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Market Trends: Developing Regions Drive Global Adhesives and Sealants Demand

Developed regions including Europe, Japan and the U.S. have long represented major markets for adhesives.
July 1, 2013

Developed regions including Europe, Japan, and the U.S. have long represented major markets for adhesives.


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Focus On: Domestic Expansion

The company expects to add 106 jobs over the next two years to the Houston Bay area.
July 1, 2013

Kuraray recently broke ground on its greenfield Kuraray Poval (polyvinyl alcohol) plant in La Porte, Texas. This new plant will reportedly add to Kuraray’s portfolio of manufacturing in the U.S., including ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVAL) and co-block thermoplastic elastomers (SEPTON). Kuraray’s Poval plant will have a production capacity of over 40,000 tons in its first phase.


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Strategic Solutions: Macro Outlook for Adhesives and Sealants

For 2013, ChemQuest expects volume to increase slightly.
July 1, 2013

Current government austerity policies in the U.S. and Europe appear to be lowering GDP through reduced government spending and increased taxes. At the same time, central banks in developed countries around the world continue efforts to boost economic growth with unprecedented accommodative monetary policies.


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Formaldehyde and Health Risks

Negative health effects caused by formaldehyde can be avoided through safe ventilation practices and detection instruments.
July 1, 2013

Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used to manufacture building materials and various household products. Formaldehyde resin is an adhesive commonly used in woodworking, especially in veneer and lamination work. It is known for open working time, rigidity and moisture resistance.


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Low-Volatile Pure Monomer Resins

Several new low-volatile pure monomer resins with varying softening points have been developed in response to general demand for low-VOC raw materials.
July 1, 2013

Pure monomer resins (PMRs) are produced from pure aromatic monomer streams, especially styrene and alkyl styrene derivatives.


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Toughening Epoxy Adhesives

The addition of a polyurethane segment into the epoxy polymer improves strength and heat resistance for commercial epoxy adhesives.
July 1, 2013

Due to their different physical properties, epoxy adhesives and polyurethane adhesives are sold into different segments of the adhesives market.


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Open for Business: Taking Advantage of Economic Development Incentives

Companies can use economic development incentives to boost profits.
June 3, 2013

Companies that are starting up, moving or expanding may be able to tap into state and local economic development incentives to save significant money and improve profitability. With 12.1 million people unemployed nationally, states, in particular, are bidding against one another to attract and retain business.


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Coming Face-to-Face with Facebook and Twitter

Social networking sites provide both challenges and opportunities.
June 3, 2013

Whether you are into social networking or not, its popularity cannot be denied. In October 2012, Facebook hit one billion active users. Twitter has more than 200 million active users who send a billion tweets a week. Clearly, more and more companies are turning to social networking sites to advertise their products and services, deliver messages, and improve customer service.


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Advancing Adhesives: Physicist Develops New Silicone Rubber

The new material may find applications as a packaging tape, as a shoe insole, as padding for prosthetics, and much more.
June 3, 2013

If anything bothers University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield, it’s a wobbly table. So much so that he actually invented a material to eliminate the problem. The material, a type of silicone rubber that is both rigid and fluid—a “viscoelastic” solid—can be placed under a table leg where it conforms to the shape of the leg bottom and the floor surface, perfectly filling the gap.


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UV Curing with Lasers

Lasers may provide the ultimate light source to achieve ultra-fast polymerization and micronic resolution.
June 3, 2013

The photo curing extent of styrenic block copolymer (SBC)-based adhesive formulations applied as a uniform layer on a Mylar film can be readily determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).


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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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