Course Overview

Waterborne adhesives are a logical choice for many end use applications where versatile and environmentally friendly solutions are desired. These low VOC (volatile organic compounds) adhesives are easily formulated to optimize performance for a wide variety of applications where water clean-up is important. This class will help you to select, design, apply and trouble shoot your adhesive package and ultimately add to your bottom line.

The two-day course reviews the base polymers used in waterborne adhesives today and how to formulate with additives for specific applications. Attendees will learn common methods of application as well as mechanical and rheological behavior of the adhesive before and after bonding.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed to deliver fundamental knowledge of formulating and use of waterborne adhesive and is ideal for anyone involved with selecting, formulating and/ or implementing waterborne adhesive and sealant technology – chemists, application engineers, sales and marketing staff from manufacturers, raw material & equipment suppliers and consumer good companies that use adhesives and sealants.

Tentative Course Topics


Waterborne Market Overview


Assembly, Packaging and Construction Applications


Base Polymers Used in Waterborne Applications

Acrylic, VA/VAE emulsions, polyurethane dispersions and hybrids


Additives for Improving Properties

Tackifiers, plasticizers, surfactant, defoamers, rheology modifiers, antioxidants/stabilizers/biocides


Mechanical and Rheological Fundamentals and Characterization


Application Equipment

The Waterborne Short Course is Co-located with WAC2021

Participants are invited to attend the Welcome Reception on April 19th at no additional charge to network with the industry.

Taught by Academic Partners, Industry Experts and Consultants

Course format allows for ample time for both panel and one on one discussions for valuable networking and maximum, relevant educations. Combined with full conference registration, this venue will fully enrich the new and veteran adhesive professional with foundations and innovations across markets and geography and networking of peers, suppliers and manufacturers.

If you have general questions, contact Connie Howe at or Martha Mittelstaedt at

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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



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


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!


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!


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.


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


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.


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,



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!

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.

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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,



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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Keep informed about WAC 2021 dates & happenings. 

WAC Organizer:


For WAC to be successful for the global adhesive and sealant community for which it is held, ASC, as host, must ensure it is scheduled at a time most suitable for its international attendees.

Global uncertainty about the economy and the Covid-19 health crisis remains a concern through mid-2021. Therefore, with strong support from our Asian and European partners, we decided that the responsible decision was to move the 10th World Adhesive and Sealant Conference (WAC) to 2022.

We are diligently working to deliver a world-class event that will be memorable for all participants for years to come. More details about WAC 2022 will be announced soon.

Bill Allmond

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

WAC Co-Organizers:


WAC Co-Promoters:


The Adhesive and Sealants Manufacturers Association of Canada (ASMAC)


Japan Adhesive Industry Association (JAIA)


Korea Adhesive Industry Association (KAIA)


Taiwan Synthetic Resins & Adhesives Industrial Association (TSRAIA)


China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association (CATIA)


Bangladesh Adhesive Manufacturers Association (BAMA)

(301) 986-9700



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