Climb as a Top Flooring Product

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Building Design and Construction magazine recently featured its selection of top flooring products and recommended Bostik Climb to its readers. The magazine noted that the non-sag, one-component adhesive can be used for installing hardwood stairs, interior blocks, planks, stair tread caps and above-grade walls. It also observed that the product is compatible with a wide range of substrates including brick, concrete, cinder block, drywall, OSB, plywood, bamboo, solid hardwood, and engineered hardwood. The publication also recommended Bostik Climb because it offers a solvent-free, low VOC, and low odor option for construction industry professionals.


Bostik says that its easy gunning Climb adhesive has excellent green grab and cures rapidly. When used on staircases, it will reduce squeaking sounds and damp down the sound of footsteps. Despite its ability to form strong bonds, any spills or spots can easily be cleaned away, even after the product has cured.


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Permalink BLOG: What if the Adhesive was Part of the Substrate in the First Place?

Posted By ASC, Friday, April 6, 2018

BLOG:  What if the Adhesive was Part of the Substrate in the First Place?
By Dr. Cynthia Gosselin (guest blogger)

My last blog post focused on providing the automotive industry with a way to obtain a pristine metal surface for adhesive bonding and painting by coating coils with a thin film acrylic that could be easily removed during the standard alkaline cleaning process. Prior to removal, the coating protected the surface from soils that, if not properly removed, could inhibit adhesive, sealant and paint adhesion and/or field durability. Taking this concept one step further, what if the adhesive was actually part of the substrate in the first place?

There were (and still are) applications dating back to the late 1970’s wherein adhesives were successfully applied to coils in automotive applications. One example is the use of phenolic adhesives on steel for transmission rings. In this case, these coated substrates not only had to withstand a flat stamping operation but subsequently had to bond the transmission rings to specialized papers using induction heating. The B-staged strong (albeit brittle phenolic) adhesive was a good fit because the coated system did not undergo a forming or drawing (i.e. stretching) operation. The advantage of this product was that the pretreatment and adhesive application was uniform on both sides across the entire width of the strip and the B-staged cure was consistent. An added advantage was that coil-coated pretreatment is specially formulated to provide excellent cut edge corrosion protection.

Another successful example of adhesive-coated steel is currently in use for automotive trim. The substrate is generally bright-annealed Type 304 stainless steel which does not inherently exhibit good adhesion characteristics without specialized surface preparation. In this case, the stainless steel is pretreated and primed and the adhesive is applied on thin-width coils. This formable two-coat system improves...


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces Launch of 2017-2020 North American Market Report

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 4, 2018



Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-3280






ASC partners with ChemQuest for a new deep-dive, revamped market report

April 4, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has announced that the new 2017-2020 North American Market Report for Adhesives & Sealants will be formally released at the 2018 ASC Annual Convention in Miami. The report was produced in partnership with ChemQuest, a management consulting firm based in Cincinnati, OH and an ASC Affiliate Member.

The report is available for pre-ordering at the ASC store online and will be ready for delivery the week of April 23, 2018. A table of contents is available for review.

The 2017-2020 North American Market Report with a Global Overview is being published by ASC as part of its Long Range Plan to add value to membership. The North American Market Report falls under the “Community Knowledge Integration” strategy, which is a key pillar of the overall ASC Long Range Plan. More information about ASC’s LRP can be found online.

The report features hundreds of in-depth qualitative interviews, including interviews with end users uncovering buying factors, use trends, unmet needs, switching factors and insights into competitive joining techniques.

Coverage includes the scope by end market, by technology, and by geographic region (via an expanded table of contents) as well as a 2017-2020 overview of mega and macro trends & drivers, the competitive landscape and market dynamics.

Key sections of the report include:

  • Global Market Size and Volume & Global Market Dynamics
  • Key Customer Selection Decision Criteria
  • Transportation and break out on key sub segments
  • Paper Board & Related Products & key sub segments
  • Assembly Operations& key sub segments
  • Building & Construction & key sub segments
  • Woodworking & Joinery & key sub segments
  • A section dedicated to sealants and chemistry types
  • DIY/ Retail & e-commerce as well as distribution
  • Regulatory outlook


“This report enables ASC members to make critical business decisions,” says ASC Senior Director Steve Duren. “It’s a new approach and a new report with our trusted partner ChemQuest that goes deeper than our legacy report. This report delivers more content, more data, and more analysis than ever before, providing the industry with a high value report on the overall adhesives and sealants landscape”, says Duren.

The 2017-2020 North American Market Report includes the global size for adhesives and sealants and regional growth rates including a macro-assessment of Western Europe, the Far East, Latin America, and the rest of world. Most of the report focuses on North America (USA, Canada, Mexico) with quantitative and qualitative information. Interviews include the full value chain from raw material supplier to manufacturer and include distributors and end users.

The report also includes unmet needs, buying factors, adhesive and sealant use trends, and has a detailed segmentation on key chemistry types for adhesives and sealants as well as an outlook on the raw materials used to formulate adhesives and sealants, with an overview of top regulatory issues that will impact the industry through 2020.

Additionally, the report covers e-commerce and the outlook to 2020 with an analysis on trends and market drivers and includes a matrix of universe of manufacturers for the adhesive and sealants sectors.

“The new ASC market report is an impactful resource for understanding the marketplace for adhesives and sealants and is designed to provide stakeholders with market dynamics and data that are inclusive of the full value chain,” notes Dan Murad, ChemQuest’s CEO.

ChemQuest will present an overview of the report at the 2018 ASC Annual Convention in Miami on Tuesday April 24 at 1:15PM. You can register to attend the convention HERE.

The ASC Global Resources Committee has guided the RFPs for market reports; it has focused efforts on producing seven new reports since 2013. This library of reports can be found online in the ASC Store to include the following subject matter: Polyurethanes, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, Hot Melt Adhesives, South & Central America, Sealants, Water Based Adhesives and now the North America Market Report.

To place an order for the new 2017-2020 North America Report for Adhesives and Sealants, or obtain more information, visit the ASC Store or contact Steve Duren at ASC: (952-300-8280).


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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 115 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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Avery Releases New Adhesive Sign Labels Designed for Residue-Free Removal and Damage Minimization

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Avery Products has developed polyester sign labels intended for durability while still being removable without damage to substrates such as paint or plaster. The company says that the labels leave no adhesive residue after removal yet can withstand moisture, exposure to chemicals, and abrasion. The labels can be used in industrial environments where safety or warehouse signage is needed and can also be used for general-purpose labelling in offices, event venues, schools, and homes.

End-users can choose between printing their own labels using regular desktop printers or the Avery WePrint service can custom-print labels to specification. Avery Products says that its Surface Safe technology allows labels to be removed cleanly for up to three years after being bonded to a surface provided they are used as indicated.


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PermalinkComments (0) Article: Hot Melt Adhesive Systems Offer Benefits to a Variety of Industries

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 29, 2018

The list of industries which have found hot melt adhesives useful is a long one and includes the printing, packaging, manufacturing, automotive, construction, and textiles industries. The sheer versatility of hot melt adhesives assures their popularity. However, the work volume, the substrates to be bonded, and the working environment will affect the equipment, systems and product choice.

Benefits of hot melt adhesives include a long shelf-life, reversible bonding, and rapid curing. There’s also no need to use additional solvents. All that’s needed is the correct temperature.

Commonly used hot melt adhesives include:


  • Ethylene Vinyl Acrylate (EVA) widely used in the packaging industry.
  • Polyethylene (PE) which is less frequently used today than formerly owing to its limitations.
  • PSA, or pressure sensitive adhesives, that require heat for activation.
  • Metallocene, a new generation of polyethylene adhesive which is catalysed using metals.
  • Polyamide, which offers high-strength, flexible bonding that is oil and heat resistant.
  • Rubber, which may offer benefits over EVA in certain contexts.
  • Polyurethane (PUR), which tolerates heat and cold, but cannot be melted again.


Apart from offering a wide range of bonding alternatives, hot melts are popular in industry owing to environmental friendliness, product safety, improved production line efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

Various formulations exist. Depending on individual circumstances, manufacturers can choose between pelletized adhesives, pillows of adhesive, slats or barbs, and wrapped bricks...




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AkzoNobel to sell Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC for €10.1 billion

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 29, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

AkzoNobel announced on March 27, 2018 the sale of 100% of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion. This transaction creates two focused and high performing businesses – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals – as part of its strategy announced in April 2017. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2018.

The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board concluded that a private sale to The Carlyle Group and GIC is in the best interests of AkzoNobel, Specialty Chemicals and its respective stakeholders, including employees, shareholders and customers. This is the outcome of a thorough dual-track process during which the Boards of AkzoNobel carefully considered both a legal demerger and a private sale.


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RPM Acquires Tile and Grout Sealer Manufacturer

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced in March that its Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Miracle Sealants Company, a manufacturer of sealers, cleaners, polishes and related products primarily for tile and natural stone. Based in Arcadia, Calif., Miracle Sealants has annual net sales of approximately $25 million. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, excluding one-time, transaction-related costs, were not disclosed.

Miracle Sealants provides a broad range of professional grade care and installation products for natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tile, grout, brick and other masonry surfaces. The company has broad national distribution in tile shops across the U.S., as well as big box retailers, such as Home Depot, Lowes and Menards.


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3M Positions Its Adhesive Tape Against Floor-Marking Paint

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

When you run a warehouse or factory, there will be a need to mark out boundaries on floors. In the past, this was always done with paint, but nowadays, floor-marking tape could supplant paint in this context. 3M says that its floor-marking tape will resist damage, including abrasion and chemical damage, better than any floor paint. The company says that using its product requires little surface preparation and eliminates the need for drying and curing time.

3M points out that waiting for paint to dry can affect productivity and says that its tape has the additional benefit of lasting longer than paint since it will not chip, peel, or crack as easily as paint applied in high-traffic zones. It says that its tape will even withstand abrasion caused by forklifts, but despite this, the tape can be cleanly peeled away without leaving residues. The tape is available in yellow, red, blue, and white and can be obtained in a variety of widths.


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Huntsman Acquires Demilec, a Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation Manufacturer

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) announced in March the acquisition of Demilec, a manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications, from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Demilec has annual revenues of approximately $170 million and two manufacturing facilities located in Arlington, Texas and Boisbriand, Quebec where they produce MDI based SPF formulations which they market directly to applicators as well as through distributors. Demilec specializes in both closed cell and open cell formulations, with a focus on products with renewable and recyclable content.

Under terms of the agreement, Huntsman will pay $350 million in an all-cash transaction, funded from available liquidity. Based upon full year 2018 EBITDA estimates, this represents a purchase price multiple of approximately 11.5x or 7.5x, pro forma for synergies. The transaction is expected to close by the end of second quarter 2018.


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