FEICA’s 2017 European Adhesive and Sealant Conference and Expo takes place September 13-15 in Forte Village, Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy. The event consistently attracts more than 500 industry professionals from around the world.

The Role of Innovation

The conference begins with the Business Forum plenary session. Recent FEICA conferences have dedicated this session to topics tackling that most important of issues: the pursuit of growth. This year’s Business Forum, titled “Driving Innovation,” builds on this theme by examining sources of innovation and how they can deliver growth. To capture all sources of innovation, FEICA has taken a broad view of the topic, recognizing that innovation can be stimulated from many directions: “pull” from customers; “push” from suppliers, from competitors or new entrants to the market; learning from other industries; and, internally, from your own staff, working in a culture that nurtures innovation.

To bring an authoritative external perspective, the following keynote speakers are scheduled:

  • Hugo Maria Schally, Ph.D., Head of Unit, Directorate General “Environment,” European Commission. Schally, who addresses sustainable production, products and consumption, coordinates the follow-up to the new EU package on the “circular economy” and the development and implementation of a number of EU policies and instruments in support of the transition to a circular economy.
  • Roger Martin-Fagg, a behavioral economist who combines insight into the financial and policy worlds with management strategy. He is an expert in dissecting today’s economic headlines and clarifying their consequences.

In addition, industry leaders representing various links in the adhesive and sealant supply chain will share their experiences of exploiting innovation to achieve growth. Delegates will learn how to optimize their own innovation strategy. The Business Forum will end with a panel discussion with a Q&A for attendees.

Key Adhesive and Sealant Topics

After the Business Forum, the conference program divides into a series of parallel breakout sessions, including:

  • Market trends and innovation
  • New approaches to isocyanates and polyurethane adhesives and sealants
  • Elastomers and elastic adhesives
  • Innovations in construction
  • Improvements in hot melts and water-based adhesives
  • Olefin-based hot melts
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Safe use of adhesives
  • Pressure-sensitive adhesives
  • Bio-based adhesives
  • Additives and resin

Tabletop Exhibition

A tabletop exhibition will take place alongside the conference, which provides an opportunity for delegates to meet producers, distributors, suppliers, and service providers involved in the adhesive and sealant industry. More than 30 exhibitors are currently signed up. (see sidebar, p. 36).

Networking and Social Program

In addition to its business and technical content, the event will provide networking opportunities and a social program for delegates. Formulators, customers and raw materials suppliers can meet in a relaxed environment to discuss industry trends and the wider business environment, while a range of exciting social activities offer the opportunity to meet new business contacts and connect with established friends. These include the Welcome Cocktail on the first evening and the Conference Dinner, “A Night in Sardinia,” on Thursday, September 14. In addition, an accompanying partners program offers delegates’ guests the opportunity to participate in regional excursions. ASI

For more information, visit www.feica-conferences.com or contact Kristel Ons, communication and event manager, phone (32) 2792-7517 or email k.ons@feica.eu.

2017 Exhibitors*


Adhäsion – Adhesion

ASI Magazine

ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH

Bitoner Resin


BYK Additives


Coperion GmbH


Eastman Chemical Co.

Emerald Performance Materials

Emerell AG

Ergon International Inc.




Imerys Carbonates

JPB Industry

King Honor International Ltd.

Langley Smith & Co. Ltd.


Nynas AB

Nordson EFD


PCC Rokita

Poly-clip System


Risun Polymer International Co. Ltd

Showa Denko




Techcon Systems

Total Fluides

United Performance Materials Corp.

*as of 5/12/17