Silke Brand-Kirsch

Executive Partner

Schlegel und Partner GmbH


Ms. Silke Brand-Kirsch is a founding member of Schlegel and Partners in Germany. As Executive Partner, she is currently focused on specialty chemicals and technical consumables, including adhesives and sealants, lubricants, paper and nonwovens, and the corresponding industry sectors.

Prior to the Executive partnership, Silke Brand Kirsch managed the department for Chemicals and Technical Consumables that focuses on market intelligence and strategy consulting along the value chains, including adhesives and sealants.

Before Schlegel and Partners, Silke Brand-Kirsch gathered several years of industry experience. She holds a degree in Business Administration.

Presentation Abstract

How special are we? - Creating successful and sustainable business strategies in the adhesive and sealant industry

In a time where the majority of the chemical industry is going through a lot of consolidation and the growing industrial segments are getting commoditised, even within the adhesive and sealant industry, which is viewed rather as a specialty sector compared to other chemical industries, the question arises does the adhesive and sealant industry need to be more special to be successful. Or are there other business models that are successful? Schlegel und Partner analysed the adhesive and sealant industry to derive different groups of business models and answers to the question where the industry is heading: Is specialty out of fashion?


Co-author: Thorsten Leupold, Dr. Vysakh Prasad

Presentation Time

Breakout I: Market trends and business strategy

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 15:00 - 15:30

FEICA Conference