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Weir Minerals launches new zero VOC adhesive range for rubber lining

Weir Minerals launches new zero VOC adhesive range for rubber lining


The LINATEX LOCTITE – LINA 88 solvent-free and zero VOC adhesive range, developed specifically for Linatex rubber products in partnership with Henkel, delivers best-in-class bond strength.

Weir Minerals, manufacturer of Linatex, the world’s leading brand of premium natural rubber, has partnered with world’s number one adhesive producer Henkel and its team of LOCTITE adhesive, sealant and coating specialists, to develop a mining industry-first solvent-free adhesive for rubber lining applications with zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs are carbon-based, organic chemicals that are often used in adhesives, paints and coatings. They are subject to strict regulations, with some governments aiming to limit worker exposure while others target large-scale emissions, such as the People’s Republic of China’s recent ban on the production and use of high VOC-containing solvent-based coatings and adhesives in order to improve air quality. Mining companies also target VOC emissions as part of their sustainability strategies.

Always striving to develop new solutions that meet the needs of their mining customers, in collaboration with Henkel, Weir Minerals developed the LINATEX LOCTITE – LINA 88 cold-bonding rubber adhesive range as a response to the growing need for safer and more sustainable products. Complementing the industry-leading Linatex rubber products, this breakthrough in adhesive technology reflects Weir’s core values of safety, sustainability and performance.

With new LINATEX LOCTITE – LINA 88 products, cutting down the VOC emissions does not mean having to compromise on performance. The custom-formulated LINATEX LOCTITE – LINA 88 rubber adhesive range sets a new industry benchmark for bond strength by exceeding the current British Standard by up to four times and is significantly stronger than other products presently used in mining.

“We’ve had many customers across the globe approach us to make sure that the products they use on site are safe for their employees working in confined spaces,” explains Mark Doyle, Global Product Manager – Linatex Rubber and Hose. “At Weir Minerals we take safety very seriously and looked at several possible solutions. Our team worked closely with the LOCTITE experts and developed an adhesive that is stronger than any other product in the market today with the double benefit of being solvent-free with zero VOCs. Coincidentally, many mine sites and even regional governments are now starting to mandate that only adhesives with zero VOCs be used on site – we are thrilled to say that we have a product that meets this challenge.”

The entire range is non-flammable and is therefore safer to use, easy to transport and does not require any special handling or storage facilities. It can also be sprayed over the top of the rubber lining to provide solid UV protection.

When combining the enhanced strength of the new LINATEX LOCTITE – LINA 88 adhesive range with the long wear life of Linatex premium rubber, the result is a highly sought-after sustainable solution for miners looking for long-lasting protection for their equipment.

The LINATEX LOCTITE – LINA 88 solvent-free adhesive range is available globally.

CCT Coating & Converting Technology is becoming part of the Swiss ATP Adhesive Systems Group

CCT Coating & Converting Technology is becoming part of the Swiss ATP Adhesive Systems Group


The US-based adhesive tape specialist CCT Coating & Converting Technologies Inc. is becoming part of the leading water-based specialty adhesive tapes manufacturer ATP Adhesive Systems Group based in Switzerland. The combination strengthens the market position of both companies and allows them to offer an even wider range of tailor-made solutions to their customers.
ATP Adhesive Systems Group is the pioneer and market leader in high-performance adhesive tapes, exclusively focusing on water-based technology for over 30 years. The Company serves a wide range of end markets, including construction, medical, mobility, electronic applications, and general industries, offering tailor-made solutions through its in-house R&D capabilities. ATP employs c. 400 staff in its production sites in Germany and the UK as well as in its headquarters and development centre in Switzerland.
CCT Coating & Converting Technologies Inc has established itself as a leading solution provider in the US mainly to clients in the healthcare sector with leading coating and converting capabilities of specialised adhesive tapes over the past 20 years. CCT’s founder Robert Dempsey as well as CEO Rich Hipp together with their team will continue to run the firm’s operations from their Philadelphia location.

Both firms’ mutual dedication to offer tailor-made solutions to its customers, coupled with ATP’s R&D and coating expertise as well as CCT’s long-established presence and reputation in the US market are highly complementary. The management teams of both companies expect to significantly increase their service offering especially to its US customers.

“We know Rob and CCT since many years and are delighted to welcome the entire CCT team to the ATP family. We have always viewed CCT as an outstanding platform and cannot wait to start working together. We will significantly invest into CCT’s operations to provide its North American customers with the best possible product. Our acquisition of CCT again highlights ATP’s strong ambition to expand internationally and further diversify its offering.” quote Daniel Heini, CEO ATP.
“I am very excited for CCT to become part of ATP – whose DNA is very similar to ours and focusses around offering the best solution to customers. Further having access to ATP’s leading adhesive technology and formulation know-how will enable us to establish CCT as one of the leading speciality adhesive tapes manufacturers in the US.” quote Rich Hipp, CEO CCT.

Family investor Bregal Unternehmerkapital has acquired ATP in 2019 and together with its management team is focussing on expanding the business globally.

Arkema acquires Ashland’s Performance Adhesives business

Arkema acquires Ashland’s Performance Adhesives business


With estimated sales of around US$ 360 million (1) and an estimated EBITDA at a very high level of around US$95 million (1) in 2021, Ashland offers a portfolio of high-performance adhesive solutions in high-value-added industrial applications.

With its large range of key technologies and well-known brands, Ashland Performance Adhesives is a key player in pressure-sensitive adhesives in the United States, operating in high-growth applications, in particular in decorative, protection, and signage films for automotive and buildings. Combined with Bostik’s and the Coating Solutions segment’s sustainable and high-performance solutions, its range will represent one of the most complete offerings in the pressure-sensitive adhesives sector.

Ashland also holds significant positions in structural adhesives in the United States, in particular in segments such as wood bonding for construction, composites and transportation. This will allow Bostik to complement its positions and to benefit from fast-growing demand driven by major sustainable trends.

“We are very happy and proud of this move. In a context of strong earnings growth following the recent divestment of PMMA and the start of the strategic review of Fluorogases, the acquisition of Ashland’s adhesives business is a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the Group’s presence in the US and to accelerate Bostik’s growth. With an excellent business which holds leading positions in many high-growth segments and a high level of profitability, this project fully aligns with the Group’s targeted acquisition strategy. Ashland’s adhesives will constitute a new technological platform for our adhesives and the synergies are particularly high given the geographical and application complementarities with Bostik and our Coating Solutions platform. The cultures of the teams are very close, focused on customer centricity and sustainable innovation. We look forward to welcoming Ashland’s high-caliber management team and to partner together for this highly value creative deal.”, stated Thierry Le Hénaff, the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Ashland Performance Adhesives offers a wide range of adhesives for flexible packaging, addressing the growing demand for more sustainable products. Thanks to Ashland’s positioning in North America, Bostik will complete its geographic presence in flexible lamination, becoming one of the world’s key players in this sector.

Ashland’s Performance Adhesives business, which employs approximately 330 people and operates 6 production plants, mainly in North America, has enjoyed sustained growth in recent years and has significant growth potential in Europe and Asia. Combined with Arkema’s global positioning, the excellent technological, geographic and commercial complementarities of this acquisition will enable Bostik to expand its offering and position itself as a major player in high-performance industrial adhesives.

This acquisition also allows upgrading the 2024 profitability target for Arkema’s Adhesive Solutions segment, which now aims for an EBITDA margin above 17%, among the very best in the industry, with sales of over €3 billion.

Ellsworth Adhesives introduces the new Fisnar FCG dispensing series

Ellsworth Adhesives introduces the new Fisnar FCG dispensing series


Ellsworth Adhesives introduces FCG series Pneumatic Caulk Tube and Cartridge Dispensers . Fisnar FCG-300 Pneumatic Caulk Tube Dispenser is a lightweight, durable caulking tool designed for industrial sealing and assembly applications. It produces consistent dots and beads and is compatible with standard plastic 1/10th gallon (300 to 310 mL) caulking-style cartridge systems.

It includes a screw cap design for product safety and a quick exhaust system to reduce drooling.

Chemours joins Hydrogen Europe in support of the transition to a Global Hydrogen Economy

Chemours joins Hydrogen Europe in support of the transition to a Global Hydrogen Economy


The Chemours Company (Chemours), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialised Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials, and chemical solutions, recently announced it has joined Hydrogen Europe, the leading European association working to advance fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technologies. Chemours joins Hydrogen Europe’s membership at a crucial time when investment in green hydrogen production.

Chemours is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions.

Guided by its own ambitious goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Chemours offers a variety of products that support the fight against climate change and expanded use of green hydrogen, including its Nafion proton exchange membranes (PEM) which are at the centre of the hydrogen economy. Known for unparalleled performance and durability, Nafion membranes and dispersions enable the scalable production of hydrogen through water electrolysis and the use of hydrogen as a fuel source in heavy-duty transport, passenger vehicles, and material handling.

“Chemours’ chemistry is critical to powering progress as the world looks to decarbonise and we believe that green hydrogen will play an important role in a cleaner, greener energy future,” said Randal King, Ph.D. and Vice President of Technology, Advanced Performance Materials at Chemours. “Hydrogen Europe opens doors for us to collaborate and contribute to solutions that positively impact the global community. We look forward to bringing Nafion™ PEMs to a broader base of applications and mobilising more people, communities, and industries in the movement to establish hydrogen as a preferred solution in clean energy.”

Chemours’ approach to safe, responsible manufacturing and commitment to creating value for customers and stakeholders through the reliable delivery of high-quality products and services has received positive responses from European customers. Now as a member of Hydrogen Europe, Chemours joins more than 200 companies working to advance the goals of the hydrogen and fuel cells industry in Europe and influence global efforts to enable a zero-emission society.

North America adhesives and sealants market to hit USD 19.35 billion by 2028

North America adhesives and sealants market to hit USD 19.35 billion by 2028


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According to a report by Fortune Business Insights, North America Adhesives and Sealants Market size is expected to gain momentum by reaching USD 19.35 billion by 2028, while exhibiting a CAGR of 4.2 % between 2021 to 2028. In its report titled “North America Adhesives and Sealants Market, 2021-2028,” Fortune Business Insights mentions that the market stood at USD 14.00 billion in 2020.

The availability of sustainable and greener adhesives positively promotes its market since it is safe for people’s health and the environment. The increasing consumption of such products reduces the carbon footprint and contributes to the overall sustainability in different packaging applications, such as bottle labelling, paper lamination, and carton sealing. Moreover, water-based adhesives, such as animal glue and LD Davis, are extremely safe for food packaging. These water-based adhesives are made of gelatins that are used in the pharma industry to make capsules. Thus, the market is expected to rise during the foreseeable years.

COVID-19 Impact

The pandemic has caused irregularity in supply and demand. Manufacturers faced loss, as there was a decline in refurbishment and renovation activities during the outbreak. Construction and automotive business were halted due to the unavailability of the working force and lack of raw materials. However, the market is expected to regain its momentum during the forecast period, as many nations can curb the spread of the virus.

Top companies covered in North America adhesives and sealants market report are Henkel Corporation (Düsseldorf, Germany), Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland), H.B. Fuller Company (Minnesota, U.S.), Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany), RPM International Inc. (Ohio, U.S.), Dow (Michigan, U.S.), Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany), Arkema (Colombes, France), Pecora (Pennsylvania, U.S.), Momentive (New York, U.S.), MBCC Group (Mannheim, Germany), PPG Industries (Pennsylvania, U.S.), The Sherwin-Williams Company (Ohio, U.S.) and other key players profiled.

CCT introduces a new digital product selector for its specialty tapes

CCT introduces a new digital product selector for its specialty tapes


CCT (Coating and Converting Technologies) launches a new digital product selector that makes it simple to search the company’s catalogue of specialty tapes. It saves time when obtaining quotes and samples. Adhesive chemistry, tape construction, coat weight, carrier/face stocks, release liners, substrates, unique characteristics, and tape thickness can all be used to narrow down your search.

CCT is an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer of high-performance tapes for a wide range of market applications.

The brand uses acrylic, synthetic rubber adhesives, a wide range of foams, films, and other substrates.

TotalEnergies launches phase 4 on the giant Mero field development in Brazil

TotalEnergies launches phase 4 on the giant Mero field development in Brazil


TotalEnergies and its partners have taken the investment decision for the fourth phase of the Mero project (Libra block), located deep offshore, 180km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in the prolific pre-salt area of the Santos Basin.

The Mero 4 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit will have a liquid treatment capacity of 180,000 barrels per day and is expected to start up by 2025. It follows investment decisions for Mero 1 (startup expected in 2022), Mero 2 (startup expected in 2023) and Mero 3 (startup expected in 2024) FPSOs. All of them have a liquid processing capacity of 180,000 barrels per day.

“The decision to launch Mero 4 marks the last milestone in the large-scale development of the Mero oil resources. This giant project is in line with TotalEnergies’ growth strategy in Brazil which is to produce oil at a competitive cost out of world class fields while limiting CO₂ emissions to a strict minimum”, said Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at TotalEnergies.

The Mero field has been in pre-production since 2017 with the 50,000-barrel-per-day Pioneiro de Libra FPSO. The Libra Consortium is operated by Petrobras (40%) as part of an international partnership including TotalEnergies (20%), Shell Brasil (20%), CNOOC Limited (10%) and CNPC (10%). Pre-Sal Petróleo (PPSA) manages the Libra Production Sharing Contract.

TotalEnergies has been present in Brazil for over 40 years and has more than 3,000 employees in the country. The company operates in all segments of the country: exploration and production, gas, renewable energies, lubricants, chemicals, and distribution.

Bostik is ranked third in the glue and adhesives industry

Bostik is ranked third in the glue and adhesives industry


Six years after being acquired by Arkema, Bostik, the group’s adhesive solutions company, is quickly expanding. Bostik is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of glues and adhesives.

Arkema announced this news on their LinkedIn page.

Fernando Accioly Menezes, strategy director at Bostik, says: “Our subsidiary is increasing buyouts to expand its solutions portfolio and regional coverage. Bostik has just completed its 11th acquisition in five years with the American company Edge Adhesives, Inc. Texas buyout.”

“An effective policy of growth through acquisitions: Bostik currently represents nearly 26% of our turnover,” Menezes further adds.

All you need to know about hot melt safety!

All you need to know about hot melt safety!


The following are excerpts from the blog by Aaron Plumley, Applications Engineer, Technical Service, H.B. Fuller.

Workplace fatalities totalled 5,333 in 2019—a two-per cent increase over 2018. The number of preventable, non-fatal workplace injuries is exceedingly higher. To prevent injuries in the workplace, implementing safety protocols and following best practices for workplace safety is imperative to the success of businesses, the safety of workers, and the continued push for safer working conditions. Hot melt adhesives are no exception to other hazards in the workplace and require special care to handle safely.

The chemical components of hot melts include polymers, plasticizers, tackifiers, and antioxidants, each tailoring properties of the product to ensure high bond strength under varying temperature and operational conditions.

With new developments in hot melt adhesives, the products should boost the efficiency of manufacturing and the value of the products created using hot melt adhesives. This opens the doors for these products to meet new regulations for safety and sustainability in these applications.

Advances in the chemical composition enable the hot melt products to resist bond failure at a spectrum of temperatures, be compatible with a variety of substrates, reduce waste, decrease downtime in production, and gain more mileage out of the amount of product used. An increasing focus on sustainability has also improved the environmental friendliness of hot melts both in the hot melt products themselves and the processes necessary to use them effectively and safely.

Hot melt adhesives, most commonly used in package sealing and bookbinding, require special care to avoid serious burns that result in slower line productions and downtime for workers who experience injury.

Although hot melt adhesive is harmless as a raw, unheated thermoplastic, to be functional, a great degree of heat must be added to transform the material into a molten form, which is typically applied at 350oF. Accordingly, workers need to take the utmost care and follow strict guidelines to handle hot melt products safely.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) at a minimum includes goggles with side guards and gloves with strong resistance to high temperatures.

One big step towards promoting ideal hot melt safety conditions is regular maintenance of the equipment workers use to apply hot melt products.

Tanks for hot melt materials should be filled to three-quarters of the capacity to ensure the hot melt machines perform best and achieve the appropriate temperature for application. To fill the tanks with minimal risk, scoops should be used to avoid contamination, reduce splashing, and prevent spills.

Any molten hot melt that comes into contact with the surface of the skin should be treated quickly. Do not attempt to wipe the hot melt off the affected area. Instead, run cool water over the exposed surface of the skin and wrap it with a cool bandage and seek medical attention immediately.

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