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Emerald Kalama to Release New Line of Plasticizers in 2016

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Emerald Kalama Chemical L.L.C. will be releasing additions to its range of K-Flex plasticizers in 2016. These include X-121, which will be used as an underbody coating, X-124, an automotive sealant and X-505, a b-side two-part polysulfide sealant that was designed specifically for insulating glass. The products have been developed using benzoic acid, but differ from the dibenzoate esters that are used in Emerald’s other products.

The new additions to the Emerald range are designed for sealant systems, and have a higher molecular weight, allowing for a greater degree of permanence and greater resistance to extraction and migration, resulting in products that retain their performance and flexibility over time. X-505, a two-part polysulfide sealant will also allow for quicker cure times and cure-through.

The plasticizers will be available globally. They will comply with the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) requirements and are currently undergoing beta testing.

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Henkel to Acquire Magna-Tech Manufacturing for Vacuum Impregnation Capabilities

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 28, 2015

Henkel Corporation, the US subsidiary of Germany’s Henkel AG & Co. KGA, has announced that it will be acquiring Indiana-based Magna-Tech Manufacturing. Magna-Tech offers vacuum impregnation services that compliment Henkel’s involvement in passenger vehicle manufacturing.


Vacuum impregnation is becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry as the trend towards lightweighting accelerates. The acquisition of Magna-Tech will increase Henkel’s existing global footprint, adding a US-based subsidiary to the existing network of Henkel subsidiaries in Europe and Asia that provide impregnation services.


Magna-Tech will operate as part of Henkel Corporation’s Adhesive Technologies business which provides adhesives, sealants and functional coatings globally. With the acquisition of Magna-Tech, Henkel will be able to move from being a supplier of resin intended for vacuum impregnation to a position in which it will be able to offer process center services at ten facilities across North America.


LOCTITE® resins from Henkel already allow automotive manufacturers to produce thin-walled, die-cast parts, and with the acquisition of Magna-Tech, Henkel will now be able to perform impregnation services for automotive manufacturers.

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As the Year Comes to a Close We Pause to Give Thanks…

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The holiday season is upon us, and with it come the long-anticipated family gatherings, holiday traditions and a well deserved break from the hustle and bustle of every day work.

2015 was a challenging year but a good year overall for the industry and for ASC. It was marked by solid attendance at ASC’s flagship convention and short course events, increased attendance at Training Academy webinars, two important market reports released to the industry, our first ever capital fly-in, our second stand alone technical short course, the welcome addition of 18 new members and several other key benchmarks achieved that we are thankful for.


None of this would have been possible without the
support of our valued members!



We would like to take this opportunity to offer our members a warm and sincere THANK YOU during this important time of the year. It is because of them that the industry continues to grow and prosper and the industry's trade association, ASC, continues its successes on their behalf.


From our family to yours, have a relaxing, safe and happy holiday season.

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ASC Statement on TSCA Reform Bill Vote

Posted By ASC, Friday, December 18, 2015



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December 18, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) commends the Senate for its overwhelming vote in favor of S. 697, the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.” The vote occurred on December 17th via voice vote.


“ASC is pleased to see the procedural votes that kept TSCA Reform from moving forward have been resolved, and S. 697 can now move to conference with H.R. 2576 which was voted on back in late June,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC. “ASC looks forward to working with the American Alliance for Innovation to support a final bill that could be signed by President Obama in early 2016. When I joined ASC in 2010, I was briefed that TSCA Reform was ASC’s primary legislative focus, and we have worked many years and held many meetings with both Members and Hill staffers to first educate, then discuss, and ultimately develop an opportunity for strong bi-partisan support of two bills (H.R. 2576 and S. 697).


This vote is a historic one that allows both the chemicals supply chain and consumers to feel confident in how chemicals are used in commerce – something that has been needed for decades. ASC would also like to commend Senators Udall, Vitter and Inhofe for their considerable efforts and patience to develop and pass comprehensive bi-partisan legislation; without their years of dedicated service to this issue, TSCA Reform would not have happened. ASC would also like to recognize the Bill’s namesake, Frank R. Lautenberg (deceased), former Senator from New Jersey, who worked for years to attempt bi-partisan legislation – his efforts have finally paid off, which will build on his legacy as a true Senate leader.”

S. 697 will move to conference with H.R. 2576 which was passed on June 23, 2015. It is expected that a final bill will move to President Obama in early 2016.



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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Bostik Opens New Production Facility in Dallas

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema, began manufacturing its tile adhesive and floor preparation products at its new plant in Dallas this month. The new plant is one of several strategically located facilities to be inaugurated in recent months, following on the opening of new facilities in Brazil, Malaysia and India.


The highly automated plant in Dallas will focus on the production of tiling and floor preparation products using Bostik’s Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) technology which remains an important element in Bostik’s research and development activities. The new Dallas facility includes a training and demonstration area in which clients and other industry partners can learn about and try out the products as well as view the production process.


Since Dallas is seen as a key market for the construction industry, Bostik is confident that the new plant will enable the company to deliver improved technical service, reduce delivery times, and allow for on-site technical service according to their recent press release.

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Impact Resistant Adhesive for Collision-related Damage Approved by OEMs

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When repairing collision-related damage, structural bonding is often required. Now the adhesives industry in the form of 3M has come up with a solution that has been approved by OEMs: a two-part epoxy adhesive that adheres to a range of automotive body part substrates including steel and aluminium. The 3M Impact Resistant Structural Adhesive 07333/57333 allows for a protracted working time, and is then cured using heat.

In the development of the adhesive, 3M worked with a number of OEMs, and the resulting product addresses several collision repair issues. In addition, it is recommended for use on weld-bonded and rivet-bonded joints.

The automotive collision repair market is valued at over $166.98 billion and is expected grow steadily. Although collision fatalities have decreased owing to improved vehicle safety features, collisions have increased. 2014 saw 14 million collision repairs in the US and more than 30 million in Europe.


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Dow Chemical and DuPont Announce Merger

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 14, 2015

Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion that will then be split into three publicly-traded businesses covering agriculture, material sciences and specialty products. If the merger is approved, the new company will be called DowDuPont. DuPont’s Chief Executive Officer Ed Breen will be CEO of the new company and Dow CEO Andrew Liveris would become executive chairman.


The company would maintain dual headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, DuPont's current headquarters, and Midland, Michigan where Dow is headquartered. DuPont shareholders would receive 1.282 shares of DowDuPont for each DuPont share and Dow shareholders will get 1.00 share of DowDuPont for each Dow share.


After preferred shares are converted, Dow shareholders will own 52 percent of DowDuPont. DuPont reports 2016 sales growth to be "challenging," due to economic weakness in agriculture and emerging markets. It plans to slash about 10 percent of its work force and take a pretax charge of $780 million. The three-way split is likely to be 18 to 24 months after the deal closes, which is expected in the second half of 2016.


The biggest of the three new companies by revenue would be material sciences, catering to the packaging, transportation and infrastructure industries. The specialty products company will sell materials to the electronics and communications industries as well as to the safety and protection sectors. The combined adjusted revenue was about $13 billion in 2014. The third business, selling seed and crop protection chemicals, generated adjusted revenue of about $19 billion.


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Automotive Adhesives Market to Experience Substantial Growth in Next Five Years

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 14, 2015
Updated: Friday, December 11, 2015

The market for automotive adhesives is set to grow by more than 48% within the next four to five years. It is currently valued at $3.74 billion globally and is expected to reach the $5.56 billion mark by 2020.


The Compound Annual Growth rate from 2015 to 2020 is estimated at 8.2%. The RoW and the Asia-Pacific region, in particular, are expected to account for much of the growth in the industry. The demand for automotive adhesives has been led by China in recent years, and the developing world including Brazil, India and Mexico is also expected to contribute towards the projected adhesive industry growth.


The ongoing increase in demand for automotive adhesives is driven by the automotive industry’s ongoing efforts to improve fuel efficiency through weight reduction. This has led to the increased use of lightweight materials that are best bonded with adhesives rather than traditional fasteners. The Body in White (BIW) stage of auto manufacture accounts for the largest market segment for adhesives.

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Adhesives Used to Improve Optical Lenses

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Micro-optics, a development that was first introduced in mobile phone cameras in 2007, are now used for a variety of applications. These include LED flash modules, infrared sensors, ambient light and proximity sensors as well as cameras.

Optical wafers consisting of multiple small lenses are used to manufacture devices using micro-optic technology. Crystal clear adhesives are used in the assembly of these optical wafers, and together with the lenses, adhesives are helping to improve quality while reducing costs. The adhesives allow manufacturers to attach a large number of optical and optoelectronic components to each glass wafer.

This technology allows for greater image quality through reduced pixel sizes, and the UV-curing adhesives offer excellent optical clarity while withstanding temperatures of up to 260°C and tolerating humid environments. Today, high-power Fresnel lenses are manufactured using optical adhesives.

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Adhesives Deliver Innovative Solutions to Nike, Coach, Athletica

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Brands like Nike, Coach and Athletica are facing labor shortages, most recently in China, previously a go-to destination for outsourced sewing and stitching work. But adhesives technology is stepping into the breach. Bemis Associates offers sew-free alternatives in the form of adhesives, allowing designers to create new products that don’t call for sewing or stitching.


Adhesives allow for bonding with heat and pressure, enabling designers to ‘ditch the stitch’ to deliver more durable products than traditional, stitched designs. Additionally, lighter weight products can be produced utilizing innovative adhesive technologies.


Bemis traditionally specialized in adhesives used for labeling and in footwear manufacture, but has been targeting its efforts at the apparel manufacturing market during the last 30 years, winning over big brands like Tory Burch and Coach.


Apart from enabling greater design creativity and quality, the adhesives may be instrumental in helping apparel manufacturers to overcome the looming Chinese labor shortage.


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