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IN THIS EDITION
In this issue:
A word from the President
Europe & the global economy by David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times
New in Afera's interview series with designers
Afera's "Design that sticks" Twitter page
Afera committee news
Member news
Industry news
Publications
UPCOMING EVENTS
  Afera Technical Seminar
13-15 April, Brussels, Belgium
APFE 2015
7-9 May, Shanghai, China
IPACK-IMA 2015
19-23 May, Milan, Italy
Afera Annual Conference 2015
7-10 October, Marseille, France
Drupa 2016
31 May-10 June, Düsseldorf, Germany
MARCH 2015
A word from the President
Dear Afera Members,

David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, recently presented to Afera a cautiously optimistic report on the state of Europe and the global economy. I think it is safe to say that while we are still experiencing some difficult after-effects of the crisis, there are some interesting opportunities out there for European businesses.

Afera’s 7th Technical Seminar is two weeks away, and although seats are filling fast, there is still time to register. Afera Technical Committee Chairman Evert Smit and his team have done an excellent job in developing a programme covering the fundamentals of adhesion and adhesives; tape production, testing, and regulatory aspects; new tape uses and trends; and new and sustainable uses. Whether you come from the technical community or other disciplines, participating in this year’s Technical Seminar will provide you with the knowledge and interaction you need to cope better with the rapidly changing demands of customers.

I wish you all a successful spring,

Laurent Derolez
Afera President
Still an age of instability? Europe & the global economy
Economics Editor of The Sunday Times David Smith discusses prospects for euro zone and global growth, rising interest rates, the emerging market story, and business opportunities

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New in Afera's interview series with designers
Design is part of a total package: Paul Tearse, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

'I was inspired by a design exhibition in Lucerne': Rainer Atzlinger, Austria 
Follow Afera's "Design that sticks: Scanning the web for next product design" project on Twitter 

Afera is building an audience on Twitter of designers and architects who play a pivotal role in introducing tape into the production process. View and follow the page here.

Afera committee news 
Afera and FEICA member companies monitor CoRAP SVHC candidate list

On behalf of tape and adhesive manufacturers and raw materials suppliers, Afera and FEICA have agreed to work together at the member company level to monitor early information about substance evaluation on the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) Candidate List of Substances and to take action at a later stage, if necessary, by forming a consortium to support the substance(s) in question.

Member news
New Members since 1 January 2015
Volz Selbstklebetechnik GmbH, Germany (Active Member)
Tapes & more GmbH, Germany (Converter Member)
Neenah Gessner & FSC®
 www.neenah-gessner.de, 16 March 2015 – For Neenah Gessner GmbH, manufacturing technical special papers from pulps from sustainably managed forests has been a pre-condition for many years. A further advance in forestry standards, and therefore also in pulp production, is FSC® certification. Since 3 January 2014, Neenah Gessner has been certified through GFA Certification GmbH according to FSC® Standards FSC-STD-40-004 (Version 2.1) and FSC-STD-40-005 (Version 2.1.). An FSC® certified media only qualifies as such if the fibres used come from an FSC® certified supplier. Neenah Gessner can also produce FSC® certified media customized to individual customer requirements.
 
Ghezzi & Annoni moves coating and saturating machines into larger plant, will exhibit at IPACK-IMA 2015
www.gaweb.net, 19 March 2015 – According to the success of its models of coating and saturating machines, Ghezzi & Annoni is moving this division into a bigger plant. The company will exhibit at IPACK-IMA in Milan, 19-23 May, in Hall 10, Booth B02-C01. Ghezzi & Annoni has just delivered a complete design updated Slitter-Rewinder mod. RT800, a very flexible machine able to produce rolls and logs of both adhesive materials and laminated or non-adhesive materials. Read more
Industry news
Flexible nanosensors for wearable devices
www.phys.org, 25 February 2015 – A new method developed at the Institute of Optoelectronics Systems and Microtechnology (ISOM) from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) will enable the fabrication of optical nanosensors capable of sticking on uneven surfaces and biological surfaces like human skin. Read more
Infrared camouflage that sticks
www.rsc.org, 19 February 2015 – US scientists have developed an adhesive tape that can help objects match the infrared reflectance of their surroundings and disguise them from being seen by infrared cameras. Read more
Researchers find easy way to deposit metal nanoparticles on a surface using tape 
www.phys.org, 13 February 2015 – A combined team of researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. and Bilkent University in Turkey has found that ordinary Scotch tape can be used to create a metal nanoparticle surface. Read more
Sticky tape perfect for DIY nanotech to kill bacteria
www.newscientist.com, 12 February 2015 – Want to keep bacteria at bay? You could pop down to the pharmacy to buy some antiseptic soap, for example, but it might be easier to reach into your desk drawer. A roll of transparent adhesive tape can be turned into a nifty antibacterial film. Read more
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