This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants and coatings news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week on our website, as well as our eNewsletter and social media platforms.
Strong growth in construction activity will underpin advances, driven by increased urbanization and infrastructure improvements in developing countries.
April 1, 2016
Global demand for adhesives and sealants is forecast to rise 4.5% per year through 2019 to 20.2 million metric tons, valued at $64 billion. Strong growth in construction activity will underpin advances, driven by increased urbanization and infrastructure improvements in developing countries, combined with rebounding construction spending in Western Europe and the U.S.
In my 30 years as a senior materials engineering manager with Navistar International, a truck and engine OEM, conventional automotive and truck body manufacturing plants predominantly used 1K epoxy structural adhesives due to their superior bonding performance and manufacturing-friendly properties.
Henkel adhesives secure fasteners and strengthen interference fits in snowmobiles used for competitive racing.
March 1, 2016
Competitive snowmobilers, snocross racers, and XGames athletes usePolaris Industries Inc. snowmobiles to help them dominate in extreme events such as racing, long-distance jumping, and freestyle competitions that involve dangerous backflips and extensions.
Scientists and engineers have long used biomimicry as a way to find solutions to today’s problems in nature. For example, studying shark skin has led to new materials that bacteria cannot attach to, birds and bats have inspired aircraft design, and investigating plant leaves has resulted in light absorption efficiency innovations in solar panels.