Last week I attended the 8th World Adhesive & Sealant Conference 2012 in Paris attracting more than 900 participants from around the globe. Under the conference’s official slogan "Creating the future”, the general mood was that the adhesive industry will have to face up to the issues of sustainability and bio-based raw materials if it is to succeed in this.
When I am thinking about latest trends and technologies I come across all the time with the same topics: sustainability, low VOC, high-performance, functional and so on. Every year we are performing surveys at different conferences asking the coatings experts what the most important future trends are and the answer is always pretty much the same. Is the coatings technology moving in a circle?