Hilton Chicago | Chicago, Illinois

April 25 – 27, 2022


This exclusive international event will feature:

Educational Sessions | Keynote Addresses

EXPO Tradeshow | Networking Events

Hot Melt Short Course | Emerging Leaders Workshop




Updated U.S. Travel information

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States

On November 8, 2021, a new travel policy went into effect, announced by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requiring non-citizen, non-immigrant travelers to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 to enter the United States. This proclamation suspends the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants, and institutes new testing requirements for all travelers including U.S. Citizens.

This new policy rescinds the previous Schengen Travel restrictions and eliminates the National Interest Exception (NIE) program.


Call for Speakers

Share Your Knowledge and Innovations with the Global Community

Abstract Deadline: January 7, 2022

The World Adhesive & Sealant Conference in 2022 is the most important INTERNATIONAL event for stakeholders in the Adhesive and Sealant industry worldwide. WAC takes place only once every four years and was delayed twice due to the pandemic. This is now a HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EVENT!

Submit a presentation proposal (abstract) for inclusion in the 2022 World Adhesive & Sealant Conference program. Any new technology, market intelligence or timely topics relevant to the adhesive and sealant industry will be considered.

Suggested Topics Include:


Market/Adhesives Development

  • Disrupters: Technology, Applications,
    Macro Trends
  • Autonomous Vehicles Market and Needs,
    Chip Scarcity
  • Hygiene Markets
  • Novel Hot Melt Markets in Product Assembly
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis of
    Adhesive Joints

End User Needs

  • Adhesive and Sealant Challenges for
    Sustainable Packaging
  • Consumer Driven Trends; Hygiene or
  • Supply/Demand Challenges/Forecasting
  • Insights through Data Analysis

A Post Covid Environment

  • Changing Consumer Behaviors
  • Best Practices in Building & Maintaining
    Relationships in a Virtual World
  • Workforce Changes and Challenges
  • Global Comparisons in Post Covid Outcomes


  • Circular Economy
  • Asia, Europe, North America Developments

Supply Trends Across Value Chain

  • Oil, Gas, Biobased Feedstocks
  • Global Upstream Economics
  • Logistics and Procurement Challenges
  • International Shipping or Off-Shoring Initiatives
  • Forecasting through Challenging Times

Sustainability Measurements/Initiatives

  • Global Sustainability Efforts
  • End User Partnership with Suppliers
  • Carbon Rainbow
  • Life Cycle Analysis

Business to Business (B2B) Best Practice

  • Voice of Customer Best Data Practices

2022 Innovations

  • Innovative Chemistries, Products or Services

Don’t see your topic of interest?

Submit an abstract based on new technology or insight relevant to the industry for consideration.

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Welcome to Chicago, the “Windy City” – Rich in History and Culture.

Chicago is the ideal host city for the 2022 World Adhesive & Sealant Conference. This famous city has something for everyone – from world-class museums and Michelin-star restaurants to over 200 theatres with incredible shows, and don’t forget about the most amazing street food you’ll find anywhere in the U.S.! No matter what you love to do or where you’re from in the world, you’ll feel right at home doing it here! The Hilton Chicago is the official hotel for WAC 2022, offering attendees world-class amenities and hospitality.

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The World Adhesive & Sealant Conference in 2022 is the most important INTERNATIONAL event for stakeholders in the Adhesive and Sealant industry worldwide. WAC takes place only once every four years alternating between the United States, Europe and Asia.

In 2022 the event is being organized by The Adhesive & Sealant Council


The WAC Conference will feature exclusive keynote addresses and educational sessions featuring subject matter experts from around the world. Speakers will share their knowledge and expertise on the latest business and technology developments and innovations and opportunities in the adhesive and sealant markets.

Short Course

A Hot Melt Adhesives Short Course is co-located with the WAC2022. This technical course a two day short course that takes place April 25-26, 2022. This intensive course is designed to deliver fundamental knowledge of formulating and use of hot melts.




The World Adhesive EXPO is the adhesive and sealant industry's WORLD trade show, held only once every four years. Meet FACE to FACE with raw materials and service suppliers, distributors, and equipment manufacturers from around the world to discuss your needs and discover new products and services. EXCLUSIVE sponsorships are also available!



Interested in exhibiting? Reserve a booth or get more information using the link below...


Held only once every four years, WAC is the premier international event to meet and network with industry professionals from around the world. NO OTHER event brings together this many adhesive and sealant suppliers, manufacturers, equipment companies, and end users in one place. WAC is indeed the place to be in 2022!

The Hilton Chicago, Official Host Hotel

The World Adhesive & Sealant Conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago. Overlooking Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus, the Hilton Chicago offers breathtaking views and is in walking distance to so much. Hop on the ‘L’ to Chinatown or simply absorb the arts in Wabash Arts Corridor. Here you’ll enjoy unsurpassed amenities and world-class service.

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60605
Discounted rate:  Only $189!
Cut off:  April 2, 2022

Confirmed Keynote Addresses

Each keynote will share their perspective on the regional and global outlook for the Adhesive and Sealant Industry as well as important industry-specific topics such as sustainability.

Connecting What Matters: The Future of the Adhesives Industry

Jim Owens, President & CEO
H.B. Fuller Company

Adhesives and sealants enable advances in nearly every consumer or durable good imaginable, and the events of 2020 have made our industry’s contributions even more important to improving people’s lives. As CEO of the largest pure-play adhesives company in the world, Mr. Owens will review the future of the industry in a post-pandemic environment and how technologies and bonding applications that were originally quite unrelated are becoming more closely integrated and even unified as they develop and advance. This growing trend presents both challenges and opportunities in the adhesives industry to leverage the new ways of working that emerged in 2020 and develop technologies that solve a range of performance challenges, including harsh environmental conditions and consumer preferences for lighter, safer, stronger, and more sustainable products. The session will highlight how critical people and ideas are in our industry and how important it is to develop innovative thinking at every level of the organization to elevate the value creation and importance of the adhesives industry.


Adhesives and Sealants Facing the Rising Trend of Sustainability: Risks and Opportunities

Vincent Legros, Chairman & CEO

We will review during this presentation how the rising concerns around sustainability throughout the world can challenge the adhesives industry and can question the technologies which are in place. We will see how sustainability should be a key lever to increase the overall penetration of innovative solution in the adhesive industry and how we should increase even more the intimacy with our customers to take advantage of this rising trend.


Sticking with Science! The Need for STEM Advocacy

Dr. Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate
3M Company

Science matters to us – at 3M we care about science. We wanted to understand the public’s perception around science, so we conducted a global third-party study called the ‘3M State of Science Index’ and what we found is that science is largely underappreciated, invisible or taken-for-granted. People don’t seem to understand or acknowledge the role of science in their daily lives but have huge expectations for what it should deliver in the future. It is clear science needs advocates, especially since 4 out of 10 surveyed said that if science didn’t exist their lives wouldn’t be any different!

It is also apparent that the relationship of science with people is complex. In fact, 85% of people surveyed admit they know little to nothing about science, but the same percent wish they knew more. Moreover, 87% of the global community believes we need science to solve the world’s problems. Nearly 60% of people interested in science say that they believe scientific advancements will benefit future generations. It was also interesting and perhaps not surprising to see that women trail men in the positive sentiment of science and almost 60% view scientists are elitists.

Jayshree was appointed as 3M’s first-ever Chief Science Advocate and she will be sharing the results of this multi-year survey, what 3M is doing about it, and a call for action for all of us.

Supply Chain Lessons from COVID-19 for Adhesives and Sealants

Harry Moser, Founder & President
Reshoring Initiative®

COVID-19 has revealed deadly shortages of medical products due to 90 to 95% dependence on imports, especially from China. Similar dependence is true in many key industry sectors including defense material. It is now clear: shorter supply chains are stronger, more competitive supply chains. We will demonstrate that shorter supply chains are also more profitable for OEM and supplier for 20 to 40% of products. Tools to identify the 20 to 40% will be provided. Examples of adhesive and sealant reshoring and FDI (foreign direct investment) will be presented. Reshoring of adhesive/sealant intense products and how to convince OEMs to reshore more assembly will be presented.


WAC Organizer:


For WAC to be successful for the global adhesive and sealant community for which it is held, ASC, as host, must ensure it is scheduled at a time most suitable for its international attendees.

Global uncertainty about the economy and the Covid-19 health crisis remains a concern through mid-2021. Therefore, with strong support from our Asian and European partners, we decided that the responsible decision was to move the 10th World Adhesive and Sealant Conference (WAC) to 2022.

We are diligently working to deliver a world-class event that will be memorable for all participants for years to come. More details about WAC 2022 will be available soon.

Bill Allmond

President, The Adhesive & Sealant Council, U.S.A.

WAC Co-Organizers:


WAC Co-Promoters:


The Adhesive and Sealants Manufacturers Association of Canada (ASMAC)


Japan Adhesive Industry Association (JAIA)


Korea Adhesive Industry Association (KAIA)


Taiwan Synthetic Resins & Adhesives Industrial Association (TSRAIA)


China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association (CATIA)


Bangladesh Adhesive Manufacturers Association (BAMA)

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