AWA Label Release Liner


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11-12 SEPTEMBER 2022 | Chicago, IL, USA


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About the 15th Edition

The 15th edition of the annual AWA Label Release Liner Seminar 2022, is a key event for anyone associated with, and involved in the pressure-sensitive label and Release liner market, as a supplier, producer, converter or user. The co-location with Labelexpo Americas and the event’s timing aims to draw industry professionals from around the globe.

The pressure-sensitive label market represents around 50% of all release liners produced and used, supplied through in-house siliconizing and commercial silicone coating. The seminar offers an industry-driven opportunity for business leaders and professionals to meet, discuss, and focus on business aspects across a changing industry. 

Delegates will have an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the latest product developments, innovations, and markets.

The Program

This year’s Label Release Liner Seminar will feature presentations and discussions, by key industry experts, on important topics facing the label and release liner industry:
– Release Liner Market for Pressure-Sensitive Labeling
– Pressure-Sensitive Label Market & Future Expectations
– Label Release Liner Markets, Threats, Opportunities, and a Changing Future
– Sustainability and Release Liner & Matrix Recycling

Up-to-date information on the market and its evolving issues and opportunities will be highlighted. This includes focusing on key impactful issues and competing process and labeling technologies. 

In addition to the formal seminar presentations, there will be opportunities for networking and discussions through expert panel sessions.

Join the leading companies across the Label Release Liner value chain and sign up today!

Program Sunday 11 September

4:00pm- 5:00pm

Registration Opens

5:00pm – 8:00pm            

Networking Reception- Drinks & Bites

5:30pm – 6:00pm            

Pressure Sensitive Labeling, Shrink Sleeve Labeling & Pouches: Innovation & Sustainability                         
Kelly Murosky, Manager of Packaging Development, 7th Generation

6:30pm – 7:00pm            

M&A Trends in a Disruptive Market
Jonathan White, Managing Director, Mazzone & Associates

Program Monday 12 September

9:00am – 9:15am            

Opening Comments & Introduction                                                                                                                                  Chairperson: Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

9:15am – 9:30am             

Label Release Liner Market Overview
Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

9:30am – 10:00am

The Future of Release Liner for Pressure-Sensitive Labeling
Jaakko Nikkila, Executive VP, UPM Specialty Papers

10:00am – 10:30am

Durability, Sustainability or Availability- Which ”Ability” is the Most Crucial Going Forward For the Release Liner Industry? 
Kevin Clunie, Vice President Sales & Marketing, MacTac
David Diekelman, Sr Sales Director, Specialty Papers, Pixelle Specialty Solutions

10:30am – 11:30am        

Bringing the Industry Together – Networking Coffee Break

11:30am – 12:00pm       

State of the Paper Industry – Release Liner Base Paper Supply
Renata Mercante, Senior News Editor, Fastmarkets RISI

12:00 – 12:30pm   

Polyester Film Release Liner in Label Applications – Trends and Developments
Ahn Marella, Marketing Director Films, Label & Packaging Materials, Avery Dennison

12:30pm – 2:00pm          

Bringing the Industry together – Buffet Lunch and Networking

2:00pm – 3:00pm           

Panel Discussion – The Pressure-Sensitive Label Market & Future Expectations
Moderator: Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
Panelists: Kelli Jo Messer, Marketing Director, Labels & Graphics Materials NA, Avery Dennison
Chris Ogle, Global Segment Manager, Release Coatings, Evonik
Mike Apperson, President and CEO, Resource Label Group
Maria Saloranta, VP, Strategy and Business Development, UPM

3:00pm – 3:30pm            

Bringing the Industry Together – Networking Coffee Break

3:30pm  – 4:00pm          

Sustainability Keynote
Calvin Frost, Chairman, Channeled Resources Group

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Panel Discussion: Sustainability and Liner & Matrix Recycling:  Status and What’s Next
Moderator: Rosalyn Bandy, Vice President Sustainability, TLMI
Panelists: Tina Hart, Vice President, Global Strategic Innovation Platform, Avery Dennison 
Ted Hansen, CEO, Convergen Energy
Steve Minor, Fiber Procurement Manager, Sustana
David Bender, CEO, Circular Polymers
Stefan Schönberger, Managing Director, Mondi Release Liner Austria


Seminar Close & Refreshments


Hyatt Rosemont

Phone:+1 859-261-2900

We have arranged a special rate for conference 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 the best available rate. 

Booking information will be provided upon registration for the event. 

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