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The Ultimate One-Component Adhesive for Thin Porcelain Tile Panel Installations 

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, presents Bosti-Set, a premium adhesive and sound reduction membrane created specifically for thin porcelain tile panel installations. Offering unprecedented, instant grab and holding power, with just a single coat of adhesive on the back of the panel, wall installation is now much faster and easier. Outstanding workability allows panels to be repositioned for up to 30 minutes with no slip or sag. As a result, projects can be completed faster and safer, with more precision, while offering exceptional sound abatement properties. 

According to Bostik’s Eric Kurtz, LEED® Green Associate Market Manager – Hardwood, Resilient & Surface Preparation Systems, “Understanding this new category of tiling as well as current limitations in current installation techniques, Bostik R&D created a revolutionary new installation system. We developed a product that immediately grabbed porcelain tile panels in a single coat, did not allow any sag, yet made it possible for these panels to be repositionable for at least 30 minutes. Technologies used were environmentally friendly and contributed toward LEED® points. Above all, we created something that reduced project timelines. Via Bostik’s global technology center, chemists came up with an adhesive science breakthrough. We call that technology Tenirex; it can only be found in Bostik’s Bosti-Set thin porcelain tile panel adhesive and sound reduction membrane.”

Chad Bulen, Bostik’s Technical Services Manager added, “With Bosti-Set, projects calling for thin porcelain tile panels can now be installed in roughly half the time with a smaller crew than it took using previous techniques. Here’s why: A single layer of adhesive is troweled only onto the back of the panel, cutting the square footage necessary to trowel in half. Additionally, crewmembers dedicated to basics such as mixing, running mortar back-and-forth and similar functions, can now be re-directed to work on more skilled installation procedures.”

The patent-pending Bosti-Set is significantly lighter in weight with much greater coverage than typical mortars. It contains zero VOC's as calculated per SCAQMD Rule 1168 and contains 2% recycled material. Bostik’s patent-pending Thickness Control Spacer Technology built into Bosti-Set, helps ensure proper membrane thickness is maintained between tile panels and the substrate. Recycled rubber crumb particles mixed into the adhesive create optimal membrane sound reduction performance. And, Bostik’s Thickness Control™ spacers ensure a flat panel edge and easy alignment throughout.

“Roughly 30 years ago, porcelain tile was the new rage of the tile industry. Today, large format thin porcelain panels have become extremely popular for numerous reasons,” stated Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “In particular, because they solve so many installation problems. This newer category of high-technology tile products clearly needed the most state-of-the-art installation material. Time will tell that indeed, Bosti-Set is that product.” Learn more about the revolutionary Bosti-Set™ Here

About Bostik, an Arkema company 

Bostik, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group and a global player in specialty adhesives for the construction, consumer and industrial markets, develops innovative and multifunctional sealing and bonding solutions that have been shaping our daily lives for over 130 years. With an annual sales of 2.1 billion euros in 2019 and a presence in more than 40 countries 6,000 employees, the company is committed to meeting the major ecological, energy and technological challenges through its innovations. It is focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence to meet the expectations of its customers and partners. www.bostik.com 

About Arkema

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a world-leading technology portfolio to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials – Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials and Coating Solutions – accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, inter alia, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion in 2019, and operates in some 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide. www.arkema.com