October is shaping up to be an exciting month, with two major in-person industry events: The Adhesive and Sealant Council’s (ASC) Annual Convention & EXPO and The ASSEMBLY Show. Both events will feature various learning and technical sessions, exhibitions, and myriad networking activities to provide attendees with opportunities to expand their knowledge and interact with peers.

“It’ll be about two years since we had the industry together when we finally meet in Orlando the last week in October,” says Bill Allmond, president of the ASC. “We’re really excited.”

The ASC’s event will feature a short course, keynotes and technical sessions on various topics relevant to the industry, and an EXPO featuring about 80 exhibitors. The council’s annual Executive Leadership Conference will be held directly following the convention, providing additional industry insights tailored for senior-level executives. Read more in “Reconnecting at the ASC’s Convention & EXPO” and watch my full interview with Allmond.

How will adhesives and sealants be represented at The ASSEMBLY Show, you ask? I wondered the same thing. To find out, I spoke with John Sprovieri, who serves as editor-in-chief of our sister publication, ASSEMBLY magazine. He shared that adhesive bonding will be the topic of several educational sessions, while the show floor will feature suppliers of finished adhesives, dispensing equipment, surface preparation technologies, and more. Learn more in “ASSEMBLY in Action” and watch as Sprovieri shares additional details.

Speaking of assembly, Sika is supporting the Peak Evolution expedition. The aim of the project is to develop a fully solar-powered vehicle that the team will drive to the top of the world’s tallest active volcano—Nevado Ojos del Salado in Chile at 6,893 m—and achieve a world record. Structural adhesives are being used throughout the assembly of this vehicle, providing strong bonds and stability for the rugged journey. “Structural Adhesives are Reaching New Heights with an Innovative Electric Vehicle” has the details.