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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Announces Research Study in the Building & Construction Market

Posted By ASC, Monday, August 19, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-8280
steve.duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC ANNOUNCES RESEARCH STUDY IN THE
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET SEGMENT



August 19, 2019 – Alexandria, VA – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) ) has partnered with Ducker Frontier to provide ASC members visibility into market opportunities and growth potential in the Building and Construction Market in North America.

“Chemistry trends, specifications and materials are changing rapidly in the built environment,” said Dan Horner, CEO of Applied Products and ASC board member with oversight on the growth 2.0 initiative. “ASC has identified four elements of the building in which we will define opportunities” he said. “Roofing, vertical wall, below grade waterproofing and interior finishes are critical areas of the buildings where we will be focusing our initial efforts. These are key areas where we will begin our assessment.”

“ASC has contracted with Ducker Frontier to help triangulate where the best opportunities are within the building envelope for its members. The research will identify the best downstream partners as it relates to education and what ASC can do to capitalize with partners through the supply chain. The report will quantify the adhesive and sealant market in terms of size and utilization across the four building elements while identifying key applications as well as threats to the adhesive industry. Research will include commercial and residential buildings. Notable sections of the research will touch on trends in weatherization approaches, policy with energy, outlook on green chemistry and green certification programs, regulatory assessment as well as emerging and disruptive technologies” notes Steve Duren, Senior Director at ASC.

 

More info on the approach to the research can be viewed in my blog HERE.

“I am pleased and excited to be the chairman of this effort for ASC and believe that the 80 interviews with the variety of subject matter experts, chemists, federal officials, trade association personnel,specification writers, architects, building envelope specialists, scientists, contractors and designers will provide critical information and useful data to assist us in growing our industry. We are hopeful that this in depth market research will identify emerging technologies and key applications where our industry has the potential to provide sustainable solutions and take market share from mechanical fasteners” said Dave White, P.E., Senior Vice President Quality & Risk Management at Sika Corporation and Chairman of the growth 2.0 effort at ASC.

Ducker Frontier will issue a final report at the ASC Board Meeting in October 2019 and ASC will make the report available to its members shortly thereafter. ASC will be forming a Building & Construction Growth Task Force that will continue efforts after the publication of the report. Interested ASC members who would like to participate on the task force should contact Steve Duren.

 

To learn more about the ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org or contact Steve Duren, Sr. Director of Member Services, at steve.duren@ascouncil.org or 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 110 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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Plant Growers Shifting From Plastic Tags to Adhesive Labels

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Adhesive labels could end up driving the traditional plastic tags, stakes and picks out of the plant growing and selling industry, thanks to the development of label printers and applicators, according to Advantage Label & Packaging Inc.


Advantage Packaging reported seeing a sizeable shift towards the use of one-sticker-tells-all adhesive labels attached directly to pots, as opposed to using one or more labels pushed into the soil on spikes to identify different plants. Adhesive labels allowed for providing customers with naming, pricing and growing information, and could be easily applied to pots with the company’s Line Boss Applicator System before mass planting began.


The company said that this move away from plastic not only gelled with increasing customer concern about the environmental impact of the disposal of the traditional plastic spiked tags. It also streamlined the business, and cut the costs in terms of both the tags and the labour needed to tag individual plants.

 

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Carbon Nanotube Adhesive Tape Defies the Elements

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientists have found a way to use superaligned carbon nanotubes in the production of an adhesive tape capable of withstanding extreme temperatures as high as 1,382 F, and as low as -321 F.


The society reports in its Nano Letters journal that the scientists’used strong SACNT (superaligned carbon nanotube) film in which the nanotubes are in precise parallel alignment to one another, instead of the vertically aligned, multi-walled nanotubes (VA-MWNTs), which to date have been the focus of carbon nanotube adhesive development.


According to ACS, this paved the road for a lower cost, thinner, more flexible and lighter-weight adhesive tape which could be applied to various substrates with smooth surfaces, including plastics, ceramics, metals and non-metals, and removed when necessary without leaving residues behind.

 

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Loctite Launches New Range of 3D Printing Resins

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019

With 3D printing producing everything from small consumer items to massive structures and airplanes, Loctite has launched a new range of resins specially designed for the 3D printing industry, as well as a new resin 3D printer to create the products.


Loctite reports that the new range of resins is aimed at providing materials that will increase the effectiveness and quality of 3D printing, such as flexibility, high temperature heat deflection, impact and durability, and print resolution. The company reports that the four individual resins in the company’s new range include the high performance, low viscosity Silicone 5010/5015 which cures into a flexible silicone elastomer; the High Temperature 3860, which combines good print resolution with a high heat deflection temperature (HDT); the 3870 designed to be both durable and able to resist high impact, and the Ultra Clear 3820 for quality print resolution and clarity.


In addition, Loctite has also produced a new Resin 3D Printer, the PR10.1, for use in the manufacturing of 3D products.

 

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How Scotch Tape’s Invention Revolutionized Employee Time Management

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019

According to the Smithsonian, the banjo-playing inventor of Scotch Tape played a new tune when it came to tenacity, and the amount of time and effort that Richard Drew put into the invention that would eventually rock the world. However his employer’s rulings restricting the working hours he spent on his invention meant that a lot of the 40 years taken to perfect the tape were at notched up at home outside office hours.

 

However his tune certainly stuck in the minds of his employers, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (now 3M), and re-surfaced when the company saw how the tape changed the way Americans did repairs at home during and after the Great Depression.

 

The 3M executive who originally chastised Drew for spending too much working time on the tape immediately changed the company’s approach to employee work-time management to let engineers spend 15 percent of their working hours on developing their own inventions. The rule still remains at 3M, and has since spread to other major development companies, particularly those in the IT sector, like HP and Google.

 

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New Resin From DSM Looks to Add Soft Touch and Abrasion Resistance to Packaging

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Netherlands global-science company Royal DSM has added a new silk-feel resin, Silky UV, to its family of resin products designed to add a soft touch to packaging.


According to the company, although the ability of the existing soft feel resins in the Skins Silky family to resist chemicals and abrasion make them suitable for use on a wide range of materials, including various plastics, papers and cardboards, the new addition to the Skins Silky family of the AgiSyn 248 will widen the range of end-user applications still further.


DSM said that when combined with a matting agent and cured by ultraviolet light, the new low viscosity water-based resin applies a silky feel to screen overprint and flexographic varnishes which is generated within the structure of the resin itself, and not achieved through the use of additives. 

 

 

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Engineers Develop New Super Strong and Reversible Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Following in the sticky trails of snails and the adhesion attributes of geckos, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania came across PHEMA, a super strong adhesive polymer which the researchers say is capable of supporting weight equivalent to that of a suspended adult male, even if used in small postage stamp sized amounts.


The research team was led by Shu Yang, a professor in both the Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Departments at the university, who said PHEMA works in a similar way to snail slime and geckos in terms of reversibility and adhesion qualities, but goes beyond their capabilities of only being able to carry their own light weights.


Yang reported that PHEMA combined the necessary requirements of conformity to small grooves which allows it to stick to a surface when wet and rubbery; and rigidity without shrinkage when dry, which results in it fastening firmly onto either a vertical or horizontal surfaces without popping off due to shrinkage. This combination leads to an extremely strong bond when the substance is dry, but which is easily reversed by wetting. 

 

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3M Introduces Quick-drying Flexible Concrete Repair Sealant

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Splits, spalls and cracks in concrete surfaces has remained a recurring problem in concrete surfaces. 3M has taken on the challenge of the safety needs and aesthetic effects from these concrete issues with a repair sealant for DIY or contractor use. The company reports that the new product can also be used for securing threading and anchoring in concrete surfaces.

The company reports that the sealant expands and contracts for durability, and can harden to any depth without shrinking or cracking. It is also self-leveling if slightly overfilled, hardens within 5 minutes, can be sanded to remove rough edges within about 15 minutes and painted an hour after application.

According to 3M, the solvent-free sealant is designed for use in construction as well as on shop floors, walkways and stairways, but can also be used for DIY application with a common caulking gun.

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Lord Corporation to Invest Millions in EV Adhesives Facility

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The adhesive & sealant industry is ramping up production to meet the growing demand for adhesive and sealant solutions for the electric vehicle market. Lord Corporation , for instance, has cited being closer to the burgeoning European electric vehicle manufacture market as one of the major reasons for its recent decision to invest $16 million in expanding operations at its German facility.


The adhesives and coating manufacturer, which already produces a number of products for the EV industry, plans to expand its development and production still further, while at the same time cutting its end costs. 


Lord currently produces structural adhesives and thermal management materials for batteries and battery packs, chargers and inverters. It also develops speciality adhesives for suspension components, and for weather stripping of doors and windows. 

 

 

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Henkel Partners with TerraCycle for Packaging Recycling Program in Canada

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Henkel Canada Corporation, partnered with TerraCycle Inc, Henkel Canada Corporation, partnered with TerraCycle Inc, is taking the product package recycling program launched in the U.S. in 2016 across the US into Canada.


By doing so, the Canadian subsidiary of German Henkel AG and Company, KGaA will add washing powder pouches to the active adhesive packaging recycling program already being carried out in the US. The company has said it’s detergent packaging will be totally recyclable, compostable, and reusable by 2025, and the end aim is to melt them down into hard plastic for remolding into other products.


Similarly, the US program centred on the development of a process aimed at deactivating and removing the adhesives used in Henkel adhesives packages and melting down the resulting material which was then made into pellets for re-use in items such as trash cans and benches.
Henkel Canada also plans incentives for consumers to recycle the pouches, including a reward system of TerraCycle points redeemable for charity gifts or as cash donations to schools or charities. Prepaid shipping packages will also enable consumers to return empty packaging to the company for recycling.   

 

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