AWA’s in-person release event is coming to Chicago

AWA Alexander Watson Associates has confirmed the return of physical, in-person events, including the AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2021, to be held November 15-17, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This conference, now in its 21st year, and the annual meeting place for the non-stick coatings industry, is dedicated to sharing ideas, learning about market developments, solving problems and networking with colleagues in the value chain and all application areas of non-stick coatings.

With over twenty sponsors, the Chicago conference will bring the entire industry together with plenty of networking opportunities, tabletop exhibits, industry executive roundtables, with CEOs and senior executives, debating industry challenges of today and tomorrow. In addition, AWAVirtual, an award-winning virtual platform, will host a dedicated virtual exhibition page. AWA will organize additional networking opportunities prior to the event to ensure that each delegate can book on-site meetings and participate in interactive panel discussions in advance.

The 2021 AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition in Chicago will be a “special edition” of the conference, celebrating the 50th anniversary of AWA Alexander Watson Associates.

As revealed during the AWAVirtual Preview of the Global Release Liner Conference, by Francesco Ticca, Head of AWA Conferences and Events: “The program, which will run from November 15-17, will host the CELAB meeting, the AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award, Neenah CEO Julie A. Schertell’s Special Keynote, Industry Leadership Panel Discussion, and providing important updates on material capacity/demand dynamics, including pulp and paper, resin films and silicone.Our experts will provide an in-depth analysis of current trends, issues and solutions in the recycling and sustainability of non-stick coatings, as well as a comprehensive assessment of the market in all non-stick coating application segments.

Additionally, the conference will build on the success of previous events and the strong demand for in-person business conversations by further expanding networking spaces and time during the conference. As Ticca says, “We have decided to offer a hybrid setup, highlights of the conference will be available for streaming, and additional content will be available on demand. We are sure that in this way, AWA and AWAVirtual Hybrid Conference & Exhibition will offer the “best of both worlds” to our delegates and sponsors.”

The conference takes place at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA. Registration can be done via the website at, where it will also be possible to view the full program closer to the event.