The metal-containing oligomers described in this article have been shown to promote adhesion to metal and glass. It is anticipated that these products and products based on other metals will demonstrate high value performance, such as conductivity, high refractive index, anti-fungal properties, and more.
Worldwide, the adhesive and sealant market grew 3% in 2003 over 2002 in spite of the economic recession affecting industrialized markets in North America, Japan and Western Europe. The outlook for 2003-2006 projects the industrialized markets growing moderately at or near GDP, while many of the emerging markets will grow at 4-7% per year.
Ashland Distribution has developed a service-oriented system that has allowed it to become a leading distributor of brand-name chemicals, solvents and raw materials to the North American adhesives and sealants market.