will the Canadian countermeasure tariffs affect you?

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, News

It’s coming:  The Department of Finance Canada has issued its notice of intent to impose countermeasures in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminum products.

On June 1, 2018, the Department of Finance Canada issued a list of countermeasure tariffs which will take effect on July 1, 2018.  These countermeasures targeted a wide range of products which include (obviously) steel and aluminum but also include stainless steel, food products (stock up on ketchup), paper and wood products, household goods, and some types of appliances.

Where the new tariffs affect us (and our customers) is in the area of adhesives in small package sizes:
"HS Code 3506.10.xx.xx:  Products suitable for use as glues or adhesives, put up for retail sale as glues or adhesives, not exceeding a weight of 1 kg."

Certain adhesive products which we currently supply in 400ml tubes (or smaller) are now subject to an additional tariff upon import into Canada as of July 1, 2018.  As of now, this category of products is subject to a 10% tariff.  Larger package quantities (1kg or larger) are not subject to this tariff.

We are reaching out to those customers we know will be affected by this change, and will work with them to minimize the impact of these new tariffs.

You can see the text issued by the Department of Canada Finance by clicking here.  

Adhesives and the Argo

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives

Recently, we were called out to a local repair facility for a project that involved an Argo 8×8 ATV.  These ATV’s are known for their durability and versatility, not to mention their ability to operate on land or in the water.

This particular Argo had developed a leak in its inner tub, caused by wear from the tracks rubbing the inside of the wheel well. The hole was a crescent-shaped scar on a rounded part of the tub.  This wasn’t going to be an easy patch job.  They contacted the dealer looking for a solution, but they dealer suggested a sheet metal patch, lots of silicone and rivets.  RIVETS!  They actually suggested making more holes in a machine that is subject to massive vibration.  The owner of the Argo felt this wasn’t a great option and felt it would only create more leaks (and headaches) down the road.

Part of the problem with this application is that the tub of the Argo is made of a type of plastic that is known to be difficult to bond.  Some versions of low density Polyethylene are nearly impossible to bond, and so repair shops often resort to “mechanical” fixes like rivets and silicone.  In this situation, the constant vibration of the machine could have caused the rivets to wear even larger holes in the plastic.  Furthermore, there was no guarantee that silicone would provide a long-lasting seal.

Naturally, they were looking for alternatives.

With the help of our technical experts at ASI, we identified the best adhesive to use on the tub of the Argo is our Maximum Performance 2:1 epoxy, the MP54420.  With its high viscosity formula and 20-30 minute fixture time, it has time to flow into large (and small) gaps, then cure to a hard but flexible finish.


This solution gives them some great benefits:

  • We did not have to create more holes in the Argo.
  • We avoided the use of messy silicones, and did not have to cut or shape any sheet metal.
  • The total cost of the repair was less than $100 (including $60 for the re-usable dispensing gun)  and there was adhesive left over.
  • The machine is field-ready within hours.
  • One 50ml tube is enough for multiple repairs (depending on the size of the holes, of course)
  • This epoxy will last through extreme temperature ranges (-60F to +250F) once cured.

This particular project is not going to morph into large-scale business from this particular customer, but it does highlight an application that many might overlook.

What Do Those Date Numbers Mean?

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives

20141017_143708All the adhesive products that we offer come stamped with a code that shows the exact date of manufacture.  Knowing that most of our adhesives have a 12 month shelf life, this date is particularly important.  The date, however, isn’t in a typical MM-DD-YY format.  In the picture, you can see the manufacture date code is 214121. Here’s what it means:

214 is the year:  2014

121 refers to the day of the year.  In this case, the 121st day of the year, or May 1st.  

How does this help you?  When organizing your inventory, always use the oldest batches first.  That way you can always expect the same results and quality.

Hope this helps!  If you have any questions about our adhesives, call us or use our Contact Form to reach us!

Introducing Arctic Spas

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in About Us, Adhesives

I’d like to introduce one of our customers!  Arctic Spas has long been a trusted name in Spas and Hot Tubs, and we’re proud that they would use our adhesives in their world-class tubs. Arctic Spas® was founded in 1994. The ownership group is a unique group of guys, having all grown up on farms and in small rural communities of western Canada, where the value of your word far outweighed your commercial success. We have carried those same values through the entire culture of our business. We pride ourselves on listening and supporting our customers, dealers and employees alike. Visit one of our showrooms or our factories and speak with anyone, it is obvious we all take providing the best product and service in the industry very seriously.We have always been known for our product quality and innovation. Our focus continues to be on offering the most innovative designs, provide a wonderful hot tub experience, costing less to operate, and require the least amount of maintenance. Our spas combine the most advanced spa technology with world-class construction techniques to ensure your enjoyment for years to come. Want to learn more about Arctic Spas? Click on their logo to visit their website.  Alternately, if you’re interested in the type of adhesives they use to make their tubs, use our Contact Form and send us a request! Steeves Agencies is a distributor of specialty hardware components including latches, hinges, drawer slides, plastic components, adhesives and much more.  We’ve been in business for over 30 years, and we’re proud to be a 100% Canadian-owned family business.  We’re here to help!

The TORO Test: Methacrylates In Action!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Methacrylates

Toro_thumbOn January 25, 2010, Winnipeg was hit with a blast of Arctic air, along with a LOT of snow, most which seemed to settle on or around our office.  NO PROBLEM!  We have our handy Toro snow blower to help dig us out! This machine’s been with the company so long, it has more seniority than 60% of our staff, so it’s not entirely surprising to find some of the parts on this machine are wearing out.

While in the process of cleaning our tiny parking lot, I noticed the chute (where the snow is ejected from the machine) was wobbling around, and about to fall off.  Upon further inspection, I discovered that the chute is attached to a sort of welded flange.  This flange is welded to the main body of the snow blower, and after years of use a section of the flange had broken off.

My first reaction  was “We need a welder, stat!”  but since I don’t have a welder (yet), and it would take too long  to take it to someone with a welder, I had to find another way.

Peter, our Salesman and resident adhesives expert suggested we glue it back together.  So that’s what we did!  After all, we stand behind our adhesives, right?

So we took a few minutes to discuss the details of our application:  Will this MP55310 bond metal to metal?  Turns out it’s not necessarily bonding “metal” to “metal”, since these are painted parts.  We did NOT remove the paint, so technically this is a ‘paint to paint’ bond.  Stay tuned for an upcoming article on “What Are You REALLY Bonding” for some good information on adhesives.

Anyway, back to the story.   e gathered the materials we needed to make our repair:

  • MP55310 Methacrylate Adhesive from ASI®
  • Manual Dispensing gun
  • Short Mixing Tube
  • C-clamps
  • disposable putty knife
  • plastic gloves
  • disposable shop rags/paper towels for cleanup

We removed the chute from the snow blower to allow easy access to the flange.  We used a wire brush to clean around the flange and particularly the damaged area from any loose debris or dirt.  We then positioned the flange section and began applying the adhesive all around the chute opening, making sure to fill the break completely.

Once the glue was applied, I used a putty knife to smooth out the adhesive on the underside of the flange (and to remove any excess).  After 30 minutes, the adhesive was already beginning to cure.



The very next day, I re-assembled the machine, fired it up, and moved a mountain of snow in –30C temperature.  The glue had been curing for just over 18 hours, and it held fast.

Want to know how our repair is holding up? Want to try this on your own?  Use our Contact Form and ask for an update or for some product information.

UPDATE!  – March 19, 2011:  The snow is almost gone now but we’ve had two major snowfalls since this article was posted.  I’m proud to say that the repair is holding up beautifully!  No signs of loosening of the bonded parts, no flexing, bending, chipping or peeling.  It’s a sight to behold.  In fact, today we had some visitors come to the office to see for themselves!  Yup, they heard that we’d repaired our snowblower’s discharge chute with glue, and they just had to see it with their own eyes.  They were amazed!

Cyanoacrylates and MDF: A Picture-Perfect Match!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Cyanoacrylates

ASI Adhesives – ASI Cyanoacrylate Adhesives and Bonding MDF, by Peter Atchison, Technical Sales Expert

Cyanoacrylate adhesives, next to wood glues, are the most common adhesives used in the world today. “CA’s” as they are commonly known, are in just about every toy, electronic component, automobile and home appliance on the market today, and simply put, they are amazing in terms of strength and durability on variety of the substrates: rubber, plastic, metal etc. What they’re lesser known for bonding is Wood and Wood Fibre based materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibre). MDF is widely used in home construction, home decoration (picture frames) or anywhere that traditional wood products have been used in the past.

What is MDF? We’re sure you’re going to say:”Wood!” And you’d be correct, but did you know almost all MDF products use a Formaldehyde resin to hold the particles together before being pressed into shape? And resins are plastics (in generic terms) which means that CA’s, which bond really well to most plastics, can be used to bond pieces of MDF together… in SECONDS! And yes……we mean seconds!

In the past year Steeves Agencies has been talking with numerous Art Galleries and framing stores and demonstrating how CA’s can improve productivity. To our credit, we’ve had a few early adopters. But in an industry steeped in traditional methods, a revolution has taken place. It had been common-place to have frame makers, or better yet, “Craftsmen and Artisans” create frames from hardwoods like Maple, Oak, Mahogany and other exotic woods. Well, just like everything else these days, even those craftsmen are becoming a thing of the past as the manufactures of framing materials have moved in to the modern age. The uses of plastics and new technologies have taken over and where those skilled craftsmen are unfortunately being turned into technicians and assemblers. More and more frame materials are being created by machines, chemical and moulded products like MDF and other Poly Plastics. But more notably is the techniques used to assemble them (Wood Glue, Nails, V-Nails etc) don’t work on these new materials very well, and as hard as they try…..there is failure in one manner or another. If there isn’t failure there certainly is an abundance of frustration because of them. But fear not, the CA’s are your NEW friend. Better yet, you don’t have to buy any costly tools, jigs or clamping devices to make them work. There is a technique to master and it isn’t too hard to learn.

The range of CA’s offered by ASI (Adhesive Systems Inc) and distributed by Steeves Agencies is very extensive; and range from as thin as water, to as thick as a gel…..it just depends on your application. In the world of picture frames, thicker is better because you don’t want the product to run once you place it. The next step is to apply what’s known as an “Activator” (heptane based) that when applied to the opposite part of the adjoining substrate triggers the CA to cure instantaneously on contact. There is of course the technique, I was speaking of earlier, but you need to test it and see just how best to perform the assembly without using too much (resulting in “ooze-out”) or too little (weak bond). It’s important to note, that with this kind of product, more isn’t always better. The purpose of the activator is to prevent the adhesive from migrating into the porous, moisture absorbing, substrate and essentially locks it in the joint where it belongs. And though there is some migration into the MDF, the adhesion and strength is better because it’s rooted in the MDF. Breaking the joint (which is always fun) results in the destruction of the substrate but the adhesive remains intact. In the world of adhesive sales, substrate failure is the measure of success.

My suggestion to you is to try them! You’ll be amazed!

-Peter Atchison

Want to learn more about CA’s and their many uses? Use our Contact Form to send a request, and Peter will contact you directly about your project!


Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Cyanoacrylates

RP-Series_thumbDurable Instant Adhesive Products and Sealants (Cyanoacrylates)

Our robust and versatile instant adhesives have many applications for utilization in your assembly operations. They have exceptionally fast curing times, leaving an indestructible bond that will hold up to the harshest of elements. The tenacity of these instant grab adhesives makes them a required manufacturing product in automotive, aerospace, and medical devices applications, among others. The diversity of our adhesive products ensures they are suitable for your specific assembly applications.

Instant adhesives

In the automotive industry, the metal-to-metal adhesive bonding capability of our adhesives is essential. Beyond metal-to-metal bonding, our adhesives also seal metal to other substrates, such as in rubber-to-metal bonding. This rubber-to-metal bonding is useful in aerospace applications and weather-stripping. We also have cyanoacrylate adhesives strictly for applications involved for medical devices. These durable instant adhesives are used in the assembly of a variety of medical equipment.

We offer many more instant adhesives that will work for all of your assembly applications. Our quality standards assure maximum performance, consistency, and reliability. If you need custom formulations for your instant adhesive requirements, our company can work directly with your company to formulate a product to your exact specifications or we can formulate a new product just to fit your company’s needs. We will work with you in developing high performance, cost-effective solutions to meet your application requirements.

Product Series:


Rubber/Plastic Series

Metal Bonding Series

Surface Insensitive Series

Fast Setting Series

Toughened Series

HP Series
Toughened / Black

NI Series
Low Odor / Low Bloom

Low Odor / Low Bloom

High Temperature Series

Medical Grade Series

Quick Tac

Poly Prep



Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives

image You’d be surprised at the number and variety of applications where adhesives could be used instead of staples, screws, or other mechanical fastening methods.  Our line of high-performance Adhesives will astound you.  Why would  you use an adhesive instead of, say, a nail?  A nail only provides support where it is installed.  Adhesives provide a structural bond along the entire bonded surface, providing a cleaner, better, stronger attachment.

From picture frames to kayaks and hot tubs, consider adhesives as an economical, quick and dependable solution for your manufacturing!

Call us today or use our Contact Form and our Adhesives specialist will contact you to discuss your application.

Not All Adhesives Are Created Equal

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Methacrylates

If you’ve ever used silicones, you know how overwhelming the smell can be. You may also know that too much of an overwhelming thing requires intervention from your Workplace Health and Safety Committee! The answer need not be “more ventilation” or “use only outdoors”!

Adhesive Systems offers a range of Methacrylate adhesives designed to bond a HUGE variety of materials. But don’t take our word for it- we’ll PROVE it with a demonstration in your facility AND…they’re available in any container or tube size you might need. Call today for your FREE demonstration! 

The MP 55000 SERIES is a complete family of two part methacrylate adhesives. These products are specifically engineered for structural bonding of nearly all thermoplastics, metals, and composite materials. They offer exceptional bond strength and are extremely durable adhesives. The MP 55000 SERIES provides outstanding performance in a wide range of applications in the transportation, solid surface, industrial, construction, and marine market areas.

Adhesive Dispensing Equipment by COX

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives


Cox Steeves Agencies is pleased to announce we are now an authorized distributor for COX Sealant and Adhesive Dispensing Equipment

COX is a manufacturer of quality adhesive and sealant dispensing equipment with manufacturing facilities in both the UK and North America (USA).

They offer a wide variety of dispensing equipment;COX dual component 400 ml multi-ratio BATTERY

– 1 part dispensers, for  10oz to 1.5 Gallons

– 2 part dispensers, for 50ml to 750 ml

– Sausage packs

– Trowel/ Pour- in

Most products are available in Manual, Pneumatic and now in Cordless.

Unlike of the dispensing products sold by big adhesive and sealant manufactures, COX only produces dispensing equipment for industrial applications.  Better yet, they can service what they sell.  You can also order the parts required to do any necessary repairs or maintenance yourself. Why be forced to replace your expensive equipment when you can replace the parts required to get it back into service as soon as possible.  We can supply you with drawing that includes all the part numbers required to keep your production moving.

COX dispensing products is the equipment of choice and recommended by “ASI adhesives”, of which Steeves is the exclusive distributor for Western Canada.

COX and Steeves Agencies are committed to bringing you high quality dispensing and adhesive products that can easily be adapted to your needs.