How Meridian Adhesives Group Acquisition Will Help Evans Adhesives

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Evans Adhesive has new capabilities in bringing high-quality adhesives to the world. Thanks to our recent acquisition by Meridian Adhesives Group, Evans will be better positioned to maintain our role as a leader in the adhesives industry.

Meridian has moved quickly in the latter half of 2018 to acquire several adhesives companies. As a whole, the company portfolio presents capabilities in high-performance specialty epoxy, polyurethane, and hybrid adhesives for the electronics, medical, construction, and infrastructure markets.

As we’ve pointed out in recent blog posts, the ability to serve multiple, diverse market sectors is crucial in the modern adhesives market. Emerging sectors around the world are driving adhesive industry growth, and responding quickly to these market trends will be key to success.

Meridian’s twin focus on hybrid adhesives and adhesive technology, in particular, aligns well with what we do well. For instance, our metallocene adhesives offer an advanced solution to numerous issues within hot melt applications, as does our versatile ReliaSeal product.

Going forward, we’re excited to continue our work developing hardworking adhesives products under the umbrella of the Meridian Adhesives Group. We’re confident our shared focus on innovation and emerging trends will be an asset to our existing and future customers.

 

Adhesive Char Solutions – The Benefits of Metallocene

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Adhesive char is a pervasive issue in all industries that rely on hot melt adhesive. Char buildup in adhesive applicators can cause clogs, uneven adhesive application and ultimately production delays as the problem is addressed through maintenance.

According to AdhesiveMag.com, char buildup can show up at many stages of the application process. Adhesive char:

  • Clogs filters
  • Stops up spray nozzles
  • Clogs bead nozzles
  • Works its way onto the substrate, leaving marks, streaks and uneven surfaces
  • Eventually works its way into pumps, breaking seals and scoring and damaging the pump walls

But even before these pervasive issues arise, char can be a significant problem. Before clogging even occurs and charring is even apparent, carbon char in hose linings creates a thermal barrier. This lowers the optimal operating temperature of the adhesive, causing poor flow performance.

And unfortunately, these problems are inherent to any adhesive process that includes the use of EVA-based hot melt adhesives. No matter how regular your maintenance schedule, adhesive char will almost inevitably occur.

Metallocene solutions to adhesive char

Fortunately, metallocene-based hot melt adhesives offer key advantages to traditional EVA-based hot melt adhesives:

  • Char-free operation: Thanks to its chemical competition, a metallocene-based hot melt adhesive is not subject to the carbon buildup, gelling or other changes common to other adhesives throughout extended high-temperature storage and use.
  • Improved mileage: Metallocene-based adhesives have a lower density than traditional EVA-based adhesives and can be applied at lower flow rates. As a result, metallocene-based adhesives often yield up to a 40% reduction in adhesive use.
  • Precision application: The lower viscosity of metallocene-based adhesives during their pot life means operators have more precise control over flow, bead size, and bead quality.
  • Diverse performance: Metallocene-based adhesive outperforms EVA-based adhesives in both high- and low-temperature performance, achieving superior bonding strength in both high temperature and freezing cold. This superior performance also applies to package stocks. Metallocene-based hot melts pair well with a wide variety of coated and uncoated paper packaging and corrugated stock. They are also ideal adhesives for heavy ink surfaces.

Affordable solutions to adhesive char

On top of its functional benefits, metallocene-based hot melt offers significant financial benefits as well. In many applications, a metallocene-based adhesive can be a more affordable choice than a traditional EVA-based adhesive.

And given the wide range of options offered by Evans Adhesive, there’s likely a perfect metallocene-based adhesive for your application.

Contact Evans Adhesive for more information on how a metallocene-based adhesive can be customized to meet your needs, and see our informational download No More Char here for more solutions to adhesive char.

How the Right Packaging Hot Melt Can Save You Time and Money

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Packaging hot melt adhesive is a key product category in the adhesive industry today. Many case, carton and tray sealing applications depend on hot melt adhesive to make their operations run.

But not all packaging adhesives can make the grade. The wrong choice can result in thousands of dollars worth of lost money and time due to costly repairs.

ReliaSeal packaging hot melt could be the right choice for you

If your company uses a traditional EVA-based adhesive in its hot melt application, chances are your applicator will develop char over time, even with regular maintenance. When that char buildup goes too far, adhesive lines will become clogged, resulting in unsealed packages, potential damage to the contents of those package in their final use, and significant downtime as you repair the char damage.

However, Evans Adhesive has an alternative. Our ReliaSeal7359 is a metallocene-based hot melt adhesive that eliminates char buildup in applicators. The low-density ReliaSeal also means your machinery operators can use less adhesive per run, potentially up to 40% less for each job.

Consider making the switch to ReliaSeal for your packaging hot melt application.  To learn more, click here.

Why Cartons are a Key Part of a Sustainable Packaging Future

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It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that case and carton sealing is an important market sector for Evans Adhesive. Cartons are everywhere!  Many of the products we use every day are packaged, shipped, and stored in some kind of carton. It makes sense that we’d be interested in helping carton manufacturers find the best way to seal their products, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with our hot melt and water-based case and carton sealing adhesives.

Beyond these practical considerations…

We have another interest in promoting the work of companies that utilize cartons for their products: they’re a very environmentally friendly packaging solution.

According to the Carton Council, an industry organization that works to promote the growth of carton recycling in the United States, most cartons are made from up to 80% recycled paper. Since many cartons today are manufactured from trees sourced in responsibly managed forests, the raw materials represent a 100% renewable resource.

The Carton Council reports that nationwide, consumers have improved dramatically when it comes to recycling their packaging cartons, too. Between 2008 and 2013, there was a 150% increase in carton recycling nationwide and that growth continues today.

But there’s still a long way to go.  There are currently about 140 mills around the world that accepted and processed recycled packaging cartons, but just five of those facilities are located in North America. That means a lot of potentially recyclable materials are ending up in landfills.

Cartons will be a part of the packaging landscape for years to come.

We believe that it’s our duty to promote their responsible use as a part of our role in the manufacturing process. Join us in supporting efforts to increase the recycling opportunities for this important product category. Use this helpful map from the Carton Council to find out where your cartons can be recycled. If there’s no facility in your area that accepts recyclable cartons, the Carton Council can help you take action to initiate change.

The Story Behind ‘Gluey’ – an Evans Adhesive Artifact

Late last month, one of our fans reached out on social media with an interesting question:

 

Gluey

Intrigued by Susan’s question, we did a little digging. We didn’t turn up an exact year for her jar, but we think it was likely to have been either the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  However, our research turned up some other noteworthy information about Gluey that dates all the way back to the early 1920’s.

What we found

According to the United States Patent Office, there’s a fairly extensive history of the use of the “Gluey” trademark by Evans Adhesive. Though the word wasn’t trademarked until the 1960’s, there’s evidence that Evans (then known as The Commercial Paste Co.) was using “Gluey” as far back as the 1920s, including in this 1922 ad from Office Appliances: The Magazine of Office Equipment, Volume 36.

The ad boasts that “Gluey” is a “light colored paste” with “the bull-dog tenacity of good glue and the creamy, smooth consistency of paste.” Customers could order tin-topped gallon jars for the affordable price of $13.20 per dozen. That’s a lot of Gluey!

Gluey remained a staple line for Evans throughout the mid-20th century

One ad from 1931 claims it was used in more than half the schools in the United States while another from 1922 says it was viewed as “the most satisfactory and economical paste” by “educators everywhere.”

Even if Gluey is no longer a part of our current product line, it’s an important part of our history. We may not know the exact year that this jar was produced, but rest assured we hope to continue the legacy of the paste that “sticks like a brother” to this day.

 

Why water-based adhesives are fueling industry growth

As the worldwide market for adhesives continues to expand, water-based adhesives are leading the way. As of 2016, this particular type of adhesive accounted for 40% of the global market, showing its versatility and dependability as an alternative to solvent-based adhesives.

How water-based adhesives are increasing their market share

Two significant factors are fueling this rise.

  1. First, water-based adhesives are well-suited to the more stringent environmental regulations facing the adhesive industry today. Although these regulations can be a problem for certain market sectors, they may actually be fueling the rise of water-based adhesives. Since water based adhesives can be produced without many of the potentially hazardous elements of solvent-based adhesives, they naturally fulfill the more restrictive environmental regulations.
  2. Water based adhesives are also safer to work with than many other adhesive varieties. While solvent-based adhesives can react with naturally occurring elements to create ozone (thereby threatening the health of anyone working nearby), water-based adhesives post no such threat and are thus much safer for anyone who has to work with them.

Evans Adhesive is prepared to grow with the water-based adhesive market

Evans is well-positioned to participate in this growing market segment. We currently offer three different varieties of water-based adhesives.

  • Our resin emulsion adhesives are commonly used in glue lap or folding carton operations. These “white glues” have a faster speed of set than many other adhesives.
  • Dextrin adhesives are typically derived from corn starch and tend to do well in lay-flat lamination applications. These adhesives are easy to clean and machine well.
  • Finally, our hybrid adhesives are well-suited for litho lamination jobs. A combination of resin and dextrin adhesives, these hybrid products combine the lay-flat ease of dextrin adhesives with the quick set time of resin emulsions.

Each of these adhesive product lines offers the benefits of water-based adhesives and can be customized for your unique adhesive needs. To learn more about how Evans Adhesive is contributing to the world of water-based adhesive products, contact us today.

Each water-based glue from Evans Adhesive is specially formulated for a specific use including paper packaging, labeling, laminating, and case and carton sealing.

How Oil Prices and Environmental Regulations Hurt and Help the Adhesive Market

In addition to emerging market sectors, there is a very simple reason for the overall growth of market for adhesives worldwide: it’s more affordable to make them.

Falling global oil prices have made it much more affordable to acquire raw materials. Even as prices have rebounded from their 2016 low, the average price for crude oil remains below its average for the past decade, passing significant savings along to the manufacturers of petroleum-based products such as ethylene, propylene, and vinyl acetate monomer.

But as with any industry or product based around oil, increasing environmental regulations present a hurdle on the path to profits. In the United States, regulations restricting the impact of potentially hazardous materials have laid the groundwork for potentially higher costs, creating significant potential issues for manufacturers who use these materials. These higher costs are of particular concern for smaller customers.

History shows these regulations are unlikely to become more permissive over time and since the underlying health and environmental benefits are difficult to contest, it’s likely best to plan to adapt to these new hurdles as a way of life.

There may be a silver lining, though. In some cases, environmental regulations can be a net gain for the adhesive industry.

For instance, as some countries have developed more demanding fuel economy regulations, adhesives have become a more significant part of the automotive industry. As manufacturers take steps to increase their fuel economy by making their vehicles lighter, adhesive and sealant manufacturers have a bigger role to play, leading to increasing research and development investments from that market sector.

This situation is not unique to the world of automotive manufacturing, underscoring a need for adaptability and a willingness to change among adhesive manufacturers. As emerging markets in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region continue to grow, such adaptability will only become a more and more profitable attribute.

Why Market Segmentation is a Key Challenge for Adhesive Industry Growth

The Market is Growing –

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the key reasons for growth in the adhesive industry, settling in particular on the growth of two particular market segments: diapers and women’s hygiene products in India.

Market segmentation in this vein can be seen as an opportunity for growth for the adhesive industry. In addition to disposable hygiene products like diapers or products geared towards women, other adhesive applications could represent key areas of growth including:

  • Technical textiles
  • Construction
  • Packaging
  • Lamination

All are poised for growth at an above average rate.

But There are Threats –

But a segmented adhesive market can also represent a threatened adhesive market, at least in some sectors. Segments of the adhesive market based around adhesive production and application technology face a far less certain growth rate than purely application-based segments.  Examples include:

  • Adhesive Pump Systems
  • Adhesive Melters
  • Adhesive Pattern Controllers
  • And other related technology…

All are highly susceptible to market demands for the products they’re used to produce and apply. If market demand shifts away from a product that requires any or all of those technologies, their value in the market will diminish.

It’s important to consider closely, then, the pitfalls of this market segmentation as it pertains to your business. Be aware of how market segment fluctuations can affect the products you produce, both in terms of their application and the technologies used to produce them.

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However, no matter what your particular market segment, Evans Adhesive is prepared to serve you. Our versatile adhesive products can meet your needs, and we’re prepared to work to find a solution that’s right for your business. Contact us today to start finding answers to your adhesive questions.

Why is the Adhesive Industry Growing?

More and more people around the world need adhesives. The global adhesives market was valued at more than $30 billion last year and is expected to grow to more than $41 billion by 2023.

 

But why? What’s causing the market for adhesive products to grow so quickly? Understanding how these trends develop is a key requirement for success in the industry, and a close examination of the available data reveals some key insights.

 

Some of the recent industry growth is related to increases in the market for disposable hygiene products. Each of these products has its own unique packaging needs, and while those unique needs could be seen as an obstacle in some circumstances, for the adhesive industry they’re an incredible opportunity. Due to the unique requirements of every disposable hygiene product, adhesive manufacturers have the chance to develop and utilize adhesives for multiple applications, leading in turn to noteworthy opportunities for profitability.

 

For example, in India alone, the demand for both diapers and women’s hygiene products is skyrocketing. As the manufacturers of those products continue to explore the market opportunities in that country, demand for reliable adhesives for the packaging and other parts of those products will increase accordingly. Thus, understanding the background reasons behind market expansion becomes critically important.

 

But this doesn’t leave adhesive producers without obstacles. Developing and implementing these adhesives represents significant time, labor, and opportunity costs. To fully take advantage of these and other growing markets, adhesive manufacturers like Evans Adhesive are spending their time and money wisely, including developing innovative, custom adhesives of all types including technical textiles, construction, packaging, and lamination.

 

So, whether your industry is furniture and woodworking, packaging, textiles, automotive, or building and construction, contact Evans Adhesive today for more information on how we can help you keep up with growing demand and to request a free adhesive sample for your unique application requirements.

Three Adhesive Commitments You Can Count On

At Evans Adhesive, we believe it’s important to understand exactly what you’ll be getting from us when you order one of our products. It’s part of our commitment to quality, delivery, diversity, and an attitude that extends to our service to our customers as well as to our many versatile adhesives.

Here are three commitments you can count on from Evans Adhesive if you decide to work with us.

1 – A Commitment to Quality

Every adhesive product we make and every interaction with a customer is based on the highest standards of service and reliability. We promise that every purchase you make form Evans Adhesive will be built to the exact product specifications you need, and we won’t stop until we get it right.

2 – A Commitment to On-Time Delivery

We strive to have every in-stock order of our water-based adhesives out the door within five days. It’s that important to us that you receive your products quickly.

That commitment has been noticed by some of our most loyal customers. Christopher J. Diamond Jr. of Astro Chemicals, Inc. says our speed is “rare” for a company in this industry, while Mike Bowman of the Cumberland Container Corp. says every order his company makes results in on-time deliveries.

3 – A Commitment to Sustainability

Evans has been rated in the TOP 22 % of suppliers in terms of labor practices as assessed by EcoVadis in the category Manufacture of other chemical products.  We are also in the TOP 15 % of suppliers for fair business practices.  And overall, Evans was rated in the TOP 25 % of manufacturers and TOP 20% of suppliers across all EcoVadis categories.

To learn more about what our customers are saying about our commitments and our ability to meet them, check out our testimonials page today.

 

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