ASC Announces Small Business and the Primary Award Winners

Press Release Summary:

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) presented 2nd annual Innovation Awards at the 2018 held at Annual Spring Convention in Miami April 23-25, 2018. The awards were given based on the following criteria Science and Innovation, Applicability and Impact, Impact of the Technology Relative to the State of the Art, Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities, significant Milestone. Small business award winner is Michigan State University in partnership with POET and the primary award was given to Darius Deak.

Original Press Release:

ASC Announces Winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards

Recipients recognized at ASC Annual Convention in Miami 

April 25, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) held its 2nd annual Innovation Awards at the 2018 Annual Spring Convention in Miami April 23-25, 2018. The Innovation awards had two categories, small business, and the primary award. Independent judges reviewed the following categories and weightings as part of their review process:

• Science and Innovation (30%)
• Applicability & Impact (10%)
• Impact of the Technology Relative to the State of the Art (30%)
• Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities (20%)
• Significant Milestone (10%)

ASC judges reviewed submittal packages between the two categories and the following were the winners of the 2018 awards:

The primary award was presented to Darius Deak, Global R & D Director-Nonwovens at Bostik. The Development from Bostik was entitled “Brilliance” which is an olefin elastic high-performance attachment adhesive. For more information on Brilliance, click HERE.

Michigan State University in partnership with POET took home the small business award for the development titled; “Lignin Based Adhesive for Engineering Wood Products.” The lead developer and accepting the award for MSU was Mojgan Nejad. To learn more about this development, review a short video presentation HERE

1st Runner Up went to Dow Automotive with a development called Betaseal Glass Bonding adhesive and the 2nd runner up went to Sunstar Engineering Americas for automated application of a one component UV Curable Formed-In-Place Foam Sealant.

Interviews with both winners will be available in the coming days as part of the ASC/ICIS post-convention digital magazine, which will be distributed digitally to the industry and posted online at

“We were pleased with the quality of the submittals for the 2nd annual program in which we recognized unique developments for our industry”, indicated Steve Duren, ASC Senior Director, and lead for developing the Innovation Awards. “We will improve and sharpen our program for 2019 and a thank you to all of those who submitted in 2018. Congratulations to both Michigan State University/POET and Bostik as our winners for the 2018 best innovations.”

To learn more about the ASC Innovation Awards Program visit the official awards page located HERE.

Questions about the 2019 program should be directed to Steve Duren, Senior Director of Member Services at Companies interested in becoming a sponsor for 2019 should contact Malinda Armstrong at (301) 986-9700 x106 or

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 107 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services

(952) 300-8280


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