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Chemique Adhesives knocks a cricket bat challenge for six!

03 September 2018

There are numerous applications that require a method of bonding using an adhesive but even Chemique Adhesives was surprised when it was contacted by Squirrel Cricket, an Australian company founded by cricketing enthusiasts which offers innovative grips for cricket bats.

Squirrel Grips take the form of a specially profiled sleeve that users fit over the handle of the bat to help them “set and forget” the grip – that is, set it in the optimum position just once, so that they can then forget about it! The challenge was to find an adhesive that would be easy for the owner of a bat to apply themselves and would hold the grip securely in place. For help with this, Derek Aslett, Associate of Squirrel Cricket, contacted Chemique Adhesives.

“Derek found us on the Internet and gave us a call one day”, recalled John Bellerby, Technical Manager at Chemique Adhesives. “Even though we had never worked on sports equipment before we happily took on the challenge. We had a few calls back and forth and he sent me pictures of the handle, along with details of what he was hoping to achieve. We suggested our Axil 2302 natural rubber contact adhesive but, to be sure that it would meet Squirrel Crickets’ demanding requirements, we wanted to carry out practical trials.”

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA

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