Innovation Awards Program
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2017 ASC Innovation Awards


Innovation clearly drives value through the value chain. The ASC innovation awards will recognize companies that have made efforts to differentiate and make significant impact in the marketplace.

Winners of the award will:

•  Be recognized at the ASC Annual Spring Convention
•  Be featured in outbound ASC press release to the entire ASC database
•  Receive an award recognizing the achievement
•  Lunch with ASC Chairman of the Board & ASC President

These awards identify significant impact chemistries that contribute to downstream industries unmet needs and advancements in technology. The awards are intended to foster and encourage innovation across the Adhesive & Sealant Industry.


There are TWO Awards given annually:

  • Innovation Award
  • Small Business Innovation Award ($50 million or less in annual sales globally)


2017 Innovation Award Winners Announced!

ASC held its first ever Innovation awards at the Annual Spring Conference in Atlanta April 3-5, 20017.


The Innovation awards had two categories: small business, and the primary award.


Organik Kimya - The primary award was presented to Simone Kaslowski, CEO of Organik Kimya, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey. The lead developer for the technology is Filiz Ozturk, Business Unit Manager for industrial adhesives. The Development from Organik Kimya was entitled “A Novel Process and Packaging Technology For Hot Melt Pressure Sensitive Adhesives.” To learn more please review a short video presentation HERE.

Resinate Materials Group took home the small business award for the development titled; “Creating a Circular Economy by converting PET scrap to Polyester Polyols for Adhesives Synthesis.” The lead developer and accepting the award was Shakti Mukerjee, Director of Product & Process Development and Mike Christy, Staff Chemist. To learn more about this development please review a short video presentation HERE.




Raw material suppliers and/or manufactures of adhesives and or sealants can submit for the award. The award can also be submitted collectively between raw material supplier and manufacturer. One combined entry shall be submitted for that scenario.

Recipients of these awards will demonstrate the value proposition of the novel chemistry and added value in a field application or improvement in design and chemical process. The awards are an annual award. There will be two awards a year that will be presented at the ASC Spring Convention at the welcome reception.

ASC along with the Board of Directors, Membership Committee have developed these awards under the long range plan objective, "Innovation". ASC will help accelerate innovation by recognizing its leading members with this new prestigious awards program.


Please review the official Nomination Package document before using the submission form.

IMPORTANT: Submissions not complying with sections A-E of the Nomination Package will NOT be accepted by ASC. We REQUIRE sections A-E to be completed for your submission to be judged.




NOTE: Submissions for 2017 are NOW CLOSED. Deadline was January 31, 2017.


Submissions for 2018 will begin soon after the 2017 ASC Annual Convention & EXPO in Atlanta. Check back in May 2017 or watch your inbox for notification!

Meet the Judges

Deb Bhattacharjee, Synergy Services

Deb is a recently retired industry consultant with special expertise on new business development, R&D and business strategy development, merger and acquisition with strategic partnership, and innovation with novel product development. During over 30 years of Dow career, he led NBD and innovation in a variety of applications including coatings, adhesives, sealants and foams. Specific examples of innovation include novel adhesives for food packaging, polyurethane and hybrid polymer dispersions, sustainable flexible packaging, PU run flat tire, CFC & HCFC-free rigid polyurethane foams with improved insulation,etc. He has over 75 patents and patent applications, numerous publications in renowned journals and has presented extensively in conferences.

Dr. Greg Schueneman, US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory

Dr. Greg Schueneman is the current President of The Adhesion Society and a supervisory materials research engineer and Project Leader of the Forest Biopolymer Science & Engineering group at the US Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. His research is focused on the conversion of forest based nanomaterials for use in traditionally petroleum based materials applications such as adhesives, coatings, sealants, and composites. Prior to joining the Forest Products Laboratory he had 10 years of industrial experience.

Ed Hortelano, Global Vice President for R&D at Loparex

Ed Hortelano is the Global Vice President for R&D at Loparex, responsible for all product development and research for the company. He has over 25 years of experience with polyurethanes, adhesives, and release liners in a variety of leadership positions in the US and Asia. He has a PhD in physical organic chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit.



Award Submission Form:

(Submissions for 2017 are NOW CLOSED. Deadline was January 31, 2017)


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