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FEICA Appoints Successor to its Retiring Secretary General

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 29, 2016

FEICA’s President, Steve Kenny, announced that Philip Bruce is confirmed as the incoming Secretary General of the association. FEICA’s current Secretary General, Bernard Ghyoot, is retiring at the end of March 2016, but Philip Bruce will officially assume full responsibilities from 1 March 2016.

Philip joins FEICA following a successful career as Managing Director of Scott Bader in the United Kingdom where he led the company for more than 10 years with production sites across three continents and speciality chemical and adhesive sales globally. Philip states “It is an honour to become Secretary General of this distinguished organisation and to have the opportunity to build on Bernard Ghyoot’s work to deliver the highest possible value for FEICA’s members and the industry as a whole”.

Bernard Ghyoot, FEICA’s incumbent Secretary General OC, has been with FEICA since October 2006 following a long career at Dow Corning where he occupied numerous functions in Europe and abroad, and after running his own management company from 2004. His dedication and commitment to FEICA transformed the association into the voice of the adhesives and sealants industry in Europe.

FEICA’s President, Steve Kenny, adds “We welcome Philip aboard and wish Bernard a very happy and well-deserved retirement after almost 10 years at the helm of FEICA. FEICA is a success story with an undoubtedly positive future. Building on FEICA’s excellent reputation in the public domain as well as with the European Commission and all related bodies, the board and I are confident that Philip will take the association to new heights.”


Philip Bruce is the Director of PJB Chemical Consulting Ltd.

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Bemis Healthcare Evaluates Chemical Resistant Sealant

Posted By ASC, Thursday, February 25, 2016

One of the challenges facing pharmaceutical packaging companies relates to the solubility and diffusion properties of certain drugs. These can result in interaction with the sealant layers of packaging film resulting in uptake of drugs by the lamination and the chemical breaking down of sealants.


Pharmaceutical packaging company Bemis Healthcare is currently investigating the use of Anobex™, an acrylonitrile methyl acrylate copolymer (AMAC) sealant produced by MSM Poly LLC, using advanced modeling techniques. The polymer sealant is suitable for packaging in‘difficult’ applications thanks to its high level of chemical resistance.


Bemis currently makes use of a range of sealants that include CXB® and PET high barrier sealants and believes that Anobex™ will be suitable as a replacement for Barex® applications. The investigation will include a process in which the sealant will be evaluated for equivalence to Barex®, and will include the evaluation of the supply chain supporting Anobex™.


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Kia’s Use of Adhesives Helps its ‘Innovativeness’ Shine Through at Chicago Auto Show

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Kia motors’ two new releases, the Optima and Niro hybrids have received rave reviews after their introduction at the recent Chicago Auto Show. Apart from receiving accolades for practicality and design, reviewers were particularly impressed with the low NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness), which enhances driver and passenger comfort.

 

Both models make increased use of hot-stamped components and structural adhesives that allow for the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness, resulting in a smoother, quieter ride. In addition, the industrial joint adhesives used to boost torsional rigidity and structural rigidity provide increased crash protection and enhance driving dynamics. Kia believes that the Niro, in particular, will receive road safety awards as a result of these advances.

 

Adhesives technologies are enjoying increased attention from automotive designers and engineers as a means of improving aesthetics, as an essential component in light-weighting through the use of composites, and for the achievement of low NVH and enhanced motoring safety.

 

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Dow Corning's New Breathable Silicone Pressure Sensitive Adhesive for Wearable Medical Devices

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dow Corning’s new range of silicone pressure sensitive adhesives allows for durable attachment of medical devices to skin without sensitization or irritation – even when the device is attached for long periods of time. In addition, the adhesives are breathable, allowing for permeability to air and water vapor.

 

Patients are the primary beneficiaries of this new advance, since the adhesives have been formulated to improve patient comfort when medical devices such as monitoring devices, prosthetics, ostomy devices, dressings, drapes and even hair pieces need to be attached firmly to skin for prolonged periods.

 

Medical device manufacturers will be able to apply the new adhesives to products using standard roll coating equipment for Dow Corning MG-2502 and Dow CorningMG-2402 and hot melt coating equipment for Dow CorningMG-2410, while Dow CorningMG-2401 is formulated for direct application to human skin. Dow Corning believes that the FDA approved, biocompatible range of products will stimulate further innovation in medical device technologies.

 

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Adhesive Opens New Horizons for 3-D Printing

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

3-D printing has taken customization to a new level, but the fledgling technology still faces challenges. One of these, the shrinkage and warping of nylon on build plates during printing, which had previously made the direct printing of large nylon parts onto glass impossible, has been solved with the help of adhesives technology.

 

Nylon has long been recognized as being an excellent material for printing high-strength parts, and the new adhesive, Airwolf 3D from Wolfbite solves the problem of warping and shrinkage by bonding the Nylon to glass or ceramic build surfaces. The adhesive forms a strong bond, but relaxes as the build plate cools down so that the part can easily be lifted from the surface. The adhesive therefore makes the printing of nylon directly onto glass build plates possible for the first time since 3-D printing technology was launched.

 

Wolfbite partnered with Cerrotis College polymer chemist and additive manufacturing specialist Professor Mimic to develop the environmentally friendly adhesive. New advances in poly electrolyte chemistry, polymer science and nanotechnology were applied in the development of the adhesive which is the sole solution for those seeking to use nylon printed directly onto glass or ceramic build plates.

 

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UC Santa Barbara Researchers Using Biomimicry to Develop Innovative ‘Wet’ Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 22, 2016

Sandcastle worms are known for building hive-like shelters by gluing grains of sand together, surviving the rough and tumble of the intertidal zone in their tough little tube reefs or sandcastles. Now UC Santa Barbara researchers are uncovering the secrets of this bio-adhesive, and expect to pioneer an underwater adhesive that can be used in biomedical and industrial applications that call for strong, resilient bonding in wet conditions.

 

The adhesive will not require dry curing or pressure and will be suitable for bonding a variety of substrates including metals, plastics, glass, and biological tissues. The porosity of the adhesive mimics cellular structures found in nature, making bonds less susceptible to cracking and facilitating bonding under wet conditions. The researchers hope to perfect an adhesive that will bond rapidly, even under adverse conditions, and that will not require the use of organic solvents.

 

They note that existing wet glues that perform as well as natural substances in terms of rapid bond formation and stickiness have yet to be developed, and believe that biomimicry of sandcastle worms and mussels will result in an adhesive that does not require complex application processes while satisfying the need for an easy-to-use, durable yet effective wet adhesive.

 

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ASC to Publish New Market Report Focused on Hot Melt Technology in North America

Posted By ASC, Thursday, February 18, 2016
Updated: Monday, February 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director

(952) 300-8280

Steve.Duren@ascouncil.org


  

ASC TO PUBLISH NEW MARKET REPORT FOCUSED ON HOT MELT
TECHNOLOGY IN NORTH AMERICA

 

 ChemQuest to Partner with ASC for a July 1 Expected Publishing Date

  


February 18, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that it is launching a Hot Melt market report targeted for launch on July 1, 2016. The new report will be authored ChemQuest, a research organization based in Cincinnati, OH and an ASC Affiliate Member.

 

“This new report will have significant qualitative inputs from key parts of the value chain,” says Steve Duren of ASC. “The report will include size and scope of the market, interviews with downstream customers, discuss key channels to market in big box and e-commerce and provide overview of key feedstocks that are the building blocks for Hot Melt Adhesive formulations.”

 

The ASC Hot Melt Technology in North American is the seventh of eight new market reports being published by ASC as part of its Long Range Plan to add value to membership. The Market Reports fall under the “Community Knowledge Integration” strategy, which is a key pillar of the overall ASC Long Range Plan.

 

The new report will focus on two key segments in the Hot Melt marketplace; Packaging and Hygiene markets segments. “ASC members will learn about key trends and market drivers as we are focusing interviews on the following sub-segments: Case & Carton, Envelope, Paper Converting, Tobacco, Diapers, Feminine Hygiene, Bedding and Meat Pads” adds Duren.

 

The ASC Global Resources Committee developed the Request for Proposal for all of the new market reports, including the Hot Melt Report, and will guide the process in through Q2-2016.

 

“We appreciate the guidance the Global Resources Committee has provided and will continue to provide, as the Council ensures the programs it delivers are 100% member focused,” added Duren. “Anyone interested in joining the effort from ASC member companies is welcomed as we want as many voices as possible contributing to this important value driver.”

 

To learn more about this new reportand other ASC Market Reports members can contact Steve Duren, Senior Director of Member Services at steve.duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

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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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3M Sells Pressurized Polyurethane Foam Adhesives Business to ICP Group

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

3M’s Pressurized Polyurethane Foam Adhesives business (Polyfoam) has been sold to Innovative Chemical Products Group (ICP Group), a company in the Audax Private Equity portfolio. Previously part of 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, the Pressurized Polyurethane Foam Adhesives business will now form part of ICP Group’s product portfolio, while 3M continues to focus on tapes, adhesives and sealants.

 

The product range transferred to ICP consists of pressurized polyurethane foam adhesives intended for use by construction professionals in roofing and insulation of buildings. A polyurethane foam adhesive for bonding insulation board to roofing membrane for low-slope roofs is among the products in this range which also includes a two-component adhesive for clay or concrete roof tiles.

 

ICP already produces architectural coatings, sports surface coatings, and specialty coatings for the construction industry.

 

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California Bridge Problems Finally Solved With Industrial Sealant

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ever since it was still under construction, Caltrans, the state agency responsible for the bridge’s planning, construction, and maintenance, has been struggling with water leaks in the hollow support structure of the Bay Bridge in Oakland, California that put the steel support cables at risk of corrosion. After spending $1.4 million on an ineffectual attempt to plug those leaks, a simple, cost-effective and practical solution in the form of a sealant has been implemented.

 

The hundreds of holes drilled into the structure to allow the guardrails to be installed were initially believed to be the source of the problem, but despite plugging these, water continued to leak into the structure. It later became apparent that the water was leaking in through gaps that were present on the roadway’s side of the guardrails. An industrial sealant was applied to seal the join between road and guardrail, and according to engineers, the hollow steel structure is now weatherproof despite recent heavy rains.

 

The sealant will have to be applied every seven years, but this solution is nevertheless much more cost-effective than re-engineering the guardrails, an eventuality that had been considered necessary should all else fail.

 

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Fashion Design and Apparel Students Learn the Importance of Sew-free Bonding

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 15, 2016

Textile Technology students at Germany’s Albstadt-Sigmaringen University will be getting hands-on lessons in textile bonding techniques in a specially equipped laboratory. This first for textile technology students was achieved through a partnership between the university and Bemis Associates, producers of sew-free bonding solutions for a number of luxury brands.

 

A university spokesperson said that students would now be able to learn how to apply the latest innovations and techniques, equipping them to apply bonding technologies to solve design and construction challenges. The students will be given exposure to the use of the adhesive films, primer solutions and liquid adhesives that make the production of stitch-free garments possible.

 

Sew-free techniques allow apparel designers greater design flexibility, improve garment durability, and offer opportunities to enhance the aesthetics of finished products. The students at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University will now have the opportunity to test, research and physically work with sew-free adhesive solutions.

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