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ASC PUBLISHES INAUGURAL GLOBAL ASSOCIATIONS HANDBOOK

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org

Guide Provides Details on 11 Adhesive and Sealant Oriented Trade Associations


October 7, 2013, Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces the publication of the first ever Global Associations Handbook – a guide to 11 trade associations that support the adhesive and sealant industry on a global basis.  The inaugural handbook includes contact information, program outline and membership structure details for the following countries and Region:  Belgium, Canada, China, European Union, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States.  An additional 13 trade associations are also mentioned.


The Global Associations Handbook supports companies looking for trade association support and services for local team members operating within strategic geographical locations around the world.  The program was developed with ASC’s Global Resources Committee as part of its efforts to provide value to companies with a global mindset.


“The Global Associations Handbook is a simple tool that provides a quick snapshot of the leading trade associations within the adhesives and sealants space,” reports Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “The depth and breadth of the trade associations services illustrates how truly global our industry has become, as companies support a $43 billion industry.” 


The Global Associations Handbook will be made available to all ASC members at no cost, and will be updated and published on our website.  The Handbook includes details on 11 countries, with an additional 13 trade groups mentioned, but awaiting details. 


“ASC’s Global Resources Committee oversees the Council’s market report development, including the North American Market Report and Asia Market Report, and this Handbook now adds to the value of the Committee’s efforts to deliver globally oriented data and information that members can use to advance their business,’ adds Croson.   “Sometimes the product Global Resources produces is actionable and focused on sales growth, like our market reports.  With the handbook, we are making a simple informational resource available because members have asked us for contacts within growing markets such as China or India.  Now they have a simple tool that can direct them to ‘in-country’ resources.”


To download a copy of the Global Associations Handbook, click here.


To learn more about the Global Resources Committee click here, or attend the next committee meeting being held as part of the ASC Fall Convention and EXPO, October 21-23, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN (details here).



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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 129 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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ASC ANNOUNCES SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH AT FALL CONVENTION

Posted By ASC, Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


ASC ANNOUNCES SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH AT FALL CONVENTION

Program Designed to Offer Suppliers and Manufacturers Opportunity to Connect 


Bethesda, MD, September 23, 2013 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council has added a new networking focused event to its Fall Convention:  the ASC Speed Networking Lunch. 


The new program is designed to provide participants with 6 new contacts over the course of a single lunch, expanding an attendee’s network and connecting manufacturers directly with raw material and equipment suppliers.  The ASC Speed Networking Lunch will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2013 on the first day of the Fall Convention being held October 21-23 at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, MN.


“ASC’s attendee evaluations asked for the Council to consider new and different ways to connect participants, and this new program is a direct result of that feedback,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President, ASC.  “ASC’s Marketing Committee developed a focused program that will allow 56 attendees to meet 6 new contacts during an informal lunch, allowing attendees to connect in a different way from the normal receptions that the Council has offered historically.”


The event will be on a first-come, first-reserved basis and attendees will utilize a new reservation system created by ASC. 


“The system is set up to ensure that suppliers sit next to formulators,” explains Croson.  “During the three course meal, attendees will change seats, allowing them to meet six participants over the course of the lunch.  The goal and purpose of this event is to simply expand a network, and establish contacts within a company for future discussions and follow-ups.”


ASC’s Convention and EXPO is both a technically focused event featuring 50+ papers and presentations on a variety of market oriented topics, and a supply chain EXPO featuring 75+ raw materials and equipment suppliers serving the formulation community.  The events have drawn more than 550 attendees, combined.  The addition of the ASC Speed Networking Lunch allows attendees to meet other industry professionals in a small group setting, with the intention of making sure participants meet new people outside of a formal EXPO or within an educational setting.


“We’re excited about this new opportunity, which will be free to participants,” noted Croson.  “ASC wants to thank the Marketing Committee, which has spent the past six months developing this concept and helped make it a reality for the industry.”


More details about the Fall Convention and EXPO, including the Speed Networking Lunch, can be found here.



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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 129 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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ASC MARKET REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN ASIA

Posted By ASC, Monday, August 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:
Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

ASC MARKET REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN ASIA


Adhesive and Sealant Market Demand 9.7 billion pounds; expected to grow 5% through 2015


Bethesda, MD – August 19, 2013The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) expects the Asia Pacific region total adhesive and sealant demand to grow 5% annually through 2015, reaching 11 billion pounds of wet formulated product. The market currently stands at 9.7 billion pounds of wet formulated product, with an estimated market value of approximately US$13.8 billion. 

“The Asia Pacific region data continues to indicate a positive growth curve, with all countries showing positive trends,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC. “In fact, it remains the fastest growing region for adhesives and sealants on a global basis through 2015.” 

The 2012-2015 Asia Pacific Market Study for Adhesives and Sealants provides market size breakdowns and an overview for countries within the region highlighting: China, Japan, India, Oceania, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the rest of Asia.

The market study contains 93 pages of 100 Tables and Figures, which provide market data by end use market segment, technologies, and product categories as defined in the Harmonized Definitions for Adhesives and Sealants approved and adopted in 2012 by the Adhesive and Sealant Council (North America), Chinese Adhesive and Tape Industry Association (China) and Federation of European Industries Colles (Glue) and Adhesives (European Union). 

Data was obtained by DPNA International from direct interviews with adhesive and sealant manufacturers, industry associations, suppliers to the industry, and end users, in addition to government and financial sources and DPNA’s ongoing updated database.

The ASC 2012-2015 Asia Pacific Market Report is produced by the ASC in partnership with DPNA International, Inc., a leading market analyst and research firm that is also an affiliate member of the Council. The data within the reports was collected using primary research and market reports from a variety of sources and in collaboration with several trade organizations. The definitions used within the reports are harmonized with the global adhesive and sealant community. For additional information and to order the report, click here.

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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 129 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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New ASC Regulatory Affairs Chairman Takes the Helm

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Media Contact: Mark Collatz
Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 x112
mark.collatz@ascouncil.org


New ASC Regulatory Affairs Chairman Takes the Helm

August 15, 2013– Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that Neema Toolaabee, Manager of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs with DAP, will become chairman of the association’s Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC) effective immediately. Toolaabee replaces Michael Schmeida, former Tremco Director of Compliance and Sustainability. 

Toolaabee joined DAP in 2001 as a Product Safety Specialist and assumed his present position in 2006. He is responsible for facility and corporate environmental compliance, product safety and stewardship, hazardous material transportation compliance and consumer product and weights and measures regulations. Prior to DAP, Toolaabee worked at Technology Extension Services in Baltimore, Maryland, providing environmental consulting and assistance to smaller size Maryland businesses.

In recent years, ASC’s Board of Directors has made “proactive regulatory affairs” a priority with the Regulatory Affairs Committee taking a point position on keys issues that have identified as important to the industry.

For 2013, ASC Regulatory Affairs efforts are focused on the following core issues:

• California Safer Chemicals Rule
• EPA Chemical Management Plan
• MDI/TDI Chemical Action Plan
• South Coast Rule 1168
• TSCA Modernization
• Use of USGBC’s LEED Rating System in Federal Buildings

“Neema Toolaabee has a profound understanding of the various legislative and regulatory issues that the Council is addressing,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.  “More than 10 years of service on the RAC puts him in unique position of knowing exactly what we want to do in the area of regulatory affairs and how we need to get there.”

If you have questions about a regulatory action, please contact Mark Collatz at mark.collatz@ascouncil.org or (301) 986-9700 x111.

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MARKET REPORT: ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL DEFINES MARKET SIZE AND GROWTH EXPECTATIONS

Posted By ASC, Monday, July 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Matt Croson
President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org

ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL DEFINES MARKET SIZE AND GROWTH EXPECTATIONS


Seventh North American Market Study for Adhesives and Sealants Released;
$42.5 Billion Global Industry to Grow 3.2% Annually Over Next Three Years;
$11.9 Billion North American Market to Grow 2.3% Over Next Three Years


New Sections on BRICS Countries and Electronics Segment Added to NAMR


Bethesda, MD – July 22, 2013 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) released its North American Market Report (NAMR) for Adhesives and Sealants, a report published every three years, and which covers the 2012-2015 time period.  The NAMR covers market size and scope for both adhesives and sealants, and includes forecasting and trends analysis.  This year’s version includes a section devoted to the growth of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South America (BRICS) as a group, as well as the electronics market segment. 


 “ASC’s market report is a solid tool that can be leveraged by industry professionals to assess the North American Market and design marketing plans to focus their efforts internally,” reports Matthew E. Croson, president of ASC.  “We are pleased to add special sections dedicated to an important geographic dynamic with the BRICS countries’ inclusion, the new section focused on electronics, as well as a snapshot of the entire global market.”


The ASC North American Market Report is produced on behalf of the Council by DPNA International, a leading market analyst and research firm that is also an affiliate member of the Council.  The data within the report was collected using primary research and market reports from a variety of sources and in collaboration with several trade organizations.  The definitions used within the report are harmonized with the global adhesive and sealant community and outlined in the ASC-CATIA-FEICA Classification Manual.


The ASC NAMR Report is available to ASC members for $750 and to non-members for $1,125.  Global licenses, which allow a company to share the report to internal teams across their enterprise, are available for $2,250 for members and $3,300 for non-members.  The NAMR can be purchased here


You can access a copy of the Table of Contents and Outline of Graphs and Charts here.


 

 

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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 127 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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ASC RAPID RESPONSE TEAM TO SERVE AS INDUSTRY VOICE

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


ASC RAPID RESPONSE TEAM TO SERVE AS INDUSTRY VOICE


New Grassroots Program Ensures Legislators and Regulators Understand Industry Positions


July 18, 2013, Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has developed a new program designed to foster industry responses to legislative and regulatory issues impacting the adhesive and sealant sector:  The ASC Rapid Response Team.


The ASC Rapid Response Team is made up of between 1-3 individuals at each member company.  Their mission is to respond to regulatory alerts issued by the Council via letters developed by the regulatory affairs team and issued via the newly created ASC Action Alert Center.  The grassroots program is a new program for the Council and is part of its proactive regulatory affairs strategy to support the industry.


“The ASC Rapid Response Team is a dedicated set of industry professionals who stand ready and willing to respond to a call for action when ASC determines an industry response is appropriate or critical,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “While ASC serves as the industry’s voice, it is often the local voice that makes the strongest argument on any given piece of legislation or regulation, and the ASC Rapid Response Team will help the Council ensure that the industry’s voice is heard.  We’re pleased to note that we have 100% participation from the 128 member companies of ASC.”


The ASC Rapid Response Team will respond to a variety of legislative and regulatory issues.  For 2013, ASC is focusing its regulatory affairs efforts on TSCA Reform, California Safer Chemicals Rules, Canadian Chemical Management Plan, South Coast Rule 1168, MDI/TDI Chemical Action Plan, REACH Chemical of High Concern List, and USGBC’s LEED. 


“ASC’s regulatory affairs committee has focused the Council’s  efforts on issues that directly impact our industry, and the ASC Rapid Response Team will be the ‘go-to’ resource when a letter is needed, input required or other data or information needs to be shared directly from member companies,” adds Croson.   “Rapid Response Team members will be able to send their own letter, or leverage the recently launched Action Alert Center found here.”


The ASC Action Alert Center was launched in June 2013, and is a software driven product that allows ASC to share draft messaging with the Rapid Response Team, automatically determines which Senator, Representative or Regulator to address the response to, and then efficiently disseminates the letter with a simple click of a button.


“Strategically, the Council has completely overhauled its regulatory affairs efforts and become a stronger, proactive, cohesive value driver for the industry,” notes Croson.  “In just 18 months, we re-developed our regulatory affairs committee, developed our first ever issues briefs which prioritize our regulatory affairs focus areas, invested in the Action Alert Center to support industry responses, and now we have launched our Rapid Response Team – ensuring that we have industry resources dedicated to pulling the message trigger when an issue directly impacts their business.” 


The move from reactive to proactive regulatory affairs is part of a Board driven discussion to add value to the Council. 


“Our Board felt we had an opportunity to add value to our member companies by refocusing our internal efforts on regulatory affairs and leveraging the power of our industry via stronger collaboration and software tools that enable communications,” adds Croson.  “We established a three year time frame and defined success milestones that included meeting with influencers, establishing regulatory affairs contacts at each member company, and beginning grassroots efforts.  We are now poised to respond thoughtfully and collectively as and industry, and begin executing on this strategic value driver, while also considering other ways we can support the industry via regulatory affairs.”


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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 127 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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ASC SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR TWO NEW MARKET STUDIES

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 20, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org



ASC SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR TWO NEW MARKET STUDIES


Central/South American Market and Pressure Sensitive Adhesives a Research Focus for Members


June 20, 2013, Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) today issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of two new market reports:  Central/South America and Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSA).  The new market reports would round out ASC’s market report program, adding to the existing North American Market Report and Asia Market Report, and provide ASC member companies solid tools to gauge the size and scope of important geographic market segments, and an important technology focus area.


“In ASC’s 2013 Member Value Survey, 70% of respondents indicated expanding the Council’s market report efforts would be the best value driver for membership, and these RFPs are a direct result of members alerting ASC to what they need from their trade association,” said Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “ASC’s vision is to be the essential center of knowledge and catalyst for growth, and having growth data, trends information and market opportunity input via focused research is an important part of the Council’s efforts to support this vision.” 


The ASC Central and South America Market Report will share market size, production volume, key trends and market drivers, as well as customer insight on needs, issues and opportunities.  The report will include forecasts for the market on a 3-year time horizon. 


The report will cover the primary market segments including paperboard and related products, transportation, footwear and leather, consumer/DIY, building construction, woodworking, assembly operations, and total market size.  The report will also explore major sub-segments of the primary market segments to highlight growth opportunities across the market.  The report will follow the ASC-CATIA-FEICA Classification Manual for market definitions, and cover both adhesives and sealants.


Full details on the RFP can be found here.


The ASC PSA Market Report will analyze the market size, production volume, key trends and market drivers, as well as customer insight on needs, issues and opportunities.  The report will cover North America only, and provide forecasts with a 3-year time horizon.   


The report will cover the primary market segments including paperboard and related products, transportation, footwear and leather, consumer/DIY, building construction, woodworking, assembly operations, and total market size.  The report will also explore major sub-segments of the primary market segments to highlight growth opportunities across the technology. The report will follow the ASC-CATIA-FEICA Classification Manual for market definitions.


Full details on the PSA RFP can be found here.


“ASC and its Global Resources Committee will play an active role in developing the final report, working closely with the selected research organization or organizations to ensure a strong member focus,” adds Croson.  “The Committee has played a leading role in reviewing the member input, designing the proposals, and will be part of the selection process once proposals come into ASC.”


The ASC Global Resources Committee is:


Chair, David Nick

DPNA International

Dr. Uwe Bankwitz

Sika Services AG

Pam Carney

MWV Specialty Chemicals

Scott Detiveaux

Orr & Boss

James Hawley

Eastman Chemical Company

Dr. Jan Lumtscher

Jowat Corporation

Board Liaison, Larry Owen

Franklin International

Lex Reynolds

The Reynolds Company

Larry Saidman

Nordson Corporation

Paul Shessler

Schaetti America

Dr. Jiansheng Tang

Firestone Building Products


PROCESS


Research organizations interested in responding to the RFPs should send proposals to:  Matthew Croson at matt.croson@ascouncil.org or 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 990, Bethesda, MD 20814.


Proposals should be sent in by July 15, 2013.


The Global Resources Committee is expected to review proposals in July/August, and provide a recommendation to the Executive Committee in order to approve the program investment. 

ASC expects to have a final decision made in August.  The goal is to have both reports finalized in 2013.    


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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 127 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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ASC WELCOMES SEVEN NEW MEMBERS IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2013

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org



ASC WELCOMES SEVEN NEW MEMBERS IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2013


15 New Members Add to Council Strength


June 19, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) welcomed seven new members to its ranks in the second three months of 2013.  The new member companies represent different aspects of the adhesive and sealant supply chain, including raw materials suppliers, manufacturers and global affiliates.


“Leaders are taking note of the positive changes happening at ASC and voting to be part of that change by joining the Council and becoming actively involved,” notes Matthew E. Croson, president of ASC.  “We are pleased to once again have 15 new members joining the Council so far in 2013 – including seven in the second quarter, and look to their leadership in the technical, regulatory and education space.”


The following companies have joined the Council in the second quarter of 2013:


Cardolite Corporation               Beardow & Adams Adhesives, Ltd.

Supplier                                    Manufacturer

 

Pace Analytical                         Nan Pao Resins Chemical Company

Supplier                                     Manufacturer

 

Paramelt USA                             Lord Corporation

Manufacturer                               Manufacturer

 

Oynurden Kimyasan

Affiliate Manufacturer

 


“Companies join a trade association for three major reasons:  they want to make sure regulations are fair to the industry, they want to make sure that technical standards are in place to compete on a level playing field, and they want access to focused educational opportunities to support their teams,” added Croson.  “ASC is delivering on these value propositions by focusing on regulatory issues that directly impact our industry, putting teams together to respond to technical issues, and providing focused education opportunities on a variety of platforms in order to support the industry.  We welcome any and all companies involved in adhesives and sealants to join the Council and help guide these efforts.”


To learn more about the ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org or contact Steve Duren, Membership Director, at steve.duren@ascouncil.org or 301-986-9700, extension 105.



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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 127 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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ASC LAUNCHES FIRST EVER ACTION CENTER TO SUPPORT PROACTIVE REGULATORY AFFAIRS EFFORTS

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 13, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


ASC LAUNCHES FIRST EVER ACTION CENTER TO SUPPORT PROACTIVE REGULATORY AFFAIRS EFFORTS


Council to Provide Members with Direct Response Capability to Ensure Industry Voices are Heard


June 13, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently launched its first “ASC Action Center” – a grassroots advocacy software tool that allows member companies to respond directly to legislative bodies and regulatory agencies with guidance and commentary from industry.


The ASC Action Center, with its tagline, “Securing the Future with YOUR Voice” will be housed on ASC’s member facing website here, and will play a strong part in ASC’s efforts to be more proactive with government bodies and regulatory agencies in terms of sharing viewpoints, information and data.  The ASC Action Center will allow members to:


  1. Locate the appropriate contact person at the federal, state or local level, depending on the issue.
  2. Agree to a draft ASC response letter, or make adjustments to incorporate the company’s unique position on a given topic.
  3. Distribute the response directly from the software platform.

“ASC’s Action Center is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and provides members an important opportunity to be part of the Council’s response strategy for any of the critical issues facing our industry,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “Whether the topic is TSCA Reform, Rule 1168 or a Chemical Action Plan, ASC members – for the first time – now have a strong tool to share their views on what should be included, discussed further, or should taken out of any official bill, draft rule or suggested course of action.”


The ASC Action Center launch is part of ASC’s proactive regulatory affairs strategy, developed in 2012 in an effort to add value to Council membership.  The key milestones include:


  1. Agreeing annually to a set of core issues that directly impact industry.
  2. Setting up meetings with influencers that directly impact the core issues.
  3. Establish a network of ASC members that will respond to information needs.
  4. Link members to influencers via the ASC Action Center.

“ASC’s Board of Directors has made ‘proactive regulatory affairs’ a priority for the Council, and ASC is responding,” reports Croson.  “We set a target of meeting with 20 influencers in 2013 to discuss our important issues, and we’ve already eclipsed that number.  We have regulatory affairs contacts at 100% of our member companies, and now – with the launch of this tool— members have the capability to support the industry to ensure sound, science oriented regulations guide law and rulemaking.”


ASC expects to encourage active participation from its members on four to five important pieces of legislation or regulatory action each year.  For 2013, ASC Regulatory Affairs is focused on the following core issues:


  • California Safer Chemicals Rule
  • Canadian Chemical Management Plan
  • MDI/TDI Chemical Action Plan
  • REACH Chemicals of High Concern List
  • South Coast Rule 1168
  • TSCA Modernization
  • Use of USGBC’s LEED Rating System in Federal Buildings

“ASC’s regulatory efforts are micro-focused on issues that directly impact member companies,” adds Croson.  “In years past, ASC would often focus on tax policy, immigration reform, labor relations or other macro-manufacturing issues on which many other trade associations also work.  The Adhesive and Sealant Council is the only trade association focused on our industry’s core issues, and that is the strongest value proposition we can deliver to our member companies.  With the launch of this tool, ASC and its members are aligned and working together on issues that affect the industry we serve.”


Members can access the ASC Action Center at www.ascouncil.org under “Advocacy—>ASC Action Center.”  The Action Center is open only to our members, and anyone looking to access the tool and participate will need to authenticate using their login credentials.


ASC will invite members to participate in the Action Center, with links to the response tools via an Action Alert e-mail.  This will be done periodically when ASC’s Regulatory Affairs team determines that a response will make a solid impact.


“We don’t want to become the ‘letter of the week’ group,” adds Croson.  “We want to respond when it is critical for a Senator, Representative or regulatory agency to truly understand our position.  We will be thoughtful, deliberate and perhaps most importantly, proactive as we deploy this tool to industry.  Last, but not least, I want to thank ASC’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and Web Advisory Board for their efforts in guiding the development of this new tool.”




If you have questions about a regulatory action, please contact Mark Collatz at mark.collatz@ascouncil.org or (301) 986-9700 x111.

If you have technical issues or need to retrieve your login information, please contact Jessica Carter at Jessica.carter@ascouncil.org or (301) 986-9700 x109.


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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 122 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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ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL WELCOMES CONNIE HOWE AS SENIOR MANAGER, TECHNICAL SERVICES

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL WELCOMES CONNIE HOWE AS SENIOR MANAGER, TECHNICAL SERVICES


20+ Year Industry Veteran Named to First Ever Technical Services Position at ASC


Bethesda, MD – June 12, 2013 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that Connie Howe is joining the Council as Senior Manager, Technical Services.  Howe will oversee all of ASC’s technically oriented programming including short courses, Training Academy, Advanced Technology Link, and serve as the staff liaison to the Technical Committee.  She will play a leading role in developing ASC’s focus on sustainability, environmental product declarations, and other environmental, health and safety oriented programming.   


“Connie will hold the first technical services position at ASC as the Council responds to the increasing need for technical data, science oriented programming and dynamic collaborations to move the industry forward,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President, ASC.  “Connie has 20+ years of experience within research and development, commercialization and testing, and comes to ASC with a solid blend of technical knowledge and ability to manage projects to a successful outcome.  I am confident she will be a strong asset to members and the industry as we work together and respond to the challenges we face.”


Howe joins ASC after a broad series of corporate positions with Avery Dennison, Omni Tech International, Reichhold Chemicals, Corning Incorporated and Lord Corporation.  She has held several technically oriented positions including polymer chemist, senior applications chemist, materials and process engineer, R&D engineer and commercialization manager. 


She has experience with a variety of adhesive technologies including PSA, polyurethane hot melts, liquid and waterborne adhesives, epoxies and alternative bio-based (soy) chemistries.


“I am very excited to transitioning from industry and as an ASC member participant, to staff, and look forward to working with members to bring a stronger technical focus to all of ASC’s programs,” said Connie Howe, Senior Manager, Technical Services at ASC.  “My goal is to work collaboratively with our technical community and incorporate new ideas and new thinking to current programs, and assess the market in order to determine what new programming can be developed to add value to our industry.”


Howe holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Science in Textile Chemistry with an emphasis in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University.


“ASC currently produces 5 short courses, 8-session advanced technology link tracks at each Convention, 8+ Academy webinars annually, and has more than 130+ adhesive and sealant test methods developed via ASTM D14 and C24, and Connie will work to build off of this strong technical base and develop new programming centered on trends and challenges facing the industry such as sustainability and EPDs,” notes Croson.  “She will work closely with the Technical Committee at ASC to identify new opportunities to add value to being an ASC member, and we are confident this important investment will be a strong value driver for ASC members 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 122 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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