AUSTRIA • The AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2016, to be held in Vienna, 13-15 April, is bringing new features to this well-established industry forum and meeting point for the world’s release liner industry. With Dean Scarborough, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avery Dennison as conference keynote speaker and a dedicated expert release liner recycling workshop on the opening day, the 2016 event promises to be of real interest to industry participants across the value chain.
A central feature of the conference program is the executive leadership panel discussion featuring Michael Apperson, (Loparex), Marita Paasch, (Mondi Advanced Materials), and Robert Hansen, (Dow Corning) as well as Dean Scarborough, and moderated by Corey Reardon. In parallel, a second panel discussion will bring together knowledge leaders in silicone and coating technology: Sean Duffy (Bluestar Silicones), Dr Hans Lautenschlager (Wacker Chemie), Stefan Stadtmueller (Evonik), Alex Knott (Dow Corning Silicones), and Jos Delis (Momentive Performance Materials), moderated by Dr Pablo Steenwinkel (Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe).
To enable delegates to pursue their special interests, an afternoon of concurrent sessions offers a choice: a workshop on “Growth through Innovation”, with a follow-up discussion, led by Michael Ohler (BMGI); or a discussion on successful leadership today, “Tales of Talent and Leadership”, led by Wilco van Zwieten (Papyrus Converting Services). Expert speakers across release liner’s many end-use market areas, from labels to graphics, medical, specialty tapes and industrial applications, as well as supplier updates, complete the formal conference program.
The new release liner recycling workshop and focus group that opens the event’s proceedings on 13 April features an update on current status from FINAT and examines key issues and opportunities in terms of recycling and sustainability and the importance of liner recycling to lower environmental impact, and ends with a discussion – and a call to action.