AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award

Alex Knott of Dow wins 2020 edition

Alex Knott, Dow (left), receives the AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award from Corey Reardon, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
Alex Knott, Dow (left), receives the AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award from Corey Reardon, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

The annual AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award – established four years ago, and now an annual feature of the industry’s calendar — was presented during the recent AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition held this year in Amsterdam. The deserving winner was Alex Knott, who currently heads up a global team at Dow that has developed pioneering innovations in pressure-sensitive silicone release liner coating technology — including the introduction of Dow’s Flat Release Systems, which revolutionized high-speed, low-coat- weight, high-performance coating.

Alex Knott started his long career as a development chemist at Dow Corning, and over the decades has held positions in application engineering, technical leadership, and senior scientist roles. He is also the chairman of FINAT’s Technical Committee and a FINAT board member.

Presenting this special award for outstanding contribution to release liners, AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ president and chief executive officer Corey M Reardon said, “Alex has been involved in many collaborative efforts, across the value chain, working with suppliers and customers alike – benefitting the entire release liner industry. He has a global reputation as an authority on silicone release systems, and through his work with FINAT has been instrumental in driving a number of market and technical initiatives.”

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