Dr Juergen Wegner

Vice President

ChemQuest Europe


Personal Biography

Dr Juergen Wegner's expertise in global adhesives and coating technologies spans more than thirty years of experience in the chemical industry with a special focus on adhesives, sealants, coatings, wood preservatives, and construction chemicals. He spent his entire professional career with Henkel at its headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with most of that time devoted to R&D of adhesives, sealants and coatings, including application technology of these product categories. He also gathered deep insight in marketing and sales of adhesives, coatings and auxiliary products as head of a respective business unit with pan-European responsibility for a EUR 150 MM business. Through active work in the board or as president of several national and European organisations such as FEICA, IVK, IGI and Deutsche Bauchemie (German Construction Chemicals Association), Dr Wegner knows the European scene for adhesives, sealants and coatings very well, and is well known to the industry. His knowledge spans global business perspectives, strategic technology planning and general business management. Since retirement from Henkel in 2003 as the Global Vice President of Adhesives Technology, Dr Wegner joined ChemQuest as one of its European consultants in Düsseldorf, Germany, and currently is Vice President, ChemQuest Europe. Dr Wegner holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Munich Technical University. He spent a year as Post-doc at Clarkson University in NY State, and attended several management courses at INSEAD Business School in France.

Presentation Abstract

How does the circular economy impact adhesives and sealants for assembly in transportation

The circular economy (CE) for sure will impact lifestyle and consumer habit way more than we could expect from any other future concept. A rapidly-growing community of scientists, economists, NGO activists and regulators agree that drastic changes are necessary for quickly transforming today’s linear economy into a significantly more sustainable circular model. Otherwise, if exponentially growing mankind across the globe would pursue the same wasteful consumption as the industrialized countries, world resources would be exploited by a stunning factor of 3.5 times over what mother earth is “voluntarily” able to provide. Thus, quick and drastic changes will be needed in the near future, and with a focus on transportation and automotive, Dr Juergen Wegner will not only shed light on necessary concepts and product design, but also on the key role adhesives and sealants will have to play in this future scenario.

Several practical examples will be given to illustrate the desired functionalities A&S will have to provide, aside from adhering and sealing, to contribute their share in the 3R canon of Re-design, Re-manufacture and Re-circulation at the end of service life of a given product, preferably without down-cycling.

The author hopes to open the eyes of an outspoken expert audience in A&S for the big innovation challenge lying ahead of multi-functional A&S through CE. We all know that its implementation rather than taking place overnight will require strong scientific and political support, a total re-design of most products and services, and a fundamental lifestyle change.

Presentation Time

Breakout IV: Opportunities and challenges from the circular economy

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 17:00 - 17:30

FEICA Conference