Ellsworth Adhesives Europe supplies a range of catalysts and activators manufactured by Henkel Loctite, Permabond, Lord and 3M.
When a catalyst (also known as hardener) is added to a resin or base polymer, a reaction occurs and the result is a cured mass of product e.g. an adhesive, encapsulant or coating.
Activators are generally used to improve the quality of adhesion, and the activity of the surface(s) the system is being put onto. This product type also has the potential to decrease the curing time of an adhesive, such as a cyanoacrylate.