Adhesive Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of adhesive manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top adhesive manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find adhesive companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture adhesives to your companies specifications. Then contact the adhesive companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of hot melt adhesives, UV curing adhesives, biodegradable adhesives or customized adhesives of every type, this is the resource for you.

  • Hackensack, NJ

    Master Bond formulates high quality adhesive systems to help engineers meet specific requirements for their bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. The product line consists of epoxies, silicones, UV curable and LED curable systems that feature outstanding performance properties.

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  • Quakertown, PA

    We are a leading manufacturer of hot melts, water-based adhesives, cohesives, and Dextin.. We work to make sure that all of our customers are satisfied and get exactly what they need! From Automotive to Paper Converting or nearly any conceivable application, we are the adhesive solutions company. We put you and your company first! For more information, give us a call today!

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  • St. Louis, MO

    We hold North American manufacturing together with our adhesives! We have presences in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, Chicago and many others so that we will be where you need us, always! Our motto states that “We strive for insanely happy customers,” and that’s exactly what the kind of commitment to excellence that we will bring to you. For more information on what we my able able to do for you visit our website today!

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  • Jenkintown, PA

    Here at L.D. Davis Industries we manufacture outstanding adhesive products and we put a focus on our customers’ needs. Our company offers eco-friendly adhesives and we work hard to remain on the forefront of our industry. All of these products are extensively tested and it is our mission to exceed your expectations. If you would like more information then please give us a call today!

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  • Anoka, MN

    United Surface Preparation is a distributor of high-performance adhesives. Our product line consists of innovative epoxies, hot melt, spray adhesives, and applicators. Additional services include rental equipment, tool repair, and preventive maintenance. For a more complete list of our products and services, contact us today. A representative will be more than happy to assist you.

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Adhesives Industry Information


An adhesive is a substance that is used to bind two separate items together and resist separation. However, depending on the chemical makeup, adhesive products may be used to fill seams or holes, waterproof, laminate, contain liquids or level surfaces. Adhesives are made up of an epoxy and a hardening substance with each compound specially designed with a specific task in mind. One may find a wide variety of adhesives at nearly any store because for each adhesive, the composition is carefully considered to ensure the proper adhesive and cohesive qualities.

Adhesives are used in a wide variety of engineering and manufacturing purposes in large quantities, and for a wide range of uses. Some of the ingredients used in creating adhesives are casein, starch, natural rubber, butyl rubber, amino resins, polyurethane, polyvinyl acetate, acrylates, silicones and more. Adhesive suppliers work with a multitude of chemical solutions to ensure their custom adhesive will perform the tasks efficiently.

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History and Evolution of Adhesives

The first evidence of human use of adhesive bonding was confirmed when two stones were found bonded together by birch-bark tar in central Italy. The materials dated back to the Middle Pleistocene era (circa 200,000 years ago). As humans began learning about compounding chemicals to ensure longer lasting bonds in their products, adhesive and sealant solutions became one of the first discoveries crucial to the creation of our first rudimentary tools. In 70,000 BC, Native Americans in South Africa, used a gluey substance made of tree sap and red ochre to seal their cave paintings. Following them, in 2,000 BC Egyptians used liquid glue to create their wooden artifacts. This liquid glue was created from animal remains and can still be found in their artifacts found in the tombs of the Faraos. In 1700, the first industry opened and produced liquid adhesives commercially in Holland. In 1932, America's food and beverage company Borden, created Elmer's All-Glue. With the creation of synthetic and plant based glues the use of animals during commercial adhesive production started disappearing as new rules and regulations were put in place to protect animals. However, casein from milk proteins and other animal products are still used. In 1947, the first PVA-based adhesive was created and sold by Casco.

Now researchers are striving to develop adhesives utilizing Nanotechnology to mimic the behavior and adaptations of the gecko reptile. If this is actualized, it will recreate the same molecular behavior that geckos use on their feet to "stick" to a surface. As research progressed, adhesives have developed from its crude beginnings to include vinyl plastisol, diglycidyl ether, adhesive tapes, thermally conductive adhesives, construction adhesive, plastisol pvc and more.

There are scant few products left that do not rely on the integrity of adhesive manufacturers products. As time passed, the chemical compounds of our adhesives have changed, but the importance and impact of a well-made adhesive has not.

Benefits and Advantages of Adhesives

Structure and Bonding Benefits
The benefits and advantages of choosing adhesives as a bonding agent rather than utilizing hardware or mechanical forces, are simple. Because of the variations of adhesives available on the market today there is always a way to find the right fit for the job. The adhesive or sealant is able to bond the two surfaces together without sacrificing the structure of the item, or the material in which it is composed.
Adhesive Appearance Advantages
Adhesives require little/no heat, unlike welding, making it safer to use and less likely to damage an item. Adhesives are also easily hidden from view, so there is no need to sacrifice the design of an item. Adhesives are flexible and reliable in their service to the industrial field. As if that weren't enough, adhesives and sealants offer more than only bonding, they are used to insulate and level items as well, making adhesives another tool for mechanical use.
Multiple Adhesive Options
When it comes to the materials used, there are three main categories of industrial adhesives: silicone adhesive, acrylic adhesive and polyurethane adhesive. When classifying these compounds, one takes into account their adhesive properties, curing mechanism and composition. The curing mechanism is the way an adhesive is utilized to harden. For example, hot melt adhesives require heat to cure, while other ultraviolet adhesives utilize sunlight to harden. There are also pressure sensitive adhesives that attach when pressure is applied. Some adhesives have the ability to conduct heat and electricity like the type utilized on a touch screen. The possibilities and flexibility of the adhesives offered today are seemingly endless. As each compound becomes more specialized, the number of adhesive products grows as does the difficulty of finding the exact match to meet an individual need.
Adhesives can make or break any product. Whether you’re sealing floors and counters, pasting labels or creating auto components, knowing what sealants options are available and which to choose can mean the difference in a satisfied client, consumer or employer. Industrial adhesives and structural adhesives have been a crucial tool for humankind for over 200,000 years and will remain a staple in manufacturing products. It is the responsibility of an adhesive glue manufacturer to present all options available and meet a client’s adhesive needs. Whether a job calls for a pressure-sensitive adhesive, water-soluble polymer or sealants the right manufacturer will provide the right products.

Uses and Applications of Adhesives

Adhesive manufacturers create custom industrial adhesive products for bonding a wide variety of applications. Industries such as woodworking, plumbing, packaging, labeling, appliance assembly, automotive, engineering, construction, clothing assembly, book binding, and more, all use a multitude of adhesives and sealants each with a solution designed to provide the strongest bond and the most reliable seal. Epoxy adhesives are the most resistant and toughest adhesive compound today with uses such as fiberglass repairs, carpentry and woodworking, wood and metal fillers, jewelry making and even to reinforce bolts. Nearly every setting, from your cupboards at home, the desk in the office or the upholstery in the plane taken to visit distant family has been constructed, adorned or composed of an adhesive.

To accompany the various forms of adhesive are an array of applicators. Beyond the basic glue gun or dispensers are brushes, spray guns, roller coaters, curtain coaters, caulking guns and air actuated models. There are more applications of adhesives and sealants than can be named and the applications grow each year. Some of the lesser-known applications are medical care endeavors such as wound care, medical device creation and implantation, wearable sensor adhesion, transdermal adhesives and laminates and device mounting. These products would include the sticky pads on an EKG, the adhesive used in medicinal patches, and even the fast-acting adhesive used to stop the bleeding of a deep wound. The application of adhesive in mobile devices include grounding and shielding, general assembly, display bonding and protection, and electrical interconnection security. Each phone on the market, regardless of manufacturer or brand, has been assembled utilizing adhesives and sealants. The automotive business relies on adhesives for LED lighting, labels, gaskets, structural and interior bonding, side mirrors and more. It is apparent that there is not a moment of the day when we, as a society, do not rely on the dependability and flexibility of our adhesive industry.

Adhesive Images, Diagrams and Visual Concepts

Parts of a Bond
The different parts and layers of an adhesive bond
Adhesion Testing
Tests for comparing relative qualities of the adhesive.
Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
Using pressure to establish an adhesive bond.
Kapton and PDMS Epoxy Surface Treatment
Adhesive must "wet out" the surface to be bonded for optimal adhesion and covers a surface in order to increase the contact area and attractive forces between the adhesive and the bonding surface.
Silicone Adhesives are Used to Connect Body Joints and Seams
Silicone adhesives are durable, weathering resistance, waterproof, impact resistant, does not crack or peel, and makes a flexible bond.

Adhesive Types

Acrylic Adhesives
And acrylate adhesives offer fast bonding at room temperature and are highly resistant to environmental conditions. They are able to stick to oily surfaces and many types of materials, including most metals, plastics, glass, ceramics and wood.
Adhesive Manufacturers
Companies that produce adhesive products and adhesive accessories.
Aerosol Adhesives
Industrial spray adhesives that offer convenience and effectiveness for general purposes, such as foam and fabric, upholstery, screen printing, labeling, palletizing, trim and laminating, high bond high strength, high strength fast tack, pressure sensitive repositionable and temporary or permanent bond applications.
Anaerobic Adhesives
Cure in the absence of oxygen. Curing is catalyzed when bonding with surfaces where metallic ions are present.
Conductive Adhesives
Or electrically conductive adhesives, offer electrical and/or thermal conductivity between components.
Cyanoacrylate Adhesives
Fast setting adhesives commonly referred to as “crazy glue.” Only a small amount of these one-component adhesives are necessary to form a rigid plastic layer that has high strength.
Or epoxy resins, are raw materials that can be formulated to make paints, coatings or adhesives.
Epoxy Adhesives
Very strong and highly resistant to heat and chemicals. They can be formulated to be either flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque, fast setting or slow setting. All these characteristics make them appropriate for nearly all uses.
Hot Melt Adhesives
Or thermal adhesives, are viscous liquids at elevated temperatures that generally set quickly when cooled. Types include fast set, delayed set and pressure sensitive. Common uses include bookbinding, product assembly and box and carton heat sealing.
Industrial Adhesives
Bonding products specifically designed for manufacturing environments.
Laminating Adhesives
Substances that are used for bonding in thin layers. They come on sheets of release paper that are wound in rolls to be used in lamination presses or applied by hand with a plastic squeegee or hand roller. The liner is then removed from the adhesive.
Methacrylates Adhesives
A newer form of adhesive technology developed to offer superior performance compared to acrylic adhesive, which can be brittle and less reliable. Methacrylates provide good gap fill, excellent impact resistance, flexibility and peel and shear strengths, medium to fast curing, and tolerance of dirty surfaces.
Membrane Press Adhesives
Used in membrane press operation. They are heated to the proper temperature for lamination in the press and then quickly set for the unloading and trimming of the piece.
Moisture Cure Adhesives
React with moisture in the air or the bonding substrate to form a cured polymer layer with high strength. Silicone and polyurethane are the most common.
Polyurethane Adhesives
Come as two-part formulas or pre-mixed, which need to be mixed very well to give the best quality tough yet flexible bonds that they can. They can form strong bonds to most materials and are more flexible than epoxies.
Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
Pressure induced tacky materials that bond two flat surfaces together. This adhesive can be coated onto fabric, plastic or metal, and then stuck to another flat surface of metal, plastic, wood and paper.
Silicone Adhesives
Can create a permanent seal between two surfaces, also working as a watertight sealant and surface lever when necessary.
Thermoset Adhesives
Can not be softened with heat once they are set. Thermoset materials include epoxies, polyesters, silicones, rubbers and polyurethanes.
Two-part Adhesives
Consist of two or more components that react to become chemically cross-linked. Their higher costs are related to their extremely high bond strengths and exceptional performance, such as epoxies, polyurethanes, acrylics, and silicones.
Ultraviolet Adhesives
Used to seal or bond objects together through a curing process. Fiber optics and dentistry both use this adhesive.
Urethane Adhesives
Bond with a wide range of materials and are tough and flexible at low temperatures but weaken due to high temperatures and contact with moisture.
Water-based Adhesives
Or aqueous adhesives, use water as a carrier or diluting medium. They set when the water evaporates or is absorbed by the substrate.

Adhesives Production Process

To produce the right compound, manufacturing companies must answer a lot of questions about the circumstances the adhesive will be performing under. Will the adhesive be under pressure? Will there be oxygen available for the adhesive to cure? Will the adhesive be at room temperature? Will the compound be exposed to extreme heat, prolonged sun, wind, or ice? Does the material need to bend?

To meet these demanding needs, adhesive products are offered in a wide variety, each designed with their bonding application in mind. Some of the more basic qualities a manufacturer must ensure in any adhesive is that of mechanical bond. For an adhesive to bond two surfaces, a lot of interactions have to take place between the product and the surfaces in play. First, the product must be able to spread over the surface of the item being bonded. For this to occur, the product needs to have a lower viscosity so that it is able to spread over the surface. Viscosity is the resistance to flow. For example, rain has a low viscosity allowing it to pour and drip, whereas lava has a higher viscosity causing it to billow and mound. Because viscosity can be impacted by temperature, utilizing a colder product, or a colder surface, may impact the ability of the product to spread and so has to be taken into consideration when creating the compound.

Another factor that affects the compound's ability to spread is the relative strength of adhesion. If the cohesive strength among adhesive molecules is not as strong as the adhesive strength between the adhesive molecules and the surface of the item to be bonded, then the compound will spread over the surface. A compound that is relatively low viscosity while being able to spread over the surface, the compound will flow into any tiny fissures or pores on the surface and create mechanical bonding. The mechanical bond greatly increases the strength of an adhesive bond.

Adhesives can have differing setting temperatures ranging from above 212º F to below 68º F, depending on how much they need to be cooled or dried to harden. For example, hot melt adhesives are activated to viscous liquid states at elevated temperatures and set when cooled. Adhesives have various setting speeds, some remaining tacky for a certain amount of time, which allows more time for parts to be assembled. You can find hot melt adhesives here on IQS Directory.

There are a wide variety of adhesive types. Adhesives may be created as a one-part or two-part formula. Two-part adhesives have two separate compounds that need to be mixed well. They may also be utilized to separate adhesives and pressed together to form a chemical reaction. This process leads to the separate compound bonding. This is the case for epoxies, acrylics and urethanes. Other adhesives require homogenous mixing to activate the chemicals within, so they require mixing only moments before application. On the other hand, one-part adhesives have latent bonding. They are activated by energy drawn from outside of the compound. The source (heat, oxygen, moisture, radiation or pressure) depends upon the type of adhesive at work. Most adhesives have differing cure-time methods. For example, some super glues dry almost instantly, while other adhesives like a wood glue, will need to dry over a night or two before it is completely set-up.

Manufacturers offer adhesive solutions in foams, films, pastes, liquids, solids, seal tape, powders and even aerosol sprays. Solid adhesives or sealants are further varied in form of melt sticks, granules, chips and pellets. Each of these products require specific processing to acquire the desired effects. However, each adhesive product is measured in similar aspects including, impact strength, cleavage strength, fatigue strength, tensile strength, shear strength and peel strength. Each adhesive compound is designed with their cure time, substrate surface, high ductility, mechanical bonding, and water molecules in consideration, to ensure the engineers and manufacturers that rely on them get the adhesive sealant that is right for the job.

Adhesives Terms

A substance that is resistant to adhesion and can be used as a non-sticky surface coating for baking tins, frying pans, metal pots, etc. Examples are Teflon and silicone.
Something bonded to something else through the use of an adhesive.
Cleavage Strength
How crack resistant a bonded adhesive is when stretched and strained.
Hardening or solidifying by cooling, drying or crystallization. Also referred to as setting.
Curtain Coating
Covers large areas with a relatively heavy coating of adhesive. Parts are passed through a “waterfall” of coating in an automated conveyor line.
Can be an adhesive coating that hardens to form a protective layer to prevent degradation of whatever it encapsulates, such as electronic components.
Fatigue Strength
The maximum load an adhesive bond will sustain when subjected to repeated stress.
Impact Strength
An adhesive’s ability to resist shock from a direct perpendicular physical blow.
Peel Strength
A measurement of the bond strength of an adhesive determined by the force per unit width required to separate bonded materials by applying stress in a “peeling” motion.
Release Paper
An easily removable protecting and/or carrier sheet for certain adhesives, commonly film and laminating adhesives.
Thick, sticky hydrocarbon plant secretions great for varnishes and adhesives.
Roll Coating
A method for applying adhesive, the simplest form of which is using a paint roller, but usually the coating rolls are part of a roll coating machine that precisely controls layer thickness, does not allow waste and is good for large surfaces at high speeds.
Screen Printing
A method of applying adhesive in specific patterns by way of forcing it through a screen using a squeegee. The size of the screen openings determines the coating thickness.
Shear Strength
How resilient a material, such as a cured adhesive, is to a parallel stress acting upon it, which can cause an irreversible continuous, non-fracturing deformation.
The material surface upon which an adhesive is spread for bonding or coating. More specifically adherend.
Tensile Strength
A measurement of an adhesive’s bond strength based on how resistant it is to tension, being stretched and strained.
Transfer Printing
A fast method of applying a thin layer of adhesive in a precise pattern, such as on envelope flaps. Usually done using rollers; flat plates can also be used.
Wet Strength
An adhesive’s bond strength immediately after it has been immersed in a liquid under specified conditions of time, temperature and pressure.

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One Part RTV Silicone Passes Non-Cytotoxicity Standards

Designed for medical device manufacturing, MasterSil 711Med passes ISO 10993-5 testing. It is a one part, flowable, room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone which needs no mixing, and can be used for bonding, sealing, coating and form-in-place gasketing applications. This non-corrosive, translucent compound withstands many sterilization methods, including liquid sterilants, gamma radiation and EtO.MasterSil 711Med cures very quickly upon exposure to humidity or moisture. Curing speed is influenced by the humidity level, with higher humidity in the applied areas resulting in a faster cure. Additionally, thinner sections cure more quickly than... Read More About This

Dual Curable Adhesive Offers Rapid Fixturing with LED Light

Master Bond LED415DC90 is a one component adhesive system that cures rapidly upon exposure to a 405 nm wavelength LED light source without any oxygen inhibition. The rate of cure depends upon the intensity of the light source, the thickness of the adhesive layer and the distance from the light to the adhesive. This no-mix system requires a post cure with heat, and adheres well to both similar and dissimilar substrates. “Conventional light curing adhesives do not allow light penetration beyond 1 mm. LED415DC90’s key distinguishing factor is its ability... Read More About This

Toughened, Non-Drip Epoxy Meets NASA Low Outgassing Specifications

Master Bond EP40ND is a two component epoxy system, designed for bonding, sealing and coating applications. It is a non-drip, toughened system with an easy to use 1:1 mix ratio by weight or volume. EP40ND meets NASA low outgassing specifications and has a high elongation of 80-90% at 75°F. It adheres well to many plastics, such as polycarbonates and acrylics, making it appropriate for applications that use substrates prone to stress cracking. This flexible system provides a low tensile modulus of 1,000-1,500 psi, and a relatively high lap shear strength... Read More About This

Electrically Isolating Epoxy Features Ultra High Heat Transfer Capability

Master Bond EP5TC-80 is a one part, NASA low outgassing rated epoxy that achieves a thermal conductivity of 3.3-3.7 W/(m·K), while also retaining its electrical non-conductivity. It requires a cure at only 80°C for 1.5 to 2 hours. To optimize performance properties a post cure of 1-2 hours at 80°C is recommended. Featuring a thixotropic paste consistency, this compound adheres well to a variety of substrates such as metals, composites, glass, ceramics, and many plastics. It is formulated for bonding, sealing and small encapsulating applications. EP5TC-80 is electrically insulating, with... Read More About This

Toughened One Part Epoxy Withstands Thermal Cycling

Master Bond EP17TF is a one part epoxy with a paste consistency, that can be readily dispensed evenly and uniformly. It has a moderately high glass transition temperature (Tg) of 150-155°C and a wide service temperature range from -150°F to +550°F. Designed to compensate for thermal mismatches, this compound resists impact, vibration, shock and rigorous thermal cycling. EP17TF is a reliable electrical insulator, possessing a volume resistivity greater than 1015 ohm-cm and a dielectric constant of 4.5 at 60 Hz at room temperature. It maintains its electrical insulation properties, even... Read More About This

Thermally Conductive, Electrically Insulative Epoxy for Medical Device Applications

Master Bond EP40TCMed is a two part, room temperature curing epoxy system that meets the requirements of ISO 10993-5 for non-cytotoxicity. It is thermally conductive, electrically non-conductive and can be utilized as an adhesive or sealant in various medical and wearable device applications. This toughened epoxy delivers an elongation of 60-70%. It has good strength properties with a tensile lap shear strength between 2,300 and 2,500 psi, a T-peel strength of 40-60 pli and a low tensile modulus of 5,000-15,000 psi at room temperature, making it ideal for applications where... Read More About This