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Ashland adhesive brings value to makers of hi-tech control panels

Published on 2008-05-12. Author : SpecialChem

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Hi-tech touch-pad control panels, like those used on today's appliances, can now be created more efficiently with new UV-curable technology from Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives (SP&A), a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc.

AROCURE® UV-curable pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) is designed so that manufacturers can accurately place the adhesive where it's needed without the waste associated with traditional methods. "AROCURE adhesive is easily applied using a screen-printing method that places the compound exactly where it's needed," said Jeff Warmkessel, Ph.D., senior staff scientist for Ashland's SP&A group. "Unlike other options on the market today, our PSA eliminates the waste normally associated with adhesives that must be die cut."

Warmkessel presented results May 7 at the RadTech UV & EB technology exposition and conference in Chicago from research he conducted on pressure sensitive adhesives. "Most manufacturers are working very hard to reduce the waste stream from their process," said Warmkessel. "Our AROCURE UV-curable PSA helps them accomplish this goal and improve performance."

Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, is a global leader in pressure sensitive and structural adhesives for packaging and converting, building and construction, and transportation.

Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc., is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. It is a technology leader in metal casting consumables and design services, unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gelcoats and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins.

Ashland Inc. a diversified, global chemical company, provides quality products, services and solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. A FORTUNE 500 company, it operates through four divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies.

Source: Ashland

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