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Trends in Construction Adhesives

SpecialChem / Andy Extance – Jul 16, 2008

The term "Safe as houses" has come into the English language due to the comparative long-term stability of the housing market. This in turn has made construction one of the most lucrative industries around, and adhesive manufacturers have long sold products into this market to take advantage of this fact. Bonding steel and concrete using epoxy adhesives is just one of many challenging applications that have been successfully addressed, and indicates how well established the sector is. Consequently, you would be forgiven for thinking that the market is now so mature as to preclude any significant change. However, in 2008 resources are becoming increasingly expensive, the credit crunch is hammering the housing industry and environmental regulations are placing builders in increasingly an tightly restricted business landscape. The picture here may seem gloomy - but as ever, there are opportunities for adhesive makers among the challenges. Asphalt can be blended with various other hydrocarbon components in the oil refinery in order to meet specific hardness requirements.

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