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IN THIS EDITION
Coming up: Afera’s 63rd Annual Conference an exceptional online event for an exceptional year
Sustainability in waste processing infrastructure and ‘enabling’ function of tape technologies
Spotlight on research institute Fraunhofer IFAM
Press release: Afera joins in call for postponement of notification deadline for SCIP database
Common adhesive tape used to build a better battery
Wafer-scale micro-LEDs transferred onto adhesive film for planar and flexible displays
Adhesive plastic film created in Brazil inactivates coronavirus in 2 minutes
How tape is a simple, economical and versatile social distancing tool
Looking for the post-COVID consumer
Podcast: update from the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council
Updated tape, adhesive and film industry events calendar 2020-2022
Member news
Industry news

UPCOMING EVENTS
63rd Afera Annual Conference: 6 biweekly online events free to Members
Context and regulation
Thursday, 15 October 2020, 14.00 CEST
Register
Measurement methods and challenges
Thursday, 29 October 2020, 14.00 CET
Register
     
Materials, technologies, products
Thursday, 12 November 2020, 14.00 CET
Register
Supply chain sustainability
Thursday, 26 November 2020, 14.00 CET
Register
The organisational challenge
Thursday, 10 December 2020, 14.00 CET
Register
Building the business case for sustainability
Thursday, 14 January 2021, 14.00 CET
Register
Afera Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 11.00 CEST
An online event
Afera Marketing Committee Meeting
Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 11.00 CEST
An online event
Afera Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 14.00 CEST
An online event
Afera General Assembly 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 14.00 CEST
An online event
9th Afera Technical Seminar
TechSem Sponsorship & Supplier Tabletop Exhibition
12-14 April 2021
Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium
     
64th Afera Annual Conference
29 September–1 October 2021
Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, Valencia, Spain
7th Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings
10-12 November 2021
Osaka, Japan
More industry events
ISSUE 9, 2 october 2020
Coming up: Afera’s 63rd Annual Conference an exceptional online event for an exceptional year

Member company employees register for free to join 6 live, 90-minute online sessions themed around sustainability and circularity in the European tape business, to be held biweekly from 15 October to 14 January.  Register for 1 or more sessions

Sustainability in waste processing infrastructure and ‘enabling’ function of tape technologies

Afera’s last webinar in COVID-19 lockdown exit series explored “the state of sustainability in adhesive tapes,” probing the importance of partnership, transparency and the E.U. Green Deal to the adhesive tape value chain.  Read

Spotlight on research institute Fraunhofer IFAM

Adhesive Engineer Uwe Maurieschat tells about his experience with Afera, as well as that of the notable German research organisation dedicated to manufacturing technology and advanced materials.  Read

Press release: Afera joins in call for postponement of notification deadline for SCIP database

On 21 September 2020, a CAWCIP coalition of 40 industry organisations including Afera wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for action to solve implementation issues within the Waste Framework Directive.  ReadPress release

Common adhesive tape used to build a better battery
‘Anode-free’ battery design developed at Rice University has a shorter life span but is more lightweight and performs better.  Read
Wafer-scale micro-LEDs transferred onto adhesive film for planar and flexible displays
Univ. of Tokyo researchers have recently developed a tape-assisted laser lift-off transfer technique, addressing the industry’s problems of massive chip transfer and heterogeneous integration of micro-LED for high-resolution display purposes.  Read
Adhesive plastic film created in Brazil inactivates coronavirus in 2 minutes
Handles, elevator buttons and even touch screens can stop being transmitters of coronavirus thanks to a new polyethylene material incorporating silver and silica microparticles.  Read
How tape is a simple, economical and versatile social distancing too
One of the most reliable, economical and versatile ways of reminding individuals to adhere to safe social distancing practices is through the use of tape.  Read
Looking for the post-COVID consumer
COVID-19 has affected the buying habits of consumers around the world, changing how they purchase many products, including those based on plastics.  Read
Podcast: update from the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council
Joe Tocci, incoming PSTC president, shares details regarding the North American tape association’s fall member business meeting, as well as a new study focused on the automotive vertical.  Listen
Updated tape, adhesive and film industry events calendar 2020-2022
Because of the quickly changing events landscape, we continue to keep track of the core global industry events that matter to you.  Read
Member news

BASF closes divestiture of its construction chemicals business

www.basf.com, 30 September 2020 – On September 30, 2020, effective at midnight, BASF closed the divestiture of its construction chemicals business to an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm.  Read

Avery Dennison extends acrylic foam bonding (AFB) portfolio

www.labelandnarrowweb.com, 18 September – The Avery Dennison AFB portfolio includes pressure sensitive tapes that feature excellent bonding to a broad range of substrates.  Read

Finalist interviews: UPM Raflatac's 100% wood-based film material

www.packagingeurope.com, 18 September – Last year, UPM Raflatac unveiled a new wood-based polypropylene film material, which was recently announced as one of P.E.’s Sustainability Awards 2020 finalists.  Read

Dow launches Invisu adhesive in North America

www.plasticsinpackaging.com, 17 September – Dow is targeting the North American label market for the first time with the launch of a clear-film acrylic adhesive suitable for high-end labels on beverage, food, and health and beauty products.  Read

H.B. Fuller issues 2019 Global Responsibility Report “Stronger Together”

www.hbfuller.com, 16 September 2020 – As many customers turn to third-party assessments to measure a supplier’s sustainability performance, we are happy to report a continuous recognition done by global, well-known, and independent experts on our practices, achievements, and transparency in 2019.  Read

T-Rex releases double-sided super glue tape

www.supplyht.com, 9 September – Shurtape Technologies, a manufacturer and marketer of pressure-sensitive tapes, announced the addition to its portfolio of next generation, high-performance tapes this necessity for on-the-go contractors looking for an easy, mess-free replacement for traditional liquid glues.  Read

Henkel: composite bonding and repair benefits and solutions

www.compositesworld.com, 8 September – Film and paste adhesives, wet peel-ply and potting compounds enable the aviation industry to utilize advanced materials that contribute to lightweighting, more efficient designs, and improved sustainability.  Read

Shurtape Technologies launches HMA tape for packaging applications

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 31 August – Shurtape Technologies, LLC, launches Shurtape® brand HP 535 hot-melt adhesive packaging tape for sealing high-value packages.  Read

3M seamlessly navigates uncharted waters amid COVID-19 outbreak

www.law.com, 25 August 2020 – The novel coronavirus forced manufacturer 3M to pivot to producing and distributing N95 respirator masks for health care workers.  Read

Avery Dennison releases adhesive bonding study for converters

www.labelandnarrowweb.com, 25 August – Avery Dennison Performance Tapes has released the first in a series of bonding studies that make it easier for converters to evaluate the performance of Avery Dennison Core Series Portfolio adhesive products with commonly used materials.  Read

Avery Dennison: semi-squeeze film with improved clarity

www.packworld.com, 25 August 2020 – The Global MDO Next Generation film from Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials achieves a 60% improvement in clarity to create a ‘no label’ look.  Read

All-in-one elastic attachment adhesive improves performance and mileage

www.hbfuller.com, 3 August 2020 – As nonwoven hygiene product designs evolve to improve fit and address consumer pain points, the industry is increasingly turning toward the use of elastic materials.  Read

Industry news

Free FEICA webinar: adhesives and sealants, enablers of the E.U. Green Deal (FINAT)

www.feica.eu, 14 October 2020 – With the participation of MEP Maria Spyraki, focus will be on the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and the Renovation Wave, with examples of good practices from the adhesives and sealants industry.  Register

Structure and sequence features of mussel adhesive protein lead to its salt-tolerant adhesion ability

www.advances.sciencemag.org, 25 September 2020 – Mussels can strongly adhere to hydrophilic minerals in sea habitats by secreting adhesive proteins.  Read

High bond tapes and adhesives for less visible stiffeners

www.adhesives.org, 9 September 2020 – High bond tapes and structural adhesives are challenging liquid adhesives, spot and stitch welding, and mechanical fasteners for the role of main players when it comes to adhering stiffeners to panels in order to lower the amount of panel deflection and increase rigidity.  Read

Using films, smart devices can track your health based on sweat

www.earth.com, 2 September – Researchers at UCLA have designed a thin adhesive film that can be easily attached to smartwatches or activity trackers to analyse droplets of sweat.  Read

Advances in prototyping with ultra-thin glass

www.glassonweb.com, 31 August – Safety glass is comprised of tempered and/or laminated glass.  Read

Inspired by fly feet: new adhesive structure capable of repeated attachment and detachment

www.scitechdaily.com, 30 August – Recycle-compatible, environmentally friendly technology inspired by footpad formation mechanism during fly’s pupal metamorphosis.  Read

  

 
 
 


 

   

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