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Biological Adhesive Development Receives Six Figure Backing

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A young biotech company formed in 2017 by scientists from Bristol University in the UK, Zentraxa, has received an investment of ₤500,000 to assist it in funding its development of biological adhesives for use in areas such as wound dressings and healthcare in general. 


According to Zentraxa, which focuses on bio-production of peptides for application in various materials, the adhesives will be manufactured using its own bio-materials and its own manufacturing process, Zentide, which is based on similar processes to those found in the natural world. 


The company intends to use the investment, part of which was from the Bristol Private Equity Fund, to take the development of the adhesives up a notch from its current feasibility or laboratory stage to the point where it is ready for pilot testing.

 

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New Building Protection Underlayment Incorporates Novel Patented Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Concrete Rooftile company Eagle Roofing and sealing and coating firm APOC have worked together in producing a new type of underlayment they believe will be better able to withstand the impact and effects of severe weather. At the core of the fleece-topped underlayment is APOC’s patented adhesive made up of three compounds, and a reinforced-seam technology which increases its waterproofing capability.


Designed for use in both commercial and residential buildings and regardless of whether the roofing material used consists of concrete tiles or metal roofing, it can be fastened mechanically, with foam, or using a hybrid of the two.


Eagle Roofing said the fleece-topped heavy duty polyester underlayment membrane is 100% waterproof, nail sealable and UV blocked. It can also sustain high temperatures and has added traction.

 

 

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Adhesives.org BLOG: Marketing with NGOs: Polishing Your Reputation or Guilt by Association?

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 7, 2019
Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Marketing with NGOs: Polishing Your Reputation or Guilt by Association?
by Ujjval Vyas

 

In my most last blog post, I encouraged product manufacturers in the adhesives and sealants sector (and product manufacturers in general) to make ethical choices when selling to customers who may be incapable of distinguishing helpful product information from misleading claims. In this post, I suggest that there is another important piece of the ethical puzzle:seeking to associate positive attributes to a product set or brand by involving or coming into a relationship with an NGO. While such attempts to create an aura of cultural prestige, social involvement, or environmental engagement can answer the call of a fad or fulfill the desires of a target audience, they can also put a company at odds with its own best interests or damage its reputation.

It is useful to review the primary reasons that marketing exists at all. Though marketing is often seen as a way to influence customers to purchase products, this is not very precise and gives no sense of its vital role in market economies. The core ideas were set out in 1961 by future Nobel-winning economist George Stigler in his famous article “The Economics of Information.” In the article Stigler set out the key idea that information is the basis of all activity in an open market. Markets are created by basic desires and needs of individuals, but the range of desires and needs varies greatly for all kinds of reasons, from arbitrary preferences to endogenous and exogenous constrain... READ MORE

 

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Retailer Uses Adhesive-Backed Mats to Fight Slip-and-Fall

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Philadelphia grocery chain has instituted a comprehensive system of best practices and preventative safety measures to protect itself and its customers. They’ve started at floor level with the use of adhesive-backed floor mats.


With slips and falls one of the most common accidents resulting in injury to customers, and affecting retailers’ pockets and reputation, floor safety procedures have become a necessary part of retailing in the US. 


With this in mind, Redner’s Markets regional chain made sure to include appropriate floor covering, along with introducing tracked staff “safety walks” and other safety measures it introduced. The New Pig mats now installed in all the Redner’s Markets stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, are specially cut to fit different areas of the stores and are replaceable.


To prevent spills and liquids from reaching the floor and creating a hazard for customers and staff, the mats have a thick and absorbent top layer. This is backed by a waterproof adhesive layer that adheres to the floor and prevents any liquid from seeping through it.

 

 

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Covestro Partners with Henkel on Bonding for Electric Vehicle Battery Cells

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

To address the challenge involved in bonding plastic parts in the high-voltage lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, high-tech polymer producer Covestro has teamed up with adhesives technology company Henkel in the search for a solution.


The two companies are currently testing the use of Henkel’s UV-activated Loctite adhesive to bond Covestro’s ultra-thin injection-molded battery parts. Particular attention is being paid to whether the combination of the adhesive and the plastic parts made with the one millimeter thick flame-retardant PC+ABS blend, Bayblend FR3040 EV will provide a solution to bonding the cylindrical battery cells with the plastic holder that supports them.


Covestro also hopes that combining the Loctite adhesives, which the company reports can be cured by UV light as a single-component system in under 2 seconds, with the plastic, which is permeable to UV radiation at wavelengths over 380 nanometers, will speed up the cycle times needed to mass produce battery packs and modules.

 

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Evonik to Drop Polyphthalamides to Focus on Polyamides

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Evonik is reporting to switch its direction with regard to performance materials’ development and production. It’s decided to drop its polyphthalamide manufacturing operations and instead focus on transparent polyamides aimed at specialist markets. 


To make the move, scheduled to be completed early in 2020, Evonik plans to shut down its polyphthalamide sales and production operation at Witten, and is investing €400 million in setting up a new PA12 (polyamide 12) facility at the Marl Chemical Park in Germany. The company, which has been producing high performance polymers and plastics for 50 years, says the new facility, and the reorganization of its polyamide business, should push up its PA12 capacity by 50%, and result in increased production of high-performance transparent polyamides. 


According to Evonik this will increase its involvement in growth markets like 3D printing and optics, as well as boosting it in the automotive, light construction and composites sectors. 

 

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Manufacturer Launches Tool for Finding The Right Duct Tape to Fit the Job at Hand

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Duct tape has come a long way from its one-tape-fits-all beginnings and a wide, and sometimes confusing, range of duct tapes with differing thicknesses, characteristics, and applications, now fill shelves and toolboxes. This has motivated pressure-sensitive tape manufacturer Shurtape Technology LLC to find a simpler way to identify the right tape to best match specific applications.

Shurtape has graded each duct tape in its general purpose offering according to its thickness, and its suitability for different applications, based on its tensile strength and levels of adhesion. The tapes are then classified as economy, utility, all-purpose and contractor grades as their thickness increases. According to the company, the PC 6 (6mm) is for everyday home usage, and the PC 7 (7mm) has extra adhesion and better tolerance of cold temperatures. Both these characteristics are stronger with (PC 8) 8mm tape, which can be used for certain restoration tasks. And the PC 9, or 9mm, offers the strongest adhesion and holding strength, so is considered more effective for restoration and waterproofing purposes. 
 

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H.B. Fuller Plans Launch of More Sustainable Wood Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
H.B. Fuller is planning to launch three new adhesives aimed at helping flooring and wood furniture manufacturers reduce hazardous emissions in their finished goods, taking into consideration that wood naturally emits VOCs.

H.B. Fuller reports that the adhesives were developed in answer to calls from wood furniture and flooring manufacturers for more sustainable raw materials to use in the manufacture of finished wood products to help them lower the levels of emissions released.

The company said its new trio of more sustainable products includes a water-based formaldehyde-free option (Rakoll 4933), a reactive hot melt adhesive with low monomer emission (Rakoll 5010), and a range of edge-banding NEP-free primers.

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Teens Win Prize for Proposing Plastic and Silicone Adhesive Alternative to Lens Changes

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 23, 2019
A group of students from Illinois in the US have taken a look into the future of optometry, and earned a $25,000 prize for the new business idea they saw there. In response to the Next Launch business idea regional challenge to high schools, the team from Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora proposed a plastic and adhesive alternative to routine spectacle lens changes. 

The winning concept suggests that plastic lenses, backed by a suitable silicone-based adhesive, could be super-imposed on, and adhere to existing lenses when vision changes called for new lenses. The Illinois teens backed their proposal with the suggestion that this could lessen the expense and shorten the time delay involved in getting a new pair of glasses every time a prescription changed. 

The Next Launch new business idea challenge was sponsored by The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur at Culver Academies. 
 

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Vegetable Oils Could Change Sustainability of Adhesives and Resins

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Increased demands for sustainability at all levels of product manufacture has the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) putting vegetable oils under the microscope. This is to determine these oils’ potential as alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals in the production of coatings, adhesives and paints. 

Scientists at IMWS are also working on using these oils to develop a new breed of solvent-free adhesives with an organic content of 86% - more than double the 35% required for qualification as a sustainable material. To do so, they are testing a different way of processing them at a lower temperature, and without petrochemicals, by using enzyme treatment rather than epoxidation, and have found a way to replace the toxic hardener with an eco-friendly alternative. 

At the same time, research is continuing into the possible effects the varying chemical compositions of the raw materials extracted from different plant seeds will have on the properties of the resins produced.
 

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