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Advancing Adhesives: Reusable and Renewable Adhesive Mimics Geckos

Researchers have re-designed Geckskin with renewable materials.

Traditional adhesives, usually petroleum-based and often intended for a single use, present a sticky situation for sustainability. However, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have redesigned their Geckskin adhesive using renewable materials.


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Emerging Hot-Melt Technologies for Package and Container Sealing

New technology has eliminated many of the drawbacks of the previous generation of hot-melt adhesive equipment.

Package and container sealing is a key component of today’s complex manufacturing processes. Manufacturers require a system that quickly delivers consistently applied adhesive while fitting into streamlined packaging lines. Many companies turn to hot-melt adhesive delivery systems for their packaging needs.


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Advancing Adhesives: High-Performance Epoxy Paste for Aircraft Applications

A new structural adhesive for metal and composite aircraft parts reduces cure time and costs.

Primary and secondary structures that comprise modern aircraft are typically combinations of metals and lightweight carbon fiber- or glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites joined using high-performance adhesives.


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Market Trends: "Smart" Packaging on the Rise

Active and intelligent packaging demand is expected to grow 8% annually to 2017.

Demand for active and intelligent packaging in the U.S. is forecast to expand 8% annually to $3.5 billion in 2017, well above total packaging demand growth.


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Rollers for Adhesive and Coating Processes

The application of adhesives, sealants and coatings requires a range of specialized rollers with specific roll coverings, finishes, and temperature specifications

Industrial rollers are used in the manufacturing and processing of almost every material—from paper to coiled steel and plastic packaging to textiles.


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Focus On: Adhesive Suppliers and Manufacturers Make Strides in Serving the Packaging Sector

A key requirement of any leading adhesive company is not only to meet customers' needs but to predict them.

From the first recorded use of industrial adhesives during the time of the pharaohs in Egypt until today, our industry has had two consistent driving forces: the changing needs of the industries we serve, and the innovation necessary to meet those needs.


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Differential Release Liners Defined

Differential release liners often serve as critical components in the manufacture of tapes, fiber composite and medical materials.

Differential release liners play a critical role in the coated product supply chain and adhesives product development.


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Rubber-Based Hot-Melt Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

Rubber-based hot melts show great promise for a wide range of applications in both tapes and labels.

The choice of elastomers based on styrene block copolymer (SBC) technology for tapes and labels has traditionally been split between solvent and hot-melt systems.


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Nashville Welcomes the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council's Tape Summit 2014

Pressure-sensitive adhesive professionals from around the world will convene April 28-May 2 for this key tape industry event.

This spring, suppliers, manufacturers and other tape industry professionals will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., for the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) Tape Summit 2014.


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Advancing Adhesives: ExxonMobil Announces Major Tackifier Expansion

A new facility will provide the hot-melt adhesives industry with nearly double the global production of hydrogenated tackifier.

ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has announced plans to build what is reportedly the world’s largest hydrogenated tackifier manufacturing facility at its recently expanded petrochemical complex in Singapore.


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ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

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