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ASC Partners with ASTM International to Produce Adhesives and Sealants Sustainability Summit

Published on 2011-05-30. Author : SpecialChem

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is partnering with ASTM International (ASTM) to produce the inaugural "Adhesives and Sealants Sustainability Summit" July 26-27 at the Hyatt O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

The Sustainability Summit will provide an opportunity for the adhesive and sealant supply chain to discuss all aspects of sustainability as it relates to the sector.

"The trend of sustainability is no longer an emerging trend - it is an important part of the specification process for the industry, yet the market has not collaborated in order to agree on definitions, testing much less standards and measures," notes Matthew E. Croson, president of ASC. "ASC, in partnership with ASTM and its technical Committees D14 on Adhesives and C24 on Building Seals and Sealants that support adhesives and sealants, invite all industry stakeholders to attend this first ever event, and make sure their voice is heard when it comes to how green and sustainability impacts adhesives and sealants."

The ASC/ASTM Sustainability Summit will feature three key note speakers that will outline issues impacting the sector, followed by panels that are focused on important market sectors, including transportation, building/construction and packaging, where participants will discuss issues concerning sustainability within the respective market segments.

Keynote presentations will be made by:
  • Dr. Robert Peoples (Green Chemistry Institute)
  • Dr. Hermann Onusseit (Representing FEICA/Henkel)
  • Rik Master (USGBC Technical TAG /USG Corp.)

Panel participants will include:

Adhesives Panel Focused on Transportation:

  • George Pavlovich (Bayer Material Science)
  • Pat Rasico (Dow Chemical Co.-Automotive)
  • Rich Engler (EPA)
  • Nate Tortorella (John Deere)
  • Sandra Niks (ASTM D14 Chair) MODERATOR

Sealants Panel Focused on Building & Construction:

  • Tom O'Connor (The Smith Group)
  • James Van Schoyck (PFS Labs)
  • Michael Schmeida (Tremco)
  • Walter Cuculic (Green Your Home Consulting)
  • Ken Yarosh (Dow Corning/ASTM C24 Chairman/ASTM Board Member) MODERATOR

Adhesive Panel Focused on Packaging:

  • Steve Gailbreath (Arizona Chemical)
  • Jeff Smith (HB Fuller)
  • Deb Bhattacharjee (Dow Chemical Co.)
  • Tom Rolando (Wisdom Adhesives)
  • John Kalkowski (Packaging Digest) MODERATOR

"We look forward to working closely with the ASC team as we collaborate to begin the process of agreeing on the various aspects of sustainability that touch the adhesive and sealant sector," notes Pat Picariello, director, Developmental Operations at ASTM International. "ASC represents the industry, and ASTM represents the process for discussion; working together we are confident that the industry will begin the necessary conversations it needs in order to agree on what sustainability means to the marketplace."

ASC and ASTM invite all industry stakeholders to attend the meeting, share their thoughts on how sustainability impacts the industry.

About Adhesive and Sealant Council

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 114 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.

About ASTM

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

Source: ASTM

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