Bostik, the adhesives solutions segment of Arkema, is exhibiting a range of products, including its MSR sealant range and Born2Bond™ engineering adhesives portfolio, at the marine exhibition METSTRADE, to showcase how adhesives deliver more sustainable, convenient and high-performance manufacturing solutions, as well as reliable repair and maintenance for the marine industry. 

Taking centre stage will be the repair kit currently being used by all crews in the prestigious ‘Route du Rhum’ transatlantic sailing race, which embarked recently from Saint Malo, France. The repair kit is used in the event of any equipment failure or emergency repair, delivering a more sustainable approach than replacing parts.

Bostik METSTRADE Repair Kit
Bostik METSTRADE Repair Kit

The adhesives have been chosen for their fast-curing, high-strength, and optimum moisture, humidity and chemical resistance qualities. These qualities are crucial for the rigours of the sea and a global sailing challenge. They also provide the required anti-corrosive and hydrophobic qualities suitable for underwater and minute-size applications. Born2Bond™ instant adhesives are suitable for multiple substrates including metal, wood, leather, rubber, plastic composites and alloys.

The MSR SMP sealant range is solvent and isocyanate free, and provides very good UV, aging and salt and fresh-water resistance, making it ideal for marine applications such as deck caulking.

With recently improved formulations, the Born2Bond™ Ultra one-part, Structural two-part and Light Lock dual-cure (light and surface) cyanoacrylate adhesives enable deck repair without the need to dismantle the deck area. This is especially useful when artificial teak decking wears and bubbles, as it facilitates quick, easy and clean repairs without parts needing to be replaced.

Born2Bond™ anaerobic adhesives are essential for the assembly of mechanical parts (masts, tanks, pipe & fittings, etc.) and marine propulsion systems (motors, gearboxes, shafts, etc.). Born2Bond™ service products provide best-in-class solutions for cleaning, surface preparation and lubrication.

The repair kit features Bostik’s most prominent marine products, including two Bostik MMA SAF® 30-5 cartridges, two Bostik MMA SAF® 30-15 cartridges, eight Bostik Born2Bond™ Repair structural adhesives, a Bostik Born2Bond™ Ultra Gel instant adhesive, two Bostik MSR Construction Adhesives – which can be used both above and under the water line – and two Elium® Composite Patches.

Born2Bond™ demo kits with instant, anaerobic adhesives and service products will also be on display at METSRADE, helping the team to demonstrate how the engineering adhesives are fast and easy to use, even in the most challenging marine environments.

Polivio Goncalves, Head of Engineering Adhesives at Bostik, says Bostik utilises wide-ranging expertise to meet the needs of the marine industry:

Drawing on the global Bostik brand, and supported by our parent company, Arkema, and the ever-growing Born2Bond™ range of engineering adhesives, we are in an excellent position to provide dedicated marine product ranges that save time and energy. They also deliver the utmost in structural integrity, ideal for the exacting standards of the marine industry.”

Arkema, a major specialty materials company and Bostik’s parent company, is the headline sponsor of the Arkema Ocean Fifty trimaran, one of the yachts competing in the Route du Rhum race.

METSTRADE is the world’s largest exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems, and takes place in Amsterdam between 15-17 November 2022.

Bostik’s stand number is: 12.503, hall 12.

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 annual sales of 2 billion euros, a presence in more than 50 countries, and 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. For more information, please visit

About Born2Bond™

Born2Bond™ is Bostik’s range of innovative engineering adhesives, which are designed for by-the-dot bonding and address the exacting demands of contemporary product design and assembly. Suitable for mass production, it provides adhesives for advanced industries such as automotive, electronics, general assembly, luxury goods, medical devices and MRO, where quality of finish, complex design and safety are critical. The product range includes Instant Adhesives, Light Cure Adhesives, Anaerobic Adhesives, High Performance HM-PUR Adhesives, UV-CIPG Gasketing, UV-FG Gasketing, Service Products, with further product ranges in development.