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BMW Carbon Core Lightweighting and Engine Noise Reduction Made Possible with Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 20, 2016

In recent years, auto makers have been taking advantage of the opportunities for lightweighting and noise reduction made possible by new, advanced adhesives. Now, automakers are getting creative with materials, and BMW is leading the way in combining metals and composites in mass production.

Its newest advance is the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, either to provide extra structural rigidity, or for entire components. To keep the driver’s handling experience at a maximum, most of BMW’s lightweighting initiatives are applied above the car’s center of gravity. Thus the ‘carbon core’ (BMW’s term for the use of carbon fiber composites ) has been used for the B and C pillars of the new BMW 7-series, and allows for a lightweight, longitudinal roll bar from the base of the A pillar and along the roof. It’s also used in the roof bows and along the center tunnel as well as the package tray.

The net result of BMW’s lightweighting efforts is a 285 pound weight reduction compared to the 7-series currently in showrooms, and 90 pounds of that is a result of lightweighting the body of the car. Sound insulation provided further opportunities for lightweighting – but not at the expense of driver comfort. The 26 pound weight saving was achieved very simply. Instead of insulating the cabin of the car with soundproofing, it insulated the engine directly, damping noise at its source.

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ASC Announces Membership with IACMI as Part of Growth Initiative in the Transportation Segment

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 19, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016



Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director

(952) 300-8280





Council to Focus on Information Dissemination to
its Members to Accelerate Bonding Dissimilar Materials with the
Goal of Warming the Market For Bonding Using Adhesives

May 19, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has become a Consortium Member at IACMI (Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation) and has held initial meetings with the ASC Growth Task Force and IACMI-The Composites Institute leadership. This new partnership is a result of the strategic growth initiative at ASC.

The purpose of ASC joining IACMI is to foster communication between IACMI and ASC members. Access to IACMI projects and identification of joining challenges will help accelerate adoption of adhesives, and will aid in developing solutions that make end users final products stronger, lighter and more durable. ASC’s role to educate the market of the benefits of adhesives is parallel to IACMI’s overarching mission of accelerating the development and commercial deployment of advanced composites by sharing resources and co-investing in the composites ecosystem. The partnership is part of ASC’s long range plan focused on growth.

Working with IACMI, Industrial Market Insight and a member-driven Growth Program Task Force, ASC will act as an initial information provider that will give the Council an opportunity to make our members aware of the projects, equipment, subject matter experts and overall resources within the IACMI umbrella and its partners including the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“The opportunity to partner with a variety of stakeholders through the value chain on how vehicles will be bonded in the future is a significant access point for ASC member companies,” notes Steve Duren, Senior Director at ASC. “ASC member companies have an opportunity to individually join IACMI to further engage in activities regarding the next generation of automobile materials joining. ASC member companies represent many of the brightest adhesive focused scientists and researchers in the world...”

“We are pleased to welcome ASC as an IACMI-The Composites Institute consortium member,” said Dr. Craig Blue, Institute CEO. “Gaining ASC as a member strengthens the diversity and expertise of the entire organization.”

ASC, along with Industrial Market Insight and a cross section of IACMI members, recently focused on Joining of Dissimilar materials prioritization of industry issues in a road mapping meeting in Detroit Michigan on May 10/11. Top research and development areas being considered for future projects are in the following areas and will be refined and sharpened further by IACMI on an ongoing basis:


  • Joining of Dissimilar Materials
  • Computer Modeling
  • Advanced NDE/NDI
  • Knowledge Management & Sharing of Existing Information
  • Demonstration / Proof of Concept
  • Standards


The following were the categories of technical gaps that stakeholders identified as key areas that need to be addressed to help IACMI reach its goals:


  • Lifetime Performance Prediction
  • NDE/NDI Tools & Standards
  • Joint Design & Selection of Joining Methods
  • Industrialization & Automation
  • Surface Preparation



ASC 2016 Growth Task Force:


Steve Meenan* – 3M, Global Business Director Adhesives & Sealants
Marc Benevento – Industrial Marketing Insights, Principal
Rus Livermore – Sika, Market Field Manager
Greg Moran – Sika, Vice President Global Automotive Head
Anna Wagner – Dow Automotive, Sr. Strategic Marketing Manager
Danielle Hunter – Covestro, Marketing Manager Adhesives
Stephen Willging – H.B. Fuller, Global Technology Advisor
Tom Stewart*– Ashland, Commercial Director Structural Assembly Adhesives
Dan Dailey – ChemQuest, Senior Consultant
Forrest Driggs* – Franklin, Senior VP & CFO
Greg Placzek – Avery, Business Development Manager
Chuck Williams* – Avery, Technical Director
Timothy O'Neil – Royal Adhesives, General Manager Transportation, Industry & Construction
Peter Hedger Jr. – Magnum Venus Products, Marketing Manager
Tom Specht – Valtris, Marketing/Business Development
Dan Horner – Applied Adhesives, CEO
Steve Duren – ASC, Senior Director

*ASC Board Member

Combining our Transportation Ducker Worldwide Informational Report (Available for free to ASC Members) and new information from IACMI membership we now have a clear picture of what IACMI priorities are and the role ASC members can provide in helping solve those unmet industry needs.


Interested parties in learning more about IACMI membership can contact Steve Duren at ASC: (952-300-8280) or contact Jarrod Blue of IACMI directly at (865-946-1712).


About IACMI: The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. The national institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and over $180 million committed from IACMI’s partners. Find out more at




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




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Ingevity Corporation Formed with Completion of Spinoff from WestRock Company

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., May 16, 2016 – Ingevity Corporation (NYSE: NGVT) announced today that it has begun operations as a standalone, publicly traded company, following a tax-free spinoff from WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK). Starting today, the “regular” trading of Ingevity common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) commenced under the symbol “NGVT.”


Ingevity is the specialty chemicals division of WestRock, formerly MeadWestvaco, and is a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials headquartered in North Charleston, S.C. The company operates eight manufacturing facilities in the United States, Brazil and China, with a global network of technical centers, sales offices, warehouses and distribution facilities, and employs approximately 1,500 people. Revenues for the division were $968 million in 2015.


“We are excited about the opportunities that being a standalone company will provide us,” said Michael Wilson, president and CEO, Ingevity. “For the past 100 years, our business has been part of larger paper and packaging companies. Now, as an independent company, Ingevity will have the strategic flexibility and financial resources to pursue multiple avenues of growth. We are poised to build upon our legacy of innovation and success and look forward to driving profitable growth and creating value for our new shareholders.”


More information is available HERE


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Healthcare and Packaging Drive Increased Demand for Adhesive Tapes

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 12, 2016

By 2020, the global adhesives tapes market will have shipped 53.78 billion square meters of tape according to analysts. The growing market for adhesive tapes is largely driven by the healthcare and packaging industries. With the healthcare industry developing rapidly in many countries around the world, pressure sensitive surgical tapes for securing wound dressings to skin are in demand. 2015 saw demand for tapes used in sealing, labeling and shipment applications grow substantially in line with the growth of the e-retailing sector.


A breakdown of the global market for adhesives tapes shows that polypropylene tapes held 56.16% of the adhesives tapes market, while paper tapes achieved 18.77% of the total market for adhesive tapes followed by PVC tapes (15.25%) and other types of tape (9.82%). Demand for polypropylene tapes continues to grow, and analysts predict that 13 metric tons of polypropylene tape will be produced and sold in the US by 2018. PVC tapes, on the other hand, will see a slowdown in growth on the back of environmental concerns regarding the material.


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New Plant in Philippines for Bostik

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema, has been following a strategy of expansion in high growth regions, and its latest addition is a Philippines-based plant for the production of cementitious powder derived from its Polymer Modified Binder technology. This will enable the manufacture of construction products such as tile adhesives and wall finishing products in Southeast Asia, serving the growing market in the Mindanao and Visayas regions.


Bostik is not a new presence in the Philippines, where it has been active since 2005. The new plant is the latest in a series of recent plant openings in the US, India, Brazil, Mexico and Malaysia. Bostik currently has a presence in 50 countries around the world and employs 4,800 people. Its parent company, Arkema is even larger, with Bostik contributing €1.5 billion of its €7.7 billion sales in 2015.


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LifeBond Obtains CE Marking, Expedited Access Pathway Designation

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bio-surgical medical device company Lifebond has obtained CE Marking showing its compliance with European standards for it LifeSeal surgical sealant. This extends product access to 32 countries. LifeSeal is the only gastrointestinal (GI) sealant specifically designed and approved for use in GI surgery, and is used in combination with surgical staples to prevent leakage after surgery, a potentially fatal complication which previously affected 15 – 19% of patients. The sealant is applied over colorectal staple lines, forming a flexible protective layer that prevents leaking.

LifeBond has not as yet achieved FDA approval for the product but has acquired ‘Expedited Access Pathway Designation’, a provision that will fast-track approval thanks to high priority processing. This designation is indicated by the FDA when a device shows the potential to address unmet medical needs and may protect patients from serious side effects or life threatening conditions. Other LifeBond products currently in pre-clinical development include LifeMesh, a self-adhesive hernia mesh, surgical adhesives and absorbable hemostats.

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Gabriel Permormance Products Commercializes VERSAMID Products

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 9, 2016

Gabriel Performance Products (Gabriel), a epoxy additives and specialty chemical manufacturer, recently announced the successful commercialization 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 recent acquisition of Versamid product family is a significant milestone in Gabriel’s strategy to expand our specialty proprietary product offering within the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers markets,” said Gabriel Performance Products’ CEO Seth Tomasch. “We are thrilled by the success of our operational start up.  All quality parameters and specifications have been met.  Most products are in inventory, ready for sampling and order fulfillment.”


Versamid® liquid polyamide resins offer unique combinations of hardness and flexibility along with the highest chemical and solvent resistance of the dimer-based polyamide resin series. Versamid® cured epoxy resin systems are recommended for applications such as: 

  • Joint sealants
  • NSF potable water coatings
  • Patching compounds
  • Maintenance coating applications
  • Primers
  • High solids enamel paint formulations


For more information, visit their website at


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ASC's 'Give Back' Community Service Event in New Orleans Delivers Over $4,000 of Economic Impact

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 6, 2016

HandsOn New Orleans supports the Einstein Charter School in New Orleans. With the help of ASC's 'Give Back' community service program, this year's sponsor Arizona Chemical and over 30 adhesive and sealant industry volunteers, we helped HandsOn New Orleans continue to renovate the Einstein Charter School's physical space to create a more exhilarating and organized place to learn.


Located in a low-income neighborhood in an antique high school facility, school administrators desire a more cohesive interior color scheme that reflects the school pride they instill in their students. The dire need to beautify the physical space is motivated by the reality that for many students, Einstein represents a haven where they can grow and learn.



Adhesive and Sealant Council volunteers continued upgrading the high school floor by painting 4 bathrooms bright new colors, completing over half of the hallway trim re-painting, and potted 8 new indoor planters to add some much-needed greenery and charm to the space.

The Adhesive & Sealant Council engaged 30 volunteers the full  Impact Statement HERE


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New Thermally Conductive Hot-Melt Adhesive for Electronics

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 5, 2016

Henkel has recently released a thermally conductive version of its Technomelt adhesive. Hot melt adhesives that can be melted, molded and cooled rapidly have already been used as an encapsulation technique for protecting circuitry and PCB assemblies. However, heat dissipation has now been added to the practical benefits offered by these adhesives.


Henkel’s new adhesive is specifically formulated for molding, with a viscosity that makes it suitable for low-pressure molding processes. The new Technomelt product has a thermal conductivity of over 0.5W/m-k, making it applicable to the manufacture of power supplies, LED drivers, camera modules, solar inverters and automotive electronics.


Melt temperature is 180C, and tests showed a 40C reduction in component temperature when compared to the ordinary Technomelt material. By adding a layer of this heat transfer material, electronic component performance, longevity and reliability can be enhanced. Henkel is already developing a formulation that will be able to accommodate even higher thermal load requirements.


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A Letter From the President: The Future is Bright

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 5, 2016

I returned recently from the ASC Spring Convention and EXPO held in New Orleans April 18-20.


As a 20-year association professional who has managed a few events over the years, there is nothing more fulfilling than bringing 560+ professionals to an event – uniting the industry for a few days of education, training and networking. 


We set a course a few years ago that focused on ASC member engagement – bringing new and different value propositions to our member companies in order for them to grow, manage and innovate via ASC programming.  Each program was designed with the following question in mind:  how can we add value to ASC membership?


I joined ASC on March 15, 2010 and have enjoyed and appreciated the past six years of serving as your President.  I have informed the Board that I will be leaving ASC on June 17th to join the American Gear Manufacturers Association as its President. 


I leave incredibly encouraged by the growth ASC has experienced! 

  • Our flagship events are attracting record levels of participation.
  • Our EXPO has nearly tripled in size in just six years.
  • Our reports include all of our primary markets, and technologies.
  • Our regulatory affairs are proactive, and engaged.
  • Our industry now has an industry-developed Training Academy Certificate Program for new employees.
  • Our growth program is training design engineers on the value we bring to the transportation sector


The future is bright for ASC – and I will miss the people who have encouraged this growth.  The power of association is found in the people who drive programming including the Board of Directors and the many members who volunteer their time.


But it also takes a strong association team back at headquarters or at local offices across the country – and ASC is blessed with a group of staff that goes to work every day trying to help members.


Malinda, Steve, Connie, Kate, Mark, Myranda, Mike, Mani, Sarah and Val are all part of the team that I’ve had the honor of working with to engage ASC members via programming and services. 


Thank you to everyone for your support, and I look forward to continuing to add value right up to June 17th and beyond! 




Traci Jensen of H.B. Fuller and the Executive Committee has formed a search committee which includes Chuck Williams of Avery, Brian McSwigan of Henkel, Matt Devine of DHM Adhesives, Christian MacIver of Ingevity, and Rusty Thompson of Evans Adhesive Corporation, as well as Traci.   They have updated the job description, and are fully engaged in the process.  


ASC has hired Association Strategies – a boutique search firm that specializes in the DC association community -- to help find the next president.  A copy of the 'ASC President Position Profile' can be viewed HERE. The plan is to have face-to-face interviews in late July and early August.  The Search Committee believes it will be able to announce the next President in August – and they will attend the Fall Convention and EXPO in Indianapolis, IN in October.


I’m proud of our accomplishments, but also believe that the next person will be able to take ASC even higher with fresh ideas and new perspectives on some of the challenges and opportunities facing our industry. 


As always, we are here for you at ASC – don’t hesitate to contact me between now and June if we can help your company.


With best personal regards,





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