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Spotlight on manufacturer ABI Tape EAMER
Henkel collaboration enables remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients
Company profile: technical textile producer Gavazzi Tessuti Tecnici S.p.A.
E.U. chemical strategy on track as Commission calls for feedback
Raw material prices tumble after dramatic cost reduction
Afera network contact takes place of tape market data in current “new normal”
Moisture-permeable polyurethane PSA addresses needs of wearable devices
Controlling VOC emissions from silicone-based coatings
FEICA appoints new secretary general
9th Technical Seminar postponed
Member news
Industry news

UPCOMING EVENTS
Afera post-lockdown webinar
Topic: Localisation of business resources in Europe
Thursday, 28 May, 14.00 CEST
63rd Afera Annual Conference
30 September–2 October 2020
Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, Valencia, Spain
9th Afera Technical Seminar
TechSem Sponsorship & Supplier Tabletop Exhibition
12-14 April 2021
Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium
     
7th Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings
10-12 November 2021
Osaka, Japan
More industry events
ISSUE 5, 19 may 2020
Spotlight on manufacturer ABI Tape EAMER

Managing Director Jacques Geijsen talks about “the positive energy” and direction of the Association from his vantage point as Afera Marketing Committee Chairman and Steering Committee Member.  Read

Henkel collaboration enables remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients

The “COVID-19 smart patch” was developed for skin-friendly medical use and contains electrodes and conductive inks to register vital signs.  Read

Company profile: technical textile producer Gavazzi Tessuti Tecnici S.p.A.

For over 30 years, Gavazzi has produced fibreglass and polyester reinforcements for adhesive tapes, working with the world’s leading tape manufacturers.  Read 

E.U. chemical strategy on track as Commission calls for feedback

The COVID-19 pandemic 'increases urgency' to step up action.  Read

Raw material prices tumble after dramatic cost reduction
April feedstock contract price settlements fully reflected the collapse in crude oil prices and the deteriorating prospects for European polymer demand due to coronavirus.  Read
Afera network contact takes place of tape market data in current “new normal”
Afera’s 3rd webinar in COVID-19 series covered business flexibility, online video conferencing and updated supply chains.  Read │Afera’s next webinar to cover localisation of business resources in Europe, 28 May, 14.00 CEST  Register
Moisture-permeable polyurethane PSA addresses needs of wearable devices
It is difficult to achieve both moderate adhesion to the skin and strong adhesion to a wearable device, but a new polyurethane PSA is providing a solution.  Read
Controlling VOC emissions from silicone-based coatings
For processes such as tape manufacturing, a recuperative thermal oxidizer specially designed for high levels of silicone may be most effective.  Read
FEICA appoints new secretary general
Evert Smit and Astrid Lejeune congratulate Kristel Ons, who succeeds Philip Bruce as leader of the European Adhesives and Sealants Association.  Read
9th Technical Seminar postponed
Afera will host the popular face-to-face networking and learning event 12-14 April 2021 at the Brussels Marriott Hotel.  Read │ Other tape industry event real-time updates  Read
Member news

New non-slip self-adhesive tapes from 3M™

www.specialchem.com, 11 May 2020 – The anti-slip strips visualise danger zones necessary to respect safety distances for COVID-19 prevention.  Read

3M provides higher-visibility product for testing on The Ray and marking tape in Canada program

www.forconstructionpros.com, 10 May 2020 – In an effort to improve driver safety and enhance the use of driverless vehicles, 3M is participating in 2 pilot programmes to measure the effectiveness of a new pavement marking product and a new pavement marking tape.  Read

New Aluminium Foil Tape for Heating Ventilation and AC Products from Shurtape®

www.specialchem.com, 7 May 2020 – Shurtape® AF 099 is an aluminium foil HVAC tape that is ideal for joining and sealing joints, connections and seams on rigid fibreglass duct-board and flexible air duct.  Read

Afera COVID-19 survey results

www.afera.com, 4 May 2020 – Find out what Members think about regulatory issues, continuing production and the post-COVID-restriction period.  Read

Lahnpaper offers nonwovens for non-medical face masks

www.lahnpaper.de, 4 May 2020 – Lahnpaper, quality manufacturer and market leader in the international market for fibre products, is responding to increased the demand for non-medical face masks by producing nonwovens for the production of non-medical face masks (”community masks”).  Read

Henkel’s new epoxy-based adhesive tape for electric motors

www.specialchem.com, 28 April 2020 – Loctite EA 9536 can be produced in various sizes and shapes customised to the specific application and easily applied due to its low-tack characteristic.  Read

UPM Raflatac’s adhesive for low-temperature food labelling

www.packagingsouthasia.com, 28 April 2020 – UPM Raflatac has expanded its range of adhesives for low-temperature food labelling (as low as -15˚C) with the launch of its RP48 acrylic adhesive for the Southeast Asia market.  Read

Industry news

COVID-19 drives commodity resin prices down in April

www.plasticsnews.com, 15 May 2020 – The impact of COVID-19 was felt in North American commodity resin markets in April, with most materials seeing prices decline.  Read

Silicone: supply, pricing issues subside, but now COVID-19 creates uncertainty

www.plasticsnews.com, 15 May 2020 – For businesses along the silicone market supply chain, the rapidly evolving industry has righted itself in capacity and demand, at least when compared to several years ago, when demand outran supply and both upstream producers and downstream customers witnessed volatile pricing.  Read

Regulatory affairs: China shifting to degradable plastic faces challenges

www.china.org.cn, 11 May 2020 – In 2016, China's express delivery industry used about 330 million rolls of adhesive tape in 31.35 billion deliveries, and in 2020, the State Post Bureau predicted that 74 billion deliveries would be made.  Read

Bubble, bubble, outgassing and trouble

www.plasticstoday.com, 7 May 2020 – The development of polyester cellular PSAs allows for bubble-free application and long-term adhesion of tapes and labels on high out-gassing plastics.  Read

Spring 2020 E.U. economic forecast: a deep and uneven recession, an uncertain recovery

www.europa.eu, 6 May 2020 – The Spring 2020 Economic Forecast projects that the euro area economy will contract by a record 7¾% in 2020 and grow by 6¼% in 2021.  Read

Carbonic cleaning for adhesive bonding

www.assemblymag.com, 1 May 2020 – Carbonic cleaning safely and consistently removes contaminants from materials to prepare them for adhesive bonding.  Read

Cool down electronic devices and recover waste heat

www.machinedesign.com, 29 April 2020 – A new hydrogel film transfers electrons when heated to generate power.  Read

U.S. packaging machinery industry continues to grow at steady pace

www.packworld.com, 24 April 2020 – OEMs are feeling the pressure to accommodate market demands, such as offering complete packaging solutions, modular machines, traceability, and sustainability.  Read

Single-Use Plastics Directive (EU 2019/904): call for modification of key definitions to achieve Circular Economy objectives

www.citpa-europe.org, 23 April 2020 – CITPA has reacted in a press statement to a draft guidance document developed by E.C. consultancy Ramboll and presented in a webinar in April.  Read

 

 
 


 

   

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