Welcome to our annual Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook. As in previous years, this year’s handbook has been updated with many new products and definitions. 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.

The directory is set up with a definition for each material, followed by the names of suppliers that provide the material.* Products are listed alphabetically under each category and subcategory. Use this handy guide to find suppliers throughout the year, and be sure to also take a look at the fully searchable handbook online atwww.adhesivesmag.com/materialshandbook.

While our staff made every effort to contact the entire community of materials suppliers to our industry, we may have inadvertently missed some. If you are a materials supplier and would like to be included, please contact Peg Van Winkle at (614) 760-4222 or e-mailvanwinklep@bnpmedia.comfor pricing and additional details.

In addition to the handbook, this issue also features editorial that focuses on material advances. For example, a moisture-cure urethane (MCU) resin has been developed that can improve the performance of MCU coatings for structural steel in applications such as bridges, water tanks and marine environments.“High-Build MCU Coating Innovation”has all the details. The full Table of Contents for this issue can be foundhere.

Your input is always welcome. If you have suggestions regarding how we can improve the Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook, please contact me at (330) 336-4098 orsuttons@bnpmedia.com.

*Supplier listings indicate paid advertising. Contact Peg Van Winkle at vanwinklep@bnpmedia.com for pricing and additional info.