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IN THIS EDITION
What Afera did in 2019 > and what Members can expect in 2020 and beyond
Afera’s 2020 Annual Conference location and dates announced
Bioinspired polymers in medical adhesion
Researchers develop stretchable and conductive film for wearable electronics
Conscious construction: an evolution toward sustainability and efficiency
FEICA/EURADH launch 2nd Adhesion Innovation Award 2020
European paper recycling progressing at 71.6% in 2018
PSTC unveils Tape Week, 4-7 May 2020 in Orlando, Florida
Extrusion machinery holding ground as global headwinds linger
Member news
Industry news

UPCOMING EVENTS
9th Afera Technical Seminar
Call for Papers
TechSem Sponsorship & Supplier Tabletop Exhibition
6-8 April 2020
Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium
63rd Afera Annual Conference
30 September–2 October 2020
Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, Valencia, Spain
7th Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings
17-19 November 2020
Osaka, Japan
More industry events
ISSUE 12 2019
What Afera did in 2019 > and what Members can expect in 2020 and beyond

At Afera’s Lisbon General Assembly, the Steering Committee talked with the largest, newest and youngest audience in years about future workforce, new networking opportunities, extra Member visibility, our core focus on adhesive tape manufacturers and many other issues that matter to Members.  Read | GA Minutes 

Afera’s 2020 Annual Conference location and dates announced

Find out where and when the 63rd edition of the premier yearly event for the European tape business will take place!  Read

Bioinspired polymers in medical adhesion

How Dr. Kamperman of the Univ. of Groningen is using her experience in polymer science, materials development and the study of natural systems to create a new class of surgical adhesives that could be used for deep tissue bonding.  Read 

Researchers develop stretchable and conductive film for wearable electronics

RIKEN researchers have developed a breathable material that is both highly stretchable and has good electrical conductivity, making it a promising material for on-skin electronics for people and wiring for robots.  Read

Conscious construction: an evolution toward sustainability and efficiency

Shurtape HVAC/Building & Construction Product Manager Lisa Zierfuss explains why tapes are a critical component for many jobs throughout the construction of residential and commercial buildings.  Read

FEICA/EURADH launch 2nd Adhesion Innovation Award 2020
Attracting young scientists from across Europe, the joint European adhesion societies’ award for innovative adhesion science encourages interaction between industrial and scientific activities.  Read
European paper recycling progressing at 71.6% in 2018
The newly released 2018 Monitoring Report of the EPRC, of which Afera is a Supporter, says reduced overseas exports to China have caused a slight decline in the overall recycling rate.  Read
PSTC unveils Tape Week, 4-7 May 2020 in Orlando, Florida
The U.S.-based pressure-sensitive tape organisation announces the rebranding of its historically named Tape Summit, offering more networking, learning and an optimised schedule to 500+ PSA tape professionals.  Read
Extrusion machinery holding ground as global headwinds linger
Extrusion machinery sales held their own in 2019, despite challenges of slowing economic growth, tariff wars and global uncertainty, machinery executives have told Plastics NewsRead
Member news

OLBRICH GmbH enlarges sales team in Bocholt

www.olbrich.com, 3 December 2019 – OLBRICH GmbH in Bocholt, Germany, the leading machinery and equipment manufacturer for coating and laminating lines for processing of web-shaped products, is further strengthening its activities in the film and foil industry by another enlargement of its sales team in Bocholt.  Read

Evonik expands rigid PMI film at Mobile

www.chemanager-online.com, 22 November 2019 – Evonik is expanding US output of its Rohacell brand high-performance rigid, closed-cell foams at its site in Mobile, Alabama.  Read

Avery Dennison Performance Tapes unveils new lamination adhesives portfolio  

www.labelandnarrowweb.com, 21 November 2019 – These lamination adhesives, which are aimed at the automotive, durable goods, electronics/computers, white goods and outdoor power equipment markets, are designed to help labels resist exposure to potential harsh conditions that include solvents/chemicals, UV light, heat, cold, rain or water.  Read

Adhesives player rebrands and launches eight new products at Medica  

www.medicalplasticsnews.com, 18 November 2019 – Avery Dennison Medical is showcasing new adhesive medical materials and private label wound care solutions designed for use by medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEM).  Read

Smartphone repair equipment provider appointed as distributor

www.insidermedia.com, 8 November 2019 – A Newport company has been appointed as distributor for an adhesive tape made by tesa and used in the repair of smartphones.  Read

3M: high-tack box sealing tape

www.adhesivesmag.com, 5 November 2019 – With its consistent, pressure-sensitive, high-performance, hot-melt synthetic rubber adhesive system, the upgraded tape reportedly adheres rapidly to a variety of surfaces.  Read

BASF launches defoamer for acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives

www.specialchem.com, 1 November 2019 – The new white oil-based defoamer demonstrates excellent and persistent defoaming efficiency, excellent compatibility across acrylic PSA systems and good oil-slick resistance during storage for adhesive formulations.  Read

Eastman: cellulose esters for food contact applications

www.adhesivesmag.com, 24 October 2019 – Eastman recently announced the launch of a new portfolio of 13 cellulose esters for use in food contact applications such as inks, adhesives, tapes and labels, and internal can and other coatings.  Read

Industry news

AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference: special rate for Afera Members  

www.awa-bv.com, December 2019 – As a Supporter of and participant in the only annual event dedicated to the release liner industry, Afera has obtained a 40% discount on registration for our Members.  Read

Observations from Greenbuild 2019

www.adhesives.org, 3 December 2019 – The Construction Specifications Institute’s Paul Bertram was able to attend Greenbuild 2019 in Atlanta and made a number of observations relative to the Adhesives and Sealants industries, especially to the construction segments including vertical walls, roofs and below grade waterproofing.  Read

Help! My airplane was fixed with duct tape!

www.thepointsguy.com, 2 December 2019 – Speed tape is perfectly acceptable and standard practice in airline maintenance, where it can be used for temporary cosmetic fixes or in a bid to improve aerodynamic efficiency on a damaged part.  Read

Acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs): a comprehensive guide

www.specialchem.com, 15 November 2019 – The application of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSA) based on acrylics is increasing greatly in a variety of label and packaging applications.  Read

Transit packaging journeys ahead

www.packagingeurope.com, 15 November 2019 – Much of the packaging sustainability debate focuses on consumer-facing solutions, however what goes on behind the scenes?  Read

Conti sees 'sideways trend' in car output

www.plasticsnews.com, 14 November 2019 – The global car industry is currently facing a sharp decline in the market environment and German technology and automotive supplier Continental Corp. anticipates the trend to continue into 2020.  Read

Converting PSAs to near structural adhesives

www.specialchem.com, 31 October 2019 – Pressure-sensitive adhesives are used primarily for their ease of application, where structural capabilities are not important.  Read



 
 


 

   

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