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New fast curing adhesive challenges trusted systems

The adhesive market has recently been shaken by the entry of a new fast curing adhesive which challenges trusted bonding solutions such as epoxy and polyurethane. What makes this new adhesive revolutionary is its extremely reactive nature which allows curing within 2 seconds at its fastest. This fast curing glue is versatile and can be applied manually, integrated into an automatic application system or even injected into lightweight materials

The rapid cure adhesive has properties beyond short curing time

Not only is the new rapid cure adhesive unprecedentedly fast drying but it also provides bonds of sufficient strength while only a small amount of glue is applied. The adhesive is also very light compared to other structural adhesives. Additionally, properties such as wide operating temperature range, elasticity and curing at room temperature bring along long term benefits for various industries. Cost reduction, increased process efficiency and reduced carbon footprint are goals the strong, fast drying glue can help to reach.

From local reinforcement to structural fastener bonding with fast curing glue

As the fast curing adhesive is new to the market, new opportunities and applications emerge frequently. Currently, the adhesive is used in the automotive industry and furniture making. Additionally, its suitability to aerospace applications has been confirmed.

Structural bonding of fasteners, reinforcing lightweight materials (such as honeycomb and sandwich materials) and bonding different composite materials are all applications the new fast curing glue is made for in vehicle assembly. On the other hand, the fast drying adhesive can be used to create anchors and local reinforcements for wood based panels. This makes the adhesive ideal for producing lightweight, sustainable furniture.

The future of the fast curing adhesive seems bright. It provides durable solutions at lower costs than alternative adhesives and leaves room for innovative applications. All thanks to one chemistry – polyurea.

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Covid-19 brings up new trends in construction adhesives and sealants

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 many things have changed including the demand in several industries. In order to survive, the companies within these industries are adapting to the new situation by adjusting their product portfolio. One of the industries affected by the pandemic is construction. Many large projects have been canceled, and smaller sectors such as DIY remodeling and multi-family reconstructions create more demand. Therefore, the construction adhesives and sealants industry has also shifted towards these trends.

New trends in construction adhesives

The increased interest in DIY construction projects and home remodeling has resulted in growth in demand for fast and strong adhesives. The most wanted construction adhesives of the moment provide instant grab especially for vertical applications, as well as for bonding tough and heavy materials such as stone tiles. The need for fast application makes the demand for hybrid adhesives grow: they deliver quicker bonds and do not require clamping and bracing.

For new constructions, heavy remodeling and drywall and subfloor installations power and durability are also trending factors. However, professionals are also asking for adhesives which improve efficiency, are easy to apply, have low odor and are fast and easy to clean up.

Changes in demand towards different sealants

When it comes to sealants, both professionals and DIYers are looking for performance and durability as well as efficiency, easy application and special features to optimize those properties.

The current situation has not changed the requirements for sealants as much as it has for construction adhesives. As always, sealants are wanted to have strong adhesion to multiple substrates including composite, wood and metals as well as fiber cement. The construction sealants should also be durable and long-lasting as well as resistant to the elements. Additionally, sealants for larger gaps and those with higher joint movement and flexibility are increasingly popular as they allow for contraction and expansion without loss of adhesion or risk of cracking.

Professionals are additionally looking for construction sealants which can be applied in low temperatures or high humidity, and can be painted after application. Easy processing, including application and clean-up, are also high on the wish list.

Bringing out new products, adjusting labeling and more solutions

As the needs and wants of the buyers have changed, construction adhesives and sealants manufacturers have responded to the change by adjusting their product portfolios. Some manufacturers have also changed their product packaging and labeling so that it is easier for non-professionals to find the right products for specific applications.

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Adhesive manufacturers support healthcare by helping out suppliers

After the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic, it seemed as though no one was prepared. Despite all the stress the situation is putting on businesses and their team members, also new opportunities have emerged. Many businesses have adjusted their products and processes in order to support healthcare the best they can. Adhesives manufacturers have proven to be a great support for these businesses as they help guarantee the production of as many quality products as possible in a short period of time. With the help of adhesive manufacturers healthcare can now rely on a larger supply of personal protection equipment (PPE).

More equipment to healthcare thanks to adhesive technology

Up until now many manufacturing businesses have already adjusted their products and operations to allow them to provide healthcare with much needed personal protection equipment. However, this has required changes in the production process, which in many cases has proven the process inefficient. In order to increase the efficiency some adhesive manufacturers have stepped in to provide the businesses with their knowledge of adhesive technology as well as suitable application equipment and adhesive systems.

A real life example

Systematics, a manufacturer that specialized in displays, signage, fixtures, and kiosks, recently adjusted their operations and started using their production facilities to make face shields, intubation safety boxes and safety partitions. At first, they made the personal protection equipment by hand using a hot glue gun. However, they soon realized the production could be faster and received help from an adhesive manufacturer Chicago Glues which promised to help them increase efficiency by leveraging adhesive technology.

Chicago Glues introduced automatic equipment and conveyor belts to Systematics,which allowed them to double their face shield production. Systematics is now producing about 6000 face shields per production line per shift whereas they used to make a total of 3000 shields during one shift. Read the full case study here.

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Plasmatreat extends its services to the fight against the pandemic

For many years, Plasmatreat USA Inc. has been a supplier and manufacturing partner to the medical device industry. The company’s core competence has always been surface modification for various purposes such as wetting, improved cell attachment and general adhesion promotion. 

Treating parts in Covid-19 test kits

Plasmatreat recently took on a new challenge created by the pandemic: they were asked to treat 500.000 parts that go into a Covid-19 test kit. As the enquiry was urgent, Plasmatreat accepted the challenge and added equipment to their laboratory as well as built a safe work environment where their employees can process the parts safely and fast. Plasmatreat, additionally, treats materials used for PPE and parts involved in coronavirus vaccine developments. 

Sterilization units for PPE

In addition, the company is working on sterilization units for PPE, including face masks and ventilator pipes, using only electricity and air. As Red Cross testing in Germany is under way and governmental approvals have been applied for, the first machines are expected to be available in May. 

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New wash-off labeling adhesive – sustainable and easy to wash off

A cooperation between Schäfer-etiketten, Polifilm and HERMA, a labeling specialist has resulted in a sustainable and easy to wash off label for shampoo bottles. The label is consists of recycled household plastic packaging waste and it uses a new type of wash-off adhesive. It earned a nomination for the Product Technology Innovation category of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe. The label has also drawn the attention of the large drugstore chain dm-drogerie markt.

An improved label made of recycled household plastic packaging waste

Aiming at creating a closed material cycle for Polyolefin (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) packaging, the new label outnumbers the one that won last year´s German Packaging Prize. The three companies first developed a label using both domestic and industrial plastic packaging waste as building material. Since some of the packaging was recycled with labels intact, the product may have contained inks and varnishes. Fortunately, this is not the case with wash-off labeling adhesive. This adhesive is applied as any other self adhesive PSA in the labels industry.

Wash-off labeling adhesives increases recyclability of PE and PP packaging

The new label is made entirely of PE packaging. It is attached using a wash-off labeling adhesive which can be easily removed (washed off) during the recycling process. Similarly to alkali soluble labeling adhesives, this leaves the shampoo bottle without a trace of glue residue. The clean removal of the label makes the bottle high quality material for further recycling purposes. The label can simply be removed from the recycling stream.

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Renewable biological materials in PSA adhesives researched

Renewable biological raw materials that could be used in manufacturing pressure sensitive adhesives have been researched by POLYMAT Institute of University of Basque Country. The researchers have chosen a rather unlikely material couple to research the possibilities to increase renewables in PSA adhesives. However, the results indicate that the odd pair – black pepper and castor oil – may be far more interesting than the researchers initially had in mind: thanks to UV light.

Black pepper and castor oil make up a new polymer

A more well known contender, fatty acids, was ignored by the research team. This was due to the fact that the hydrophobic properties of fatty acids complicate the emulsion polymerization process. Instead they chose black pepper and castor oil; more precisely piperonyl found in black pepper and 2-octyl acrylate drawn from castor oil. These two raw materials are key players in producing pressure sensitive adhesives containing 71% renewable biological raw materials.

Reportedly the structure of piperonyl suggests that it is possible to turn this renewable biological material into piperonyl methacrylate in merely two steps. Already produced on an industrial scale, it can also be included in traditional production plants which already use emulsion polymerization.

UV light allows for manipulation of the PSA adhesives

The researchers report that when testing the black-pepper-castor-oil polymer and comparing it with other PSA materials, the results were positive. What the researchers did not expect was the effect of UV light. It seems the new polymer’s strength, shear resistance and adhesive properties could be modified by applying UV light. This means that the possibilities of this polymer are not limited to pressure sensitive adhesives, but the potential is increased far beyond.

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Latest light curing adhesive technology enables faster production

Many industries make use of one or two component adhesives in order to realize the bonds required by their manufacturing processes. However, the process is slowed down as single component products need 30 minutes to an hour and a half to reach final strength when heat curing is used. 2K products do not ease the problem, on the contrary, some of them may even cause a 24 hour delay in production due to slow curing. Fortunately, the development of light curing adhesive technology allows for new and faster solutions enabling more efficient production. In some cases full cure of light curing adhesives can be reached within a single second.

Light curing adhesives are not necessarily a type of adhesives but rather describes a curing process. These adhesives cure when they are exposed to UV and/or visible light. The chemistry of the adhesive supports the process.

4 areas where light curing technology has improved

Light curing adhesive technology has struggled with trust issues regarding strength and reliability. However, this only encouraged the development of improved chemistries behind light cure products. Now light curing technology can be used on a wider range of materials in terms of both: substrates and adhesives. The technology is also continuously being developed to ensure flawless and complete curing while speeding up the manufacturing cycle.

1. Dual-curing and adjusted formulation

One of the technological developments in light curing adhesives is the use of dual-curing products which reduce the chance of shadow areas left uncured. Other developments, in turn, target necessary adaptations in the adhesive formulation to enable wider use of light curing adhesives in industries such as transport vehicle assembly.

2. Light curing also for opaque adhesives

Light curing used to be an option only for transparent adhesives, nevertheless, also opaque systems can now benefit from light curing technology: the required layer thickness has been addressed in order to reach successful light cure of black adhesives. Additionally, humidity curing portion has been added to trigger crosslinking even in shadow areas. This allows for better light cure in applications such as public transport vehicle panel bonding.

3. Pre-activation with light curing adhesive technology

When bonding opaque materials which do not let the light reach the adhesive, pre-activation can be beneficial and save time. The pre-activation is done by applying the adhesive to only one of the substrates and immediately irradiating it prior to joining to the other substrate.

4. Development of light sources

The light curing adhesive technology has also been approached from the bright side: high intensity LED curing lamps have successfully sped up the adhesive cycle thanks to the on-going improvements of light curing adhesive technologies. This remarkably increases the spped of manufacturing cycles of for instance rail vehicle body structures.

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Adhesive debonding in electromagnetic fields may boost recyclability of materials

University of Sussex claims they have developed an adhesive which debonds in magnetic field. According to the research team the adhesive debonding may allow for better recyclability of materials that are traditionally difficult to disassemble and consequently end up filling landfills.

Adhesives are used in many applications such as vehicle assembly and consumer electronics. Disassembling and recycling these products is often challenging due to the strong adhesive bonds. However, the new adhesive debonding when subject to magnetic field may well be the solution to this issue.

Metal particles are the key to adhesive bond release

Published in the European Polymer Journal, the research findings imply that the adhesive releases its bonds when it becomes subject to alternating electromagnetic field. The adhesive reportedly adheres well to the most common materials including glass, plastic, metal and wood.

The debonding process is based on the heat of the magnetic field melting metal particles included in the adhesive formula. As the metal particles melt, the adhesive bonds are released in a matter of seconds, 30 seconds to be more precise, leaving very little residue. This allows for disassembling a wide variety of products and so increases the recyclability of the materials. Additionally, electromagnetic debonding is safe and does not involve solvents or other chemicals traditionally used for debonding adhesives.

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A look back at 2019 adhesive and sealant innovations

2019 has been an interesting year for the adhesives and sealants industry: many new and innovative products were introduced, numerous sectors experienced growth and new materials were discovered. These all show a certain direction to the industry: more sustainable and greener products and raw materials. To wrap up 2019, Adhesivesmag has created a list of top 10 adhesive and sealant innovations based on their readers´ choices. Also the top 10 list shows that biobased and hot melt adhesives are growing in popularity as green adhesive and sealant solutions.

Top 10 adhesive and sealant innovations in 2019 according to Adhesivesmag

The top 10 adhesive and sealant innovations list published by Adhesivesmag includes the following products and manufacturers. The original list is available on the website of Adhesivesmag.

Biobased hot melt adhesive by Jowat

Jowatherm® GROW biobased hotmelt adhesives were introduced by Jowat in the fall 2019. According to the manufacturer these adhesives are made for environmentally friendly bonding in packaging and they have a high content of renewable materials. In fact, the biobased materials reportedly account for over 30% of the formula.

These biobased hotmelt adhesives are a green option which increases efficiency and process cleanliness. They also increase safety during application and keep the machinery clean resulting in less need for maintenance. The precise application of these adhesives contributes to reduced waste.

Hot melt adhesives for consumer packaged goods by H.B. Fuller

Advantra Warrior™ is the newest addition to H.B. Fuller´s Advantra® line. According to the manufacturer it is versatile in many environments and case and carton sealing applications. Its unique polymer technology makes it resistant to temperature extremes, and therefore, suitable for packaging that may be exposed to freezer or heated conditions throughout the supply chain. This hot melt adhesive was introduced to the North American market in the summer 2019.

GLYMO free packaging adhesive by Henkel

Loctite Liofol LA 2798, introduced by Henkel in the summer 2019, is an adhesive suitable for high performance packaging involving for instance sterilization. This adhesive foil is entirely free of (3-glycidyloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GLYMO), epoxy silane, and heavy metals. Additionally, the adhesive base does not contain substances such as neopentyl glycol (NPG), hexanediol, tin, and bisphenol A (BPA), making it safe for fatty foodstuffs, oily acids, and alcoholic substances.

Latex for pressure sensitive adhesives by Arkema

Arkema´s new ENCOR 9215 latex is a tackified acrylic adhesive formulated for high-speed coating. This latex is designed specially for labeling applications and it allows for high speed production. According to Arkema it is intended for permanent paper labels which require excellent adhesion to corrugated cardboard. It is suitable for a variety of machines and equipment, and it can be customized based on specific customer needs.

Adhesive recycling by Henkel

In 2019, Henkel announced that it goes on with the Recycling Program, realized together with TerraCycle. The big news last year was that additive manufacturing customers are now offered recycling options across the Loctite® brands. The cooperation of the two companies, according to Henkel, reflects their commitment to sustainability and their tradition of transforming manufacturing processes in numerous industries.

The Adhesive Recycling Program was reportedly the first in the world to offer recycling solutions for anaerobic packaging solutions. Later the options have become available for light cure adhesives, instant adhesives and cyanoacrylates, all used in packaging. Also 3D printing operations are provided with a recycling container where used packaging of 3D resins and cyanoacrylate based adhesives are collected to be later recycled by TerraCycle.

RFID blocking material by Avery Dennison

ShieldSense™ is the newest innovation by Avery Dennison Performance Tapes. ShieldSense is a RFID blocking material which is lightweight and easy to apply aluminum foil material. According to Avery Dennison, the foil allows retailers to maximize effectiveness of RFID enabled inventory systems by isolating waves within different environments.

ShieldDense can be applied to walls and doors creating a barrier that blocks RFID waves from traveling between locations such as from retail floor to stockroom. This will reportedly give retailers a clearer view of their inventory location within the store. The foil, therefore, allows for fast price adjustments, easy identification of inventory inaccuracies and stock replenishment.

Polyurethane sealant by Chemique Adhesives

In the beginning of 2019, Chemique Adhesives introduced its new polyurethane compound which is suitable for bonding and sealing applications in numerous industries including transport, construction, modular construction and commercial manufacturing.

According to Chemique Adhesives Bondseal 1128 uses a new advanced formulation which improves the rheology and lowers the isocyanate content for ease of application, slump resistance, and better product safety. The sealant is easy to apply using a standard cartridge caulking gun.

Silicone adhesive for transportation vehicle assembly by Dow

In 2019 Dow brought into the market a revolutionary silicone adhesive solution for transportation assembly. DOWSIL™ EA-4700 CV adhesive is capable of curing in room temperature at faster speed, yet it still maintains the performance advantages brought along by silicone adhesives. This adhesive adheres to most metals and plastics used in electronics assembly.

Pressure sensitive adhesive for medical sector by Ashland

Aroset™ Gentle 700, by Ashland, is a medical pressure sensitive adhesive which was introduced in February 2019. This medical adhesive was developed for medical use as it is skin friendly, has good breathability and keeps the pain and discomfort to the minimum upon removal. The product is suitable for both medical device industry and wound care applications.

Commercial vehicle tape by 3M

3M announced that their commercial vehicle product line expands by a new product: CV90F. The addition was to the 3M™ VHB™ commercial vehicle tape family. The new product reportedly provides a good balance of strength and conformability with gray multipurpose adhesive and conformable acrylic foam core. It also allows for use in applications that require higher gap tolerance and allowance for shear train movement due to thermal expansion.

The vehicle tape provides virtually invisible bonds and keeps the surface smooth. The product is recommended for tall side panels and bonding roof panels as it creates a permanent seal against water and moisture. Additionally, in high speeds it experiences 31% less vibration and is 40% quieter than sidewalls that use mechanical fasteners.

Other adhesives innovations of 2019

The innovations that ended up on the top 10 list are not the only inventions that deserve to be mentioned. 2019 was an interesting year for the adhesives market: innovations such as thermally conductive adhesive for heat generating components and a glue that debonds in magnetic fields were introduced. Additionally, research has shown improvements in light curing adhesive technology which may well result in innovations to be seen in 2020.

As for AdhesivePlatform, a platform dedicated for the North American market was launched to broaden the reach and connect supply and demand of adhesives and sealants also locally.

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New biodegradable adhesive material – eco-friendly alternative

The use of plastics, as we know them, should be reduced in order to protect the Earth and guarantee our health and safety. However, plastics are contained in most adhesives performing an important task: making things stick to each other. For several years now, researchers and scientists have been on the lookout for greener solutions composing of biodegradable adhesive material.

Boston University professor Mark Grinstaff and his team have been working to find such a material to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional adhesives. They recently published a paper reflecting the research results and revealing a 100% biodegradable adhesive material which is completely made of naturally derived chemical components. According to the team, this adhesive material can easily be adapted to meet the requirements of many industrial and medical applications.

The secret to biodegradability is carbon dioxide

When developing the biodegradable adhesive material, which is as efficient as non degradable adhesives but far more environmentally friendly, the scientists wanted to mimic the plastic binders found in paint that make it stick to the substrate. The adhesive consists of biodegradable polymers and contains 20 to 40% CO2, being a 100% biodegradable.

This biodegradable adhesive material has the consistency of honey and it uses carbon dioxide, which would otherwise be released to the atmosphere, as its key ingredient. This brings along a challenge to oil refining and production plants: they could repurpose produced CO2 gas for eco-friendly biodegradable polymers. Recyclability an biodegradability could be increased by this new adhesive which keeps up the trends recognized in other innovative adhesive solutions.

Properties beneficial to many industries and sectors

Breaking down in a year or less, the new biodegradable adhesive material is interesting for many industries. As it can be easily modified to suit many purposes by adjusting the polymer-CO2 ratio, the opportunities are numerous. The Boston University scientists prospect medical sector and packaging industry to benefit the most from their discovery.

The adhesion of the material can be made stronger or weaker or suitable for certain substrates by rather simple modifications. The strength of the adhesive can range from that of Scotch tape to permanent wood adhesive. The modifications would allow it to stick to metal, glass, wood, Teflon and even wet substrates.

Suitable for medical sector or packaging industry

The two sectors that are currently the most active in the area of biodegradable adhesive systems are medical and packaging. For the packaging industry, this new adhesive could mean 100% compostable and carbon neutral packaging. On the other hand, the medical industry could benefit from the fact that the adhesive is absolutely safe to use on or in the human body. It could play a role in replacing metal used in surgeries to hold bone together. The adhesive could also contribute to wound healing process protecting cuts, scrapes or wounds.

Future plans for biodegradable adhesive material

According to the research team, they are now at the point of finding the most suitable market for their discovery. This could be medical or packaging, but other options can still be considered. The Boston University scientists have proven that we do not need to choose between eco-friendly and efficient – with this adhesive, both can be achieved!

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Coming in 2020 – superior pre-mixed grout for tiles

LATICRETE has announced to bring a superior pre-mixed grout to the market in the beginning of 2020. Even though, pre mixed grout systems do not have the best of reputations when it comes to tile and stone applications in wet and humid areas, this new grout is described as durable, easy to apply and as strong as epoxy grout. The pre-mixed system is claimed to be evolutionary, as it can be applied to seams between tiles and stones in showers, other wet areas and even pools without the risk of discoloration or soft seams.

Fast and easy tiling with pre-mixed grout

Carrying the name Spectralock 1, the system is based on a trusted multi component system by LATICRETE. The new pre-mixed grout, however, will make the time consuming mixing and time sensitive application of epoxy based systems in the past. Steam resistant, stain proof and chemical resistant, Spectralock 1 does not contain any epoxy resins, making it more environmentally friendly and less likely to cause allergic reactions.

The first pre-mixed system that complies with ANSI 118.3

Now for the first time ever a pre-mixed grouting system meets the requirements set in ANSI 118.3, the American National Standard specifications for chemical resistant, water cleanable tile setting and grouting epoxy. Spectralock 1 has been tested for shear strength, compressive strength, tensile strength and thermal shock, and it is claimed to exceed the norms.

Due to the compliance with ANSI 118.3, the new pre-mixed grout for tiles is also approved for commercial applications. According to the manufacturer, the system will be available in the late first quarter of 2020. Watch the video below to get a taste of this new release.

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AdhesivePlatform launches to serve the North American market

AdhesivePlatform connects the supply and demand of adhesives and sealants online globally, and now also locally through Glues domains. The first of the local extensions to go live is which is designed to serve the North American adhesives and sealants market.

At first focuses on four main categories which are tiles, transport, sustainability and packaging. The website offers free information on different glues and sealants used in these fields. Additionally, just like on AdhesivePlatform, a possibility to get in touch with adhesive and sealant manufacturers is offered. aims at improving adhesive and sealant sales works like AdhesivePlatform, only supply and demand of adhesives is connected locally focussing on the North American market. The local site falls under AdhesivePlatform, an independent, specialized and leading authority in the adhesives and sealants market. The same experienced team is behind the set up and functioning of contributing with their in-depth industry knowledge as well as experience in digital media, sales and strategy development.

Search engine optimized product campaigns targeted to end-users of adhesives and sealants are offered, and they can be tailored to the needs of the manufacturer. Based on the campaigns, data and sales lead reporting is provided together with end-user identification and validation. The overall goal of is to boost the adhesive and sealant sales in North America.

Further extensions to AdhesivePlatform

In 2020 AdhesivePlatform is further expanding its reach by launching more local websites that serve as means of connecting supply and demand of adhesives and sealants. Next to already launched, and are going to be launched in the near future.

Visit to find out what we can do for you in the North American adhesives and sealants market, or contact us for international enquiries by clicking on the button below.

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Boost in demand for 2K polysulfide sealants market

In 2018, the worth of the global polysulfide sealants market was over a billion dollars, and the market is still growing at a significant rate. In the period 2019-2029, sizable opportunities are expected, especially regarding 2 component polysulfide sealants which account for more than 70% of the consumption of global polysulfide sealants.

Polysulfide sealants for civil engineering & infrastructure grow fastest

The fastest growing segment of 2K polysulfide sealants is forecast to be civil engineering and infrastructure as well as commercial applications. These are expected to account for three quarters of the total volume. The applications include bridges, roads and tunnels as well as airports, ports, landfill construction and parking garages.

East Asia and mature markets dominate the growth

Geographically seen, the most growth in polysulfide sealants is likely to take place in East Asia which reportedly is a top-consuming market. Other geographical markets where the consumption of polysulfide sealants is expected to be high are the more mature ones: North America and Europe which together are projected to generate $200 million over the forecast period. Additionally, fast paced construction activities and developments in infrastructure in emerging markets such as China and India are likely to boost the demand for and growth of polysulfide sealants.

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Factors that encourage growth in wood furniture market

Global Insights, Inc. has recently published a research which shows that the wood furniture market is likely to reach US$ 580 billion by 2025. Increasing demand for branded and ready-made furniture is expected to have an impact on the wood furniture demand. Also, the fast expansion in the housing sector, caused by population and economic growth, foreign direct investment inflows and smart cities, is likely to boost the demand for furniture and positively affect the need for wood furniture.

Asia-Pacific dominates the market

The Asia-Pacific region currently dominates the market for wooden furniture: in 2018, the region accounted for more than 45% of the market share. China, India and Japan accounted for more than 75% of the regional share the same year. The reason for Asia-Pacific dominating the global market is rapid development of high rise buildings (commercial and residential). Consumers are also opting for high-quality products and different design options, which is affecting the demand for furniture in general.

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Tannic acid in adhesives researched by Purdue University

Currently, tannic acid is used in numerous sectors such as leather tannic, medical treatments, ink manufacture and as flavoring for some beverages. In the US, Purdue University has recently conducted research on the substance and concluded that tannic acid hardeners could provide adhesives, coatings and composite materials with beneficial properties. According to the researchers, the acid could also contribute to lower costs and process sustainability.

Contribution to adhesive sustainability

Tannic acid would be used as a hardener to the polymers in adhesives and coatings in order to allow for stability and rigidity in high temperature environments. The researchers report that using tannic acid hardeners would also reduce the material cost as well as add to the durability of adhesives, coatings and composite materials. At the same time, the environmental impact of adhesives, structural composites, insulating materials, coatings and electronic components which use epoxy polymer would be decreased.

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AdhesivePlatform visits Lijm Event 2019

The 6th edition of the Dutch high-tech glue and adhesive event, Lijm Event 2019, took place on the 1st of October in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Organized by Mikrocentrum, the event offered a unique opportunity to get to deepen insights of of the adhesive industry as a whole regarding adhesive systems, application machinery and equipment as well as system testing. Also AdhesivePlatform was present to broaden horizons.

Successful networking at Mikrocentrum

Lijm Event 2019 brought together companies, research institutions and other organizations that deal with adhesives in their daily operations. For us at AdhesivePlatform the event offered a great opportunity to deepen our knowledge on adhesives and everything around them. Also successful networking took place as contact was made with companies producing glues and adhesives for niche markets, manufacturing application equipment and specializing in surface preparation and pretreatment.

Interesting presentations by specialists in the industry

The main activity in Lijm Event 2019 were presentations held by organizations specializing in different niches within the adhesives industry. The opportunity was given to attend presentations such as gluing in challenging environments by Viba, importance of controlled application processes by Dopag/MeterMix and the concept of Glue 2.0 by ASML which emphasizes early supplier involvement as well as integrated training and certification within adhesives industry.

Summing up Lijm Event

All in all, Mikrocentrum´s Lijm Event 2019 was a great opportunity to look deeper into the high-tech adhesives market as well as products designed for special niches within. The event can certainly be recommended for all organization dealing with adhesives, high-tech innovations within the industry as well as industry research. The Lijm Event focuses mainly on BeNeLux but offers interesting opportunities also for internationally operating organizations.

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Lijm Event brings all aspects of industrial bonding together

It is time for the 6th edition of the Lijm Event! The event is organized by Dutch Mikrocentrum, and it focuses on industrial adhesive bonding. The event brings together distributors and manufacturers of industrial adhesive systems, research and educational institutions as well as surface treatment and material processing professionals. The event offers complete overview of pros and cons of industrial adhesive bonding.

Industrial adhesives are used in ever wider variety of applications. Therefore, it is crucial for the engineers to make the right choice of bonding system. If you are curious about which adhesive system is the best for your project, or want to know how industrial glues are processed, make sure to attend the Lijm Event on October 1st 2019!

Industrial adhesive bonding solutions become more and more important

For the past years industrial adhesive bonding has gained more ground in general and specific applications. This is not a wonder as adhesives make invisible bonds, speed up processes, are cheaper and easier to process than mechanical fasteners and effectively bond dissimilar materials. Especially in metal bonding applications adhesives prevent corrosion and can remarkable reduce the weight of the finished product.

However, to choose the most suitable adhesive for a specific application, one must be aware of all ins and outs of the product and process. At Lijm Event you have the chance to listen to professional speakers, discover the industrial adhesives and bonding processes as well as broaden your network.

Professional speakers and international exhibitors

The Lijm Event offers a unique opportunity to learn from the top players of the industry. Speakers from different organizations share their knowledge about a great variety of topics including adhesive durability testing, underwater gluing, importance of controlled adhesive application and many more hot topics of the moment.

Next to the speakers numerous international exhibitors are present in Lijm Event. These include Sika, Nordson and 3M, Mavom, Flanders Make and many more organization which activities are adhesive-related. During the event, the organizations give pitches and present their products and latest innovations in the areas of adhesives, industrial bonding and adhesive processing.

Get your tickets to Lijm Event and learn all about industrial adhesive bonding

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Lijm Event takes place in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, in the Mikrocentrum building.

In 2019, Lijm Event takes place on the 1st of October in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Get more information and purchase your tickets on Mikrocentrum’s website.

About the organizer Mikrocentrum

Mikrocentrum is a Dutch organization which offers assistance in increasing knowledge, expanding networks, improving business processes and strengthening competitive position of companies. Their key activities include training, events and business.

Mikrocentrum offers over 150 course titles at intermediate vocational, higher vocational and academic levels. They also organize nine large trade fairs annually focussing on product and company presentation, lectures and networking. Lijm Event is one of these big events.

High Tech Platform is maintained by Mikrocentrum, and it offers organizations the opportunity to gain more visibility and expand their commercial technology network. Currently High tech Platform has over 600 member companies.

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One-sticker-tells-all adhesive labels

The end of the traditional plastic tags, stakes and picks in the plant growing and selling industry is near. Thanks to the development of label printers, which allow for adhesive labels, and applicators driving them out of the market.

A significant shift is taking place towards the use of one-sticker-tells-all adhesive labels attached directly to pots, as opposed to using one or more labels pushed into the soil on spikes to identify different plants. As Advantage Label and Packaging informs, adhesive labels allowed for providing customers with naming, pricing and growing information, and could be easily applied to pots before mass planting began.

Reducing plastics opens new doors for adhesive labels

The labels market is currently challenged by need for high performance, sustainable products which encourages reduction of plastics. This move away from plastic not only relates to increasing customer concern about the environmental impact of the disposal of the traditional plastic spiked tags. It also streamlined the business, and cut the costs in terms of both the tags and the labour needed to tag individual plants.

abrasion resistance for packaging created by new resin

Silky feel and abrasion resistance developed by DSM

A new resin provides soft touch and abrasion resistance for packaging while decreasing the need for additives to create haptic properties. This new silky-feel resin has been developed by Royal DSM, Netherlands global-science company, and added to their Skins Silky family which consists of products that create silky feel for packaging.

AgiSyn 248 allows for wider range of end-user applications

AgiSyn 248 is the newest addition to the company´s Skins Silky soft resin range which allows for chemical and abrasion resistant packaging made of different materials. The new product brings exceptional soft touch and abrasion resistance for packaging and allows for an even wider range of end-user applications.

According to DSM, when combined with a matting agent and cured by UV light, the low viscosity water based resin, AgiSyn 348, results in a silky feel on screen overprint and flexographic varnishes which is generated within the resin´s own structure rather than created by additives. This resin could also be used in the adhesive film market.

snail slime inspires super strong adhesive

New super strong adhesive polymer discovered

PHEMA, the new super strong adhesive polymer was come across by researchers in the University of Pennsylvania. This polymer gets its inspiration from the nature: sticky snail trails and adhesion attributes of geckos. The researchers claim the adhesive can support weight equivalent to that of a suspended adult male, even when tiny amounts, size of a postage stamp, are used.

PHEMA has benefits beyond strength

The leader of the research team Shu Yang, a professor in both the Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Departments, says that the physical properties of PHEMA are similar to those of snail slime and geckos, especially when it comes to adhesion characteristics and reversibility. However, PHEMA is a step ahead by being able to carry heavy loads unlike nature’s own adhesives which are sufficient for carrying their own light weight.

According to Yang, PHEMA is an adhesive capable of sticking to wet and rubbery surfaces. It adheres well to vertical and horizontal surfaces due to the fact that it does not shrink when dry. The adhesive polymer allows for extremely strong bonds which can be easily reversed by wetting.

concrete sealant needed for a crack

New sealant for repairing concrete when the time is limited

Concrete surfaces are durable, but may occasionally suffer from splits, cracks and spalls affecting the safety and appearance of the surface. A new fast-drying sealant has been developed to quickly repair that kind of damage on concrete surfaces. The same product can also be used for securing threading and anchoring in concrete surfaces.

3M concrete sealant cures fast and can be painted

The concrete sealant is primarily suitable for use by contractors, but allows also for DIY projects. Developed by 3M, the flexible sealant expands while curing, and will neither shrink nor crack when applied to any depth. The sealant is self-leveling when slightly overfilled, and it cures in 5 minutes, can be sanded after 15 minutes after application and allows for painting within an hour.

3M reports that the concrete sealant is solvent-free and suitable for use in construction, shop floors, stairways and walkways. The product can be applied with a common caulking gun, which makes it accessible also for DIY projects.

grey specialty tapes

Specialty tapes likely to grow in emerging economies

The specialty tapes market is currently valued at $44.2 billion (2019), and projected to reach $59.3 billion in 2024 growing at a CAGR of 6.1%. Emerging markets such as China, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa are the areas where the growth is expected to be the fastest.

Growth for special adhesive tapes throughout industries

The demand for special adhesive tapes tapes is increasing especially in the healthcare and hygiene, automotive, electrical and electronics, white goods as well as building and construction industries. Some reasons behind the increase in demand are infrastructure development, awareness of hygiene products, increasing utilization of healthcare services and upgrading and development of electrical appliances. Therefore, many companies now focus on developing and manufacturing specialty tapes with properties such as heat and weather resistance.

Where the opportunities lay

The segment forecast to account for the largest market share between 2019 and 2024 is healthcare and hygiene, and PVC tapes are expected to be the fastest growing product segment. Geographically, the largest market in terms of volume and value is likely to remain Asia-Pacific as the region is experiencing strong growth due to R&D advancements in various industries.

Another trend that is likely to reach the specialty tapes market is biodegradable pressure sensitive adhesive. Tapes made with this adhesive are suitable for compostable packaging which is becoming a norm in the western world.

Specialty tapes in emerging economies

The specialty tapes market is expected to grow especially in emerging economies like China, Brazil, India, South Africa and Indonesia. However, more developed markets, including Germany, the US, Japan and the UK, will experience slow or no growth. China is likely to become the key contributor due to demand for heavy industries and consumer products.

truck lift world record with adhesive

Lifting 17,500 Kg truck with adhesive breaks the world record

The Guinness World Records has recently recognized a new truck lift world record. The previous record of 16.3 metric tons was surpassed by the new record: lifting a truck of 17.5 metric tons one meter from the ground by using 3 grams of adhesive.

DELO holds the new truck lift world record

The party to break the world record is adhesive manufacturer DELO which developed a super strong adhesive to go against the current record in truck lifting. The 17, 500 kg truck was lifted with a crane to a height of one meter and let hung in the air for an hour on a bonded aluminum cylinder with a radius of 3.5 cm corresponding to the diameter of a standard beverage can.

The record was witnessed not only by about 600 DELO employees, but also two local politicians and an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records were present. Taking the chance and breaking the record was an absolute team effort and a showcase of the extremes their adhesives can achieve, according to Sabine Herold, managing partner of DELO.

Special adhesive developed for the attempt

The heat resistant DELO MONOPOX is an adhesive specially developed for the attempt. It is a single component, heat curing epoxy adhesive. The adhesive´s epoxy resin gives the product its extreme strength making it and similar products ideal for use in automotive industry and mechanical engineering.

timber laminating adhesives used for glulam

Cross laminated timber & glulam becoming more popular

As wood is becoming ever more desired as a construction material, the demand for cross laminated timber (CLT) and glued laminated timber, better known as glulam, is growing. The cross laminated timber market is expected to grow a CAGR of 9.1% up until 2024. Similarly, the glulam market is likely to experience growth at a CAGR rate of 5.9% till 2025. Consequently, the adhesives used for laminating timber are gaining more market share.

Key drivers for growth in the timber laminating market

The reason behind the market growth is the growing desire to replace concrete and steel structures with wooden alternatives, as wood is a more sustainable building material, and does not compromise on strength. Besides being sustainable, wood is also lighter in weight than the alternatives, and cross laminated timber and glulam are stronger than solid wood.

The versatile uses of CLT and glulam

Cross laminated timber and glulam use a range of adhesives including melamine (urea) formaldehyde, phenol resorcinol formaldehyde and polyurethane based products. Engineered wood using these systems are suitable for use as load bearing structures and other beams in walls, floors, frames and roofs.

multilayer paper bag with packaging industry adhesive

performance and sustainability challenge packaging industry

The packaging industry has been experiencing significant growth having reached US$231 billion in 2018. Stimulated by the growth, the industry is facing several challenges for the future. Increasing consumer demand for more convenient, user-friendly food packaging, such as complex multilayer pouches, frozen food packaging ready to be reheated, and hot-fill packaging, drives the quest for new materials and designs, supported by unique adhesives that ensure product freshness, high performance, and regulatory compliance. Some of the newest innovations include compostable pressure sensitive adhesives and biobased heat seal solutions. The demand for high performace and increased sustainability has also encourage development a 100% biodegradable adhesive.

Suitable packaging adhesive is tested and approved

While many adhesive manufacturers claim their materials to be suitable for food packaging applications, the adhesive might simply meet the physical performance requirements for the package, while it has not been tested for the specific packaging application. The use of untested adhesives in packaging and labels can result in contamination, leading to widespread negative media attention, lawsuits, lasting public censure, and permanent damage to brand reputations. So, converters and brand owners must ensure that the adhesive selected is suitable for the application. Transparency should be incorporated into every aspect of a product’s development, including packaging. It is this collective concentration on safety and compliance that will result in competitive advantage and confidence throughout the value chain.

depositing adhesives on electronics with modular jet valve

Micro-depositing adhesives at a speed of 1000Hz

A recently launched modular jet valve is designed for dispensing precise and repeatable micro-deposits of sealants, adhesives and other liquids at high speed. The jet valve is said to keep up a continuous speed of 1000Hz and allow bursts up to 1500Hz.

Tiny adhesive deposits on any surface with modular jet valve

According to Nordson, their PICO Pulse is capable of delivering micro-deposits as tiny as 0.5nL. The jet valve is suitable for any surface and even performs in the most demanding areas such as substrates that are hard to reach or uneven. The precise dispensing results from variable stroke control. Changes in the production design are accomplished through the modular design of the jet valve.

Reduced downtime with the new jet valve

The valve´s modular design and latch-free mechanism enables fast servicing of the valve resulting in less downtime. Nordson reports also that downtime was shortened when replacing wetted parts which come into contact with medium under pressure. The jet valve can be used to dispense a broad selection of assembly fluids with different properties such as viscosity and movement of flow.

How it works

See below how jet dispensing compares to more conventional contact dispensing when applying adhesives and sealants.

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Industrial adhesives market expected to grow at CARG of 5%

Technavio has recently conducted a market study which projects strong growth for the industrial adhesives market at least till 2023. The market is expected to grow at a CARG of nearly 5%. The use of industrial adhesives by manufacturers is increasing due to the systems´unique properties and superior performance. They also lead to better operations in comparison with traditional mechanical fasteners and eliminate the risk of corrosion when joining dissimilar metals that have different galvanic potential.

Sustainability drives development of industrial adhesives

The growing interest and demand from emerging economies for low VOC and sustainable green adhesives has triggered the need for environmentally friendly industrial adhesives. This has resulted in industrial adhesives made of renewable and biobased raw materials. Some industrial adhesives manufacturers are completely committed to producing eco-friendly adhesives to deliver the greatest possible contribution to environmental health and safety.

Industrial adhesives challenged by oil prices

The industrial adhesives market is experiencing strong growth while at the same time being challenged by the price volatility of crude oil. The price volatility is likely to influence the raw material costs and could lead to higher prices for industrial adhesives. Especially in the emerging economies, the increase in price could result in reduced use of industrial adhesives.

MMA adhesives market demand increased by automotive industry

MMA adhesives market is growing

Due to the increasing use of methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesives in the automotive industry, the worldwide MMA adhesives market is experiencing significant growth. MMA adhesives play a key role in minimizing the weight of vehicles and also provide superior performance characteristics.

The global MMA adhesive market was valued at approximately $10.6 billion in 2018 and is projected to exceed $13.5 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 4.3%, according to a recent market study by TechSci Research.

Growth expected thanks to automotive industry

Metal is anticipated to dominate the automotive market in the coming years. However, composites are expected to be the fastest-growing substrate creating more demand to MMA adhesives. The demand for bonding composite materials is increasing – including bumpers, deflectors, roofs, blades, composite tanks, car seats, interior body panel structures, and instrument panels.

MMA adhesives market shifting towards Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region has risen as one of the leading producers and consumers of MMA adhesives. Economic shrinkage and saturation in both European and North American markets shifts demand to Asia-Pacific. Rising income levels, increasing domestic demand, and easy access to resources strengthen the leading role.

thermally conductive adhesive used in a heatsink heat exchanger

Thermally conductive 2K epoxy for heat generating parts

A new thermally conductive adhesive for bonding heat generating components in electronics assembly has recently been launched. This two part epoxy takes the bonding of items such as heatsink heat exchangers and LEDs up a level. Possible application methods include dual-syringes, mix-tips and automatic dispensing systems.

Technical data of the thermally conductive adhesive

This thermally conductive 2K epoxy is developed and launched by MG Chemicals. The adhesives measures 1.1W/(m. K) in thermal conductivity which works for 45 minutes. In room temperature, the curing takes place in 24 hours. However, if the temperature is raised to 65 C (149 F), the time span will be sped up to 2.5 hours.

The MG Chemical 8329TFM is a thixotropic adhesive which has good adherence to various substrates. Next to thermal conductivity, the adhesive also provides electric insulation, as well as is resistant to salt water, humidity, aliphatic hydrocarbons and mild bases. The shelf life of the smooth, grey adhesive exceeds three years.

adhesive film market present in automotive industry

5% CAGR expected in adhesive film market

Manufacturing activities from many adhesive film producers are shifting to emerging economies including China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. This is due to economic reasons such as easy availability of raw materials, low transportation costs, and less-stringent government regulations. These developments are expected to result in a CAGR of close to 5% from 2019-2023 for the global adhesive films market.

Increasing demand for adhesive films

Both the growth of the packing industry and the increasing adoption of lightweight vehicles will have a positive impact on the adhesive film market and significantly contribute to its growth. Growth of the adhesive films market will be generated by the emergence of India and China as manufacturing hubs for packaging, construction, automobile, and other industries.

Also, the increasing use of adhesive films as an alternative to fasteners in automobile components, including exterior body parts, axles, and suspension systems, drives this market growth. With the adoption of adhesive films as an alternative to fasteners,
the overall weight of vehicles is significantly reduced.

Adhesive films, in general, are known for their superior strength, durability, and chemical resistance. They also determine the haptic properties, the feel of a surface.

proper storage of epoxy adhesives leadingg to efficient product

Proper Storage of epoxy adhesives for efficiency

Epoxy adhesives are widely used throughout industries due to their many benefits. To ensure that the adhesives retain the benefits and their functionality, it is crucial to consider the product-specific storage requirements of each system.

Storage of one and two component epoxy adhesives

When storing one and two component epoxies, the product-specific requirements must be taken into account. However, for all epoxies, the storage area must be well-ventilated. Ideal storage temperature, in turn, varies per product. For example one part epoxies are usually stored between between 5°C and 10°C (40°F and 50°F), and they must be brought to ambient temperature prior to application. 2K epoxy adhesives, for their part, are generally stored in drier areas and higher temperatures, usually between 20°C – 25°C (68°F – 77°F).

An exception is premixed 2K epoxy which must be stored frozen, in -40°C (-40°F), to let it retain its functionality for 6 months. The premixed epoxy is melted prior to application and can neither be refrozen nor reused, as it cures in room temperature.

Other factors to consider with epoxy glues

To further improve the efficiency of epoxy based adhesives, it is important to be aware of the date of manufacture, and ensure product containers are closed properly with the correct lids. Also machinery and equipment should be thoroughly cleaned between products to avoid cross-contamination. Additional attention is required when storing flammable and hazardous materials.

two limos supported by automotive adhesives market

Increase in luxury vehicles brings growth to adhesives market

Not just the increasing, world-wide demand for electrified vehicles but also for luxury vans and buses will create a strong growth within the automotive adhesives market through 2023. Growth at a CAGR of more than 12% in the period 2019-2023 has been estimated by Technavio projects.

Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly introducing new luxury van models and upgrading existing successful ones. This is mainly due to an increase by fleet operators providing limo services for passengers, VIP´s and businesses. Also, more and more luxury buses are providing transport services. Bus lines and start-ups are using crowdsourcing and dynamic scheduling to attract new markets and increase market penetration. As the need for new vehicles is becoming greater, also the automotive adhesives market enjoys growth.

Adhesives needed for electric vehicles

Similarly, there is a significant increase in ‘’all-vehicles-electric’’: pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles. This is driven by increasing concerns regarding vehicular emissions which come with the use of fossil fuels. The fast growth, adoption and development of luxury electric vehicles will definitely have a positive spin-off towards the luxury vehicle market growth in 2019-2023. The growth in the electric vehicles market can directly be projected to growth expectations in adhesives for transport and vehicles.