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Lord Corporation To Invest $80M To Expand Pennsylvania Facility.

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lord Corporation announced plans to expand and upgrade operations at its Saegertown, PA facility with an investment of $80 million during the next five years. The company plans to add various adhesive and coating product lines and provide overall modernization to the site.


Work will begin in May and continue through 2023, adding 75,000 square feet to the existing 250,000-sq.-ft. building on Lord's 67-acre site. Lord employs more than 235 at this facility, which is the company's largest specialty chemicals, adhesives and coatings manufacturing facility.

The site produces acrylic, urethane and epoxy adhesives as well as its Chemlok-branded rubber-to-substrate bonding adhesives, primarily serving the automotive/passenger car industry. Additionally, the plant produces specialty intermediate chemicals and coatings products that are supplied to customers around the world.

"Our Saegertown facility dates back to 1962, when we began with 15 employees and a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility," Doug Lorenz, president of the firm's global performance materials business, said in a statement. "As Lord continues to grow as a global company, we are excited to expand the Saegertown facility to keep pace with the growth and needs of our customers around the world."

 

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Nordson EFD Releases New Precision Fluid Dispensing Needle Valve for UV-Cure Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 21, 2018

Nordson EFD recently introduced its new xQR41V Series needle valve. The company says its needle valve has a 60 percent smaller form factor than conventional needle valves and that it is designed for customization and more precise process control. It features a patent-pending Quick Release clasp that will speed maintenance processes.


In addition, the smaller profile of the new valve will allow manufacturers to mount several of the needle valves close to one another, allowing for increased output. The reduced form factor allows for automated adhesive dispensing in tight spaces or at awkward angles while simultaneously reducing adhesive waste. The company reports that the need valve is ideal for multiple applications and industries, especially those related to electronics, automotive, medical, and general industry.


The needle valve is compatible with existing Nordson dispensing tips and can be configured to meet a variety of application needs. When combined with Nordson’s BlackPack actuator, it is capable of cycle rates of 60-80Hz or more. The company says that the new needle valve meets the design goals it set out to achieve. These were to produce an exceptionally accurate needle valve that would deliver consistent results across a wide range of fluid viscosities. The xQR41V Series needle valve, says Nordson, does just that.

 

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Arkema Announces a Proposed Acquisition and a New Plant in Japan

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 21, 2018

Arkema has announced the proposed acquisition by the Bostik-Nitta joint-venture of
the industrial adhesives of Nitta-Gelatin Inc., as well as the construction of a new
adhesives plant in Japan. These operations will enable Bostik to supply its
Japanese customers in the buoyant nonwoven markets for hygiene applications and in
the packaging, labelling, transportation and electronics industrial markets.


The Bostik-Nitta JV, majority-owned by Bostik, as Two Projects in Japan:

 

- The proposed acquisition by the Bostik-Nitta JV of Nitta-Gelatin Inc.’s industrial
adhesives. This acquisition, representing sales of some €30 million, will help step up the
development of these activities in fast-growing markets such as electronics and
automotive. The acquisition is due to be completed this summer subject to approval by
anti-trust authorities.

 

- The construction by the Bostik-Nitta JV of a new adhesives plant in Nara.
The Bostik-Nitta JV will also invest in the construction of a new plant that
will include several production lines dedicated on the one hand to adhesives for the
nonwoven market for hygiene applications, and on the other to the industrial adhesives
markets. The new facility, to be located in Nara, Japan, should come on stream early
2020.

 

 

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Polyurethane Adhesives Solve Bookbinding Problems

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 14, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Printed books are still popular despite the rise of E-books. The Association of American Publishers says that paperback and hardback book sales are growing while e-book sales fell by 18.7 percent during the first nine months of 2016. However, printed books offer challenges for adhesives to overcome. The adhesive used to bind a book must be durable and remain flexible, and if it is fast-drying, it makes the book printer’s work much easier.

Polyurethane adhesive for bookbinding are comparative newcomers to this niche but are gaining popularity thanks to the advantages they offer. Firstly, they have a lower melting-point than other types of bookbinding adhesive, and secondly, although they have a curing time of 24 to 48 hours, they meet the need for a high-quality, flexible bond that will allow book-lovers to enjoy their books for years to come. Finally, polyurethane adhesive resists temperature fluctuations and moisture, is compatible with both hard and softback books, and can be used on almost any type of paper.

 

 

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DowDupont to Invest $45M to Buy and Retrofit Delaware Plant

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 11, 2018
DowDuPont has announced that it will invest $45 million over the next two years to purchase and retrofit a Delaware plant for the production of high-temperature sealant used to make O-rings and similar products.

According to the company, sealing materials demand in the electronics, semiconductor and industrial markets have surged in recent years, causing the company’s existing production to hit capacity at the current facility.

The company says the new facility will allow manufacturing to keep up with projected business growth. It will be twice the size of the current one.

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Chemsense Introduces New Range of Adhesives for Automotive, Military, Industrial

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 10, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Atlanta-based specialty chemicals company Chemsense has announced the introduction of a new range of adhesives for the industrial manufacturing sector. The range includes acrylates, cyanoacrylates, silicones, hot melt adhesives, light cure adhesives, and machinery adhesives as well as primers and activators. The company says that it hopes to help manufacturers in its UK, US,and Chinese markets to realize greater efficiencies.

The new range adds to a product portfolio that includes UL recognized Anaseal vacuum impregnation sealants for automotive, military, and industrial use. In this instance, both thermal and heat curing options are available. The company also manufactures medical adhesives including medical device adhesives and a liquid bandage trademarked as “Liquiskin” and holds several patents. Chemence says that the popularity of its adhesives has led to a situation in which products utilizing its technologies can be found in every major retail outlet and pharmacy in North America and Europe.

 

 

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Dow Chemical Company Files Two Patents for “Greener” Rubberized Running Surfaces

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Rubberized surfaces are commonly used for running tracks, playgrounds, and playing fields, but until now, the use of a two-part polyurethane and silane-PU adhesive to bond rubberizing particles to surfaces and to one another has been the only option. As a result, VOCs from solvents, catalysts,and additives have raised concerns.

To overcome this, Dow Chemical Company has developed ECOGROUND, an adhesive that features water-borne, acrylic based technology. The water-borne binder bonds the tiny particles of rubber together, and the company says that no organic solvents, inorganic fillers, or additional additives need to be used during application and that its product will be compatible with machine sprayers and pavers as well as being suitable for manual application. At the end of its useful lifespan, the surface can be recycled.

Dow notes that recreation facilities are in demand in countries with high population growth, particularly India and China. China has uncovered health issues related to rubberized surfaces at schools and sports and recreation facilities during the last decade, and Dow says that ECOGROUND will offer a “clean” alternative. The company reports that ECOGROUND is compliant with the International Association of Athletics Federations’ requirements for rubberized surfaces.

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Adhesives.org BLOG: Microwave Emerging as Alternative Energy Source for Rapid Adhesive Cure

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BLOG:  Microwave Emerging as Alternative Energy Source for Rapid Adhesive Cure
 
By Deb Bhattacharjee (adhesives.org blogger)

There has been ever increasing demand on rapid and effective cure of adhesives while maintaining the pot life in industrial processes. In addition to the conventional heat cure, UV radiation has emerged as an acceptable alternative for improving the productivity, though it is only possible when at least one of the substrates is transparent to light. The cure of opaque, filled or thick cross-section is problematic using UV triggered system. The converters, in collaboration with adhesive manufacturers, have been investigating alternate energy sources for rapid adhesive cure without impacting processability and ultimate bond strength. Microwave has emerged as a cost effective, scalable, commercially viable process over the last few decades.

The FDA approved limit of microwave energy that can emit from commercial ovens is far below the harmful people, and several safety features have already been incorporated with no harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the heat source. Microwave energy in the 0.3 GHz and 3.0 GHz frequency range (industrial/commercial microwave systems typically operate at 900 MHz or at the wavelength of ~32.7 cm)allows more efficient penetration of the microwave through the material preferably for non-metallic or partial metallic bonding. Energy is transferred through the material electro-magnetically, not as a thermal heat flux. Therefore, the rate of heating is not limited and the uniformity of heat distribution is greatly improved. Electromagnetic radiation is converted to heat energy in the overall adhesive mass very quickly. Advantages would include lower energy consumption, very rapid cure time, bonding to...

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Canon's New Water Resistant Adhesive Vinyl Provides Durability and Repositioning Capabilities for Banner Graphics

Posted By ASC, Monday, April 16, 2018

Canon says that its imagePROGRAF large-format printer now offers two new options for those seeking attractive marketing materials for outdoor display: Canon Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl (330gsm) and Canon Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl (480gsm). The company wanted to provide durable options that can withstand the elements and the Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl option features an adhesive that allows for repositioning of materials yet will last for up to six months.

 

When adhesive banners are applied, air bubbles trapped between substrate and banner can ruin the overall effect, but the company has designed its Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl product to include air release grooves that it says will allow end-users to simply away any bubbles. Canon says that the material can be used on curved surfaces as well as flat ones, and features gray adhesive that prevents the overlapping of images when two banners or media are placed over one another.

 

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Building Design and Construction Magazine Nominates Bostik Climb as a Top Flooring Product

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Building Design and Construction magazine recently featured its selection of top flooring products and recommended Bostik Climb to its readers. The magazine noted that the non-sag, one-component adhesive can be used for installing hardwood stairs, interior blocks, planks, stair tread caps and above-grade walls. It also observed that the product is compatible with a wide range of substrates including brick, concrete, cinder block, drywall, OSB, plywood, bamboo, solid hardwood, and engineered hardwood. The publication also recommended Bostik Climb because it offers a solvent-free, low VOC, and low odor option for construction industry professionals.

 

Bostik says that its easy gunning Climb adhesive has excellent green grab and cures rapidly. When used on staircases, it will reduce squeaking sounds and damp down the sound of footsteps. Despite its ability to form strong bonds, any spills or spots can easily be cleaned away, even after the product has cured.

 

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