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A Weekly Look At New Products & Innovations

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 11, 2015

Silicone Solutions launched a flexible grout called SS-777. It can compensate for expansion joints, vibration, and moving surfaces, while tolerating humidity and variable temperatures. Dow Corning released a thermally conductive gel for use in demanding flip chip applications, while Wacker Chemie A.G. debuted a high-tack silicone for medical applications. The Wacker adhesive is named Silpuran 2117 and is intended for advanced wound care. It is a high purity silicone that allows dressings to remain flexible and soft with non-traumatic dressing changes. Silpuran 2117 also has enhanced tack in contact with skin to ensure dressings are secure, while providing a breathable but water-tight barrier. By creating a seal around the wound, Silpuran 2117 also prevents infection. Its purity makes it ideal for hypoallergenic skin, and ease of removal means there is no damage or pain when dressing need to be changed.

 

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Four Reasons why Hands-Free Hot Melt Makes Sense

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 11, 2015

Whether setting up a new packaging system or looking to approve safety and efficiency on an existing system, hands-free hot melt adhesives are an area worth considering. In manual packaging operations, a hands-free hot melt system allows the user to keep both hands on the material being glued. A foot switch controls the flow of adhesive so the substrate can be manipulated under the nozzle. Hands-free systems typically save time and cost and improve safety and package quality. These systems improve time savings and cost by allowing more efficient packaging and reducing adhesive consumption with precise dispensing quantities. Since the operator is not picking up and putting down the substrate or applicator, there is less opportunity for exposure to the hot melt and less hand fatigue. Finally, hands-free systems can be programmed for a consistent repeatable adhesive pattern, which improves consistency and quality of packaging.

 

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Wound Care Sealants Market is Predicted to Grow Thanks to Complication Free Healing

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 11, 2015
The market for wound care adhesives and sealants is expected to grow in the coming five years. These advanced wound care options are ideal for minimizing surgical complications such as hematomas, fluid accumulation, swelling and new infections. Rapid development and approval for clinical usage has been key for this market. Fibrin sealant or fibrin based glue has been used as a state of the art hemostatic material in Europe for over a decade. Subsequent approval by the FDA has allowed wound sealants to expand into the US market and this is expected to help drive future growth. To date, lack of market penetration in the Asia-Pacific regions means this market has substantial opportunities for expansion. Market demand, as well as government grants and funds, are driving continued innovation and development of new wound sealing products. 

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ASC BOARD ELECTS NEW CHAIR, TREASURER, ADDS BOARD MEMBER

Posted By Matt Croson, Monday, June 8, 2015

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ASC BOARD ELECTS NEW CHAIR, TREASURER, ADDS BOARD MEMBER


H.B. Fuller’s Jensen Assumes Chair Position Following Johnston’s Resignation


June 8, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces Traci Jensen, Senior Vice President, Americas at H.B. Fuller will serve as its Chair beginning June 22, 2015.  She will replace current Chair Andy Johnston, who has taken a new role within Ashland as its Group Vice President, Performance Materials.  Jensen will serve the remainder of Johnston’s term, through December 31, 2016. 


In addition, Charles Williams, Technical Director at Avery Dennison, will serve as the Council’s Treasurer, filling the remainder of Jensen’s current term in the position, through December 31, 2016. Both leaders were elected to these officer positions by the Board of Directors in a special electronic vote following the resignation of Johnston.


“A sign of a healthy, resilient, volunteer managed organization is that solid, dependable leaders are available and ready to step up and lead when called upon after unexpected changes and we have this in both Traci and Chuck,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “Traci has been recognized for her ongoing leadership guiding the Long Range Plan development, while Chuck has been seen as a leader in focusing the Council on technical oriented programs and services.  While we will miss Andy’s leadership and stewardship – and we wish him the very best in his new role within Ashland – it’s also good to know that ASC will continue in good hands at the Chair and Treasurer role for the foreseeable future.”


As Officers of ASC, these leaders guide both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee focus areas, and counsel the President on prioritization and agenda setting for the volunteer leadership.  They also serve on the Board’s audit committee, compensation committee and executive committee. 


NEW BOARD MEMBER ADDED


In addition to the changes at the officer level, the Board also approved adding Tom Stewart, Commercial Director, Structural Adhesives at Ashland, Inc., as a Director, serving the remainder of Andy Johnston’s Board seat, through December 31, 2017. 


“ASC is focused on growth, adding value via new programming, and leveraging its Reserves to the benefit of its members and I look forward to working with these leaders to ensure we deliver value to the leading, innovative companies that are active within the Council,” adds Croson.   

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry.  The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry.  “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth. Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org.  Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.  


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ASC Pushes Passage of TSCA Reform during NAM’s 2015 Manufacturing Summit

Posted By Mark Collatz, Friday, June 5, 2015

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ASC Pushes Passage of TSCA Reform during NAM’s 2015 Manufacturing Summit

 

Joins with Coalition in Urging Speaker McConnell to Bring Bill to Floor for Vote

 

June 5, 2015 Bethesda, MD – Twelve individuals from eight Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) member companies and staff joined with 400+ other U.S. manufacturers urging Congress to pass Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform during the National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) 2015 Manufacturing Summit on June 2-3.  ASC advocates saw their efforts rewarded when the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act, by a vote of 47 yeses and one abstention. 

 

“This year’s event could not have come at a more opportune time to advocate for TSCA reform,” said ASC’s President Matthew E. Croson.  “Our members not only got the chance to meet with their elected representatives to talk about issues of importance to their companies, but they also had the opportunity to see some of those representatives taking action on probably the most important piece of legislation with regards to the chemical industry since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1990.”  

 

ASC was a co-sponsor of NAM’s Fly In.  This is the first time the Council has held a Fly In, which is part of the new Long Range Plan as ASC continues to evolve into a dynamic, proactive advocacy organization.  Member companies attending the inaugural ASC Fly In included Sika, Bayer MaterialScience, Evans Adhesive Corporation, Gorilla Glue, DHM Adhesives, Franklin International, Reynolds Company and Tremco.  Croson added that industry is hopeful that a final House floor vote will come before the end of June.

 

With regards to Senate action, ASC has joined with more than 140 members of the Alliance for American Innovation (AAI), a TSCA-reform coalition managed by the American Chemistry Council, in signing a letter to Senate Majority leader—Mitch McConnell—urging that the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (S. 697) be scheduled for a floor action prior to the August recess.  S. 697 was passed in a strong bipartisan vote by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on April 28.

 

“ASC has been involved with the effort to modernize the nation’s chemical regulatory system since 2008, and this is without a doubt the closest we have come to achieving bipartisan reform,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.  “If we can keep the momentum going during the next few weeks, it is likely we will have a bipartisan TSCA reform bill on President Obama’s desk before Labor Day.”

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry.  The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry.  “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth. Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org.  Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.  

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New Bandage Can Predict Wounds Before They Actually Appear

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 5, 2015

A new type of bandage combines adhesive and thin, flexible electronics to detect pressure wounds before they fully form. The bandage was developed by a team of researchers at University of California, Berkeley, who took advantage of the change in an electric field produced by dying cells. The thin adhesive and electronic film can detect the changes from dying cells and indicate which areas are damaged. This “smart bandage” could be a non-invasive way to monitor wounds and prevent bedsores from forming. Bedsores result in longer hospital stays and dangerous complications. With this technology, sores could be prevented and at the same time, patients would not be subject to unnecessary moves because staff would know when a sore is in danger of forming. Nurses could use the adhesive bandages for periodic checks or incorporate them into dressings to monitor healing in existing wounds.

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US Army Creates New “Ballistic Wallpaper”

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 5, 2015

The US Army Corps of Engineers has developed a product that combines adhesive backing and polymer-laminated kevlar fibers to create “ballistic wallpaper.” In combat situations or remote locations, shelters are vital for taking cover, setting up communications outposts and treating the wounded. However, most civilian structures cannot withstand explosives or shrapnel. The ballistic wallpaper makes these structures safer. The ballistic wallpaper can be easily unrolled and applied to walls, where it acts like a super-durable version of wallpaper. The adhesive backing adheres polymer-laminated kevlar to intact or partial walls. The adhesive and polymer then acts like a glue to hold together walls that would otherwise shatter under fire. The kevlar layer acts as netting to catch larger pieces that detach. Overall, the ballistic wallpaper can prevent injuries from shrapnel and falling debris and can prevent hazardous dust and chemicals from getting into the air. It may one day become a standard piece of military equipment.

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H.B. Fuller Introduces Two New Flexible Packaging Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 5, 2015

Flextra Fast and Flextra Reseal from H.B. Fuller were recently launched at ICE Europe in Germany. These flexible packaging adhesives are designed to save time and money during assembly. The Flextra Fast SFA 8700 and XR 1100 / XR 1200 adhesive system is compatible with a broad range of substrates. Its use can decrease change-over times between production runs and provides greater flexibility for the converter. Curing time is one to two days. With this adhesive system, slitting can occur within nine hours and food-contact compliance takes less than 24 hours. Flextra Reseal 2120 is an extrusion, hot-melt adhesive for resalable packages. Its flow index is suitable for several substrate combination.  H.B. Fuller’s Marketing Manager—Elizabeth Staab—commented, “In developing our two new flexible packaging adhesives, we have connected with the operational efficiency and sustainability drives of manufacturers, brand owners and consumers.”

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Jowat Opens New Plant in Malaysia as Centre for Manufacturing, Applications and R&D for the Asia-Pacific Market

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 5, 2015

Jowat SE had opened a new adhesive manufacturing plant in Bandar Enstek, Malaysia. Jowat has been active in Malaysia for over 15 years, and the new plant will better meet demand for their adhesives in the Asia-Pacific market. The plant is 45,000 square meters, with a convenient location near International Airport of Kuala Lumpur and access to international shipping routes. In addition to adhesive production, this site will conduct independent research and development, tailored to the needs of local adhesive consumers. Jowat aims to provide the highest level of service and customer satisfaction to Asia-Pacific consumers with local production and product development connected to local needs. Their adhesives primarily serve the wood processing, paper & packaging, and automotive & textiles industries. Construction on the Bandar Enstek plant took 14 months, and in late April the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board of Jowat SE, along with 260 guests, attended the grant opening.

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Hot Melt UV Coater Added to Chemsultants Expanding Line of Capabilities

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 5, 2015

Chemsultants International, Inc. is please to announce a new coater as a part of their headquarters’ technology campus. The new coater makes use of ultra-violet curing to provide a broad range of performance properties, including high-temperature stability and solvent resistance. The coating line can accommodate a 16-inch substrate width to produce 14-ince wide coating at a rate of 10 – 150 feet per minute. It is ideal for prototype evaluation, production samples and start-up inventories. A 10,000 class clean room houses the coater. David Westerfield—Commercial Director of Chemsultants—commented, “Our focus on this product design was to make a technically advanced UV coater with versatility, efficiency, and the ability to test with a variety of hot melt technologies.”

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