Crain's Akron Bsuiness: Akron adhesives startup hopes new products will stick

Sue Walton, Associate Editor with Crain’s Akron Business, featured Akron Ascent Innovations in a recent article. Sue, who previously reported on AAI in June 2017, provides a unique perspective on AAI’s growth trajectory and transition from lab-scale to commercial-scale production. Read the full article here.

After years of laying the groundwork, a local startup has launched its first products to consumers, hoping buyers will help company official figure out where its work will best stick…[AAI] last month launched sales of its ShearGrip-brand fiber-based, dry-adhesive products online.

About AAI:

AAI is a start-up company based in Akron, OH that has developed a revolutionary new type of ultra-low tack, removable adhesives material made from nanofibers. This new class of materials is able to achieve a strong, but easily removable, bond between surfaces through nanoscale interactions. This approach to adhesion was inspired by nature and is widely used in the animal kingdom, including beetles and geckos.  AAI’s platform approach to dry adhesion can be used for a range of applications, ranging from temporary signage, wall hanging hooks, and picture frame tabs, to automotive assembly, food packaging, and smart clothing.

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Learn more about ShearGrip®, AAI’s revolutionary new bio-inspired dry adhesive, at

Consumer products made with ShearGrip® dry adhesive now available at