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IN THIS EDITION
Shorter supply chains in Europe will make the adhesive tape business future-proof
Business flexibility in accelerated “new normal” is driving the European tape industry
Adhesive tape helps diagnose melanoma
Sealing and strapping packaging tapes market worth $27.1 billion by 2027
Evert Smit, Afera President: “Everyone is looking for knowledge in a changing world”
Carbon black and Acrylic acid, monoester with propane-1,2-diol prioritised for REACH evaluation
Scientists develop gecko-inspired super liquid-repellent dry adhesives
Researchers develop self-repairing rubber adhesive from waste materials
Afera’s 63rd Annual Conference to be hosted as a hybrid event
PSTC to hold Fall Member Business Meeting in October
Updated tape, adhesive and film industry event calendar 
Member news
Industry news

UPCOMING EVENTS
Afera Lockdown Exit Webinar
Innovation: lessons learned from the first months of COVID-19 disruption
Thursday, 18 June, 15.00 CEST
Afera Lockdown Exit Webinar
Sustainability and business recovery in the new normal
Thursday, 2 July, 14.00 CEST
     
63rd Afera Annual Conference
30 September–2 October 2020
Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, Valencia, Spain
  A hybrid event  
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 6, 16 JUNE 2020
Shorter supply chains in Europe will make the adhesive tape business future-proof

Afera’s latest COVID-19 lockdown exit webinar explored important regulatory developments and strategic reconsiderations of supply chain goals with Industry leaders from Nitto EMEA, Novacel, Saint-Gobain and H.B. Fuller.  Read  
Afera’s next Webinar themed “Innovation: lessons learned from the first months of COVID-19 disruption,” 18 June, 15.00 CEST  Register

Business flexibility in accelerated “new normal” is driving the European tape industry

Afera’s recent webinar covered U.S. and European demand for tapes and the opportunities coming out of a changing business environment which is adopting new communication cultures at record speed.  Read

Adhesive tape helps diagnose melanoma

A new development in melanoma diagnosis, skin cancer tape, has made its way to dermatologists and their patients.  Read

Sealing and strapping packaging tapes market worth $27.1 billion by 2027

The exponentially rising demand for securing textile and other retail shipments in developing economies and healthcare shipments in Europe and North America is projected to drive overall market growth.  Read

Evert Smit, Afera President: “Everyone is looking for knowledge in a changing world”
Learn more about this change-maker both personally and professionally in a recent interview he gave to Afera’s managing partner, Lejeune Association Management.  Read
Carbon black and Acrylic acid, monoester with propane-1,2-diol prioritised for REACH evaluation
The CoRAP update for the years 2020-2022 lists substances for evaluation by the Member State competent authorities (see page 18).  Read
Scientists develop gecko-inspired super liquid-repellent dry adhesives
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a bioinspired reversible dry adhesive material that is able to repel all liquids, regardless of their surface tension.  Read
Researchers develop self-repairing rubber adhesive from waste materials
The study reveals a new concept in the repair, adhesion and recycling of sustainable rubber that has potential in recycling, next-generation adhesives and additive manufacturing.  Read
Afera’s 63rd Annual Conference to be hosted as a hybrid event
The 2020 Conference, which will take place from 30 September to 2 October, will be held both virtually and face-to-face at Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort in Valencia, Spain. Programme and registration details will be announced this week.
PSTC to hold Fall Member Business Meeting in October
Themed “Adapt, survive, thrive,” this year’s event is designed for PSTC member companies to explore with their PSA tape industry peers strategic decision-making and moving forward successfully.  Read 
Updated tape, adhesive and film industry event calendar 
We continue to update our extensive global industry events lists for 2020-2022 according to real-time developments.  Read
Member news

Milliken materials being used in PP face shields

www.plasticsnews.com, 2 June 2020 – PP is naturally hazy, so processors are using Milliken's NX UltraClear-brand PP concentrate to make materials with clarity levels suitable for the shields, which are being used in personal protection equipment by the health care industry.  Read

tesa opens new adhesive plant in Vietnam to increase production capacity

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 2 June 2020 – The company tesa has opened a new adhesive plant in Vietnam to produce water-based adhesive tapes for the Asian market starting from 2023.  Read

OLBRICH GmbH appoints Jeannine Heister and Josef Doeing as authorised signatories

www.olbrich.com, 28 May 2020 – OLBRICH GmbH in Bocholt, a leading company for machines and plants for the finishing of web-shaped products, strengthens its management team at the headquarters in Bocholt.  Read

UPM Raflatac and Dow create the industry’s first wood-based polyethylene label film

www.eppm.com – 27 May 2020 – UPM Biofuels provides the 100 percent wood residue-based raw material UPM BioVerno naphtha, which is then processed by Dow into bio-based plastic granules to be extruded into label film.  Read

Industry news

Safer Chemicals Conference 2020

www.echa.europa.eu, 2 June 2020 – How can companies prepare for the new E.U. obligations on chemicals kicking in next year? View on demand.  Read

Interactive map: production impact of COVID-19 on the European auto industry

www.acea.be, 1 June 2020 – View the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the production of motor vehicles for each of the 27 E.U. member states plus the U.K.  Read

Falling demand in the driver's seat for PVC, PS, PC, nylon and ABS prices

www.plasticsnews.com, 28 May 2020 – Low demand sent North American prices for PVC and solid polystyrene resins down since May 1.  Read

CBA urges U.K. to consider Brexit transition period extension option

www.chemicalwatch.com, 28 May 2020 – Lack of access to Echa data could be ‘fatal’ to future chemicals framework.  Read

European Commission advises industry to continue Scip database preparations

www.chemicalwatch.com, 28 May 2020 – 9 July meeting will discuss status and next steps.  Read

Europe's moment: repair and prepare for the next generation

www.ec.europa.eu, 27 May 2020 – To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation E.U., embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term E.U. budget.  Read

Questions and answers on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 and Next Generation E.U.

www.ec.europa.eu, 27 May 2020 – The E.C. has today proposed a stronger E.U. budget to address the immediate economic and social damage brought by the coronavirus pandemic; kickstart a sustainable recovery and protect and create jobs.  Read

How a post-pandemic stimulus can both create jobs and help the climate

www.mckinsey.com, 27 May 2020 – McKinsey says the $10 trillion in stimulus measures that policy makers have allocated could be decisive for the world’s low-carbon transition.  Read

Support for innovation in the European car industry: EIB finances Gestamp's RDI strategy to the tune of €200 million

www.ec.europa.eu, 26 May 2020 – E.U. bank funds will contribute to the development of safer, lighter and more environmentally friendly vehicles.  Read

New E.U. Biodiversity Strategy could put at risk forest-based sector contribution to the Green Deal

www.cepi.org, 20 May 2020 – The European paper industry has released a joint statement together with its partners in the forest-based value chains explaining why sustainable forest management should be seen as an opportunity to safeguard biodiversity.  Read

Chemistry startup creates adhesive that mimics glue used by mussels

www.assemblymag.com, 18 May 2020 – Mussel Polymers, Inc., has licensed a novel underwater adhesive technology based on a glue used naturally by marine creatures that may soon be used in industries ranging from biomedical to aerospace.  Read

Cefic Director General: living in and learning from the COVID-19 crisis

www.cefic.org, 13 May 2020 – In an interview with Covestro, Marco Mensink of the European Chemical Industry Council discusses onshoring and how a measure in one area can have an impact very far down the supply chain.  Read and listen

 

 
 


 

   

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