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Lord and Wabash National Implement Adhesive Bonding in Vans

14 April 2008

Lord has signed a long-term agreement with Wabash National for the supply of Lord engineered adhesives and Lord Fusor aftermarket repair adhesives.

The agreement was signed at the Mid-America Trucking Show, held in Louisville, Ky. Adhesives manufactured by Lord will be used to replace traditional joining techniques in the assembly and repair of Wabash National trailers.

After conducting extensive benchmarking exercises, Wabash selected Lord from a broad pool of adhesive and sealant manufacturers. According to Rob Hancock, Vice President of Product Engineering at Wabash National, “We selected Lord because of their long and successful track record in structural bonding applications in the automotive, truck body and trailer industries, their technical expertise in truck body and trailer construction, extensive aftermarket and repair organization and their commitment to Wabash National’s success.”

According to Adam Conklin, Lord Account Manager, Lord Engineered Adhesives provide a solution for virtually every quality issue created by riveting and welding.

“Lord adhesives eliminate leak points, improve aesthetics, increase strength and rigidity, as well as eliminate galvanic, under-bond and general surface corrosion via proprietary Lord metal-bonding chemistry,” said Conklin. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Wabash National to bring these advantages to their class-leading trailers.”

Once structural bonding is implemented into production at Wabash National, Lord will supply Fusor Repair Adhesives and Procedures to Wabash National Trailer Centers, as well as Wabash National’s dealers, fleet customers and owner-operators.

“Not only is Fusor the market-leading brand in the automotive aftermarket repair industry, but Fusor adhesives and procedures also have been used in the dry freight/refrigerated van industry for more than a decade,” said Jim Perritt, Lord North America Sales Manager for Auto/Truck Aftermarket. “Off-road down-time and costs are significantly reduced when Lord Fusor adhesives are used in place of traditional patching and repair techniques.”

“We are honoured to be selected by Wabash National as their partner in the implementation of structural adhesive technology,” said Jack De Leon, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Lord Corporation. “Wabash is known for innovation and leadership in the transportation industry and we look forward to supporting their continued efforts.”





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