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ChemQuest Group Awarded Study of Paints and Coatings in Saudi Arabia

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The ChemQuest Group, Inc. recently announced its successful bid to assist the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), with its historic initiative to drive sustained economic development to KSA through a technical and market study of paints and coatings within Saudi Arabia. ChemQuest’s recommendations, which will be developed on the basis of competitive criteria from other model countries such as the U.S., Germany, and China, must conform to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, endorsed by the Cabinet on April 25, 2016.

According to The ChemQuest Group, the company will define a profitable, organic-growth-oriented business investment case for the production of paints and coatings products in Saudi Arabia to meet growing regional demand in the Middle East, amid persistent import gaps. ChemQuest will develop critical benchmark requirements for best investment practices within the global paint and coatings industry. ChemQuest’s multi phase research and analysis will culminate in a best-in-class financial investment model for SAGIA that will outline the short- and long-term competitive advantages (and investment attractiveness) of producing paints and coatings within Saudi Arabia, with a special focus on identifying and overcoming barriers to sustained growth and profitability, or otherwise limiting foreign and local investments.

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 objectives (designed to deliver sustained economic growth to the region in multiple phases) will be implemented through 2030, with robust improvements underway now through 2020.

 

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Lightweight Solution for Composite and Multi-Material Assemblies Combines Adhesives with Fasteners

Posted By ASC, Monday, July 25, 2016

UK-based Adhesion Technologies Ltd has introduced a new system for the assembly of load-bearing composite components that, according to the company, adds up to 54% stronger adhesion, lightweighting and improved mechanical performance. The Spida Fixings and Fastening System combines mechanical fasteners with adhesives and aims to offer OEMs and their suppliers in the aerospace, automotive and transportation sectors a rapid and cost-effective means of assembling composites, plastics, and metal components using metallic or non-metallic fasteners.


A base with a large bearing area for attachments and a landing area that stops adhesives from being squeezed out below the fastener is used to bond a variety of different substrates. The concave shape of the base forms a chamber for adhesives, allowing long -chain adhesive molecules to move from 0 to 180 degrees during the cure process, resulting in better sheer, peel, cleavage, torsion, tension and compressive loading. Surface enhancement at the bond interface spreads stress across a wider substrate area, allowing OEMs to specify smaller fasteners in their designs and reducing overall weight. Thanks to redistribution of cluster stress load, stress levels in the area of fasteners are reduced, improving performance.


The first of the five different systems that will make up the range, Spida Studs, is already available with the full range to follow shortly.


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Bostik Plans Acquisition of Den Braven to Expand Sealants Portfolio

Posted By ASC, Friday, July 22, 2016
Bostik expands in high performance sealants with the planned acquisition of Den Braven. With this acquisition, Arkema is actively pursuing the development of its High Performance Materials segment which should account for 50% of the Group’s sales by 2020.

 

Company reports that with €350 million estimated sales for 2016 and some 1,000 employees, Den Braven is a leading player in high performance sealants in Europe. With state-of-the-art technologies, first-class industrial facilities with 8 production sites around the world, and know-how widely recognised by its customers, Den Braven offers an extensive range of sealing, bonding and foam solutions for construction professionals as well as industry.

With this acquisition, Bostik will reinforce its offering in the insulation and construction markets, and speed up its growth thanks to the excellent entry point which these product ranges represent in emerging countries, in particular in Asia.

 

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Ashland Releases Two New Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Demonstrating How Acrylic Emulsion Chemistry Lends Itself to Permanent or Temporary Adhesion

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ashland has announced the release of two pressure sensitive adhesives that share the same acrylic emulsion chemistry but that are used in two seemingly opposite ways. Aroset APS 1295 is intended for permanent bonding while Aroset 2570 is suited for temporary applications and allows tapes, films and paper-based items to be removed and repositioned, or simply removed, with ease.

 

Aroset APS 1295 is an acrylate emulsion that performs well on permanent tapes such as those used in the construction and industrial assembly industries. It also lends itself well to the application of permanent decals or labels as well as over-laminating films. It can be used on a wide variety of surfaces and provides good long-term adhesion.

 

Aroset 2570 PSA, on the other hand, uses the same chemistry, but peels away from surfaces easily leaving no residues, making it suitable for use on removable labels, re-sealable packaging, masking tapes and temporary marketing decals.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Welcomes New President William Allmond

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Traci Jensen

Chair, ASC Board of Directors
Senior Vice President, Americas Adhesives, H.B. Fuller
(651) 236-5631
Traci.Jensen@hbfuller.com


  

 

ASC WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT WILLIAM ALLMOND

 


July 20, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc. (ASC) announced that William Allmond has been appointed by its Board of Directors as President, effective August 15, 2016. Allmond brings to ASC over 23 years of experience in association management and strategic operations.

Bill joins ASC from the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), where he worked for the past 10 years as the Vice President, Government and Public Relations. In that role he transitioned and upgraded the association's government relations from a low key advocate on legislative issues into one that effectively led key policy priorities through increased staff and member company engagement strategies. He launched SOCMA’s grassroots program, SOCMA CONNECT, significantly increasing member engagement in letter-writing campaigns and Congressional facility visits. In addition to his experience in government and public relations, Allmond also developed and led programs and services that increased member engagement and value propositions.

“Bill brings a high level of energy, a strong background and experience in regulatory matters, and innovative thinking and creativity which will help us in driving the continuation of our long term strategic plan with the goal to grow the adhesives and sealants industry and provide more value to our members,” said ASC Chairman Traci Jensen of H.B. Fuller Company.

Allmond will fill the opening created when former president Matt Croson joined the American Gear Manufacturers Association in June of 2016. At ASC, Bill will be responsible for the overall performance and financial health of the Council. He is also tasked with developing programs designed to grow the industry and enhance strategic partnerships and alliances, both within the industry and among key stakeholder groups that influence the industry.

“I am very excited to join and serve the Adhesive and Sealant Council and delivering value to both our members and the industries we support,” said Bill Allmond about his upcoming ASC presidency. “I am impressed with the Council’s history of success and latest strategic plan. I am excited about the opportunity to play a role in continuing to grow the industry, support ASC’s educational initiatives and enhance networking opportunities for all industry stakeholders.”

Prior to SOCMA, Allmond worked for National Association of Chemical Distributors as the director of regulatory & public affairs. At both firms he specialized in public relations and government regulatory advocacy programs.

Allmond graduated from George Mason University. He is a member of the Association of Government Relations Professionals and Ohio Chemistry and Technology council as well as serving as a board member of the Chemical Industry Council of California.

 

 

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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 138 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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New Small Shot Dispensing Valve for Electronic Potting, Encapsulating, Coating and Bead Laying

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fluid Research Ltd, manufacturer of standard and specialized resin handling equipment, recently launched the Micro VRE valve.

 

The Micro Shot VRE valve is specially designed for dispensing small shots and fine beads. With its unique independent stepper drives users can program the shot size, flow rate and ratio selection with ease. The company says that users can also expect a high degree of accuracy and repeatability from the Micro VRE. The simple mechanical principle offers high engineering precision and sophisticated control with minimal user intervention.

 

According to the company, the major advantage of this valve gives the ability to meter and mix materials directly at the point of dispense, thus eliminating potential material delivery issues, sometimes related with remote metering of small shots.

 

Easy to use and easy to maintain, the Micro VRE Valve weighs only 4.5kg when dry, allowing it to be mounted directly onto a robot head for automated dispensing. The Micro VRE has the versatility required in a specialist production environment and is ideal for applications such as electronic potting, encapsulating, coating and bead laying.

 

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Adhesive for Paper Facestocks Added to Avery Dennison's CleanFlake Portfolio

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Since 2012, Avery Dennison has been working with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) to develop pressure sensitive label adhesives that will adhere to containers throughout their life-span – until they reach the recyclers - when labels are cleanly peeled away in a sink/float process.  The resulting CleanFlake Portfolio has now been expanded to include paper facestocks, and the adhesive complies with EU REACH regulations.


A spokesperson for Avery Dennison says that the demand for recycled PET is rising and that brand owners want to ensure that their product packaging is not only impactful and attractive, but fully recyclable. When adhesives or label fragments remain on packaging, high-quality PET can’t be obtained from them, and the material either has to be recycled into lower-grade plastics or dumped in landfills.

The CleanFlake portfolio previously did not cater for paper facestocks, but the expanded offering does, providing manufacturers with new product presentation options while still ensuring recovery of pure PET when it’s time for packaging to be recycled.


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Scientists Discover New ‘Food For Thought’ in Chameleon Tongue Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Friday, July 15, 2016

Nature has already provided the adhesives industry with many new ideas. Now the substance that makes chameleon tongues sticky is under investigation and the results may provide insights that point towards powerful new adhesives technologies.


Scientists compared the chameleon’s eating habits to those of a human eating a giant 25 pound hamburger using only the tongue to get this monster snack into their mouth. But what makes a chameleon’s tongue so sticky? A special, sticky mucus coats the tip of the tongue. To test its adhesive properties, researchers coated a glass plate with chameleon tongue mucus and rolled a steel ball down the glass plate to see how much the natural glue would slow it down.


Interestingly, the mucus exhibited its strongest adhesion when the ball was moving very fast, and since that’s how chameleon tongues move, the strange phenomenon makes absolute sense. Just how this discovery will be used by humans is something the scientists couldn’t guess at, but they correctly conjectured that the adhesives industry would be the most likely to find an engineering use for sticky-at-speed glues.


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Wacker to Open New South Korean Plant

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wacker Chemie AG has announced that it will be expanding its manufacturing capacity in Jincheon, South Korea.  A new site is being developed for the manufacture of silicone sealants, speciality silicones and liquid silicone rubber. In addition, existing facilities in Jincheon will relocate to the new site. The new facility is expected to be up and running by early 2018.


Like many other manufacturers of adhesives and sealants in the region, Wacker is experiencing growing demand for its products from the construction, automotive and electronics industries. A Wacker executive says that the Asian market for sealants and encapsulants is growing rapidly and that expanding its business in Asia forms an important part of the company’s strategy.


Wacker has been operating in Jincheon since 2010, but current facilities cannot be expanded owing to spatial constraints. Existing production facilities will be dismantled and moved to the new site late next year.


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New Pressure Sensitive Adhesive for Low Surface Energy Substrates

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Low Surface energy (LSE) materials are increasingly being used in automotive and industrial manufacturing. The materials have excellent characteristics including their light weight, but bonding them to other materials is difficult. Ashland Inc. has developed a pressure sensitive modified acrylic adhesive, Aroset™ PS 5335, that will help manufacturers to overcome this challenge. It adheres well to LSE materials, even when they are textured or uneven.

 

Ashland says that its new adhesive bonds aggressively to olefins such as PE or PP and that its high-solids modified acrylic adhesive allows for the elimination of CMR’s like toluene and vinyl acetate. Aroset PS 5335 will be used on durable labels and is suitable for signage and fleet branding since it exhibits minimal vinyl shrinkage. It also adheres well to metal substrates. Tape manufacturers will be able to produce tapes with high coating weights without a significant reduction in coating speed, lowering production costs. The adhesive’s fast wet-out and strong adhesion properties make it suitable for automotive and aerospace applications.

 

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