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The only dedicated Adhesives, Sealants & Bonding Expo for MEA region

The only dedicated Adhesives, Sealants & Bonding Expo for MEA region

 

Organised by Media Fusion and Crain, the Adhesives, Sealants and Bonding Expo is the only dedicated exhibition for this niche industry in the Middle East and Africa region. The trade show will take place from 26 – 28 October 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre, running alongside Middle East Foam & Polyurethane Expo and Sleep Expo Middle East. The exhibitions are designed to deliver a comprehensive event under one roof, providing visitors with opportunities to network and source products, offering a diverse platform for professionals in the adhesives, sealants and bonding, foam & polyurethane, and sleep industries.

As the first dedicated expo and conference in the Middle East and Africa region, ASB Expo will bring together the best in the industry, highlighting the latest technology, products and solutions in the international adhesives, sealants and bonding sector, and offering a platform to discuss industry trends with manufactures from around the world. The three-day show targets industries such as automotive, construction, medical, packaging, electronics, aerospace & defence and other related segments.

Taher Patrawala, Managing Director at Media Fusion Exhibitions (MFX) said: “Considering the critical role adhesives, sealants and bonding solutions play in all major industries in the fast-developing MEA region, the only dedicated ASB Expo in the region will play a vital role in supporting the needs of companies across sectors. The event offers a great opportunity for ASB and related sectors to source the latest products and technologies, and also enables them to explore new business opportunities at the regional and international level.”

The Adhesives & Bonding Conference, which will be held alongside ASB Expo, will focus on the latest in smart and sustainable adhesives. The knowledge sharing platform will attract industry leaders from the international arena to discuss market trends, solutions, challenges, and opportunities in the sector, providing significant insights into issues that impact the industry. More information is available at: www.asbexpo.com

VDM Metals adopts Henkel’s nitric acid-free pickling process

VDM Metals adopts Henkel’s nitric acid-free pickling process

 


VDM Metals Group, a German manufacturer of nickel alloys and special stainless steels, has adopted Henkel’s nitric acid (HNO3) free Bonderite C-CP (“Cleanox”) pickling process for dedicated wire products. The Bonderite C-CP product range answers market requirements within the metals industry to significantly increase the sustainability value of their production processes, said Henkel. The Cleanox technology has already been in use in multiple industries globally, and is said to be suitable for all stainless steel grades and can be used in multiple applications. VDM Metals is using Henkel’s Cleanox technology to pickle rolled wire of high-alloyed materials in order to ensure the compliance with NOx limits.

“Customers such as VDM Metals have been benefiting from competitive production costs, whilst realising a significant contribution to both ecological improvement and production safety. Together with our chemical and electric pickling, paired with our equipment to automatically control and dose chemicals, we are able to offer a systematic package to customers who are focused on increasing their sustainability,” said Bjoern Lorenz, Sales Manager Metal Coil at Henkel for Western Europe.

There are challenges around common mixed acid pickling systems, due to the use of nitric acid. Henkel´s Bonderite C-CP overcomes various environmental and cost hurdles with the latest in its line of nitric acid-free cleaning technologies, as per the press statement. “Our adoption of Bonderite C-CP has allowed us to optimise the pickling process. Henkel´s advice on how to manage the process and optimise the consumption was the base of the flawless change from mixed acids to the Bonderite technology. The problem of nitrate loads has been clearly mitigated. Meanwhile the process works without any problem, the new pickling procedure is well established,” said Olaf Kazmierski, SVP of Production at VDM Metals.

The latest innovation in the Cleanox range is the deployment of acid recovery acid machines that make the technology even more cost effective and sustainable. This equipment is offered by Henkel to fulfill multiple purposes, but primarily to further reduce any sludge remaining in the production system, as well as for the recycling of used Bonderite C-CP products, according to the press release.

H.B. Fuller joins Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network

H.B. Fuller joins Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network

 


H.B. Fuller, the leading global adhesive company, announced it is now a certified member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier (APASS) network.

“As a member of the APASS network, we will be able to use our broad market experience to help companies implement e-commerce solutions that utilise adhesives and tapes,” said Tania Montesi, e-commerce Business Development Manager. “We are committed to assisting customers in the creation of solutions that solve some of the biggest challenges in e-commerce packaging, including easy opening, closing and return applications. Our team offers innovative solutions in easy opening tapes, double-sided closing tapes, and end of line closing hot melt adhesives that make our APASS membership an important part of our growth in the e-commerce market.”

Amazon launched the APASS programme in 2018 to support vendors, sellers, and manufacturers in certifying their products as Prep-Free Packaging (PFP), Ships-in-Own Container (SIOC) and Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP). These certification guidelines for packaging reduce packing times, packaging waste, risk of damage, and difficult unboxing experiences. As a certified Amazon supplier, H.B. Fuller said it can support Amazon packaging suppliers qualify for all three tiers by meeting the APASS guidelines.

BASF Construction Chemicals business now forms MBCC Group

BASF Construction Chemicals business now forms MBCC Group

 


BASF recently closed the divestiture of its Construction Chemicals business to an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm. The purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis is €3.17 billion, as per the press release. The Construction Chemicals business now forms the newly founded MBCC Group, headquartered in Mannheim, Germany.

“Lone Star has been a professional partner in this transaction and is committed to the future success of the business,” said Saori Dubourg, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “We highly appreciate the tremendous efforts to realise the carve-out and close the deal in such a fast and decisive manner. We wish the Construction Chemicals team much success for the future.”

The divestment of the assets and liabilities of the Construction Chemicals business and the related disposal gain will be reflected in BASF’s financial reporting in the fourth quarter of 2020. Payments received in the context of the transaction until September 30 will be included in cash flows from investing activities in the Q3 2020 statement of cash flows, said the company. On December 21, 2019, BASF and an affiliate of Lone Star had signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of BASF’s Construction Chemicals business. With around 7,500 employees, the Construction Chemicals business operates production sites and sales offices in more than 60 countries and generated sales of about €2.6 billion in 2019.

HumiSeal introduces Vivid Cure range of display bonding adhesives

HumiSeal introduces Vivid Cure range of display bonding adhesives

 


HumiSeal announced the introduction of their complete line of liquid, optically clear adhesives (LOCA). LOCA materials provide enhanced optical properties and improved durability of optical devices and displays. These products are specifically formulated for those industries which require rigorous performance standards – wireless communications, automotive displays, medical devices, and aerospace and avionic controls among others.

HumiSeal Vivid Cure UV6041 and UV7041 have been rigorously tested to the latest industry standards, said the company. Properties include ultra-low shrinkage, superior and variable light transmission properties, resistance to discoloration, and resistance to both thermal and mechanical damage. LOCA products are cured to final properties using safe and efficient UVA or visible light. According to the press release, these products are 100 percent VOC free, with limited concerns regarding environmental or industrial hygiene impacts. They have been designed for high volume production environments, with very short cycle times combined with limited energy demands. The Vivid Cure product line also includes ancillary products such as edge sealants, and the company says it is compliant with REACH, ROHS, and GB33372-2020 standards.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the optical display industry access to our expanding line of technically enabling assembly adhesives. Our highly collaborative HumiSeal polymer scientists, engineers, and application specialists stand prepared to discuss the details of your specific needs to help provide solutions to your most demanding of challenges,” said Keith Waryold, Vice President – Adhesives Sealants and Additives.

Pidilite acquires Huntsman Group’s Indian subsidiary for INR2,100 crore

Pidilite acquires Huntsman Group’s Indian subsidiary for INR2,100 crore

 


Pidilite Industries Ltd has signed a definitive agreement with Huntsman Group (USA) to acquire 100 percent stake in one of its subsidiaries in India, Huntsman Advanced Materials Solutions Private Ltd (HAMSPL). The company’s board approved this at its meeting on 28 October. This is for a cash consideration of approximately INR2,100 crore, excluding customary working capital and other adjustments, subject to certain preconditions being met prior to the closing of the transaction.

HAMSPL manufactures and sells adhesives, sealants and other products under well-known brands such as Araldite, Araldite Karpenter and Araseal in India. In 2019, the company’s business revenue was approximately INR400 Cr. In addition to the Indian Sub-Continent business, the acquisition includes a Trademark licence for Middle East, Africa and ASEAN countries, said Pidilite in a statement.

Under the deal, Huntsman will receive approximately 90 percent of the cash consideration at closing and balance approximately 10 percent under an earnout within 18 months if the business achieves sales revenue in line with 2019.

“Araldite is an iconic brand and a market leader in Epoxy Adhesives in India. We are thankful for all the support extended by the Huntsman group and we are confident that our association will remain strong going forward as well,” said Apurva Parekh, Executive Director, Pidilite Industries Limited.

“With this acquisition, Araldite will add to the already very strong portfolio of Pidilite’s adhesive and sealant brands and will complement our retail portfolio,” said Bharat Puri, Managing Director, Pidilite Industries.

Bostik launches KIZEN™ for consumer goods packaging in MEA region

Bostik launches KIZEN™ for consumer goods packaging in MEA region

 


Bostik has announced the launch of KIZEN™ for consumer goods packaging in the MEA region. A leading global adhesive manufacturer in applications such as cardboard manufacturing and converting, flexible lamination and labels, Bostik is a recognised expert in food and consumer goods packaging.

With KIZEN™, it’s next generation hot melt adhesive range for cardboard box and case sealing, Bostik offers comfort to consumer goods manufacturers, and confirms their ambition to set new standards in packaging adhesives, said the company.

“A look at the existing hot melt adhesive landscape from the industrial user’s perspective was the actual trigger for the KIZEN™ R&D programme,” said Pascal Peroni, Global Market Director – Consumer Goods & Paper, Advanced Packaging. “Customers made it clear and simple: they need a glue that closes boxes in a faster, cleaner way, that allows full line automation, and that is compatible with their current equipment.”

Bostik researchers benefitted from established synergies with Arkema. They have leveraged the group’s unique expertise in polymers to develop the next generation of hot melt adhesives for cardboard packaging. KIZEN™ is a water-white hot melt adhesive, in the form of round and flat pellets. Fed into the packaging line’s melting equipment either manually or with a vacuum system, thanks to its free flowing properties, the adhesive will generate clean adhesive beads and dots for reliable box closing, while allowing reduction in adhesive consumption, according to the statement.

Using KIZEN™, equipment stays clean and running, avoiding the carbonization effect which can result in fumes and bad odours, costly nozzle clogging, and ultimately packaging line stops. The adhesive can be used on all equipment and does not require specific investment or heavy conversion, said Bostik. KIZEN™ is a full product range addressing all the specific constraints of consumer goods packaging: from deep-freeze environments to hot climates, very high-speed processes, the bonding of cardboard materials that are very difficult to adhere to, as well as low adhesive-melting temperatures for energy saving. There is a KIZEN™ for each industrial need.

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Henkel launches EPIX technology platform in Europe

Henkel launches EPIX technology platform in Europe

 


Henkel introduced its EPIX technology platform in the European market. Consumer demand for alternative materials in everyday single-use items is growing. Functionality plays a key role here, as these materials, such as paper, are expected to have the same performance as their conventional counterparts. After its successful launch in the United States, Henkel Adhesive Technologies announced it is now bringing to the European market its new product technology platform that helps make paper a viable alternative to plastics and other single-use materials.

EPIX comprises a portfolio of materials and chemistries that enhance paper by expanding its functionality to give paper products added properties such as barrier protection, thermal insulation and impact resistance. EPIX technology can enhance the paper experience for paper cups, containers and eCommerce packaging, as per the press release.

The platform allows the brands to protect their paper-based packages from water, and grease intrusion by providing better barrier protection. EPIX makes paper a viable alternative to plastic for popular disposable, on-the-go products such as paper straws, paper cups and food trays.

The technology also enables paper to provide thermal insulation as in the case of takeaway beverage cups. It helps double-walled cups to provide greater temperature resistance for hot or cold beverages.

EPIX technology aids in improving paper mailers to deliver flexible, form-fitting and lower profile packaging options. This technology has already been launched with a major eCommerce player in North America and EPIX mailers are certified as recyclable by How2Recycle in the U.S. and OPRL in the UK.

“We are committed to advancing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions that contribute to a circular economy, and we see the opportunity to make a true impact in the growing markets of eCommerce deliveries and convenience packaging,” said Tilo Quink, Head of Packaging Adhesives at Henkel. “We understand consumers’ desire for functional paper products that are a reliable alternative to traditional materials and are looking forward to introducing this to the European market.”

ASC announces winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards

ASC announces winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards

 


The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) held its 4th annual Innovation Awards at the ASC 2020 Fall Virtual Convention November 4-6, 2020. The Innovation awards recognises the top three innovations from the adhesive and sealant industry. Independent judges reviewed the following categories and weightings as part of their review process: Science and Innovation (30%); Applicability & Impact (10%); Impact of the Technology Relative to the State of the Art (30%); Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities (20%); Significant Milestone (10%).

ASC judges reviewed submittal packages and the following were declared winners of the 2020 awards:

The primary award was presented to Brian K. Rearick, Ph.D. Research Manager – Global Application Research Lab at PPG. The Development from PPG was entitled “High Strength, Highly Ductile Structural Adhesive PR 2930,” which is a solution for a structural adhesive technology with an unprecedented combination of strength and elongation in response to U.S. Army requests for disruptive adhesives capable of meeting armor technology needs.

The 1st Runner Up went to H.B. Fuller with a development called “HBF -Ködispace 4SG, The superior warm edge spacer system reactive thermoplastic spacer (TPS) for use in insulating glass.”

The 2nd runner up went to Wacker for a development titled “GENIOSIL XB 502 Silane-Modified Polymers for High-Performance Adhesives for use with strong bonding adhesives.”

“We were pleased with the quality of the 30+ submittals for the 4th annual programme in which we recognised unique developments for our industry,” indicated Steve Duren, ASC Managing Director, and lead for developing the Innovation Awards. “We will improve and sharpen our programme for 2021. Thank you to all that submitted in 2020 and the ASC Membership Committee for developing the programme. Congratulations to H.B. Fuller and Wacker as runners up and PPG as our 1st place winner for the 2020 best innovations.”

Wacker announces investment in new production line for silicone specialties at Nünchritz site

Wacker announces investment in new production line for silicone specialties at Nünchritz site

 


The Munich-based chemical company Wacker announced that it will begin construction on a new production line for silane-terminated polymers at its site in Nünchritz, Germany, this year. Such hybrid polymers are used as binders for formulating high-quality adhesives and sealants, liquid waterproofing systems and environmentally friendly wood-flooring adhesives, among other applications. The investment budgeted for the construction project is in the mid double-digit million range. The production line will go onstream in 2022. The company intends to significantly expand its production capacities for hybrid polymers and to further strengthen its focus on specialty chemical products with this investment. As per the press release, the company’s hybrid-polymer business has experienced robust growth and Wacker is now among the largest manufacturers of silane-terminated binders for adhesives and sealants.

“Given the obvious rise in demand for such products, expanding our production capacity for hybrid polymers was a logical decision,” said Executive Board member Auguste Willems. The location for the capacity expansion is said to have been selected on the basis of market access, availability of critical raw materials and production technology aspects. “We have the space for a fully integrated production line in Nünchritz, which we could even expand, should the need arise,” noted Willems.

Hybrid polymers rank among the most important growth fields for Wacker Silicones at present. “Our innovative alpha-technology based silanes are used in the manufacturing process,” said Robert Gnann who heads the company’s silicones business division. “Hybrid polymers have a unique property profile. That’s why they are used for formulating particularly high-quality and high-performance adhesives and sealants. WACKER has established a unique selling point worldwide with its alpha-silane technology.”

Silane-modified polymers enable the manufacture of environmentally friendly adhesives. “The sustainability aspect is steadily gaining traction with the formulation of adhesives and sealants as well. This is what attracts manufacturers and customers alike,” commented Gnann. “The alpha-silane technology allows us to develop customised binders for an exceptionally wide variety of adhesives and applications. Demand for these kinds of adhesives will continue to increase in the coming years.”