13-15th June 2022 | Barcelona, Spain


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The World’s only Release Liner Industry Conference – 21st Edition

Now in its 21st year, the AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition is the only Conference dedicated to the release liner industry, and the yearly meeting place for the industry to share ideas, learn about market developments, solve problems and network with colleagues across the value chain and all release liner application areas. 

The Conference will provide in-depth understanding and insights into the release liner markets and applications, highlighting where the growth and opportunities are for all those involved in the industry.

Building upon the success of previous years, the Conference brings together experts in their respective fields, as well as release liner users, by special invitation, to discuss the key issues and opportunities for growth and expansion of applications using release liner. The Conference program will feature presentations from industry experts, panel discussions on trends and developments, Key Note presentations and
excellent networking opportunities.

An expanded table top exhibition will showcase leading companies across the value chain, and the key companies in the release liner industry.

What you can expect from the AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition

The Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition is your opportunity to network with the right partners and customers for your business. The 2021 Conference will feature exciting keynotes, panel discussions and a table top exhibition. 

Join the leading companies across the release liner value chain and sign up today! Various expert panel discussions will be held throughout the Global Release Liner Industry Conference. These interactive panel discussions provide insight into what the experts see, and what is needed to continue developments and expanding the release liner market and capitalizing on opportunities.

The 2021 Conference will again include an Industry Leadership Panel Discussion, bringing together a group of CEO’s and top Executives to discuss, debate, and reflect on the key issues facing the industry today and in the future.

AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2021


Expert & Industry Leadership Panel Discussion

A number of interactive expert panel discussions will take place throughout the conference, spanning such topics as silicone and coating trends and customer needs. These will provide ‘live’ insights into the status quo, what the industry needs to continue developing and expanding the release liner market, and capitalizing on opportunities.

The 2021 Conference will again include an industry leadership panel discussion, bringing together a group of CEOs and other top executives to discuss, debate, and reflect on the key issues facing the industry today and in the future.

Exhibition & networking

Accompanying the formal conference program is an expanded table top exhibition and extensive networking sessions, providing the ideal setting in which to promote your company and its products to the target audience, and to network with colleagues from across the world and across the value chain.

Program Monday 15 November 2021

10:00 – 17:00

Registration Opens, Networking activities & Table top Exhibition

17:00 – 19:00

Welcome Cocktail Reception  AWA Global Release Liner Conference & Exhibition 2021 


 AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award
Corey M. Reardon, President & CEO AWA Alexander Watson Associates

Program Tuesday 16 November 2021

07:00 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee, Networking, Table top Exhibition

09:00 – 09:30

Conference Opening & Global Release Liner Market Overview
Corey M Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

09:30 – 10:00

The future starts today – Keynote Presentation
Julie A. Schertell, CEO Neenah

10:00 – 10:30

The End of the Beginning, Economic and Investment Implications
Thomas Jalics, Chief Market Strategist, Fifth Third Bank

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00 

Industry Leadership Panel Discussion

Corey M Reardon, President & CEO AWA Alexander Watson Associates

Ed laForge, CEO Mactac
Bertrand Mollet, VP Sales & Marketing – America, Elkem Silicones
Jurgen Van der Donck, Sales and BD Director,  Mondi
Jeff Ogren, NA Business Director, Advanced Packaging GBU, Bostik

12:00 – 15:00

Lunch,  Networking & Tabletop Exhibition

15:00 – 16:45

Supply Chain Update:  Capacity/Demand Dynamics

Market Overview – Paper, Film, Coating, Laminating, Converting Market
Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

15:30 – 15:45
Navigating in a Volatile World – Challenges in the Plastic MarketChemicals, Plastics & Polymers and Supply Trends
Graham Brisben, CEO, PLG Consulting

15:45 – 16:00
Silicones Supply Trends
Nicolas Capron, Global Business Line Manager – Release Coatings & PSA, Elkem Silicones

16:00 – 16:15 
Pulp – Paper and Supply Trends

Gregory Rudder, Managing Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week,  Fastmarkets RISI

16:15 – 16:45     
Q&A and Panel Discussion

16:45 – 17:00

Closing Remarks
Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

17:00 – 18:00

Cocktail Reception  & Tabletop Exhibition

19:00 – 21:30

Mondi Gala Dinner

Program Wednesday 17 November 2021

06:00 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee & Table Top Exhibition

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome & Opening
Corey M Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

09:30 – 09:50

09:50 – 10:20

CELAB Presentation
Kyle Rhodes, President CELAB North America

Release Liner Recycling & Sustainability Market Assessment
Market Research Team, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

  • Label
  • Graphic Arts
  • Tape
  • Hygiene

10:20 – 11:00

Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 – 11:30

Tackling Tomorrow’s Challenges –  Silicone Release Coating Performance for High Coater and Converter Speeds
Lori Dehlin, TS&D Scientist, Dow Performance Silicones


Liner into Cardboard: An Alternative Recycling Concept
Timothy Rummel, Technical Manager, Performance Materials – Paper Coatings, Wacker Chemie AG


Conference Close


Conference Location

University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street, 

Chicago, IL 60603


We have arranged a special rate per room, per night for GRLICE 2021 delegates. 

The special rate is for a limited number of rooms based on a first come, first served basis. After this time the hotel will accept reservations based on availability and best available rate. 

Booking information will be provided upon registration for the event. 



Global Release Liner Conference and Exhibition 2021



Registration Fees Include

  • Conference Kit
  • Full access to Conference sessions & Exhibition 
  • Networking breaks 
  • Proceedings and registrations

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