This year, the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) Fall Convention and Expo will take place at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. From October 19-21, industry professionals, end users, and researchers will have the opportunity to network, visit the exhibition space, and learn and participate in various lectures and courses.


Exhibition and Networking

The Expo will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, and feature over 70 exhibitors highlighting their newest innovations and products. The convention will also host two receptions, one on Monday night, and one on Tuesday night, concurrently with the Expo. A welcome reception is scheduled for convention attendees on Monday night. There will also be a speed networking lunch on Tuesday afternoon, starting at noon. Space for this event is limited.


Convention Overview

The convention offers various lectures and panels in three simultaneous tracks over the course of the event. Topics will focus on business development and market trends, government relations issues, and advanced technology. There will also be a short course presented on Monday to discuss polyurethane adhesives. The short course is available to registrants only.


Keynote Speakers

Four keynote addresses will be given over the course of the event (see the Program Schedule here). On Tuesday morning, Bill Flanagan, executive vice president for corporate relations, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, will present “A Great American Comeback: Pittsburgh’s Story of Transformation through Innovation.” Flanagan came to the area in the early 1980s, and has covered the area’s comeback as a broadcast business reporter and has worked in the economic and community development sectors. He will share Pittsburgh’s civil engineering secrets.

On Wednesday morning, Dan Adams, founder of The AIM Institute, will give a talk entitled “The Awkward Realities of B2B innovation.” He will delve into how businesses launch innovative products and explore market needs.

On Wednesday afternoon, an ASC Connect keynote lunch will be hosted by ASC Chair Traci Jensen, Treasurer Chuck Williams, and President Matt Croson. They will discuss initiatives for member and company growth; their address is open to both members and nonmembers.

The closing keynote on Wednesday night will be given by Anind Dey, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. In an address entitled “Enabling an Open Internet of Things,” Dey will talk about creating an open infrastructure of IoT devices in order to take full advantage of this industry advancement.

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Online Extra

Visit to listen to a podcast with keynote speaker Dan Adams, founder of The AIM Institute.