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New Education Materials

Almost 10 years ago, IVK - the German Adhesives Association – has started to systematically promote and to support training and qualification activities in the field of adhesive bonding at schools. In co-operation with educationalists and didacts, experts from the German Adhesives Association have developed educational materials and videos to support teachers accordingly.

In the meantime the subject ‘Adhesives & Adhesives Bonding’ has been included in the curricula for chemistry and technical teaching at many colleges and vocational schools throughout Germany.

In order to keep the teaching contents up-to-date IVK has developed and published a fundamentally revised version of its teaching & tutorial materials - comprising a textbook and a CD containing comprehensive descriptions of experiments, graphical material, and worksheets.

This new educational materials will be distributed to more than 17,000 specialist teachers for the subjects chemistry and engineering across Germany, free of charge.

By this means the German Adhesives Industry is thus making another valuable contribution to support school education in the field of adhesives and adhesives bonding.

This revised teaching & tutorial materials which has been published under the title “Die Kunst des Klebens” (The Art of Adhesive Bonding) is only available in German.


New Labelling Requirements deriving from EU Biocide Regulation
The Ball is now in the Yard of the Biocide Manufacturers!

In June 2015 the EU Directives on Dangerous Substances and on Dangerous Preparations expired and the GHS / CLP-System came into force. Thus, all adhesives which contain hazardous substances have to be labeled according to GHS / CLP from June 2015 on. The "new" classification & labelling rules are based, inter alia, on the concentration of a hazardous substance in a formulation. An adhesive, for example, which contains 1.5 – 15 ppm of the preservative MCI / MI in a mixing-ratio of 3: 1 has to be labeled with the risk phrase >> EUH 208: Contains Isothiazolinone mixture 3:1. May produce an allergic reaction <<*


Being involved in various national and European experts groups, IVK - the German Adhesives Association – closely accompanied the development of the content of the GHS / CLP rules, and it therefore was able to inform German Adhesives Manufacturers about the amended legislation at a very early stage. Thus, IVK-members were prepared for the new classification & labelling of their products according to GHS / CLP in full by June 2015.


In the course of its work, IVK was informed that the new EU Biocide Regulation (EU-No. 528/2012) might require additional labelling for “in-can preserved” adhesives, provided that there is a respective entry/reference note in the registration dossier of an active substance under the EU Biocide Regulation demanding additional information/labelling. This additional labeling must be carried out independently of the requirements of GHS / CLP. Different to the GHS / CLP classification & labelling system there are no concentration limits for the "Biocide Labelling".


The first biocide registration dossiers for MCI / MI in the mixing ratio 3:1, for "Folpet" and for "MBM" have been published recently. These three dossiers include mandatory instructions for the labelling of adhesives which contain one of these biocides - irrespective of its concentration in the formulation!! IVK expects that biocide registration dossiers - demanding additional labelling of preserved adhesives – will be published successively in the near future


The labelling in accordance with the EU Biocide Regulation, article 58, paragraph 3 comprises the following information:


a)      statement that the treated article incorporates biocidal products;

b)   where substantiated, the biocidal property attributed to the treated article;

c)    without prejudice to Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, the name of all active substances contained in the biocidal products;

d)  the name of all nanomaterials contained in the biocidal products, followed by the word ‘nano’ in brackets;

e)    any relevant instructions for use, including any precautions to be taken because of the biocidal products with which a treated article was treated or which it incorporates.


The labelling shall be in the official language or languages of the Member State of introduction, unless that Member State provides otherwise. It shall be clearly visible, easily legible and appropriately durable.


This additional labelling according to the EU Biocide Regulation is mandatory from the date of the approval for the active substance:


  • MCI/MI, 3:1:     July 1, 2017
  • Folpet:             January 1, 2016
  • MBM:              April 1 2017


So far, neither IVK nor the industry has received any information about the additional labelling from the manufacturers of the above mentioned biocides at all!


However, this information is essential for the entire adhesive industry, because an additional or new labelling will entail e.g. software-updates, re-formulations, and/or changes in the packaging supply chain.


All these measures – and there are probably even more parameters to be considered - are time-critical!


IVK therefore urgently recommends to all adhesive manufacturers to get in contact their biocide-suppliers to verify:


  1. whether the registration dossier of the preservative used demands an additional labelling according to 528/2012 Article 58 (3), or whether respective labelling instructions can be expected in the foreseeable future?

    and if the answer is "yes"

  2. what is the exact wording of the labelling according to Article 58 (3), second subparagraph (a) - (e) of the EU Biocide Regulation for the preservative used ?



 * Alternatively, the following wording for the risk phrase EUH 208 can also be found:  >> EUH 208: Contains 5-chloro-2-methyl-3(“H)-isothiazolone and 2-methyl-3(“H)-isothiazolone (3:1). May produce an allergic reaction <<*


New DIN 2304 standard "Adhesive bonding technology – Quality requirements for bonding processes"


A few days ago, the new DIN 2304 standard was released by an expert group comprising adhesive manufacturers, adhesive users and scientists. This means that industry now has another important tool for assuring the quality of bonding processes.


Adhesive bonding is recognised today as an innovative and reliable joining technique which, not without reason, has assumed the mantle as the joining technology of the 21st century.


A study recently published by the NMI* describes adhesive bonding as an established, environmentally compatible joining method having high scope for value creation and having clear competitive advantages over other joining techniques.


From a technological viewpoint, the use of innovative adhesive systems allows components to be manufactured from an almost unlimited number of combinations of different materials. Besides the actual joining function, additional functionalities can also be integrated into modern adhesives – such as electrical and thermal conductivity – making them, for example, integral materials for the development of products such as smartphones and tablets.


The dynamic developments taking place in modern adhesive bonding technology are due, amongst other things, to focused establishment and expansion of system partnerships within the adhesive bonding process chain, to the interdisciplinary research community and to effective workforce training in adhesive bonding technology.


The new DIN 2304 standard "Adhesive bonding technology – Quality requirements for bonding processes" specifies the requirements for manufacturing effective, quality-assured, structural/load-bearing adhesively bonded joints to meet well-defined safety classes. Due to this new standard, workforce qualification will from now on be a mandatory element and therefore an integral part of controlled bonding processes. Companies who work according to this standard do so in the knowledge that they are operating according to the adhesive bonding state-of-the-art.


This initiative – which is at present still confined to Germany – prospectively has both a Europe-wide and global dimension.



* NMI – The Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen

Sicheres Kleben – Herausforderungen in der klebtechnischen Praxis,

Astrid Wagner, Alfred Stett

Reutlingen, March 2015

"Adhesives Technology Compendium" - Edition 2015


A brand new 2015 edition of the Adhesives Technology Compendium has been published this month.


In a joint project the German Adhesives Association (IVK) and the editors of the magazine ADHESION-Adhesives & Sealants started already back in 2009, to publish the Adhesives Technology Compendium every second year. For the new 2015 edition, the team of authors has been extended to IVK’s fellow associations from Austria (FCIO – Austrian Association of Flooring Adhesives), The Netherlands (VLK – Dutch Adhesives and Sealant Association) and Switzerland (FKS – Association of the Swiss Adhesive and Sealant Industry).

Thus, the newly published reference book now contains the company profiles of more than 160 adhesive & sealant manufacturers, dosing & mixing equipment suppliers, research institutes, as well as consultancy companies and toll manufacturers from these four European countries. Furthermore the compendium gives a survey on the broad activities and committee work of IVK and its sister associations, as well as on European legislation & regulations, statistics and standards, important to the European Adhesives & Sealants Industry.

The Adhesives Technology Compendium is an important element of the communication strategy of the German- & Dutch-speaking adhesive Industries. Therefore 5,500 copies of this reference book will be distributed in Europe, Asia and the US. An e-paper version is also available on the internet: http://www.adhesivetechnologycompendium.de/.

Hardcopies of the “Adhesives Technology Compendium”, Edition 2015, can be bought at a price of Euro 25, 90 (incl. VAT, plus shipping) from: Industrieverband Klebstoffe e.V., P.O. - Box 26 01 25,
 D-40094 Düsseldorf – or by email:



New German Standardization Project
– Quality Requirements for Adhesive Bonding Processes –  

Irrespective of how modern adhesives are defined - as High-Tech or High-Tack products - they are definitely High Quality products allowing a zero-defect-production, provided that the adhesives are properly used.

However, if bonding failures occur, in more than 90 % these failures result from failures in the adhesive bonding process - they do not result from failures of the adhesive.

In order to cope with this situation of having high quality adhesives for a zero-defect-production on the one hand and adhesive bonding failures on the other hand, a new German standardization initiative starts to take effect: the Draft Standard DIN 2304-1 (Norm-Entwurf DIN 2304-1:2015-05) describes and implements quality standards for the proper use of adhesives. It determines the current state of the art for the organization of a proper realization of adhesive bonding processes in user-companies. Furthermore, the quality of the adhesive bonding process will catch up with the quality of the adhesive production process.

For the time being, the scope of DIN 2304-1 is restricted to the production of structural/load- bearing adhesive bonds in defined safety areas, while the assembling of adhesive bonds which are already regulated – for instance laminated wood panels - are exempted from the scope of the standard.

However, DIN 2304-1 is at any time ready to be applied to other areas than structural bonding. It could be used as a meaningful tool for craftsmen or any other manufacturing industries to improve their market positions in a competitive environment. However, before the scope of DIN 2304-1 can be extended to other adhesives applications a solid knowledge-base on adhesive bonding has to be developed and to be integrated into the curricula of the various educational processes.  In co-operation with customer organizations all along the value chain the German Adhesive Association will trigger this initiative.

IVK - the German Adhesives Association considers DIN 2304-1 to be another meaningful milestone to further increase the perception and the reliability of adhesives bonding – also beyond the German borders. Therefore it strongly supports this standardization project with expertise, advice, related initiatives, and it will also seize the opportunity to introduce the standard internationally.

Successful Annual General Meeting 2015 in Bremen

The Annual General Meeting 2015 of IVK - The German Adhesives Association – which took place in June in Bremen was again a great success. The conference was attended by almost 250 people from 95 member companies - thus, 78% of the member companies were represented. Geben Sie Text oder eine Website-Adresse ein oder lassen Sie ein Dokument übersetzen.


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This record number is an impressive indication of the high priority which the IVK enjoys among its members.

IVK offers its members valuable networking opportunities and important information, tailored to the Adhesives & Sealants Industry. In 18 different meetings of the various technical and business working groups which took place during the conference, the members were informed about the current technical work and the latest market trends in the different key-market sectors.

In 2014, the German Adhesives and Sealants Industry could increase its total business by 2.6 % - now representing > 25 % of the total European consumption, > 32 % of the total European production, and holding a global market share of 18 %. For 2015, IVK members expect a robust economy with a growth-rate up to 3 %.

The German Adhesives Association is the world’s largest and - with respect to its broad service portfolio - at the same time the world’s leading national organization in the field of adhesives bonding technology.

German Authorities plan Olfactory Testing for Construction Products

The German Committee for Health-related Evaluation of Building Products (AgBB) has initiated a project for the evaluation of a test method for olfactory/odours testing of construction products. Due to the fact that the entire range of construction adhesives is subject to this future test- and classification method, experts from the German Adhesives Association (IVK) were involved in this project. They participated in 2 round robin tests which required technical and financial contribution.

Originally based on technical specifications of the international standard ISO 16000-28 “Indoor air - Determination of odour emissions from building products using test chambers” http://www.beuth.de/en/standard/din-iso-16000-28/165785344, elements of the German Industry Standard VDI 4302 “Sensory testing of indoor air and determination of odour emissions from building products – Test Strategies http://www.beuth.de/en/technical-rule/vdi-4302-blatt-1/224207002 as well as several standard operational procedures (SOPs) have been included into this draft olfactory test method. However, the scatterings of the results between the institutes participating in the round robin tests are enormous due to this highly subjective matter. Despite this significant deviation in the test results the German authorities will obviously stick to their plan to introduce olfactory/odours testing.

The main driving force behind this project is the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) which plans to integrate the sensory test - including a classification scheme - into the list of requirements for the German Eco Label ‘Blue Angel’. For the time being it is still unclear and an ongoing discussion whether olfactory testing will in future also become part of construction product requirements issued by the German Institute for Building Technology (DIBt).

On October 1/2, 2015 there will be a conference in Dessau, Germany, to present the results of the evaluation of this test method. IVK as all the other participating industry associations see neither need nor relevance for putting olfactory tests on building products. Moreover, the chosen test does not deliver the accuracy for a reliable quality statement on odours.

New ISO Standard
17178 “Parquet Flooring Adhesives”

With the publication of the new international standard ISO 17178 “Adhesives for bonding parquet to subfloor - Test methods and minimum requirements” experts from the German Adhesives Association (IVK) have successfully managed to globally introduce the latest state of the art for parquet flooring adhesives. This new ISO Standard is the result of a pro-active engagement of experts from IVKs Technical Committee “Flooring Adhesives”.

The new ISO 17178 is based on the technical specifications of the European Standard EN 14293 "Adhesives for bonding parquet to subfloor” which is recognized by craftsmen throughout Europe. ISO 17178 describes tests and defines minimum requirements for
hard, hard-elastic, and - for the first time ever – also for soft parquet flooring adhesives. This new classification reflects the latest development in the formulation of soft parquet flooring adhesives, based on PUR and SMP - also at an international level. In the German market these adhesive systems have in the meantime almost completely replaced solvent-based parquet flooring adhesives. This is another active contribution of the German Adhesives Industry with respect to occupational Health & Safety, Environment- and Consumer Protection - ready, to be globally implemented.

“The active professional support of standardization projects which are crucial for the adhesive industry – even at the international level - is an important tool in the strategy of the German Adhesives Association. IVK is at any time prepared to safeguard the global competitiveness of the German Adhesives Industry,”
says Ansgar van Halteren, CEO of the German Adhesives Association.

Consumption of Organic Solvents in Adhesive Production continues to decline

The consumption of organic solvents in the production of adhesives in Germany continues to decline. Over the past 20 years, the German Adhesives Industry has successfully reduced the use of organic solvents by more than 30%. During the same period the production volume grew by more than 70% to currently 877.000 tons/year. The share of solvent based adhesives which are used in the market segment “Flooring / Parquet-Flooring” is < 1%. These figures emphasize the innovative power and the extraordinary commitment of the German Adhesives Industry in the field of Safety, Health & Environment.


Industry specified VOC test method for adhesive tapes

The automotive industry demands from the tape manufacturers concrete statements regarding the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) values of adhesive tapes. In collaboration with the Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen Freiberg (FILK) the Technische Kommission Klebebänder (TKK) of the German Adhesives Association has evaluated different test methods and decided that the VDA 278 "Thermal Desorption Analysis of Organic Emissions for the Characterization of Non-Metallic Materials for Automobiles "of the Association of the Automotive industry (VDA) is the most appropriate method for adhesive tapes. The focus of this method lies – due to its semiquantitative character – essentially more in the identification and less on the exact quantification of critical substances. From the perspective of the adhesive tape manufacturers the most important determining parameters for a tape specific clarification of the VDA 278 have been defined and specified by the TKK. The overall concept and the approach will be discussed next with the VDA.



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