AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition from 15-17 November 2021

Experts to provide in-depth analysis on current trends, issues, and solutions on release liner recycling & sustainability

AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition from 15-17 November 2021

After more than 18 months, Corey Reardon, president, and chief executive officer of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, confirms the return of in-person physical events, including The AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2021, being held on 15-17 November 2021 in Chicago, USA. 

This conference, now in its 21st year, and the annual meeting place for the release liner industry, is dedicated to sharing ideas, learning about market developments, solving problems, and networking with colleagues across the value chain and all release liner application areas.

With over twenty sponsors, the conference in Chicago will gather the whole industry together with extensive networking opportunities, tabletop exhibitions, industry leadership panel discussions, with chief executive officers and top executives, debating the industry challenges of today and tomorrow. As a complement, AWAVirtual, the award-winning virtual platform will host a dedicated virtual exhibition page. AWA will conduct additional pre-event networking opportunities to ensure every delegate can book onsite meetings and participate in interactive roundtables in advance.

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

Conference Program

As revealed during the AWAVirtual Preview of the Global Release Liner Conference, by Francesco Ticca, manager of AWA Conferences & Events, “The program, running from 15 to 17 November, will host the CELAB Meeting, the AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award, the special keynote of Julie A. Schertell, chief executive officer of Neenah, the Industry Leadership Panel Discussion, and provide important updates on capacity/demand dynamics of materials including pulp and paper, resin films and silicone. Our experts will provide in-depth analysis on current trends, issues, and solutions on release liner recycling and sustainability and a comprehensive market assessment across all release liner application segments.”

Hybrid event & extended in-person networking sessions

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

 Register online

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

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