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 and Sealants Industry

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

Adhesives and sealants enable advances in nearly every consumer or durable good imaginable. As CEO of the largest pure-play adhesives company in the world, Mr. Owens will review the future of the industry 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 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.

3M State of Science Index

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

Adhesives and sealants enable advances in nearly every consumer or durable good imaginable. As CEO of the largest pure-play adhesives company in the world, Mr. Owens will review the future of the industry 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 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.