The monthly roundup from Editor Teresa McPherson.

This issue features our sixth annual Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook. As in previous years, this year’s handbook has been updated and expanded with many new categories and definitions, as well as an increase in supplier listings.

The listings are divided into five major categories: Additives and Chemical Specialties; Oils and Fatty Acids; Resins and Base Polymers; Pigments and Dyes, Dry/Dispersions and Extenders; and Solvents. Each category features several subcategories. The directory is set up with a definition of each material followed by the names of suppliers who provide the material. Products are listed alphabetically under each major category.

Use this handy guide to find suppliers throughout the year, in print as well as on our Web site, While you’re there, be sure to check out our Editor's Blog and other online exclusives, as well as Breaking News and our new RSS Feed to get the latest news and information crucial to your business.

While our staff made every effort to contact the entire community of materials suppliers to our industry, we may have inadvertently excluded some. If you are a materials supplier and would like to receive information on purchasing listings in next year’s Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook, please contact Peg Van Winkle at (614) 760-4222 or

This month’s issue also features some timely editorial addressing the business side of adhesives and sealants. In “Finding Opportunity in Challenges,”ASIPublisher Sue Love recaps a roundtable discussion that took place at the ASC Fall Conference. Attendees gathered to discuss key industry concerns and to deliberate solutions to the most pressing issues, including cash shortages and the (then impending) recession.

Be sure to also check out our sneak peek at the Spring ASC Convention, taking place April 5-7 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, TX. The convention’s theme is: “Managing the Crisis…Our Industry Coming Together.” Find out more in “Austin Welcomes ASC Spring Convention and Expo.”

In “Q&A About Polyurethane,” Dr. Jeffrey F. Dormish, senior principal scientist, Business Development Group, Bayer MaterialScience LLC and his team of experts once again take questions about formulating polyurethanes. To ask a question, send an e-mail tomcphersont@bnpmedia.comwith the subject line “Polyurethanes Q&A.”

Finally, Alejandro Esquivel, Adhesive & Sealant specialist at Dynasol LLC, explains how to select the right SBCs for an adhesive formulation in “SBCs for Adhesive Formulations.”