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Monday morning began with a General Session, featuring two speakers. Alois Linder, executive vice president-Adhesives at Henkel KGaA, spoke on sustainability. He said that “sustainability equals future viability” and that the challenges to sustainability include: global warming, water (“the gold of the 21st century”), waste, poverty and chemical exposure.
Adhesive and sealant companies can exploit the sustainability opportunities by working jointly with raw material suppliers, industrial customers and retailers, he said.
“Sustainability is a prerequisite for future success,” Linder said. He said that sustainability is not a burden but an opportunity for our industry. We should work together to make it happen.