The adhesive and sealant industry, a continuing success story

FEICA is the European voice of the adhesive and sealant industry. It works to engage with legislators and provide guidance to the industry on EU regulatory affairs and the safe use of products.

FEICA say that the adhesive and sealant industry is a success story that makes many everyday products possible, contributes to the economy, fosters sustainable development, encourages innovation and offers stimulating careers for people with a wide range of skills.

Bonding and sealing play an essential role in thousands of everyday items. From your mobile phone to your car; your washing machine to your shoes; the construction and weatherproofing of your house to your toilet tissue; all these items and many more rely on adhesives and sealants. Not only do they make these products possible; in many cases they also enable manufacturers to produce them in a more cost-effective, environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

Almost five million tonnes of adhesives and sealants are produced and used in Europe annually, and this volume is growing every year. Adhesive manufacturers offer more than 250,000 different products for a diverse range of applications.

The global market for adhesives and sealants reached a value of €54.5 billion in 2018, with Europe (comprising Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe plus Turkey) holding a share of 30.8%. Following a long period of steady growth, the European adhesive and sealant market experienced a downturn as a result of the global financial crisis. The market returned to pre-crisis levels in 2014 and is currently worth more than €16.8 billion.

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The latest edition to the TEC7 family

Tec7 FoamTack , is the Super Strong Adhesive Foam just added to the TEC7 family of products. TEC7 Foamtack is a time saving, easy to use, strong
with low expansion adhesive foam suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Foamtack has a working temperature of -5°C to +30°C, this combined with its superior adhesion strength and its multiple applications, ensures it works with most building materials including plasterboard (both standard and insulated), windowsills and light weight blocks.

Foamtack also has excellent thermal and acoustic insulation capacity, is rot resistant, weather-proof and waterproof making it the perfect foam adhesive for all your daily construction applications.

For more information, contact Contech Building Products directly on 01 6292963, email: info@contechbuildings.ie or simply contact your local representative.

Bostik MSP range continues to offer great value

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of adhesive and sealants, Bostik is committed to delivering innovative, high performance products to the marketplace. The adhesive and sealant market have always been an important market and is currently in growth worldwide.

There is a shift towards chemical fixing and away from traditional mechanical methods, (screws, rivets, nails etc.) which is increasing demand for grab adhesives. This offers advantages in terms of time savings, performance, strength and aesthetics. Advantages have been acknowledged for years in industries such as the aerospace industry and the automotive industry – but the benefits are steadily gaining recognition in construction applications also.

There is also a shift from some of the more traditional sealant technologies such as silicones, to more high-performance formulations such as SMP (Silyl Modified Polymers) and hybrid technology. These offer many advantages in terms of performance including reduced curing times, compatibility with diverse building materials, flexibility and bond strength.

Bostik has the product range to answer this shift. These products are flexible, strong and fast and will stick most surfaces and substrates – even under water.

Bostik next generation products answer the needs of the tradesmen in construction, renovations, bathroom and kitchen makeovers. Bostik MSP 107 SEAL BOND is flexible, MSP 108 XTREM BOND is strong and MSP 109 TURBO BOND is fast, all quality products as good as you are that deliver Flexibility, Bostik will be supporting the product range with a BUY 1 GET 1 FREE offer on selected products in the range. The BUY 1 GET 1 FREE offer will be available during March and April 2020.

New Products from Bostik

Bostik are launching a new all-weather wide jointing compound. The new compound is quick and easy to apply, in all weather, even in the rain. It requires no mixing so is ready to use, it will not shrink or crack, it resists weed growth, dries to a tough and durable finish and cuts down on waste. It is water permeable, allowing the paving to drain.

Bostik new all-weather wide jointing compound is simple and easy to apply with water and a squeegee. It is suitable for most types of domestic paving and can be used on paths and patios of natural stone, concrete, slate, granite slabs, terracotta and clay. It is suitable for joints from 5mm – 30mm
and minimum depth of 25mm.

It is the perfect product for your customer`s patio pointing – no matter what the weather has in store. It leaves an attractive finish in next to no time. The compound is available in three colours, natural, grey and basalt. Bostik All Weather Wide Jointing Compound – ‘the quick and easy way to a perfect patio’.

Bostik are also launching their new Bostik Express Pointing Mortar. Cracked or damaged masonry joints look unsightly and can be the source of leaks and damp resulting in expensive repairs. Bostik Express Pointing Mortar quickly and easily repairs damaged masonry joints in brick and stonework without having to mix mortar. It is ready to use and quick and easy to apply with a cartridge gun meaning no mixing required and virtually no waste. Express Pointing Mortar leaves an attractive finish in next to no time. It produces durable, weather resistant joints, which are over paintable and easy to clean. It can be used internally and externally.

Bostik Express Pointing Mortar comes in a 310ml cartridge, in cement grey colour. Help your customers ‘Take the pain out of pointing’ with NEW Bostik Express Pointing Mortar.

Contact your Bostik representative, or the Bostik sales desk on +353 1 8624900, for further details.

Sika Fastfix All Weather – always straight to the point

Sika® FastFix All Weather is a new self-setting paving jointing compound from Sika Everbuild, providing the ideal solution to perfect pointing on paving, paths and patios.

With a unique formula containing Active Resin Technology for advanced durability, it is supplied ready to use with no mixing required, is easy to apply in all weather conditions; even in the rain, and won’t shrink or crack over time.

Suitable for use on all joints from just 20mm deep, Sika FastFix All Weather can be used for a range of applications including footpaths, stone sets, cobbles and Indian sandstone paving slabs and once opened can be stored in water and reused to reduce waste.

Available in buff in 15kg tubs and grey in 14kg, Sika FastFix All Weather is available now in builder’s merchants nationwide.

For straight to the point information about Sika FastFix All Weather visit www.sika.ie/distribution