Lorna Williams

BASA Executive Officer & General Secretary


Lorna Williams, BASA Executive Officer and General Secretary – British Adhesives & Sealants Association (BASA)
Presentation Title: The Challenges of plastics and plastics packaging
Part of BASA daily feature session (11.00 – 12.00 noon) – hosted by British Association of Sealants & Adhesives (BASA)Abstract: With an increased focus on single use plastics and the presence of microplastics in the environment, adhesives and sealants manufacturers are looking at how they can continue to positively contribute to a circular economy. The manufacturing of adhesives is a complex world, with many different chemistries, formulations that take different shapes, and with each formulation often requiring different production and application techniques. Adhesives have replaced conventional methods such as mechanical fastening, welding, and other joining methods because of superior product performance, reliability, and better operating life. The use of adhesives helps to reduce overall manufacturing cost. In the construction industry, adhesives are used in many applications including floor manufacturing, insulation, and panels. In addition, more sealing is taking place for improved thermal insulation and for damping noise and vibration (in building/construction, transportation and general assembly applications). For all of these benefits on the different applications, the adhesives and sealants have to be supplied to the end user in some form of packaging. This presentation will look at some of the challenges to A&S manufacturers both in terms of user acceptance of any changes, and cost implications of different delivery system

Lorna Williams, BASA Executive Officer and General Secretary – British Adhesives & Sealants Association (BASA)
Presentation Title:  Preservatives and advocacy for preservation of adhesives and sealants
Part of BASA daily feature session (11.00 – 12.00 noon) – hosted by British Association of Sealants & Adhesives (BASA)Abstract: BASA is a member of the Industry initiated Cross Sector Biocides Group, a cross-sectorial group of representatives from trade associations whose members use preservatives in their formulations (consumer, professional and industrial products), along with key stakeholders in the biocide active substance supply chain and downstream users of these products. The group meets to discuss the issues surrounding preservative use in members’ products, and to prepare advocacy strategies and tools needed to defend this use in the face of current and future UK and European regulatory controls.

Bio: Lorna Williams is currently working as an independent consultant in the Chemicals and Materials area. She currently has a rolling contract to run the Secretariat for the British Adhesives & Sealants Association (BASA), a trade association for Adhesives and Sealants Manufacturers and associated suppliers to the industry with over 100 members. With a background in Materials Science and over 30 years’ experience in a number of technical and commercial roles related to the adhesives and sealants and construction products markets, Lorna is still heavily involved with aspects of UK, European and International standardisation. This work covers product performance for various types pf adhesives and sealants, emissions and fire performance of construction products. She is also very active with FEICA, the European Adhesives and Sealants Association, as chair of the National Association Members forum and vice chair of the European Technical Board.