BETHESDA, MD – Three of the leading trade associations representing the adhesives and sealants industry have collaborated to harmonize the industry’s classification manual. The “2012 ASC-CATIA-FEICA Adhesives and Sealants Classification Manual” provides a common set of market definitions and product categories that can be used in the adhesives and sealants industry. This is the first time that China, Europe and North America have harmonized the classification manual. In 2008, ASC and FEICA harmonized their respective manuals.

The manual will ease the compilation and comparison of market report data and improve the overall understanding and accuracy of the industry. China’s addition to the harmonized classification manual is important, as China’s market continues to grow and is now the leader in terms of overall sales.

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