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Bostik Unveils New Industry Standard for Hardwood Flooring Installation

Feb 6, 2014

Bostik, Inc. (bostik-us.com), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, has introduced a groundbreaking new adhesion technology, “Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology.” This cutting-edge innovation is slated to raise the standard for single-solution, hardwood flooring installation adhesives.

 

In a nutshell, most of today’s hardwood adhesives contain linear polymer chains that only link to other molecules at each end. With Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology, Bostik introduces a revolutionary molecule featuring three branches, just like a tripod. These unique molecules are able to link in three locations instead of only two, creating a much stronger bond for hardwood flooring installation. And, having this branched “tripod molecule” also means that Tri-Linking polymers become more entangled, creating a tighter, interwoven layer that improves overall bond strength, moisture protection and sound reduction at optimal levels.

 

“Bostik has a long history of creating transformative innovation,” said Mike Jenkins, Business Director, Consumer & Construction Business Unit at Bostik. “Over two decades ago, we launched Bostik’s Best which changed the industry and remains the top-selling hardwood flooring adhesive of all time. Next, we launched products that offered unlimited moisture vapor protection and Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology, eliminating moisture testing, reducing noise and simplifying installation. Now, Bostik’s global Axios™ technology, the next wave of innovation, continues our industry-leading position of offering Smart Solutions that make installers as productive and profitable as possible.”

 

In addition to having superior bonding, moisture protection and sound reduction performance, Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology is also easy-to-clean from prefinished hardwood flooring both before and after curing. It can be cleaned with a simple plastic scraper and buffed with a dry cloth.

 

Two product formulations of Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology engineered for hardwood flooring installations were introduced in January of 2014:

• Ultra-Set SingleStep2™ is a high-performance adhesive, moisture control and sound reduction membrane all in one. It contains SoundGuard™ sound reduction barrier that outperforms quarter-inch-thick cork underlayment. It also contains Bostik’s patent-pending Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology, ensuring proper membrane thickness between hardwood flooring and substrate.

• GreenForce™ delivers the superior bonding, unlimited moisture vapor protection and ease of cleaning (before and after curing) offered by Axios™ technology. Priced lower because it does not include Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology or SoundGuard™ sound reduction capabilities, this makes GreenForce™ ideal for jobs where sound reduction and membrane thickness control aren’t primary considerations.

 

Bostik formally unveiled Axios™ in January of 2014. For more information or quotes, please contact Eric Kurtz, Market Manager – Hardwood & Soft Flooring Systems, at eric.kurtz@bostik-us.com.

 

About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales in excess of $2 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Total. Visit bostik-us.com for more information.

 

Contact information

Chris Eichman

Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit

Phone: 414-607-1265 Email: christopher.eichman@bostik-us.com www.bostik-us.com