Self-Adhesive Joint Tape speeds drywall finishing process.

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PRONTO(TM) Joint Tape is self-adhesive tape that covers both factory and butt joints and eliminates first coat of joint compound, removing several time-consuming steps from traditional drywall finishing process. In Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, perforated tape, at 614°F, exhibited flame spread index of 15, with smoke developed index of 25.

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Innovative Drywall Joint Tape Introduced to Construction Industry at Intex

Innovative Drywall Joint Tape Introduced to Construction Industry at Intex Expo

LAS VEGAS, March 26, 2008 - At Intex EXPO 2008, National Adhesives is introducing to the drywall construction industry PRONTO(TM) Joint Tape, a new self-adhesive joint tape for professional drywall installation.

PRONTO Joint Tape evenly covers both factory and butt joints, eliminates the first coat of joint compound, and removes several time-consuming steps from the traditional drywall finishing process. The tape can save drywall installers up to 25% of their overall drywall finishing cost, according to National Adhesives officials. Typical process time for finishing drywall is 3 to 5 days. PRONTO Joint Tape replaces the first four steps of the process, including "waiting for the compound to dry" (which saves a full day), cutting costs in labor, commuting, site prep and clean up time.

Made by National Adhesives, a global leader in industrial adhesives technology, PRONTO Joint Tape is a profiled, perforated tape that decreases cycle time, reduces labor and joint compound costs and provides a consistent first coat quality while eliminating pesky bubbles.

In testing conducted by a certified independent lab, PRONTO Joint Tape (product # 88CRN1) performed exceedingly well in the Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials ASTM E84-08*. The maximum temperature observed in the test was 614 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the extreme temperature of the test, the product exhibited a flame spread index of only 15, with a smoke developed index of only 25, according to James Nowicki, Senior R&D Manager, National Adhesives.

For more information about PRONTO Joint Tape, visit or call 1-888-5PRONTO (1-888-577-6686).

National Adhesives ( is a unit of National Starch and Chemical Company, which had worldwide sales of $4 billion in 2007. National Adhesives offers hot melt, liquid emulsion and solvent-borne solution adhesives to customers worldwide. National Adhesives' products are based on polyurethane, acrylic, rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate, epoxy, polyvinyl acetate and starch and dextrin chemistries. National has its headquarters in Bridgewater, NJ, and is a member of the ICI Group, an Akzo Nobel company.

National Starch and Chemical Company is dedicated to meeting the needs and expectations of customers without compromising its commitment to sustainability. National Starch supports sustainability through its continuous efforts to improve the safety, health and environment of the communities in which it operates. For detailed information on National Starch's sustainability program, visit

*ASTM E84-08. Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials.

ASTM International. 2008.

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