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IN THIS EDITION
Afera’s Lisbon Conference, 9-11 October 2019: catch the early bird by 15 June!
E.U. BREF STS update: Afera takes action for the tape industry
Looking back on a successful Tape College
New study projects strong growth for industrial adhesives
Improving REACH registration and authorisation
Analysing polymer properties
Polymers and additives for pressure sensitive adhesives: selection guide to the right additive for your requirement
Artificial intelligence measures business impact
Using novel, emulsion-based PSAs in high-performance tape applications
Powering sustainable adhesives for woodworking businesses
Adhesive challenges for 21st century packaging
Member news
Industry news

UPCOMING EVENTS
62nd Afera Annual Conference 2019
9-11 October
Pestana Palace Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal
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9th Afera Technical Seminar
6-8 April 2020
Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium
63rd Afera Annual Conference
October 2020
Istanbul, Turkey
More industry events
ISSUE 6 2019
Afera’s Lisbon Conference, 9-11 October 2019: catch the early bird by 15 June!
Registration for Afera's 62nd Annual Conference, Europe's premier adhesive tape business event, is open! Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with tape industry leaders, sales and technology drivers, and future-focussed speakers with inside and outside-in perspectives on “Making the Tape Business Future-Proof” to share with you.  Read  
E.U. BREF STS update: Afera takes action for the tape industry

Learn the latest on Afera’s participation on behalf of our members in the extensive process of revising the BREF STS, a document of more than 1,000 pages that contains the minimum standards for solvent-based coating of everything, including abrasives and films, in large quantities within Europe.  Read (Members Only)

Looking back on a successful Tape College

Find out what tesa, Lohmann, Carlisle, PPM and Mondi thought about Afera’s largest learning event to date.  Read

New study projects strong growth for industrial adhesives

ASI reports that while demand for industrial adhesives is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period, the market is facing challenges due to crude oil price volatility.  Read

Improving REACH registration and authorisation
ECHA’s executive director details their priorities for 2019: improving the compliance of registration dossiers and speeding up evaluation work.  Read
Analysing polymer properties

Using a well-known, non-chromatographic method to measure monomer and polymer concentration, intrinsic viscosity, and weight average molecular weight, an online monitoring system has been developed that continuously analyses polymer properties during production and in real time.  Read

Polymers and additives for pressure sensitive adhesives: selection guide to the right additive for your requirement

EMP Solutions’ Edward M. Petrie says there’s always a scope for tailored performance for a particular high-end application, detailing how overall performance properties can be adjusted with respect to composition.  Read

Artificial intelligence measures business impact

At the request of UPM, The Upright Project analysed the net impact of the company's operations on the society, from the beginning of the value chain to the product’s end use.  Read

Using novel, emulsion-based PSAs in high-performance tape applications

Citing benchmarked data, a technical service chemist discusses a new waterborne technology with excellent adhesion and high-temperature properties that has been developed by Synthomer to rival existing solvent-acrylic and radiation-curable technologies.  Read

Powering sustainable adhesives for woodworking businesses

Businesses have long recognised the need to create more sustainable products in order to meet consumer expectations on this issue, and there is now a good understanding that sustainability is not just the right thing to do but can also be a key business driver and differentiator.  Read

Adhesive challenges for 21st century packaging

Adhesives manufacturers need to develop technologies to allow for the responsible reuse of packaging materials, according to George W. Ritter, director of The ChemQuest Group Inc.  Read 

Member news

UPM supply chain responsibility boosted by collaboration

www.upm.com, 23 May 2019 – Last year UPM joined the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative, which includes companies promoting sustainability practices within their supply chains and comprehensively sharing the sustainability information they have on their suppliers.  Read

BASF making $10B investment in China

www.plasticsnews.com, 21 May 2019 – German chemicals giant BASF SE is building a 60,000-metric-ton annual capacity engineering plastics compounding plant in China.  Read

Shurtape adds 4 sales managers to industrial packaging team  

www.adhesivesmag.com, 20 May 2019 – Shurtape Technologies, LLC recently announced the expansion of its Industrial Packaging-North American team with the addition of four territory sales managers who are reportedly strategically placed to cover key growth markets, including western New York and Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Indiana.  Read

Ichemco: new curing agent

www.ichemco.it, 20 May 2019 – In the world of natural rubber solvent-borne PSA, products often require appropriate curing.  Read 

PPM: when you should use a high performance duct tape

www.ppmindustries.com, 16 May 2019 – Your choice of using a standard duct tape or a professional one depends on which tensile strength and adhesion power you are looking for, and the conditions under which it will be used.  Read

VanHaerents and Paskonis join Avery Dennison’s automotive team

www.adhesivesmag.com, 16 May 2019 – Avery Dennison Performance Tapes North America recently announced the appointments of Michael VanHaerents and Kristina Paskonis to key roles on the company’s automotive team.  Read

Adhesives Research curable film adhesives for electronics and medical applications

www.adhesivesresearch.com, 15 May 2019 – It has been a long desire in the pressure sensitive adhesive film industry to have a system which could be applied as a label and then with application of appropriate source of energy, cure the adhesive to achieve a structural bond.  Read

OMNOVA and Maroon Group expand distribution partnership

www.adhesivesmag.com, 15 May 2019 – Effective May 1, 2019, Maroon Group became the U.S. distributor for OMNOVA’s Chemigum® and Sunigum® specialty elastomers.  Read

tesa’s double-sided PE foam tape receives mirror mounting certification

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 14 May 2019 – The double-sided PE foam tape for mirror mounting consists of a highly conformable PE foam backing and a tackified acrylic adhesive.  Read

Eurotape lifecycle assessment study

www.eurotape.com, 10 May 2019 – As a supplier to the reusable market with our Eurotape products, it is important to us to learn more about the impact of surgical drapes and tapes on the environment.  Read

Shurtape introduces range of seamless and airtight general purpose duct tapes

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 10 May 2019 – For added strength and durability, these general purpose duct tapes are constructed with Shurtape’s Polybonded CO-EX Technology®, a co-extrusion process during which polyethylene, cloth and adhesive are melded together in a single, high-temperature step.  Read

Kraton earns silver-level sustainability rating from EcoVadis

www.adhesivesmag.com, 10 May 2019 – This is reportedly the seventh consecutive year that Kraton was recognized for its sustainability performance.  Read

Avery Dennison launches RFID wave-blocking aluminium foil PSA tape

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 7 May 2019 – Avery Dennison Performance Tapes introduces ShieldSense™ RFID Blocking Material, a lightweight, easy-to-apply aluminium foil material that allows retailers to maximize the effectiveness of RFID-enabled inventory systems by isolating waves within specific environments.  Read

“Smart bonding approach”: from the initial idea to the customised bonding solution

www.lohmann-tapes.com, 6 May 2019 – Lohmann Austria develops fully scalable manufacturing process for the innovative Austrian startup company SteadySense.  Read

Championing true innovation

www.pcimag.com, 6 March 2019 – Dr. Crystal Morrison launched her leadership consulting firm, EverRise, last year to transform technical organizations. Recently, she also joined the ChemQuest Group, Inc. as a Director.  Read

Industry news

Seam tapes market to expand globally through 2026  

www.adhesivesmag.com, 22 May 2019 – The increasing trend to supplant sewing with adhesive film bonding and the development of the sports and outdoor clothing industry are some factors impacting growth of the seam tapes market.  Read

PE, PS prices spring up in April, PET slides

www.plasticsnews.com, 22 May 2019 – Polyethylene provided the most drama in commodity resin markets for April, as North American PE makers needed considerable effort to push through a 3-cent-per-pound price increase.  Read

REACH: exploring the universe of registered substances

www.echa.europa.eu, 22 May 2019 – By 2027, ECHA aims to have full clarity on all registered substances to improve chemicals safety in Europe.  Read

REACH: moving away from BPA in thermal paper

www.echa.europa.eu, 22 May 2019 – Credit card slips, cash register receipts, tickets and product labels are often made from thermal paper coated with a substance that reacts with a dye precursor to form a colour when exposed to heat.  Read

CLP: get to know ECHA’s submission portal for poison centre notifications   

www.echa.europa.eu, 22 May 2019 – In April 2019, ECHA launched a submission portal for poison centre notifications, giving companies a secure way to create, submit and follow their notifications online.  Read

ECHA: which pieces of EU legislation apply to your substances?

www.echa.europa.eu, 22 May 2019 – The European Union Chemical Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) is an upcoming online service that will enable companies to find out how their substances are being regulated in the EU and what legal obligations they have.  Read

New web pages on the database of articles containing Candidate List substances   

www.echa.europa.eu, 22 May 2019 – ECHA is developing a database with information on articles containing substances of very high concern from the Candidate List, under the Waste Framework Directive.  Read

ASC announces 2020 World Adhesive and Sealant Conference & Expo  

www.adhesivesmag.com, 13 May 2019 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently announced that it will serve as the official host of the 10th World Adhesive and Sealant Conference (WAC), which is scheduled for April 20-22, 2020, in Chicago.  Read

Automotive adhesive tape market to reach USD 7.1 bn by 2025: Grand View Research  

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 9 May 2019 – The global automotive adhesive tapes market size is expected to reach USD 7.1 billion by 2025 progressing at a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.  Read

Massive growth leading to LSR resin shortages  

www.plasticsnews.com, 6 May 2019 - Liquid silicone rubber, used in automotive, medical and other markets, is a small niche in the plastics industry, but it's growing so quickly that moulders are experiencing resin shortages, according to Rick Ziebell, vice president of technology for R.D. Abbott Co. Inc.  Read



 
 


 

   

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