WAC2012 “Creating the Future”
We live in a time of increasing uncertainty, from the emergence of new markets, technologies and business models to the challenges of climate change, from political instability to more regulation. To successfully overcome these changes we need to adopt a pro-active approach aimed at creating our own future.
WAC2012 will act as a crystal ball, presenting a variety of potential outcomes for selected key challenges facing our Industry, providing greater clarity and freeing the conference participants from their own opinions, wishful thinking, and assumptions about the future of the Adhesive and Sealant Sector.
Our ultimate goal is for every delegate to take away from the conference information and ideas that will help them develop more robust and flexible strategies, make better decisions, pursue new directions, and adapt and grow their business in a rapidly changing world.
Wednesday 19 September 2012
Session 1 - TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Population growth, urbanisation and rising standards of living continue to place increasing demands on our finite supply of natural resources. Evidence is mounting that we cannot achieve a sustainable future by the linear extension of our current way of doing business. But is it possible to meet the three criteria to success: minimising environmental and social impacts, improving functionality and balancing economics?
The answer is yes and this session, introduced by HENKEL, will demonstrate the contribution of adhesives and sealants as enablers of sustainable solutions delivering “greener” performance and using greener technologies. We shall provide an update about the world wide environmental regulations too.
Break Out Sessions
Track 1 - A&S Industry Challenges from Customers
We offer an overview of the general requirements of the adhesive and sealants industry of the future focussing upon recyclability and sustainability , and offering the view from the customers’ perspective about eco-labelling and ecological orientation.
Track 2 - Technologies for Sustainability
New technologies as a way to achieve more sustainability
Track 3 - The Green Performance of Adhesives & Sealants
Insights of the adhesives community to highlight the “green performance” of adhesive applications instead of focussing upon the "green" content" of an adhesive.
Track 4 - Worldwide Regulation Pressure
An update about upcoming environmental regulatory requirements for our sector in key regions of the world.
Session 2 - THE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION
To meet future challenges evolving our technology isn’t good enough; our Industry needs to step up a gear and enter into the technology re-volution. Such revolution will happen if all the actors in the entire supply chain cooperate together to create added value in a time efficient manner.
The second session, introduced by BOSTIK, will deliver an overview of key innovations in four technology areas critical to the future of adhesives and sealants.
Break Out Sessions
Track 1 - State of the Art of Silane Terminated Systems
This track reflects the increasing importance of Silane terminated systems and provides an overview over the different technologies available on the market.
Track 2 - The Edge of Hotmelt Technology
Recent developments in hotmelts including oxidative degradation, lower melting temperatures and adhesion to difficult substrates will be presented.
Track 3 - New Building Blocks for Reactive Systems
New elements to achieve innovative properties in reactive systems with respect to efficiency and better ecological footprints.
Track 4 – Advanced Technologies for Improved PSA Properties
The latest developments in PSA formulations. New raw materials, recyclability and the outlook for Pressure Sensitive Adhesives.
Thursday 20 September 2012
Session 3 - SECURE RAW MATERIAL SOURCING
For several years, our industry has been confronted with numerous raw material supply disruptions and price
increases which has led to margins erosion and the redirection of precious R&D resource to product reformulation instead of true product innovation and improved bottom lines. This session, introduced by SIKA, will provide insights and solutions to these challenges.
Break Out Sessions
Track 1 - Strategic Outlook
A view about the future of the raw material base and the constraints imposed by the future availability from the oil based supply chain for adhesives and sealants.
Track 2 - Ways to bio-based Raw Materials
This track will deliver a more detailed view about developments for more sustainable or bio-based raw materials.
Track 3 - Innovative Alternatives for Raw Materials under Pressure
The focus will be upon raw materials to replace existing substances under growing pressure from new safety legislation.
Track 4 - Innovation in Design and Performance
Exploring ways to improve product ranges and applications with innovative approaches.
Friday 21 September 2012
Session 4 - CREATING VALUE - ENTREPRENEURSHIP ... DESIGN ... INNOVATION
Move away from commodity markets, let us fast track you towards creating customer value beyond pure
product innovation. The last session, introduced by HB Fuller, will explore value creation through new
applications, innovative management models, advanced customer services, expanding into the emerging
markets of the BRICS countries or by offering lightweight design.
Break Out Sessions
Track 1 – Innovative Solutions for Adhesives & Sealants
Innovative solutions through smart materials or clever processes.
Track 2 - Challenges and Opportunities to Management
Uncover new opportunities created by market globalisation and its impact on company management.
Track 3 - Progressive Problem Solving
Reflect how smart approaches can help our industry to maintain its competitive edge.
Track 4 - Adhesives as Enabler for Lightweight Design
Adhesives play a critical role in the design of composite lightweight structures and its contribution to provide sustainable solutions in the transportation industry.
Track 5 - BRICS Countries Alliance Forum
This forum of the new BRICS Countries Alliance will provide you with comprehensive insights into how it may affect the A&S Industry around the world. Experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will share their views and debate with the audience.
Speakers’ Briefing (.pdf 438KB)