Schedule at a Glance

Tentative Schedule for the 2021 World Adhesive & Sealant Conference

Keynotes Announced Below!

Call for Speakers Now Open

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Don’t Forget You Can Explore the “Windy City” of Chicago Before and After WAC2021

Chicago is an amazing city to explore! Tours and attractions are available HERE.

Confirmed Keynote Addresses

Each keynote will share their perspective on the regional and global outlook for the Adhesive and Sealant Industry as well as important industry-specific topics such as sustainability.

Connecting What Matters: The Future of the Adhesives Industry

Jim Owens, President & CEO
H.B. Fuller Company

Adhesives and sealants enable advances in nearly every consumer or durable good imaginable, and the events of 2020 have made our industry’s contributions even more important to improving people’s lives. As CEO of the largest pure-play adhesives company in the world, Mr. Owens will review the future of the industry in a post-pandemic environment and how technologies and bonding applications that were originally quite unrelated are becoming more closely integrated and even unified as they develop and advance. This growing trend presents both challenges and opportunities in the adhesives industry to leverage the new ways of working that emerged in 2020 and develop technologies that solve a range of performance challenges, including harsh environmental conditions and consumer preferences for lighter, safer, stronger, and more sustainable products. The session will highlight how critical people and ideas are in our industry and how important it is to develop innovative thinking at every level of the organization to elevate the value creation and importance of the adhesives industry.

LISTEN TO A PODCAST INTERVIEW

3M State of Science Index

Dr. Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate
3M Company

Science matters to us – at 3M we care about science. We wanted to understand the public’s perception around science, so we conducted a global third-party study called the ‘3M State of Science Index’ and what we found is that science is largely underappreciated, invisible or taken-for-granted. People don’t seem to understand or acknowledge the role of science in their daily lives but have huge expectations for what it should deliver in the future. It is clear science needs advocates, especially since 4 out of 10 surveyed said that if science didn’t exist their lives wouldn’t be any different!

It is also apparent that the relationship of science with people is complex. In fact, 85% of people surveyed admit they know little to nothing about science, but the same percent wish they knew more. Moreover, 87% of the global community believes we need science to solve the world’s problems. Nearly 60% of people interested in science say that they believe scientific advancements will benefit future generations. It was also interesting and perhaps not surprising to see that women trail men in the positive sentiment of science and almost 60% view scientists are elitists.

Jayshree was appointed as 3M’s first-ever Chief Science Advocate and she will be sharing the results of this multi-year survey, what 3M is doing about it, and a call for action for all of us.

Adhesives and Sealants Facing the Rising Trend of Sustainability: Risks and Opportunities

Vincent Legros, Chairman & CEO
Bostik

We will review during this presentation how the rising concerns around sustainability throughout the world can challenge the adhesives industry and can question the technologies which are in place. We will see how sustainability should be a key lever to increase the overall penetration of innovative solution in the adhesive industry and how we should increase even more the intimacy with our customers to take advantage of this rising trend.

LISTEN TO A PODCAST INTERVIEW

Supply Chain Lessons from COVID-19 for Adhesives and Sealants

Harry Moser, Founder & President
Reshoring Initiative®

COVID-19 has revealed deadly shortages of medical products due to 90 to 95% dependence on imports, especially from China. Similar dependence is true in many key industry sectors including defense material. It is now clear: shorter supply chains are stronger, more competitive supply chains. We will demonstrate that shorter supply chains are also more profitable for OEM and supplier for 20 to 40% of products. Tools to identify the 20 to 40% will be provided. Examples of adhesive and sealant reshoring and FDI (foreign direct investment) will be presented. Reshoring of adhesive/sealant intense products and how to convince OEMs to reshore more assembly will be presented.

 

Sunday April 18th:

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Explore Chicago

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Call for Speakers OPEN

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Registration & Speaker Ready Room Open

Noon – 5 p.m.
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Attendee Orientation

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
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International Association Heads Reception & Dinner

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (offsite)

Monday April 19th:

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Registration & Speaker Ready Room Open

6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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Waterborne Short Course

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MORE INFO

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B2B Workshop

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MORE INFO

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Call for Speakers OPEN

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ASC Board of Directors Meeting

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
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International Association Heads Lunch & Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (invite only)
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Opening Ceremony

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
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Welcome Reception & Dinner

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
More Info

Tuesday April 20th:

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Registration & Speaker Ready Room Open

6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Networking Breakfast

6:30 – 8:00 a.m.
SPONSORED BY: EASTMAN CHEMICAL

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Waterborne Short Course

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MORE INFO

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General Session Opening Keynote

Jim Owens, President & CEO, H.B. Fuller Company
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
SPONSORED BY: H.B. FULLER

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Sponsored Coffee Lounge

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
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Call for Speakers OPEN

*Tuesday Morning Education Sessions (9:15 - 11:45 a.m.):

 
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Call for Speakers OPEN

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Education Sessions

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General Session Lunch KEYNOTE

Dr. Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate, 3M Company
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

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2021 Innovation Awards

Following Keynote Address
12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
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Sponsored Coffee Lounge

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

*Tuesday Afternoon Education Sessions (1:15 - 3:00 p.m.):

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Education Sessions

TBA

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Call for Speakers OPEN

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Innovation Awards

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WAC EXPO & Reception

3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
More Info HERE

Wednesday April 21st:

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Registration & Speaker Ready Room Open

6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Networking Breakfast

6:30 – 8:00 a.m.
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ASC Gives Back Community Service Project

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
SPONSORED BY: KRATON
Located on-site. Join us as we network and assemble care packs for local veterans and assemble storytime kits for children.

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General Session Keynote

Vincent Legros, Chairman & CEO, Bostik
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

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Education Sessions

TBA

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Call for Speakers OPEN

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Sponsored Coffee Lounge

9:30 a.m. – Noon

*Wednesday Morning Education Sessions:

 
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Education Sessions

TBA

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Call for Speakers OPEN

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General Session Lunch Keynote

Erik Peterson, Partner & Managing Director, A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council
11:45 – 12:45 p.m.

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Regional Updates

Representatives from ARAC, FEICA and ASC will present key market trends and regulatory developments in their regions.
12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

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Sponsored Coffee Lounge

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

*Wednesday Afternoon Education Sessions:

 
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Education Sessions

TBA

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Call for Speakers OPEN

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Closing Ceremony & Gala Dinner

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
SPONSORED BY:
CHEMQUEST & MERIDIAN ADHESIVES GROUP
More Info HERE

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*PLEASE NOTE: Times, subjects, presentation titles and speakers are subject to change.

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The World Adhesive & Sealant Conference in 2021 is the most important INTERNATIONAL event for stakeholders in the Adhesive and Sealant industry worldwide. WAC takes place only once every four years alternating between the United States, Europe and Asia.

In 2021 the event is being organized by The Adhesive & Sealant Council

REVIEW THE PROGRAM

Conference

The WAC Conference will feature exclusive keynote addresses and educational sessions featuring subject matter experts from around the world. Speakers will share their knowledge and expertise on the latest business and technology developments and innovations and opportunities in the adhesive and sealant markets. Call for Speakers Now Open

EXPO

The World Adhesive EXPO is the adhesive and sealant industry's WORLD trade show, held only once every four years. Meet FACE to FACE with raw materials and service suppliers, distributors, and equipment manufacturers from around the world to discuss your needs and discover new products and services. EXCLUSIVE sponsorships are also available!

Networking

Held only once every four years, WAC is the premier international event to meet and network with industry professionals from around the world. NO OTHER event brings together this many adhesive and sealant suppliers, manufacturers, equipment companies, and end users in one place. WAC is indeed the place to be in 2021!

Don't Miss This Opportunity to Connect in 2021
with the Global Adhesive & Sealant Industry!

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Opening Reception & Dinner

Attendees can look forward to an entertaining and GRAND 'Chicago Style' Opening welcoming the global adhesive & sealant community to WAC 2021 in the 'Windy City' followed by a reception and dinner.

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High Impact Keynotes

Subject matter experts and internationally recognized speakers will deliver highly impactful keynotes on timely subjects of interest to the adhesive & sealant industry.

View confirmed keynotes for WAC2021 HERE.

Call for Speakers Now Open

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Educational Programming for Technical & Business Staff

Industry experts share their knowledge, expertise, and experience to keep you and your company up to date on the latest developments, technologies and business opportunities.

A Waterborne Short Course and a B2B Workshop will be offered at WAC2021 as well.

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Adhesive & Sealant EXPO

The 2021 World Adhesive & Sealant EXPO brings together global suppliers, distributors, and equipment manufacturers to meet the ever-growing needs of the industry.

Looking to reserve a BOOTH at the EXPO? Download the information packet for complete details, then contact Malinda Armstrong at +1 301-986-9700 x1106,  malinda.armstrong@ascouncil.org

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Exclusive Networking Events

Held only once every four years, WAC is the premier international event to meet and network with industry professionals from around the world. Numerous events and opportunities to connect will be available!
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2021 Innovation Awards

The 2021 ASC Innovation Awards recognize companies that have made efforts to differentiate and make significant impact in the marketplace. This year we focus on GLOBAL innovations! Be sure to join us as we announce the “2021 Innovation Award” winners.

Learn More

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Incredible SPONSORSHIP Opportunities for Companies

STAND ABOVE THE CROWD at WAC 2021. Exclusive opportunities are available to reach the global industry at this important event! Download an information packet for complete details, then contact Malinda Armstrong at +1 301-986-9700 x1106,  malinda.armstrong@ascouncil.org

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION

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Chicago Entertainment & Fun Themed Activities

There's a little something for everyone in Chicago including world-class museums, Michelin-star restaurants, live shows in one of over 200 theaters, guided tours, sporting events, shopping and unmatched nightlife. LOTS of fun in store for attendees!

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WAC 2021 Organizer:

 

“On behalf of The Adhesive and Sealant Council, our co-hosts and co-promoters, and the U.S. adhesive and sealant industry, we are extremely honored to welcome the global community to Chicago for the World Adhesive and Sealant Conference (WAC) April 19-21, 2021. We are diligently working to deliver a world-class event that will be memorable for all participants for years to come.”

Bill Allmond

President, The Adhesive & Sealant Council, U.S.A.

WAC 2021 Co-Organizers:

 
 

WAC 2021 Co-Promoters:

 

ASMAC

The Adhesive and Sealants Manufacturers Association of Canada (ASMAC)

JAIA

Japan Adhesive Industry Association (JAIA)

KAIA

Korea Adhesive Industry Association (KAIA)

TSRAIA

Taiwan Synthetic Resins & Adhesives Industrial Association (TSRAIA)

CATIA

China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association (CATIA)

BAMA

Bangladesh Adhesive Manufacturers Association (BAMA)

(301) 986-9700

 

WAC 2021 ORGANIZER

The Adhesive & Sealant Council

510 King Street Suite 418, Alexandria, VA 22314

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