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2018 ASC Innovation Awards


About the Awards Program

The ASC Innovation Awards Program is designed to recognize innovation in adhesive and sealant product developments. These awards identify significant impact chemistries that contribute to downstream industries unmet needs and advancements in technology. The award is intended to foster and encourage innovation across the Adhesive & Sealant Industry. Raw material suppliers and/or manufactures of adhesives and or sealants can submit for the award as well as collectively.

There are TWO Awards Given Annually:

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


Winners of the Award Will:

  • Be awarded at a special ceremony at the ASC Annual Spring Convention
  • Display a poster detailing the technology at the Welcome Reception and during the Award Ceremony
  • Receive a beautiful crystal award recognizing the achievement
  • Be featured in an outbound ASC press release and on the ASC website Innovation Awards page
  • Be promoted on social media to the industry


How Does a New Product/Technology Win?

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.


To be eligible for an award, a nominated technology must meet the scope of the ASC Innovation Awards Program by meeting each of these five criteria:

  1. It must be a development with a significant chemistry component
  2. It must have a significant milestone in its development within the past five years
  3. The innovation must be described in detail in the submittal package
  4. The innovation will have a clearly communicated end user value proposition and supporting evidence of market insight and potential impact
  5. How the innovation was validated



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

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Innovation Awards was January 31, 2018.

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.


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.

2017 Winners

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 about this development 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.

Award Submission Form:

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Innovation Awards was January 31, 2018.



*Entries must be submitted by January 31, 2018

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