About AdhesivePlatform

AdhesivePlatform operates in the B2B adhesives and sealants industry. Worldwide. This includes products like adhesives, sealants, tapes, films, ingredients, and application instruments. Even though we focus on transport, packaging, infrastructure, furniture, construction and medical markets, we’re active in other markets too. We’re always broadening our horizon by getting to know a new market. Geographically we are active worldwide and our international partner network makes it possible to connect supply and demand globally.

All our articles are written in house. The information is retrieved from manufacturers and other reliable sources. Each in-depth article is discussed with the product manufacturer before publishing in order to avoid miscommunication.

Even though we write all our content ourselves, we are open for third party content.
Please contact us to further discuss the possibilities.

No. We purely focus on connecting supply and demand of adhesives and sealants with each other. Like an “online broker”.

No. Although we have much in-depth knowledge about the global adhesives and sealants markets, its trends, developments, etc. we’re not technicians or academic specialists in high-tech adhesives. Having said that, we’re in touch with may R&D facilities and engineering departments and we’re happy to arrange an introduction!

We are determined to find the best possible adhesive and sealant solutions for each project regardless of the brand or supplier. We do not depend on a limited pool of partners, but are willing to go the extra mile to guarantee the best possible solution – even if it meant reaching out to a non-partner. Furthermore, we fund all our activities ourselves; there’s no external funding.

Yes. AdhesivePlatform provides free information on a wide variety of adhesives and sealants. Additionally, we offer the opportunity to get in touch with adhesive and sealant manufacturers. This opportunity is also available for students who are involved or interested in developments in application systems.

AdhesivePlatform connects global adhesives & sealants manufacturers and end-users. We provide free information on many different bonding and sealing solutions as well as offer the opportunity to do an enquiry with us. Regardless of the type of adhesive or sealant requested, we do our utmost to connect the applicant with the best possible solution. The connections are primarily made to our international network, but new partners are continuously sought to guarantee the best connections.

Sustainability of adhesives is of great importance regardless of the project or product!

We have a worldwide network of manufacturers producing eco-friendly, non-toxic, re-pulpable, recyclable, compostable and/or biodegradable adhesives and sealants. Needless to say, when offering a solution to an end-user, we always try to identify and introduce the end-user to one of those “green” manufacturers first. Environmentally friendly adhesive is our key focus. Unfortunately, in some cases a “green” product isn’t commercially available yet, despite the industries’ frantic efforts to develop one. If that’s the case, we’ll introduce the end-user to the “greenest solution available”.

End users, looking for the perfect industrial adhesive & sealant

AdhesivePlatform operates in the B2B adhesives and sealants industry. Worldwide. This includes products like adhesives, sealants, tapes, films, ingredients, and application instruments. Even though we focus on transport, packaging, infrastructure, furniture, construction and medical markets, we’re active in other markets too. We’re always broadening our horizon by getting to know a new market. Geographically we are active worldwide and our international partner network makes it possible to connect supply and demand globally.

Yes. Our network of adhesive and sealant manufacturers is extensive and includes many innovative companies. In case we cannot connect your enquiry with a partner, we will do our utmost best to find a manufacturer who can provide a solution.

Yes. If we cannot find one within our network, we are ready to keep searching for the best solution outside our network.

No information will be published without your permission: the content related to your company and products is shared and discussed with you prior to publishing. We do sign NDAs where necessary.

AdhesivePlatform connects global adhesives & sealants manufacturers and end-users. We provide free information on many different bonding and sealing solutions as well as offer the opportunity to do an enquiry with us. Regardless of the type of adhesive or sealant requested, we do our utmost to connect the applicant with the best possible solution. The connections are primarily made to our international network, but new partners are continuously sought to guarantee the best connections.

AdhesivePlatform is designed to help out anyone in need of an adhesive or sealant for projects or products. By doing an enquiry with us, you make sure your request for a sealing or bonding solutions gets personalized attention: our experts are determined to find the best possible solution and look for one within and outside our network.

Once we receive your enquiry, we assess the information you provide and evaluate the need for further specifications. In case more information is needed, we contact you and discuss the project more thoroughly. When we believe we have all the necessary information we start looking for a manufacturer in our database. If our database does not include a suitable manufacturer, we will keep looking outside our network, which may take a little longer.

When we identify a potential manufacturer, you will be brought in contact with them in order to exchange technical details and further assess the product suitability. We will follow the process of sample testing and deciding on purchase and delivery. Even after the sale has taken place, we, together with the manufacturer, are available for implementation support.

Manufacturers, looking for new sales opportunities

AdhesivePlatform is active in the B2B adhesives and sealants industry – connecting global adhesives & sealants manufacturers and end-users. This includes products like adhesives, sealants, tapes, films, ingredients, and application instruments. Even though we focus on transport, packaging, infrastructure, furniture, construction and medical markets, we’re active in other markets too. We’re always broadening our horizon by getting to know a new market. Geographically we are active worldwide and our international partner network makes it possible to connect supply and demand globally.

Yes. We focus on different adhesive and sealant systems but are also interested in promoting everything related to them. This includes application machinery, tools and equipment.

No information will be published without your permission: the content related to your company and products is shared and discussed with you prior to publishing. We do sign NDAs where necessary.

AdhesivePlatform connects global adhesives & sealants manufacturers and end-users. We provide free information on many different bonding and sealing solutions as well as offer the opportunity to do an enquiry with us. Regardless of the type of adhesive or sealant requested, we do our utmost to connect the applicant with the best possible solution. The connections are primarily made to our international network, but new partners are continuously sought to guarantee the best connections.

Becoming a part of our network of adhesive and sealant manufacturers is rather straightforward: send us a message through one of the contact forms or email us at info(at)adhesiveplatform.com, and introduce your company and the products you would like to promote through our platform. We will review the information you provide and contact you with a concept for possible cooperation. Please note are key focus is on unique, niche products, preferably with a “green” footprint.

About the adhesive & sealant industry

Yes. Our glossary presents an extensive list of terms used in the adhesives and sealants industry, with accompanying definitions.

Sealant is a substance that prevents air or water from passing through. Sealants are not adhesives, however, some of them have adhesive properties.

An adhesive is a substance used to stick materials to each other. The most common adhesives include glue, paste and cement. Adhesives come in many different types and are suitable for a wide range of applications.

Adhesives form chemical bonds and can be used for a wide range of applications. Most commonly they are used there where mechanical fasteners or welds are not possible or preferred. The use of adhesives is increasing and innovative applications emerge all the time.

Adhesives bond things together. Two forces, involving both physical and chemical principles, are at play here: adhesion and cohesion. Adhesion refers to the bonding force between an adhesive and a substrate, while cohesion describes the internal attraction within the adhesive that makes it possible for two surfaces to be held together.

Adhesives are as diverse as the materials that need to be glued together. Every material requires its specific adhesives. Here are some of the most important types and their applications:

The chemical industry is constantly developing new polymer bonding agents. In many cases, they can already replace traditional fastening methods, such as bolts and rivets.

One-part epoxy resins are mainly used in manufacturing sectors, such as the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries. These glues are suitable for joining metals, ceramics and heat-resistant plastics. They are able to withstand high static and dynamic loads and are also resistant to high temperatures.

Two-part epoxy resins are great for bonding wood, stone, concrete, marble, metal, glass, ceramics, hard PVC and carbide sheets. Therefore, this type of glue is used in both the construction and manufacturing sectors, e.g. for attaching handles. The resulting connections are very strong and tough, and yet flexible.

One-part polyurethane adhesives are suitable for gluing wood, steel, aluminum, drywall sheets, parquet, and plank flooring. They form bonds that are extremely strong and yet soft and flexible, and can be easily applied on large surfaces.

Two-part polyurethane adhesives are compatible with a wide range of materials and surfaces, including metal, wood, plastics and laminates. The resulting bonds are flexible even at low temperatures.

Cyanacrylates can be used to fasten wood, leather, plastic, steel and aluminum. However, they are mainly suitable for application on small areas. For instance, cyanacrylates are used to affix door and window sealing strips as well as plastic parts on furniture.

Methacrylates work well with wood, stone, concrete, PVC, metal, ceramics, grouting, styrofoam and much more. They can be used to attach things both indoors and outdoors. Once cured, the joints are extremely strong and tough-elastic.

Anaerobic adhesives (sometimes known as thread sealants) bond well to steel, non-ferrous metals and aluminum. They produce joints that are strong but can be dismantled. Silicone sealants create permanently elastic bonds. For example, they are used to seal pipe joints and to fill gaps between tiles or between adjacent components. Contact cement can be used to glue large surfaces and is well suited for materials such as wood, plastic, leather, metal, glass, cork or rubber.

And last but not least, adhesive tapes round up this list. Sticky tapes can be single- or double-sided. While they are commonly used on paper, there are also extra-strong products suitable for wood, metal, ceramics or leather.

Adhesives that are suitable for stone may not necessarily work well on steel. You probably would not use silicone or concrete adhesives to glue paper. When selecting an appropriate product, you should therefore start by considering the materials involved and the application – i.e. whether it is for construction, renovation, industrial or household use.

The next question to ask: How quickly and under what conditions can or must the adhesive cure to form a strong, reliable bond? Super glues set almost instantly and offer a firm hold. However, they are only suitable for use on small areas. With adequate ventilation, contact cement takes around 5 to 30 minutes to dry. If you are looking to glue down parquet or plank flooring, you will need a glue that remains flexible for a while after application so that you can make any necessary adjustments during the installation process. One-part moisture-cure polyurethane sealants are well suited for this application because they have a relatively slow cure time of approximately 24 hours (for 3 to 4 mm thick layer).

Not every adhesively bonded connection is meant to last forever. Some bonded surfaces are designed to be removed later, such as in the case of parquet or laminate flooring. Anaerobic sealants produce joints that can be disassembled. Furthermore, different products have very different properties in terms of temperature resistance or UV stability. It is therefore crucial to seek professional advice – especially in commercial applications.

For environment and health protection, another key factor to consider is whether the selected adhesive is allowed to contain solvents or not. For example, contact cement comes in both solvent-based and solvent-free variants.

Adhesives sometimes do more than just bond materials together; they oftentimes assume other physical or chemical functions. For example, some rubber or latex materials require specialty chemicals known as tackifiers to increase their flexibility or surface stickiness. In some cases, adhesives can be applied as coatings to provide thermal insulation or fire resistance. Flame-retardant adhesives are essential in many applications.

Some adhesives are able to absorb vibrations. They are, for instance, used to glue down parquet and laminate flooring, which must be firm enough to be stepped on while providing adequate sound insulation. Certain sealants also have to compensate for any movement between different substrates. Other sealing compounds are used to prevent leakage or ingress of gases or liquids. An important use of such products is to seal pipes and fittings, such as those in plumbing systems.

Adhesives can perform a whole host of other functions, such as filling gaps, providing corrosion protection, electrical insulation or conductivity, and acting as base polymers. In a nutshell, they are truly multitalented.

There is no best glue for every application. The suitability of an adhesive system can be determined by looking at the environment, application methods, materials and the purpose of the bond.