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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces the 2021 World Adhesive and Sealant Conference & EXPO

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 6, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2020



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William Allmond

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August 6, 2020 – Alexandria, VA – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is pleased to officially announce the new dates and location of the 10th World Adhesive and Sealant Conference (WAC), which are April 19-21, 2021 at the Hilton Chicago. The theme is “Securing Our Future.” Serving as co-hosts are the Asia Regional Adhesive Council and FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry.

This global conference, hosted by ASC and originally scheduled for April 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19, is held once every four years and rotates between Asia, Europe, and North America.

“Because the World Adhesive and Sealant Conference is supported by and brings together the worldwide industry—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, and academia—in one place over the course of three days, it is truly unique and impactful,” said Bill Allmond, ASC’s President. “There is no other conference like it.”

“While we recognize the difficulties experienced in 2020, the World Adhesive and Sealant Conference, now scheduled for April 2021, will be a great way to reconnect to industry colleagues and gain valuable knowledge and insight to navigate the ‘new normal,’” said Brian McSwigan, Vice President of Business Development for Packaging Adhesives at Henkel Corporation and Chair of ASC. “There will continue to be significant opportunities across our industry’s markets driven by innovation, efficiency improvements and strong leadership. With the future outlook somewhat uncertain, there will continue to be concerns about international trade, raw material costs, government regulations, as well as public health. These challenges are felt globally and require increased focus within our industry,” he said.

WAC 2021 will feature keynotes from the industry’s leading companies and a full two-day program with more than 90 speakers presenting on sustainability, adhesives and raw materials development, key feedstocks, global regulatory developments, market disruptors, end user business needs, mergers and acquisitions, among others. Each region—Asia, Europe, and North America—will provide their unique viewpoint, providing attendees with a valuable opportunity to learn more about the latest developments taking place across the globe.

Additionally, the WAC EXPO will be held on April 20 and will feature more than 130 exhibitors.

“On behalf of The Adhesive and Sealant Council, our international co-hosts and co-promoters, and the U.S. adhesive and sealant industry, we are honored to welcome the global community to WAC 2021 and look forward to seeing you in Chicago,” Allmond said.


For more information about WAC 2021, visit




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 115 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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