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3M ANNOUNCES ACRYLIC FOAM TAPE SERIES FOR PRIMERLESS APPLICATION OF TRIM COMPONENTS FOR AUTOMAKERS

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

The 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 is engineered for primerless application of trim components in automobiles. The EX4500 offers strong adhesion to medium surface energy substrates, meaning these products will bond with a wide variety of paints without pre-treatments. Specifically, the proprietary technology in the EX4500 series bonds with acrylic, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), acrylonitrile ethylene styrene (AES), acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA), polycarbonate (PC), and PC+ABS, as well as paints composed of carbamate, epoxy / acid powder and 2K urethane. This removes cost, health and safety concerns, and the environmental impact of using primers for bonding on these materials.  EX4500 tapes come in deep black to conceal bond lines and create a durable and polished appearance. The tapes are ideal for pillar garnishes, body-side moldings, step plates, vent visors and chrome appliques.

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ASC TO PROMOTE ADHESIVES AT LEADING GLOBAL PACKAGING EVENT

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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President

(301) 986-9700 x111

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ASC TO PROMOTE ADHESIVES AT LEADING GLOBAL PACKAGING EVENT

PACK EXPO International to Draw 76,000 Engineers; ASC to Promote Industry at Booth N-4525

Bethesda, MD – October 21, 2014 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council is preparing to share how adhesives support innovation at the world’s largest packaging and processing events tradeshow, PACK EXPO International.  PACK EXPO International will be held November 2-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  The show is produced by PMMI – the Packaging and Processing Association.  

ASC will host Booth N-4525 in the North Upper Hall within the PACK EXPO Partner Program and share: information with design engineers about its award-winning educational website at www.adhesives.org; videos illustrating how adhesives have solved many packaging challenges; and several key tools design engineers can leverage.  ASC staff will also offer guidance and distribute information about the organization and its member companies present at the show.  

“PACK EXPO International is the primary place where packaging design engineers go to view the latest innovations in packaging and package design, making it a perfect opportunity for ASC to highlight how adhesives can play a strong role in supporting the innovative projects they are developing,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “Our goal is to promote the industry in order to drive traffic to ASC member company booths, while also communicating how the Council’s resources can support innovation.”

This is the third year in a row that ASC has participated as part of PMMI’s Partner Program.  Each year, hundreds of design engineers have stopped by the booth to ask questions and pick up information on the Council’s membership and programming.  From providing training information to access to industry companies, the ASC booth at PACK EXPO has been a solid clearinghouse for industry information at this prestigious event.

“Each year, our turnout at the booth increases substantially, as design engineers looking for innovative approaches to package design come by and learn more about how adhesives can make a difference,” notes Jessica Taglieri—Senior Manager, Web Services at ASC.  “The conversations with engineers coming by the booth have really developed into counseling and guiding sessions, and we are spending more time than ever advising on adhesive solutions & working to connect attendees to our members that are at the show, who can sit down and guide further projects that engineers are working on.”

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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 ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-2016 MEETING SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS

Posted By ASC, Monday, September 29, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 x111

matt.croson@ascouncil.org


September 29, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – 
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces its 2015 and 2016 schedule which will include four Conventions and EXPOs, four Short Courses and a Leadership Conference.  The Council will also manage the Adhesion Society’s two annual meetings.

The ASC meeting line up is as follows:

  

 

 

“ASC has a solid calendar of meetings now in place to help guide members planning over the next two years,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “The calendar includes two new short courses that are part of the Long Range Plan, and we encourage industry to pay attention to these new programs as they will be strongly supportive of your technical teams.”  

ASC plans its major meetings on a two year timeline.  The Council works to avoid scheduling conflicts including events managed by ACA, CPI, ASTM, PSTC, USGBC, Radtech, and other major religious and Federal holidays. 

The Council also selects its locations based on attendance patters, locations of members and industry at large, and hotel ability to meet rooming requirements.

“Over the past five years, ASC’s events have doubled in size, with 600+ now attending the Convention, EXPO or Short Courses,” notes Croson.  “The result is that ASC now looks for larger hotels in slightly larger cities, or within areas that can accommodate 900+ room nights.  In some cases, we are also looking for hotel locations that allow ASC to have a secondary hotel for overflow, in case the primary location is oversold.”

Information about any of ASC’s meetings can be found here.  If you have any questions, contact Malinda Armstrong, Director, Meetings & Expositions at (301) 986-9700, x106.

 

 

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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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SC TAKES ITS AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE RESPONSIVE

Posted By ASC, Monday, September 22, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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ASC TAKES ITS AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE RESPONSIVE


Growth in Mobile Device Users Drives Changes to Adhesives.org and Sealants.org

September 22, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has retooled its award-winning website—www.adhesives.org | www.sealants.org–to include responsive web design (RWD).  RWD is a best practice for web design as it is aimed at crafting sites to provide optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets.  RWD provides users with an easier reading and navigation experience while accessing a website on a small screen device, keeping resizing, panning and scrolling to a minimum.

“ASC’s marketing data shows that approximately 40% of its email subscribers and website visitors are actually viewing Council messaging from smart phones and tablets,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We’ve seen this number double in size over the past year, and making our email campaigns and websites responsive and mobile friendly gives our users the best possible experience, making it  easier for them to view items, react to information we are sharing, and connect on the engagement platforms found on www.adhesves.org |www.sealants.org.”

ASC has won numerous awards for its www.adhesves.org | www.sealants.org website.  Created in 2008 as an educational platform for the design community, the site has expanded tremendously to increase engagement opportunities via social media including ASC TV (YouTube), Ask an Expert (LinkedIn), and ASC News (Twitter).  With the addition of RWD, the site continues to evolve and keep up with technology as the Council works to communicate the value of adhesives and sealants to the design community. 

“ASC wants design engineers to think adhesives and sealants when they are considering innovation, and our website plays a strong role in connecting the dots for architects, engineers and anyone involved in performance materials selection,” adds Croson.  “The retooled website aligns with our email communications effort which went mobile in 2013, and we will focus our efforts on www.ascouncil.org next as we make sure our communications plan align with how members and readers are leveraging the content.”

To view the updated sites, visit www.adhesives.org | www.sealants.org using your smart phone or small screen device.

 

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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 TO HOST COMMITTEE KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION MEETING

Posted By ASC, Friday, September 12, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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President

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ASC TO HOST COMMITTEE KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION MEETING

Council Looks to Ensure Program Alignment and Increase Engagement via Knowledge Sharing

September 12, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will host a special committee knowledge integration session to inform committee members about the key initiatives being developed across each of the five standing committees.  The special committee knowledge integration meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 3:30 to 4:00, immediately following the normally held committee meetings, which run from 2:30 to 3:30.  

The special meeting is designed to allow the five standing ASC Committees:  membership, global resources, industry voice, marketing and technical education – to stay informed about each other’s activities within the Council’s governance model.  The Committee Knowledge Integration meeting will provide a short, five minute update on key action items to the larger committee membership.  The Council expects this knowledge sharing session to be a standing meeting at future conventions.

“During the past two events, members came to me asking what the other committees were working on and how that impacted some of the programs they were walking on, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring everyone together to share and integrate their work with that of the other groups,” notes Steve Duren, Senior Director, Member Services at ASC.  “This effort—in two words—is about awareness and engagement.  We want all of the committees to be aware of what the others are doing so that they can support engagement as the programs come to market or move to execution.”

ASC will have its five committee leaders actively participate in the session, including:

  • Membership Committee Chair; Shamsi Gravel, Vice President, Emerald Kalama 
  • Technical Committee Chair:  Bill Arendt, Research Fellow, Emerald Kalama
  • Regulatory Affairs Chair:  Neema Toolabee, Manager, Regulatory and Environ. Affairs, DAP
  • Global Resources Chair:  Larry Saidman, Chief Technologist, Adhesives, Nordson Corporation
  • Marketing Committee Board Liaison:  Chris Urheim, Market Director, Adhesives, Dow

“This effort will strongly support alignment as it relates to the newly adopted Long Range Plan,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “With so many new programs and services in development, it’s critical that our volunteer leaders have at least a fundamental understanding of what each of the committees are working on, in order to ensure alignment and engagement at their own companies.  I look forward to this evolution of our committee meetings as we collaborate together to innovate.”

The ASC Committee Meeting will take place as part of the Fall Convention and EXPO being held October 20-22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina.  For more information on the Convention and EXPO, click here.

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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 MEMBERSHIP VOTES EIGHT MEMBERS ON TO BOARD; OFFICERS ELECTED FOR 2015-2017

Posted By ASC, Friday, August 22, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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President

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 ASC MEMBERSHIP VOTES EIGHT MEMBERS ON TO BOARD; OFFICERS ELECTED FOR 2015-2017

Ashland’s Johnston to Lead Council as Chair; H.B. Fuller’s Jensen Becomes Treasurer

August 22, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – The membership of the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) elected eight members to serve as Directors on the Council’s Board, including:

  • Ted Clark, Royal Adhesives
  • Steve Rosenberg, Sika Corporation
  • Andy Johnston, Ashland Specialty Ingredients
  • Bob Marquette, Bostik, Inc.
  • Rusty Thompson, Evans Adhesives Corp.
  • Chuck Williams, Avery Dennison
  • John Carroll, Eastman Chemical
  • Mark Schneider, Albion Engineering

Each Director will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2015.  Each person was nominated by the Council’s Board Nominating Committee, which meets once a year to discuss Board-level succession and determine who is interested in serving the Council as a Board Member.  The Board supports the Nominating Committee’s recommendations, and puts forward the list of recommended leaders to the membership for a vote.  This vote was held in July and August with members voting electronically and unanimously this year, for the slate of nominees.  

The Board provides the Council with strategic guidance and direction setting for the 56-year old trade association.  In the past few years, the ASC Board of Directors has focused time and attention on developing a Long Range Plan, adding value to membership via new programming investments, and prioritizing the roadmap used to execute the Long Range Plan.  

“Each of these leaders bring different skills sets, focus and backgrounds to the discussions held at every Board meeting, but they all have at least one thing in common—passion for our unique industry,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “This passion has been instrumental in guiding the Council over the past few years as it overcame a downturn and the focus shifted to investing in new ways to support the industry and the companies ASC serves.  I look forward to working with these industry leaders as we continue to chart ASC’s future.”

Officers Elected

In a vote held in early August, the ASC Board of Directors selected its leaders for 2015-2016.  The following leaders will serve as Officers for the Council, providing direct support and counsel to the Board, Executive Committee and President over the next two years:

Chair:  Andy Johnson, Vice President and General Manager, Adhesives, Ashland Specialty Ingredients

Vice Chair/Treasurer:  Traci Jensen, Senior Vice President, Americas, H.B. Fuller

Past Chair:  Rusty Thompson, President and CEO Evans Adhesive Corporation

As ASC’s Officers, these leaders guide both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and counsel the President on prioritization and agenda setting for volunteer leadership.  They also serve on the Board’s audit committee, compensation committee and executive committee.  Each officers serves a two-year, non-renewing term that begins January 1, 2015.

“From a membership point of view, I think these elections illustrate how solid our leadership team is with volunteers coming from different backgrounds, corporate experience and market involvement,” adds Croson.  “The opportunity now is to continue the team oriented, collaborative approach ASC has deliberately taken to develop and execute its Long Range Plan and to continue to add value to members that join ASC.”

 

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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 SUSTAINABILITY FORUM OUTCOMES FOCUS ON ADDING VALUE TO SUPPLY CHAIN

Posted By ASC, Friday, August 15, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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President

(301) 986-9700 x111



ASC Members and Industry Leaders Guide Next Steps as Industry Responds with a Focus on Innovation and Exposure Tools

 

August 15, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council‘s (ASC) Sustainability Forum success included several outcomes that industry leaders would like ASC to develop in the coming months regarding sustainability.  During the July 2014 event, 81 attendees came together to discuss information and data shared by 19 speakers.  The meeting included a dynamic discussion on what next steps the industry could take to support the supply chain as it relates to sustainability.  The outcomes of the Forum portion of the meeting focused on two areas:  How can ASC support innovation as it relates to sustainability, and how can ASC support supply chain information sharing as it relates to sustainability?

Regarding innovation, attendees agreed to the following two outcomes:

  • ASC should develop educational tools, including short courses, webinars and Convention sessions, focused on all aspects of sustainability.

  • ASC should focus some of its research and programming topics on customer needs and wants – especially as it relates to sustainability.

Regarding information sharing, attendees agreed to the following outcomes:

  • ASC should develop proactive communications tools that illustrate “trust” and the positive role that adhesives and sealants have on sustainability across all of the industry’s market segments.

  • ASC should collaborate with associations to discuss developing exposure tools that measure risk.

“The Forum was an outstanding opportunity for the supply chain to discuss all aspects of how sustainability adds value within the adhesives and sealants market, and was our first attempt at responding to the new long range plan strategy of ‘Community Knowledge Integration,’” notes Matthew E. Croson.  “The outcomes of this year’s Forum are pragmatic, solid opportunities for the Council to deliver value added services to the industry at large, including raw materials suppliers, formulators and end users.”

Next steps will be for ASC staff and committees to discuss how to incorporate some of these ideas and concepts into programming for 2015 and beyond.  In some cases, committees will consider new programming ideas that will be part of the 2015 budget.  In other cases, current programming will be modified to add value by incorporating sustainability oriented topics.  

“Attendees rated the Sustainability Forum incredibly well with 94% of respondents indicating the value of the session was between good to excellent; this is a perfect example of how ASC can bring the industry together to discuss relevant, important trends,” adds Croson.  “We invite non-members to join the Council now and help build on the Forum’s success as we look for ways that Community Knowledge Integration can solve some of the industry’s challenges.”

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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 RELEASES KEYNOTE SPEAKER SCHEDULE FOR FALL CONVENTION AND EXPO

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 7, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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President

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Event to Feature 45 Papers, 73-company EXPO and the Return of “Speed Networking”

 

 

August 7, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council’s (ASC) Fall Convention and EXPO will feature four keynote speakers covering a wide array of business trends impacting the adhesives and sealants marketplace.  The Fall Convention and EXPO will be held October 20-22, 2014 in Greenville, South Carolina.

The following leaders will be participating in the Fall Convention and EXPO as keynotes:

  • David Crowe, Ph.D. – Chief Economist and Senior Vice President from National Association of Home Builders – Dr. Crowe will update attendees on macro-economic trends, and provide data on the building and construction industry – ASC member companies’ second largest market sector.

  • Bob Marquette, Senior Vice President, Bostik Americas – Marquette will discuss Bostik’s approach to innovation as part of the company’s celebration of 125 years in business.

  • Rick Farrell, President of Tangent Knowledge Systems – Farrell will highlight trends in value selling for attendees.

  • Chuck Houk, Chuck Houk, President, Tremco Sealants & Waterproofing and Michael Cohen, President, Industry Sky Works– Houk and Cohen will highlight how drone technology is providing customer value for Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance Division and the potential for using this technology for vertical wall systems, expanding the ability to quickly pinpoint gaps throughout the building envelope.

“ASC’s Fall Convention and EXPO keynote addresses will challenges attendees’ thoughts on market performance, innovation, selling value and leveraging emerging technology for customers’ needs,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “This strong lineup of keynotes will join our equally as impressive technical content that will include more than 45 papers over two days.”

ASC’s Convention will include 45 papers from industry leaders, supporting tracks that will focus on the following topics:

Raw Material Trends

Formulation

Building Envelope Trends

End User Trends

Regulatory Affairs

Sealant Innovations

Environmental Product Declarations

Advanced Technology Research

Small Business

Equipment Focus

 

 

“The program is currently in production with almost 75% of the speaking slots already committed to by industry,” adds Croson.  “We expect another fully programmed event with sessions filling out the entire two days of the meeting.”

The Fall Convention and EXPO will also feature the return of the Council’s highly popular “Speed Networking” lunch. This lunch provides members with an opportunity to meet six new contacts over the course of one hour long lunch.  Suppliers sit next to manufacturers, with the manufacturers switching seats after each course.  The result is that attendees get to meet six new people who they sit next to during lunch.  

“When you have more than 600 people attending an event, it can be hard to meet new people as they go from session to session, and meeting to meeting,” notes Croson.  “The Speed Networking event provides an opportunity to slow down, meet some industry professionals and add to an attendees’ network.  Reservations are needed for this free, first come, first serve event and will be made available when attendees register.”

View more information about the Fall Convention and EXPO, including the Preliminary Program here.

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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 CREATES TRAINING ACADEMY CERTIFICATION TASK FORCE

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Member Volunteers to Collaborate on Developing Council Certificate Program

July 31 2014 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has created a special Training Academy Certification Task Force consisting of a blend of technical, marketing and human resource leaders from member companies.  The Training Academy Task Force will guide the development of ASC’s Certificate Program, including determining both technical and business oriented curriculum as well as training recognition levels.  

The ASC Training Academy Certificate Program is a key strategy tied to the newly adopted Long Range Plan.  The Certificate Program will blend general business oriented adhesives and sealants training with more in depth technical training, based on member needs and input.  Once the program launches in early 2016, it is anticipated that the industry will have a “go to” resource for in depth training for new employees or new to the industry employees.

“The ASC Training Academy Certificate program is being designed to support early career employees and will touch on both basics and in depth technical topics,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We want ASC to be a primary resource for the industry to rely on for training their team on the fundamentals of adhesives and sealants, with programs touching the entire spectrum of learning needed within the formulating community.”

The following ASC Member Leaders have volunteered to serve on the special Task Force:

  • ASC Board Member Gerhard Haas, Vice President at Jowat Corporation

  • ASC Board Member Chuck Williams, Principal Scientist, Avery Dennison

  • ASC Technical Committee Chair, William Arendt, Research Fellow, Emerald Kalama

  • Chassidy Rellinger, Senior HR Manager, Avery Dennison

  • Jon Stuart, R&D Director, Henry Company

  • ASC Board Member Mark Plante, Business Manager, Kraton Performance Polymers

 

Member volunteers will work with the ASC staff to review survey information, discuss industry educational needs and provide input on both curriculum learning objectives and certificate levels.  

“The task force members will be important collaborative partners as the Council moves forward to develop a strong certificate program that meets the needs of industry,” adds Connie Howe, Senior Manager of Technical Services.  “We will rely on the volunteers to really consider what members need from the Council and guide the decision making in order to launch a solid program in early 2016.”

Since 2012, ASC has produced a Training Academy – a series of fundamentals oriented training programs that were webinar focused and touched on a broad array of topics including technology types, additives, testing methodologies and emerging trends.  To date, ASC has produced more than 45 webinars under the Training Academy and has delivered educational value to more than 500 industry participants.  

With the adoption of the Long Range Plan, the ASC Board of Directors saw an opportunity to continue to serve the needs of new employees or new to the industry team members, and leverage the Council as the organization to deliver fundamental training.  The Education Strategy was added to the Long Range Plan, and staff was asked to develop a certificate program and include a fuller range of training opportunities to support both technical and market oriented employees.

“Our job now is to roll up our sleeves, review the data from the past two years’ worth of programming, and ask how we can add more value with deeper training and stronger technical focus,” adds Croson.  “Working together, I am confident we can leverage the power of the association and deliver on this strategy, and I look forward to working with our volunteers, the technical committee and Board of Directors to make this strategy a reality that delivers value for years to come.”

 

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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 131 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, visitwww.ascouncil.org.

 

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ASC RAISES QUESTIONS WITH DTSC PRIORITY PRODUCT CHOICE

Posted By ASC, Monday, July 14, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs

(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
mark.collatz@ascouncil.org


July 14, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – 
Questioning the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) choice of polyurethane spray foam (SPF) as Priority Product to undergo alternative formula  analysis, the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) urged the Department to reconsider its selection while making the process for future product selections more transparent.  The comments were part of a written submission provided by ASC to the Department regarding the state’s new Safer Consumer Products regulation on June 30.

“The Council and our members were extremely surprised by this initial product choice,” said ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Mark Collatz.  “It became even more shocking when the Department’s own Priority Product profile for SPF contained so many misstatements and inaccuracies.”

The Council’s written comments also suggested that in the future the Department consider establishing an external advisory committee, made up of experts, familiar with the products under review, to evaluate materials to be published before they are made public.

Mr. Collatz pointed out the biggest series of misstatements in the document were the continuous references to the presence of toluene disisocyanate (TDI) and hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) in SPF products.  He noted that subsequently, numerous sources have detailed that only methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and it oligomers are in SPF systems.  Yet the DTSC, while acknowledging the mistake, failed to revise the original document or remove it from their website.

“Without the elimination of these erroneous references from the DTSC document, any misinformed person or organization who has visited their website can mischaracterize these products,” said Collatz.

He also noted that the Department has defined the entire product category in such a way as to lump together multiple chemistries and different application systems.  As a specific example, he pointed out that in their product category descriptions, the Department combines spray foam systems with one component foam (OCF) systems.

“Clearly these OCF products with a ‘beaded foam’ application do not offer the same airborne exposures as SPF products.  Nowhere in the DTSC document is that explained or reconciled,” said Collatz. 

For further information regarding this activity, please contact Mark Collatz (301/986-9700 ext. 112).

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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 131 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, visitwww.ascouncil.org.

 

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