We’re celebrating materials in this issue with our annual Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook, which includes definition/use information for key products, as well as supplier details.* Product 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, and a material index is also available. Use this handy guide to find materials suppliers throughout the year, and be sure to keep in mind that the fully searchable handbook is available online at www.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, you can still be added to the online handbook. Please contact Stacey Hurley at (248) 786-1662 or hurleys@bnpmedia.com for pricing and additional details.

What’s happening in the often-tumultuous raw materials sector? To find out, I recently posed a number of questions to leading materials and chemicals suppliers, industry leaders, and the ASI online community. Their insights on topics such as mergers/acquisitions, legislation, sustainability and more can be found in our “2015 Adhesives and Sealants Raw Materials and Chemicals Roundtable” in this issue.

Do you agree or disagree with their comments? Or do you have suggestions regarding how we can improve the Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook? We’d love to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (248) 786-1704 or suttons@bnpmedia.com to share your thoughts.

*Supplier listings indicate paid advertising. Contact Stacey Hurley at (248) 786-1662 or hurleys@bnpmedia.com for pricing and additional details.

Susan Sutton is Editor-in-Chief, Integrated Media for ASI and Ceramic Industry magazines. If you wish to send a letter to the editor, please email suttons@bnpmedia.com. Letters must include the sender’s address, phone number and email address, when possible. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.

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