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A word from the President
Global, European specialty tape markets in 2016
How can suppliers become a real source of value creation?
Member news
Industry news



UPCOMING EVENTS
8th Afera Tape College 2017
10-12 April
Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium
60th Afera Annual Conference 2017
4-6 October 2017
Starhotels Majestic, Turin, Italy
1st Afera International Technical Seminar 2018 incl. Global Tape Forum and Global Test Methods Committee Mtgs.
2-6 April Munich, Germany
More industry events
FEBRUARY 2017
A word from the President

Mete Konuralp discusses Afera’s upcoming Tape College in Brussels and its events calendar for 2017 and 2018.  Read 

Global, European specialty tape markets in 2016

Corey Reardon presents critical data and trends pertaining to a constantly evolving market.  Read

How can suppliers become a real source of value creation?

Afera’s top-rated speaker discusses how suppliers can win in driving their customers’ businesses forward as partners in innovation.  Read

Member news

New members since 1 January 2017

Intertape Polymer Europe GmbH, Germany (Active member)
Maabarot, Israel (Associated member)
Omnova Solutions, USA (Associated member)
Expera Specialty Solutions, USA (Associated member)

Member-branded articles and videos for posting

Afera’s Marketing Committee is posting member-branded tape technology articles and videos on our design-focused Twitter page and Why tape? section of afera.com. Submit your items to mail@afera.com.

Afera logo-link available for Afera member websites

Afera members can obtain the "Member of Afera" logo to publish as a link on their homepages. Download the logo here

Industry professional seeks new challenge in NL

Seasoned adhesives and tapes senior specialist is looking for a new challenge. Widely recognised expert with over two decades of international experience in the industry. Excellent team leader skills. Highly innovative, scientific and unconventional thinker. Location must be in the Netherlands (as reason for change is family).  Contact Afera Secretary-General Astrid Lejeune

BASF offers sustainable solutions for the packaging industry at Interpack 2017

www.basf.com, 2 February 2017 – At Interpack 2017, taking place in Düsseldorf from May 4 to 10, BASF experts and specialists from BTC Europe, the distribution organisation of BASF, will present a wide range of products and innovations from its packaging portfolio in hall 10, booth 43.  Read

FEICA unveils a new logo, signalling the associations' dynamic and innovative future

www.feica.eu, 24 January 2017 – FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry, has updated its logo, giving it a fresh new look, and marking the most significant change in the Association’s visual identity in twenty years.  Read

Ichemco expands

www.ichemco.it, 17 January 2017 – Ichemco expands its well-known TACKSOL Pressure Sensitive Adhesives series (ready-to-coat solvent-borne natural rubber PSA) with new low viscosity products combined with an excellent wettability.

Swiss hot melt specialist artimelt to present at ICE Europe, March 21-23, 2017

www.artimelt.com, 16 January 2017 – The Swiss hot melt specialist will present adhesives for safety applications and medical products at the ICE (stand 716, hall A5).  Read

Nitto named one of the 2016 Top 100 global IP/patents-related innovators, marking its sixth consecutive year on the list

www.nitto.com, 11 January 2017 – Nitto Denko Corporation (HO: Osaka City, CEO: Hideo Takasaki, hereinafter referred to as “Nitto”) has been selected as one of the “2016 Top 100 Global Innovators” for the 6th consecutive year by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the IP & Science unit of Thomson Reuters.  Read

PCI Group completes acquisition of Henkel's professional Western European Building Material Business

www.master-builders-solutions.basf.com, 3 January 2017 – With effect from January 1, 2017, the professional Western European Building Material Business sold under the Thomsit and Ceresit brands for flooring and tiling systems and waterproofing have become part of the portfolio of the PCI Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF.  Read

Walter Stampfli, the new CEO

www.artimelt.com, 4 January 2017 – Walter Stampfli has 19 years of experience in the global adhesives industry.  Read

Avery Dennison partners with Apex on wind energy PPA; advances toward 2025 GHG reduction goal

www.averydennison.com. 5 December 2016 – Global labelling and packaging materials manufacturer Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) has signed a wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy to offset 50 percent of the company’s U.S.-based greenhouse gas emissions derived from electricity consumption, signaling commitment by Avery Dennison to renewable energy and energy efficient practices and technology.  Read

Industry news

ECHA selects 162 substances for examination

www.foodpackagingforum.org, 30 January 2017 – ECHA screening shortlists 162 potentially hazardous substances for further scrutiny by EU Member States; list not publicly available.  Read

Drag-Reduction Tape Approved For European 737s

www.aviationweek.com, 26 January 2017 – A simplistic drag-reduction tape that could boost fuel efficiency by as much as 8% in cruise for the Boeing 737 family is now available to European-registered aircraft.  Read

Scientists can turn this gecko-inspired gripping device on or off with the flick of a light

www.smithsonianmag.com, 24 January 2017 – Geckos are downright inspiring. Read

University patents a cost-saving, longer-lasting biodegradable adhesive

www.labmanager.com, 12 January 2017 – Kansas State University researchers have patented the first plant-based resin of its kind that would be ideal for re-adherable painters' tape, labels, packing tapes, stationery notes, and other adhesive uses. It also can provide shiny coatings.  Read

Effect of Therapeutic Tape on Upper Extremity Reaction Time

www.thesportjournal.org, 12 January 2017 – The athletic training literature is lacking when comparing therapeutic tapes applied to the shoulder.  Read

Stuck on improvement: Equine kinesiology trend is rolling

www.thesportjournal.org, 12 January 2017 – The athletic training literature is lacking when comparing therapeutic tapes applied to the shoulder.  Read

Low-cost Optical Sensor for Liquid Analysis

www.electronics360.globalspec.com, 20 December 2016 – Researchers in Spain have developed a low-cost, easy-to-use optical sensor that can detect the optical properties of different liquids.  Read

Fokker to automate FML production

www.insidecomposites.com, 5 December 2016 – Fokker Aerostructures will next year begin building the first automated line for the production of its fibre metal laminates (FML), previously branded as Glare, with start-up scheduled for 2018.  Read



   

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