Raw Materials and Chemicals

Shale Gas Impact on Tackifier Feedstocks

Due to the volatility of the raw material market, adhesive and sealant manufacturers must maintain awareness of industry and pricing trends.
By Aman Arora
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With the advent of shale gas, the U.S. petrochemical industry has witnessed a significant shift in feedstock from naphtha to natural gas (ethane).


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Advancing Adhesives: Formulating Sealants that Retain Adhesion to Concrete in Wet Conditions

A new prepolymer-based sealant provides improved adhesion to concrete under wet conditions without a primer.
By Bruce Barbera, Misty Huang, and Vikram Kumar
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Concrete is one of the basic materials used to build our modern world, with applications in civil, commercial and residential constructions.


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Case Study: Keeping Odor and Flames at Bay with VAE Dispersions

New VAE dispersions have been developed for low-emission carpet applications.
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The choice of binders plays a key role in many applications and industries. Binders based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers (VAE) have traditionally only been seen as a niche product, specifically in the carpet industry.
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Advancing Adhesives: Bio-Based Polyols for High-Performance Polyurethane Adhesives

Bio-based adhesive solutions can promote moisture protection and flexibility in a variety of applications.
By Eric Brouwer and Angela Smits
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The world’s growing population and wealth, combined with raw materials scarcity, influence the adhesives market. Manufacturers are searching for bio-based solutions in order to reduce reliability on scarce raw materials and improve the carbon footprint of their products.


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IP in Depth: Compact Prosecution

Compact prosecution was originally conceived to speed up examination, shorten pendency and increase efficiency of patent prosecution.
By Michael Gzybowski
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The concept of “compact prosecution” was introduced in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the 1960s.


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Q&A About Polyurethane: Increasing Market Requests for Sustainable Adhesives

How is the adhesive industry addressing market requests for increased sustainability?
By Dr. Jeffrey F. Dormish and Heinz-Werner Lucas
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Researchers have identified a number of global trends that will have an impact on the adhesive business. One major trend is to use energy more efficiently—both to protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions and from a basic cost-of-energy standpoint.


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Strategic Solutions: Selling Green

Companies need to tell the whole story when they are marketing "green" product attributes.
By James (Jim) E. Swope
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Green, bio-based, renewable, eco-friendly—no matter which label we attach, the current marketing buzz is about environmentally conscious products.


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Regulatory Review: TSCA Reform - Can the Senate Get There in 2014?

TSCA reform seems to be at a legislative crossroads this spring.
By Mark Collatz
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About this time last spring, the U.S. Senate actually appeared on the brink of tackling reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


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Ferro First Quarter Sales Fall

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Ferro Corp. recently reported net sales of $392 million in the first quarter of 2014, vs. net sales of $418 million in the first quarter last year.
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HORN Expands Partnership with BASF

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HORN recently announced it has expanded its distribution partnership with BASF in the western U.S.
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