Oh, how the time flies. It seems like the summer just began, and now August is upon us and the kids will soon return to school. There is some comfort in getting back to a regular routine, although many of us wish that it could be summer all year long.

But, with the end of summer come August and the beginning of travel season. start it off right by making plans now (if you haven’t already) to attend the FEICA convention in scenic Marseille, France. This two-day event features the only business and technical conference dedicated to the adhesive and sealant industry in Europe.

Henkel was once again recognized in the second edition of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" list. John Knudson, president of Henkel of America, and Brad Casper, president and chief executive officer of The Dial Corp., accepted this honor from The Ethisphere Institute and Forbes magazine at an evening awards dinner held in New York.

We’re all aware that the U.S. adhesives industry is facing strong headwinds. Primary causes are the sustained drop in residential construction and the rapid rise in crude-oil and natural-gas prices during the first half of 2008. Read a state of the industry report by A. Todd Muhleman, manager of Strategic Planning for The ChemQuest Group Inc.

Exclusively on our website this month, Fern Abrams, director of Government Relations & Environmental Policy for IPC, discusses REACH.

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