IPS Corporation, the US manufacturer of Weld-On® structural adhesives, acquired Holdtite Adhesives Ltd in the UK last year.

This expansion, heralded by Holdtite’s recent move to a new facility in Washington, Tyne & Wear, UK, includes investment in people, technology, equipment and processes. This will allow IPS Structural Adhesives to offer a broader portfolio of adhesive products while focusing on new product and application development. The new facility will enabling shipping times of three days to anywhere in Europe.

IPS Structural Adhesives has also announced plans to merge its premier brands, Weld-On, Holdtite and Macroplexx, into a single brand. The new SCIGRIP Smarter Adhesives Solutions brand will debut at the JEC Composites Show in Paris this month.

With the joining of the Holdtite, Macroplexx and Weld-On brands, SCIGRIP Smart Adhesive Solutions product offerings have expanded to include 10:1 and 1:1 methylmethacrylate (MMA), anaerobic, cyanoacrylate (CA) and ultra violet (UV) cure adhesives. SCIGRIP products are low volatile organic compound (VOC) adhesives.

“We take seriously our commitment to be true solutions providers for our customers and this merger will enhance our abilities with a much broader technology platform,” says John Reeves, President of IPS Structural Adhesives Corporation. “Weld-On, Holdtite and Macroplexx have strong research and development teams focused on addressing our customers’ specific application demands with proven solutions. It’s a great marriage of two strong product lines.”