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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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Hydrogen to be Fuel of the Future? Implications for the Adhesives Industry

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BMW has announced that it will begin producing hydrogen-fueled cars in 2020. It is consulting with Toyota, since this car-maker has been working on the production of hydrogen fueled models for the last two decades. Honda and Audi are also following the trend.


Car makers say that hydrogen has practical advantages over battery-powered cars thanks to speedy refueling and greater range. Even if batteries become more efficient, car makers believe that hydrogen is likelier to become the environmentally friendly power source for the cars of the future. Hydrogen filling stations are already being installed around California to cater for Toyota’s Mirai, which will soon be followed by the Honda Clarity.


Adhesive manufacturers supplying the automotive industry will need to introduce new innovations in order to keep up with the changing needs of the automotive industry, and this change in fuel source will doubtless affect the required specifications for automotive adhesives.


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Avery Dennison to Acquire Mactac Europe

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Avery Dennison announced a definitive agreement to acquire the European business of Mactac from Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm, for the purchase price of €200 million including assumed debt. With 2015 year-end run-rate revenues of €147 million, or approximately $170 million, and approximately 470 employees, the business is a leading manufacturer of high-quality pressure-sensitive materials, serving several high-value segments, including graphics, specialty labels and industrial tapes. Mactac’s core product lines complement Avery Dennison’s existing graphics portfolio.

With a manufacturing facility in Soignies, Belgium, along with sales offices and warehouses in Europe and Asia, the Mactac business expands Avery Dennison’s global footprint and provides needed capacity to support its growth. Through export sales, Mactac Europe also serves customers in South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and North Africa. The transaction excludes the Mactac business in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and its North American exports.

Avery Dennison will maintain the Mactac brand for graphic films.


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Environment Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Offers a Variety of Benefits

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 2, 2016

Aroset PS 5333, a new pressure-sensitive adhesive from Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers a variety of benefits to adhesive tape and label manufacturers. Conventional coating methods can be applied at greater production line speeds, reducing costs. The adhesive is designed to pre-empt increasingly strict environmental legislation, but still offers an attractive range of performance-based properties. These include aggressive tack and peel adhesion across a wide range of substrates including foams and monomeric and polymeric vinyl. 


According to Ashland, Aroset PS 5333 demonstrated enhanced ageing performance in testing and maintained good cohesion, even at high temperatures. Additionally, the adhesive has shown excellent wet properties and pigment acceptance on release liners. Applications for which the adhesive is suitable include vinyl graphic and industrial tapes.


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ASC Board Adds New Members, Adds Executive Committee Member, Names Treasurer for 2017-2018

Posted By ASC, Friday, April 29, 2016
Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016



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Matt Croson


(301) 986-9700 x111




 Succession Plan in Place for Volunteer Leadership


April 29, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that it will have two new board members, a new executive committee member, and has announced its treasurer for 2017.



Robert Wanat, Chief Technology Officer at Bostik is joining the Board, replacing Bob Marquette, SVP and CEO of Americas for Bostik. Wanat will serve out the remainder of Marquette’s term through December 31, 2017.


Ben Matuska, Commercial Director Adhesives and Functional Materials at Dow is joining the Board, replacing Chris Urheim who is now Director of Microbrials at Dow. Matuska will serve out the remainder of Urheim’s term through December 31, 2016.

Matt Devine, President of DHM Adhesives has been named to ASC’s Executive Committee, effective immediately. He will serve a two-year term on the EC, representing small manufacturers for the organization at the EC level.

Brian McSwigan, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Packaging, Consumer Goods and Construction Adhesives at Henkel Corporation was named as Treasurer beginning on January 1, 2017. He will serve a two-year term as Treasurer through December 31, 2018.


“We are pleased to have so many capable and willing volunteers ready to step up and support the industry,” noted Matthew E. Croson. “The recent additions and adjustments stay true to ASC’s history of having a blend of leaders representing small, medium and large companies, as well as senior management and technically-oriented roles. In addition, the announcement secures the succession planning for the officers of the organization that is required for 2017.”




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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Adhesives Pioneer Carl Dahlquist: a Remarkable Career

Posted By ASC, Thursday, April 28, 2016

When a man has nine patents to his name and has written more than 20 research papers, it can truly be said that he has a distinguished career behind him. Carl Dahlquist, father of the ‘Dahlquist Criterion’ a scientific principle for measuring the stickiness of adhesives, made his mark at 3M by solving a very practical problem – he developed a way to unroll tape without it sticking.


Dahlquist’s work on the physical properties and performance of pressure sensitive adhesives was groundbreaking, and is still referenced today. As a top adhesive scientist, NASA approached Dahlquist to solve the problem of ceramic tiles falling off space capsules and, according to his son, Dahlquist “sent them a pot of glue.”


Active in a variety of research projects in other industries, Dahlquist remained a consultant to 3M until the age of 89, passing away this year at the age of 102.


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Dow Building and Construction Receives Edison Award

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dow Building and Construction has received an Energy and Sustainability Edison Award for its LIQUIDARMOR™ CM Flashing and Sealant product. Dow attributes this success to its team of scientists and engineers who seek out sustainable and efficient solutions based on client needs.

LIQUIDARMOR CM Flashing and Sealant can be applied with spray equipment or be brushed on, and offers a time-saving alternative to traditional flashing tape. It is designed for us in Dow’s commercial THERMAX Wall System and its Ultra Air Barrier Wall System and has the dual purpose of acting as a window flashing or joint sealant.


Like the award’s namesake, Thomas Edison, Dow has registered multiple patents. In 2015, for instance, Dow was granted 667 U.S. patents, setting a new record for the company. Dow has also been named for the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators List for 5 consecutive years.


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Adhesive ‘DNA’ Helps Police Find Owners of Stolen Goods

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Farmington, Michigan: Protech DNA has launched a new forensic technology in cooperation with the Farmington Public Safety Department. Residents can now mark their valuables with an adhesive packed with microdots that contain a personal identification number. These numbers are recorded in the National Asset Register database, allowing Police to trace the owners of stolen goods.


This concept has been applied elsewhere in the US and is now being made available in the Midwest. According to police, finding the real owners of suspected stolen goods has been a major issue until now, but the microdot-laden adhesive will solve that problem.


Apart from allocating PIN numbers to valuables, owners can upload images and descriptions for easier identification, and if they find that an item has been stolen, an alert that includes all information regarding the stolen item can be sent to law enforcement personnel within a 100 mile radius.

The adhesive is invisible to the naked eye, but fluoresces under black light, making it impossible for thieves to know whether the item is marked.


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Accumetric LLC Merges with Soudal

Posted By ASC, Monday, April 25, 2016
Accumetric LLC announced its recent merger with Soudal, Inc. resulting in one single company. The merged companies are now known as Soudal Accumetric. The facility located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky is the North American Headquarters for Soudal Accumetric.

Expansion of the company facilities in Elizabethtown is in progress. This expansion includes 95,000 square feet under 40 foot ceilings and will allow for the consolidation of the company’s manufacturing facility into this site. The expanded facilities will have an increased capacity for dangerous goods packaging and storage and positions the company for more utilization of bulk delivery and storage.

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Sealant Ensures Happy Landings for Air Traffic

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Airport runways and parking aprons handle heavy traffic and all kinds of weather. Inevitably, the wear begins to tell, with cracks and joints needing sealing to keep airplane traffic running smoothly and safely on the ground. A new caulk has been developed by Ultimate Linings Ltd that resists jet fuel spills and harsh weather conditions to help ensure smooth landings and cut down on costly maintenance.


UL Caulk-JF is a non-toxic polyurethane calking sealant that is applied using a straightforward pneumatic gun and could help address the wear and tear problems faced by the 19,000+ runways around the United States. After a costly development project, the scientifically developed product has achieved Federal specification SS-S200E, the necessary ‘green light’ that certifies it as a safe solution for airfield applications. The caulk has been made available in a variety of packaging sizes, ranging from a 750ml cartridge to a 250 gallon tote.


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