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IN THIS EDITION
A word from the President
Global, European specialty tape markets & growth opportunities 2016
Global adhesive raw materials market report
Worldwide adhesives and tapes industry events calender
Afera Committee meetings in Amsterdam this week
In memoriam: Taco Zevenbergen
Member news
Industry news



UPCOMING EVENTS
Afera Tape College 2016
18 - 20 April, Brussels, Belgium
Afera Annual Conference 2016
5 - 8 October, Hamburg, Germany
More industry events
FEBRUARY 2016
A word from the President

Mete Konuralp introduces two hot tape industry topics. Read 

Global European specialty tape markets & growth opportunites 2016

Corey Reardon presents AWA’s most recent market study, highlighting the most important geographical and application segment growth trends and opportunities for European adhesive tape manufacturers. Read

Global adhesive raw materials market report

Lydia Garyfallou shares H.B. Fuller’s analysis of the state of crude oil and natural gas as forms of energy, downstream markets, the global economic forecast, and the way these forces affect global raw materials markets. Read 

Worldwide adhesives and tapes industry events planner

Afera has launched a worldwide industry events calender. Visit

Afera Committee meetings in Amsterdam this week

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton (Amsterdam Central Station)
Oosterdoksstraat 4
1011 DK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Technical Committee
Monday, 1 February, 17.00, tour of 3D printed canal house (DUS Architects) followed by dinner
Tuesday, 2 February, 09.00 - 12.30, meeting followed by lunch

Marketing Committee
Tuesday, 2 February, 13.00 - 16.00, meeting preceded by lunch, 17.00, tour of 3D printed canal house (DUS Architects) with the SC followed by dinner

Steering Committee
Tuesday, 2 February, 17.00, tour of 3D printed canal house (DUS Architects) with the MKC followed by dinner
Wednesday, 3 February, 09.00 - 12.30, meeting followed by lunch 

In memoriam: Taco Zevenbergen

Afera honours FINAT’s Executive Secretary who recently lost his battle with cancer. Read 

Member news

Philip Bruce succeeds Bernard Ghyoot as Secretary General of FEICA

www.feica.com, 6 January 2015 – FEICA’s President, Steve Kenny, has announced that Philip Bruce is now confirmed as the incoming Secretary General of the association.  Read

Gecko-inspired adhesive tape finally scales to market

www.gizmag.com, 22 December 2015 – The natural stickiness of gecko's feet has inspired decades-long research efforts to develop advanced adhesives.  Read

Industry news

This sticky tape firm from Suffolk keeps growing every year

www.express.co.uk, 29 December 2015 – Christmas is all wrapped up, but the production line is working flat out at sticky tape products maker Lynvale in time for another sales surge in January.  Read

New package testing results reveal tape closure is superior for compression performance

www.packaging-matters.blogspot.nl, 16 December 2015 – Our original blog post on edge compression test (ECT) vs. box compression test (BCT) in box performance metrics prompted Sajith Pallippuram to write: “…Won’t the method of sealing the box also make an impact on the BCT value?”  Read

Could this finally end the agony of back pain? Ibuprofen patches deliver 10 TIMES the amount of painkiller through the skin

www.dailymail.co.uk, 10 December 2015 – Scientists have developed a 'breakthrough' pain-killing patch which delivers effective doses of ibuprofen directly through the skin.  Read

Trends in adhesives: Replacing mechanical fasteners

www.machinedesign.com, 7 December 2015 – Recent advancements in material engineering have provided alternatives for gear materials.  Read

Pressure sensitive tapes: Growth will reflect further development of innovative applications for specialty tapes, which tend to be higher performing, value added products, and by widening applications in industrial assembly and bonding

www.freedoniagroup.com, December 2015 – Freedonia publishes its latest industry study on world pressure sensitive tapes.  Read



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