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Is it possible to stop staining on vehicle sides?

A question we often find ourselves asking customers is “if we had a magic wand, what problem would you like us to solve?” Many OEMs in the transportation industry are facing similar issues. A issue that many manufacturers share is staining on vehicle sides; so, what causes it, and how can the problem be solved? In fact, most of this problem is caused by the products that are being used in certain applications. For instance, many manufacturers will use polyurethane adhesive…
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Technical Insight 010: Application matters

Selecting the right adhesive for your application can be difficult, with many different factors that must be considered at the outset. Whilst the type of application influences which type of adhesive should be used - 2k, 1k, flexible, rigid, tape, etc - how it is applied is equally…

Technical insight 009: Cartridge Wastage

Tired of running out of cartridges even after working out how many you thought you'd need? Not only is this annoying and time consuming, but it’s also avoidable. Instead of having to throw a half-empty tube away at the end…

Technical insight 008: The Significance of Temperature

As Winter marches on, you might want to keep a close eye on outside temperature. The temperature of both environment and substrate can cause havoc with cure speed when bonding or sealing. For every 8°C drop in temperature, the cure time doubles and likewise for every 8°C increase…

Technical Insight 006: The True Cost of Corrosion

When we ask our customers in commercial vehicle manufacturing what their biggest challenges are, corrosion is always mentioned - corrosion of the chassis, side and body panels, or a breakdown of paint and powder coatings and so forth. It costs the industry billions of pounds…

Technical insight 004: Temperature Resistance of Adhesives

Elevated temperatures have long been recognised as the number one enemy of organic adhesives, degrading their efficiency in a number of ways. There are two main reactions that cause a breakdown of bond strength at elevated temperature – thermal oxidation and pyrolysis. …

Technical insight 003: Fire retardance

When developing a new product, fire protection is a fundamental consideration – there can never be any compromise on standards or product performance. Whilst the threat of fire is a constant across all sectors, each sector has its own rules and regulations. …

Technical Insight 002: What are VOCs?

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are defined as “any organic compound whose boiling point is in the range from 50°C - 100°C to 240°C - 260°C, corresponding to having saturation vapour pressures at 25°C greater than 100kPa" (World Health Organisation, as…