Advanced Adhesives

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Advanced Adhesives's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Advanced Adhesives is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.advancedadhesives.co.uk

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Managing Director
GrahamCrozier
Advanced Adhesives, a Newcastle-based adhesives specialist,
develops and manufactures cutting-edge bonding
solutions. Managing Director, Graham Crozier, says the
technical solutions he offers are so innovative, they are actually
helping to “drive industry”. The firm has been delivering adhesive
products for more than 20 years and prides itself on being able to
provide “supreme support” every step of the way. Graham tells
The Parliamentary Review
that Advanced Adhesives strives to excel
over competitors and deliver clients the best-possible outcome.
When I joined the Royal Air Force after school, I didn’t realise how the experience
would shape my later career. I qualified as an aircraft engineer and worked on
Jaguar and Tornado aircraft for 13 years. When I left the RAF, I went on to use my
technical and engineering knowledge in a sales role in the adhesives industry.
At first, I worked for a multinational adhesive manufacturer, but it wasn’t long
before I decided to establish my own company, Advanced Adhesives, which I did
in 1997. Twenty-three years later, following a huge amount of hard work, I am
delighted with our progress.
Our products encompass a wide range of anaerobic, hybrid structural, UV-curable,
epoxy and cyanoacrylate adhesives, among others. Our service spans adhesive
manufacture and supply, adhesive consultancy, product testing, and production-
line optimisation.
We supply an impressive and growing number of companies both in the UK and
overseas and have built a solid reputation, with much of our business coming from
FACTS ABOUT
ADVANCED ADHESIVES
»Managing Director:
GrahamCrozier
»Established in 1997
»Based in Newcastle
»Services: Manufacture and
development of adhesive
products
»No. of employees: 7
Advanced Adhesives
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INDUSTRY & PRODUCTION
delighted customers who recommend
us to others across the globe.
Impressive growth and
investment
Over the last five years, we have grown
turnover year on year. Our turnover hit
£1.5 million last year, and the upward
trend is scheduled to continue, thanks
to a project for a current customer.
If all goes according to plan, the
orders we expect from developing a
specific adhesive to suit this customer’s
application will serve to increase our
global presence and accelerate our
growth further.
This sustained growth, backed by an
absolute belief in the need for future
planning, has seen us budget yearly for
the investment in buildings, equipment
and, importantly, staff that we need
to facilitate our expansion. Over the
last few years, we have invested over
£100,000 in a tensometer, a climatic
chamber, an impact tester and other
lab and manufacturing equipment
so that we can provide customers
with first-class product development
and testing support, in-house, thus
ensuring our adhesives provide them
with safer and more durable products.
Not just an adhesives supplier
My early career provided an
unparalleled technical advantage,
because it gave me a unique insight
into the challenges and frustrations
faced daily by many of our customers.
Today, it allows us to offer prompt,
well-informed advice, often within very
tight deadlines, when adhesives from
other manufacturers may have been
put to the test and failed.
Our market positioning is as a specialist
in adhesives, not just a supplier. We
look at a customer’s requirements
and develop and supply an adhesive
for a specific purpose. Our state-
of-the-art lab facilities enable us to
offer solutions-based R&D support,
which is what fuels our growth.
We can test our adhesives under
extreme conditions to their absolute
limit, ensuring each product is fit for
purpose. Our climatic chamber, for
example, can age a product by ten
years in 42 days, something which
gives our customers the assurance that
the adhesives we manufacture work,
and will continue to work in their
applications, with longevity.
Such in-house facilities are rare for
companies of our size, but we see
them as an investment in our future
– and, what’s more, we provide
access to them for all our customers,
whatever their size and spend with us.
While our enthusiasm and desire to
please our customers are equivalent
to our technical ability and service
delivery, our accreditation to ISO
standards is equally important to
demonstrate to our customers that
Customer components
under tensile shear test
Such in-house
facilities are
rare for
companies of
our size, but
we see them
as an
investment in
our future
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
30 | ADVANCED ADHESIVES
High-temperature adhesive peel
test
Managing Director
GrahamCrozier
Advanced Adhesives, a Newcastle-based adhesives specialist,
develops and manufactures cutting-edge bonding
solutions. Managing Director, Graham Crozier, says the
technical solutions he offers are so innovative, they are actually
helping to “drive industry”. The firm has been delivering adhesive
products for more than 20 years and prides itself on being able to
provide “supreme support” every step of the way. Graham tells
The Parliamentary Review
that Advanced Adhesives strives to excel
over competitors and deliver clients the best-possible outcome.
When I joined the Royal Air Force after school, I didn’t realise how the experience
would shape my later career. I qualified as an aircraft engineer and worked on
Jaguar and Tornado aircraft for 13 years. When I left the RAF, I went on to use my
technical and engineering knowledge in a sales role in the adhesives industry.
At first, I worked for a multinational adhesive manufacturer, but it wasn’t long
before I decided to establish my own company, Advanced Adhesives, which I did
in 1997. Twenty-three years later, following a huge amount of hard work, I am
delighted with our progress.
Our products encompass a wide range of anaerobic, hybrid structural, UV-curable,
epoxy and cyanoacrylate adhesives, among others. Our service spans adhesive
manufacture and supply, adhesive consultancy, product testing, and production-
line optimisation.
We supply an impressive and growing number of companies both in the UK and
overseas and have built a solid reputation, with much of our business coming from
FACTS ABOUT
ADVANCED ADHESIVES
»Managing Director:
GrahamCrozier
»Established in 1997
»Based in Newcastle
»Services: Manufacture and
development of adhesive
products
»No. of employees: 7
Advanced Adhesives
31ADVANCED ADHESIVES |
INDUSTRY & PRODUCTION
delighted customers who recommend
us to others across the globe.
Impressive growth and
investment
Over the last five years, we have grown
turnover year on year. Our turnover hit
£1.5 million last year, and the upward
trend is scheduled to continue, thanks
to a project for a current customer.
If all goes according to plan, the
orders we expect from developing a
specific adhesive to suit this customer’s
application will serve to increase our
global presence and accelerate our
growth further.
This sustained growth, backed by an
absolute belief in the need for future
planning, has seen us budget yearly for
the investment in buildings, equipment
and, importantly, staff that we need
to facilitate our expansion. Over the
last few years, we have invested over
£100,000 in a tensometer, a climatic
chamber, an impact tester and other
lab and manufacturing equipment
so that we can provide customers
with first-class product development
and testing support, in-house, thus
ensuring our adhesives provide them
with safer and more durable products.
Not just an adhesives supplier
My early career provided an
unparalleled technical advantage,
because it gave me a unique insight
into the challenges and frustrations
faced daily by many of our customers.
Today, it allows us to offer prompt,
well-informed advice, often within very
tight deadlines, when adhesives from
other manufacturers may have been
put to the test and failed.
Our market positioning is as a specialist
in adhesives, not just a supplier. We
look at a customer’s requirements
and develop and supply an adhesive
for a specific purpose. Our state-
of-the-art lab facilities enable us to
offer solutions-based R&D support,
which is what fuels our growth.
We can test our adhesives under
extreme conditions to their absolute
limit, ensuring each product is fit for
purpose. Our climatic chamber, for
example, can age a product by ten
years in 42 days, something which
gives our customers the assurance that
the adhesives we manufacture work,
and will continue to work in their
applications, with longevity.
Such in-house facilities are rare for
companies of our size, but we see
them as an investment in our future
– and, what’s more, we provide
access to them for all our customers,
whatever their size and spend with us.
While our enthusiasm and desire to
please our customers are equivalent
to our technical ability and service
delivery, our accreditation to ISO
standards is equally important to
demonstrate to our customers that
Customer components
under tensile shear test
Such in-house
facilities are
rare for
companies of
our size, but
we see them
as an
investment in
our future
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they are dealing with a quality supplier.
We hold and have held ISO 9001 and
14001 for many years.
Bonding the unbondable
At heart, I am a problem solver, and
I won’t be beaten when it comes to
finding the right technical solution.
Generally, companies tend to have
problems joining two surfaces
together, but once we have solved
their problem, we sell glue. In such
situations, once customers can see the
technical solution we propose is rock
solid and their production line is up
and running again, they become our
best advocates. That’s one of the most
rewarding aspects of the job.
A few years ago, we launched a project
to “bond the unbondable”. Bentley
were developing a new lightweight
dashboard, which was designed to be
lighter than the current dashboard,
dimensionally stable, cost-effective
and recyclable. However, the material
selected, polypropylene, was very
difficult to bond, so we successfully
developed an adhesive that did the
job effectively while withstanding the
high temperatures the adhesive needed
to withstand. This was a standout
moment in our 22-yearhistory.
This type of solutions-based success for
a brand as prestigious as Bentley has
since opened doors for us throughout
the automotive sector, which sees us
providing similar support for the new
London taxis. We are also looking at a
new range of applications for electric
vehicles, which is a market that we
expect will have massive potential forus.
Planning for future success
One of the biggest challenges we face
is continuing to adapt to changing
legislation. While we appreciate and
support this regulation, it requires a lot
of compliance work, especially when it
comes to shipping our products, which
are classed as chemicals. With the
introduction of the REACH directive,
a European directive for chemical
registration, together with UFI
registration, we must ensure that all
our chemicals are compliant for use in
Europe and beyond. Additionally, we
need to ensure that everyone involved
in handling our products is aware of
the requirements. Our employees have
been on courses relating to handling,
regulation and shipping of dangerous
goods – which is essential training if
we are to remain compliant.
As for the future, it is looking very
good. The potential for business
growth in the short and medium term
is both realistic and achievable, and
our consistent commitment to great
customer service is now bringing its
own rewards. It’s fair to say we’ve
glued everything from rubber ducks to
luxury cars, so we’ll be sticking to this
tried-and-tested formula for success –
because it works.
Our consistent
commitment
to great
customer
service is now
bringing its
own rewards.
It’s fair to say
we’ve glued
everything
from rubber
ducks to
luxury cars
Age testing components
in climatic chamber

www.advancedadhesives.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Advanced Adhesives. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development