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Gabriel Expands Sales Team; Completes Commercialization of VERSAMID Products

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 7, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rock Hill, S.C. – July 7, 2016 – Gabriel Performance Products (Gabriel), a market leader in epoxy additives and specialty chemical manufacturing, has expanded their sales team to support development and growth of the Versamid® product family.  Versamid includes various liquid epoxy curing agents, including reactive polyamides (modified and unmodified), amidoamines and selected modified amine curing agents.

 

The Versamid product family is a key brand in Gabriel’s strategy to expand our specialty proprietary product offering within the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers markets,” said Gabriel Performance Products’ Vice President of Sales, Marianne Riemer.  “We expanded our sales team to help drive the growth of Gabriel, with the initial focus on the Versamid brand.”

 

Riemer adds, “I am happy to announce that all Versamid products have been commercially produced, and are available for sampling and order fulfillment.”  Gabriel recently acquired all remaining stock of product previously produced by BASF, and these products are available for purchase until supplies are exhausted.

 

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BASF Completes Divestiture of Global Polyolefin Catalysts Business to W. R. Grace & Co.

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 7, 2016

BASF recently closed the previously announced transaction to divest its global Polyolefin Catalysts business to W. R. Grace & Co., a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials. The relevant merger control approvals have already been granted.

Included in the transaction are technologies, patents, trademarks and the transfer of BASF’s production plants in Pasadena, Texas, and Tarragona, Spain. Approximately 170 employees have also transferred to Grace.

Further information on BASF’s Catalysts division is available HERE.

 

Further information on W.R. Grace & Co.'s catalysts business is available HERE.



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OSHA Planning to Increase Penalties 78% Starting August 1st

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will be adjusting its penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act for inflation, which will increase maximum penalties by almost 80 percent starting August 1, 2016. The new penalties will take effect after August 1st, so any citations issued by OSHA after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

 

The Department of Labor announced last week that it had published two interim final rules to adjust penalties. With the adjustments, OSHA’s civil penalties will increase by 78 percent, with its top penalty for serious violations rising from $7,000 to $12,471, and its top penalty for willful or repeated violations rising from $70,000 to $124,709.

 

The increased penalties apply to penalties assessed by OSHA after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. OSHA believes these penalty increases will deter violations and significantly benefit workers. States that operate their own plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as federal OSHA’s.

The interim final rule is available HERE


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Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC Acquires Bacon Adhesives from Cass Polymers

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC ("Royal"), announced on July 5th that it acquired Bacon Adhesives ("Bacon").

Based in Irvine California, Bacon is a developer and manufacturer of highly specified electrically and thermally conductive adhesives for demanding aerospace and defense communications, avionics, satellite  and other demanding electronics applications.

"Bacon's aerospace and defense adhesives fit perfectly into Royal's aerospace & defense sealants business and will benefit from Royal's dedicated global aerospace and defense technical and sales team  and our commitment to provide our global aerospace and defense customers with adhesives and sealants that meet their most demanding specifications," said Ted Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Royal.

Doug Frans, The Chairman of Cass Polymers said, "Royal's global reach, solution provider sales model and in depth knowledge of aerospace and defense markets are ideally positioned to continue to drive and support the growth of Bacon."

 

About Bacon Adhesives LLC

Founded in 1938 as a development laboratory, Bacon began manufacturing and selling adhesives in the 1940's focusing on demanding aerospace and defense applications such as avionics, communication, guidance and other complex electronics applications. Bacon adhesives are specified on numerous aerospace and defense platforms.  Its production facility is AS 9100 aerospace quality system certified. For more information visit www.baconadhesives.com/

About Royal Adhesives & Sealants

Royal Adhesives & Sealants is a global developer and manufacturer of proprietary, high-performance adhesives and sealants.  Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, Royal offers a broad range of specialty formulated products designed to solve complex bonding, laminating and sealing applications across a diverse range of markets including aerospace and defense, construction, specialty packaging, automotive and industrial.  The company offers a broad spectrum of customized thermosetting epoxy and urethane, solvent-based and water-based technologies to meet the most demanding adhesive and sealant applications. For additional information on Royal, please visit www.royaladhesives.com.

 

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New Bonding Equipment for Flatbed Lamination of Non-rigid Products

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 30, 2016

Industrial heating technology specialist Glenro has announced its introduction of a new heating element system for lamination equipment that is specifically designed for the lamination of non-rigid products and will provide uniform heating across surfaces. Temperature control modules and special software are used to gain precise temperature control. The company reports that this allows operators to maintain the viscosity of laminating adhesive resins, preventing issues such as run-through of the adhesive through the substrate.


The Silcurv® heating elements are configured in a face up, face down pattern to create a sine wave pattern that ensures equal heat from both the top and bottom during lamination. Time, temperature, pressure and cooling are all important elements in the laminating process, and the Silcurv® system makes precise control of these variables possible. A different heating system trademarked under the name Conductaplane™ has been designed for laminating rigid materials.


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Adhesives History: How a Sandpaper Sample Tester Invented Scotch Tape

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In 1899, Richard Gurley Drew dropped out of college and went to work for a sandpaper manufacturer. At the time, nobody could have guessed that this young man would change the world with an invention that became ubiquitous: cellophane tape. While testing sandpaper samples in an auto body shop, he noticed that getting a two-tone paint job was a very difficult task. To get a clean division between colors, workers stuck butcher’s paper to the bodywork using strong adhesives that left a residue. A gentler adhesive that would still prevent paint from bleeding was clearly needed.

 

He developed his idea and came up with the first version of masking tape, filing his patent for a clear tape in 1928. Legend has it that during testing, a body-shop technician became frustrated with a prototype that didn’t have enough adhesive. He told a representative to take the tape back to his ‘Scotch’ bosses and tell them it needed more adhesive. According to the story, that’s how the brand name “Scotch” came into being.

 

In 1930, a transparent cellulose tape was introduced onto the market: a world first. Recognizing Drew’s inventiveness, his firm put him in charge of developing new products. He did not disappoint them. He and his team invented reflective sheeting for road signs, breathable surgical tapes, face masks, insulation tapes and foam tapes, filing 30 patents by the time he retired in 1962. 3M the company that owns the Scotch brand, continues to develop new products and pressure sensitive adhesives.

 

 

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BMW’s R&D Focus on Carbon Fiber for Electric Cars

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BMW is setting and also following the latest trends. It’s using carbon fiber, it’s producing electric cars, and the cars will be autonomous or “driverless” vehicles.  In a recent interview, Klaus Froehlich, BMW’s head of development said that his department’s “i Next” project is focusing on a revamp of the i3 and i8 sedans. Both of these models are already considered to be trend-setters in the use of composites for auto manufacturing.


Using carbon fiber means using adhesives instead of mechanical fasteners, but BMW already has its supply-chain in place and is in a firm market leadership position when it comes to using carbon fiber and adhesives in auto assembly. It’s also ahead of the curve in terms of driverless car development and is currently striving to catch up with Tesla in the manufacture of electric cars. But the automotive industry will not leave BMW unchallenged in its race for the ultimate modern car. A Chinese company, Qiantu Motor, is also using carbon fiber and adhesives to produce an electric car that will be over 30% cheaper than the BMW i8.


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Sealant Extends Tire Life, Seals Punctures as They Happen

Posted By ASC, Monday, June 27, 2016

Preventing blowouts and punctures not only extends tire life, it could also prevent road accidents and fatalities. Large transport companies in Europe are now following an American success story by turning to a sealant that mends all but the worst punctures as they happen. American transport firms have long recognized the benefits of tire sealant systems. Since slow leaks are eliminated, air pressure is maintained reducing fuel consumption and reducing the amount of wear on tires.

 

In an EU pilot project, an important transport firm found that using tires containing the US-made sealant reduced tire issues by 75%. There were 7% less blowouts, and 8% less stoppages as a result of punctures over a nine-month period. The transport firm reported that as result, it is saving millions of dollars, based on the cost of the average tire related breakdown.

 

Following the publication of these results, other EU transport giants are eyeing Ultra-Seal as a potential cost-saver and safety feature.

 

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2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Award Winners Saluted by EPA

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 23, 2016

The EPA says it will continue to work with the 2016 winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards. The organization says that the technologies award-winners are developing and bringing to the marketplace will help to resolve environmental issues through reducing energy consumption, minimizing the use of dangerous chemicals and reducing the use of water. At the same time, green technologies often reduce manufacturing costs and stimulate investment according to the EPA.


Industrial biotech company Verdezyne is among the companies that is receiving recognition for its efforts. It has developed a yeast that is used to manufacture high performance nylon. The nylon has a wide variety of uses, and the manufacture of adhesives and coatings is among these. The yeast acts on plant-based material to produce the nylon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating the need for concentrated nitric acid and high temperature processes. It has been approved for the USDA Certified Biobased label.


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President Obama Signs TSCA Reform Bill into Law

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recognizing the bipartisan cooperation of both Democrats and Republicans, the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) hailed President Barack Obama’s signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act. The new law represents the first major overhaul of 40-year-old toxic chemical regulation known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


ASC has been a leading advocate of TSCA reform for more than eight years and a founding member of the Alliance for American Innovation, a coalition of trade associations representing a broad spectrum of the economy dedicated to creating a more transparent and evidence-based chemical review program.


“Members on both sides of the congressional aisle with technical assistance from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found enough common ground to craft a bill that will allow the agency to make safety determinations on hundreds of chemicals while ending patchwork state regulatory activities that hamper American commerce,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.  “President Obama’s signature marks the end of the first chapter of this landmark chemical regulatory overhaul—now will begin the effort to make the new law work properly.”


“The Council looks forward to working with the EPA in the coming months as they begin the rulemaking process to implement this historic measure,” said Collatz.

 

ASC will conduct a webinar for ASC members only, providing additional analysis of the new law on June 30th with additional educational opportunities for detailing how this law will impact adhesive and sealant manufacturers throughout 2016.

 

To view a copy of the final bill, click HERE


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