The high interest in sustainable materials over the last several years has been driven by high energy and petrochemical costs and growing consumer concerns about the environmental impact of non-sustainable energy and materials. The transition from a non-sustainable economy to a more sustainable one faces a number of challenges. This presentation looks t some of these challenges, their impact on the introduction of sustainable materials into the market place and strategies that adhesive manufacturers can use to help customers meet their sustainability goals.
- How to define sustainable chemistry
- Various approaches to evaluating sustainable chemistry supply chains and how to determine which ones fit your business needs
- The economic differences between sustainable materials and traditional petrochemicals
- How you, as an adhesive provider, can help your customers meet their sustainable goals by providing strategic solutions
Dr. Stephen M. Willging is currently the Global Technology Advisor in the Global Technology and Innovation group of H. B. Fuller Company. Stephen started his industrial career 32 years ago as a bench chemist in the Fine Chemicals group of Henkel Corporation. He joined H. B. Fuller 27 years ago, and he has held various technical positions from bench chemist to lab manager to his current position. Stephen also spent 10 years in H. B. Fuller's Sourcing group, where he was responsible for assessing the impact of upstream feedstock trends on the adhesive industry. Stephen has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and a M.S. in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota.