The Adhesive and Sealant Council’s (ASC) Annual Spring Convention and Expo, which will be held this month in Philadelphia, continues to be the largest gathering of professionals in the adhesive and sealant supply chain. With proximity to many ASC member companies, Philadelphia is an ideal meeting destination to network with peers and learn from experts on a variety of hot topics, writes Bill Almond, president of the ASC. Find program and expo details beginning on p. 18.

Adhesive bonds will be tested this October at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. A team of students from RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen plan to enter their self-constructed, solar-powered electric car in what could be the world’s toughest solar car race. Read more about the project on p. 31.

Manufacturing and applying solvent-based adhesives and coatings releases significant emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment. Regenerative thermal oxidizers can be the most effective and cost-efficient way to destroy VOCs in the adhesives and sealants industry. Turn to p. 32 to learn more.

There’s good news on the horizon for the global adhesives and sealants market, which is expected to reach $82.4 billion by 2025, according to a recent report. High demand for adhesives and sealants from the construction, packaging, assembly, and automotive sectors, coupled with their rapidly expanding application scope, are significant factors stimulating the growth. Learn more on p. 36.