Due to many factors related to COVID-19 beyond our control, including the State of Illinois banning gatherings of 1,000 people or more until May 1, 2020, The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), is forced to postpone the 2020 World Adhesive and Sealant Conference scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

ASC is working to secure dates to reschedule WAC 2020 at the same venue, the Hilton Chicago, for a later date in 2020 or 2021. The new dates for the event will be announced as soon as possible.

Attendees who have already booked rooms at the Hilton Chicago should be aware of the following message from Hilton regarding refunds HERE.

The health and well-being of all of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors are of the utmost importance. ASC will continue to keep you informed of further details related to the postponement and rescheduling.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work to secure a new date for WAC 2020. If you have questions, please send an email to

Who Should Attend?

Ideal for a Wide Range of Technical Participants

Entry level to experienced scientists who wish to learn the fundamentals of adhesives and adhesion would benefit from this course. Professionals from R&D, process development, manufacturing, tech service and applications who are developing products for a wide range of industries or using adhesives in their market applications. Technically inclined commercial professionals will receive a better understanding of the principles of adhesives, adhesion, performance applications and market overview.

Course Topics…


Introduction to Adhesive Markets & Technologies

David Speth, Evans Adhesives


Polymer Design for Adhesion: An Introduction

Tim Long, Virginia Tech


Rheology and Flow

Terri Chen, TA Instruments


Practical Surface Science

Chris Wohl, Consultant


Characterization - Mechanical, Physical, Thermal Properties

Rochelle Miller, Henkel


Hot Melt Adhesives

Tom Kauffman, H.B. Fuller


Waterborne Adhesives

Raj Hariharan, Mapei


Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Lars Kilian, Ashland


Reactives & Durability

Dmitriy Salnikov, 3M



Jay Johnson, Covestro LLC


Biobased Adhesives

Ramani Narayan, MSU


Automated Adhesive Dispensing

Larry Saidman, Nordson


Course Wrap Up


The Adhesive Science Short Course is Co-located with WAC2020

Taught by Academic Partners, Industry Experts and Consultants

Course format allows for ample time for both panel and one on one discussions for valuable networking and maximum, relevant educations. Combined with full conference registration, this venue will fully enrich the new and veteran adhesive professional with foundations and innovations across markets and geography and networking of peers, suppliers and manufacturers.

If you have general questions, contact Connie Howe at or Martha Mittelstaedt at

Countdown to WAC2020








The World Adhesive & Sealant Conference in 2020 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 2020 the event is being organized by The Adhesive & Sealant Council (United States) and takes place in Chicago, Illinois,  April 20 - 22, 2020



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.


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!

View a current list of exhibiting companies HERE.


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 2020!

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Connect in 2020
with the Global Adhesive & Sealant Industry!


A Grand Opening Reception & Dinner

Attendees can look forward to an entertaining and GRAND ‘Chicago Style’ Opening welcoming the global adhesive & sealant community to WAC 2020 in the ‘Windy City’ followed by a reception and dinner.


High Impact Keynotes

Subject matter experts and internationally recognized speakers will deliver highly impactful keynotes on timely subjects of interest to the adhesive & sealant industry


Educational Programming for Technical & Business Staff

Industry experts share their knowledge, expertise, and experience to keep you and your company up to date on the latest developments, technologies and business opportunities.


World Adhesive & Sealant EXPO

The 2020 World Adhesive & Sealant EXPO brings together global suppliers, distributors, and equipment manufacturers to meet the ever-growing needs of the industry.


Exclusive Networking Events

Held only once every four years, WAC is the premier international event to meet and network with industry professionals from around the world. Numerous events and opportunities to connect will be available!


2020 Innovation Awards

The 2020 ASC Innovation Awards recognize companies that have made efforts to differentiate and make significant impact in the marketplace. This year we focus on GLOBAL innovations! Be sure to join us as we announce the “2020 Innovation Award” winners.


Incredible SPONSORSHIP Opportunities for Companies

STAND ABOVE THE CROWD at WAC 2020. Exclusive opportunities are available to reach the global industry at this important event! Download the WAC Brochure for complete details, then contact Malinda Armstrong at +1 301-986-9700 x1106,



Chicago Entertainment & Fun Themed Activities

There’s a little something for everyone in Chicago including world-class museums, Michelin-star restaurants, live shows in one of over 200 theaters, guided tours, sporting events, shopping and unmatched nightlife. LOTS of fun in store for attendees!

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WAC 2020 Organizer:

“On behalf of The Adhesive and Sealant Council, our co-hosts and co-promoters, and the U.S. adhesive and sealant industry, we are extremely honored to welcome the global community to Chicago for the World Adhesive and Sealant Conference (WAC) April 20-22, 2020. We are diligently working to deliver a world-class event that will be memorable for all participants for years to come.”

Bill Allmond

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

WAC 2020 Co-Organizers:

WAC 2020 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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