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Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015


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Steve Duren
Senior Director, Member Services
(301) 986-9700 ext. 105





ASC Event Offers Collaboration Opportunity for Adhesive and Sealant Stakeholders

Bethesda, MD – May 13, 2014 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is inviting industry to participate in its “Sustainability Forum,” being held July 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD.   

The ASC Sustainability Forum will provide an opportunity for the adhesive and sealant supply chain to discuss all aspects of sustainability and provide a platform for dialogue with attendees.  

“Sustainability continues to be discussed as an industry trend, but the views and perceptions of sustainability can be completely different, depending on where you are within the adhesives and sealant value chain,” notes Steve Duren, Senior Director of Member Services at ASC. “ASC is calling on the entire supply chain to attend this important Forum – designed to share information while also discussing all aspects of the sustainability trend, in order to collaborate efficiently and effectively as in industry.

The ASC Sustainability Forum will offer attendees an opportunity to learn, while also actively participating in discussions on where the industry should be heading as it relates to this industry opportunity.

The ASC Sustainability Forum will feature two key note speakers that will outline overall opportunities they believe can be found within the sustainability arena.  The key notes will be followed by a series of panels that allow various elements of the supply chain to discuss their unique views on sustainability.    The Panels will include customers, raw materials suppliers, formulators, academics and regulatory agencies and non-governmental organizations.

The confirmed roster of speakers follows:

Key Note presentations will be made by:

  • David Constable- Director (Green Chemistry Institute-GCI)

  • Jerry Yudelson - CEO (Green Building Institute-GBI)

Panel Participants will include:

Value Creation Panel:

  • Jeff Uhrig - CEO (Sirrus Inc)

  • Stephen Willging – Global Technology Advisor (HB Fuller)

  • Nellie Perry – Vice President (Argus Dewitt)

  • MJ Maloof – Investment Director (Saudi Armaco Energy Ventures)

  • Jim Charron- Vice President of Application Development (Bayer Material Science LLC)

  • David Andersen – Marketing-Business Development, ICIS (MODERATOR)

Customer Panel:

  • Paul Bertram – Director of Environment and Sustainability (Kingspan Insulated Panels)

  • Rus Perry – Managing Director (Smith Group)

  • Ben Meaige- Senior Materials Engineer (Honda)

  • Arnold Barlow- Senior Marketing Manager (United Parcel Service- UPS)

  • Steve Duren -Senior Director of Membership- ASC- (MODERATOR)

Chemical Disclosure Panel:

  • David Widawsky- Director of Economics, Exposure and Technology Division (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-EPA)

  • Anne Mason, Senior Director (American Chemistry Council-ACC)

  • Bill Freeman, Technical Director (Resilient Flooring Institute)

  • Pam Spencer, Product Sustainability Director-Toxicology  (Dow Chemical)

  • Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice President Risk, Quality & Sustainability Management (Sika) MODERATOR

  • Ujjval Vyas, Principal (Alberti Group) 

Technology Panel

  • Dr. Hassan Rmaile – Chief Technology Officer (HB Fuller)

  • Mike Chronister – Chief Technology Officer (DAP)

  • Michael Harwell – Vice President of Product Development (Henkel)

  • Steve Lontchar – Vice President Technology (Dritac Flooring Products) MODERATOR


Research Panel

  • Dr. Wei Zhang – Professor and Director of Green Chemistry (University of Massachusetts)

  • Dr. Chao Jun Li – Professor (McGill University)

  • Dr. Kaichang Li –  Professor (Oregon State University)

  • David Constable- Director (Green Chemistry Institute-GCI) MODERATOR

”ASC’s Sustainability Forum will be an opportunity to learn, to share, and to collaborate,” adds Duren.  “We look forward to the dialogue and conversation that will certainly follow each of the thought provoking dialogues.

This ASC Sustainability Forum is the second event ASC has hosted on this topic.  In 2011, the Council held a Sustainability Summit designed to foster open dialogue and follow up actions to support the industry.  In 2012 and 2013, ASC began a process to help define sustainability within ASTM’s D14 and C24 committees as a direct outcome of the Summit.  This year’s Forum is developed to include more opportunities for dialogue and debate on where the industry feels sustainability is heading, and how the industry may need to change or adjust.

The ASC Sustainability Forum is the first face-to-face program that supports the Community Knowledge Integration objective of the newly adopted Council Long Range Plan.  The goal of the Forums are to spur dialogue and conversation, as opposed to sitting in the room listening to presentations.  

“We anticipate the Sustainability Forum will be a lively discussion – call it a debate – on this important trend and how it impacts our sector,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “ASC works to support all aspects of the adhesives and sealants supply chain, and this Forum is an important piece of the communication puzzle to make sure we are responding in a way that adds the strongest value possible.”

ASC invite all industry stakeholders (member or non-members) to attend the meeting, share their thoughts on how sustainability impacts the industry.  Information, including the full agenda and registration fees, can be foundhere.




The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit



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