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IN THIS EDITION
The road ahead for the European tape industry
8 things tape companies need to know about sustainable supply chain management
Novacel joins Afera’s Steering Committee
Afera Committees and Working Groups meet online next week
Register now for Afera’s virtual 9th TechSem Sessions
In memoriam: Ann Hirst-Smith
What Afera did in 2020 > and what Members can expect in 2021 and beyond
Afera Member survey on dynamic shear measurement
Paper-like medical tapes developed that transform into soft, strong adhesives internally
Improved packaging efficiency: tape solutions for recycled substrates and cold environments
Increased E-commerce demands in a COVID-19 world
Member news
Industry news

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9th Afera Technical Seminar
15, 22, 29 April & 6 May 2021, 14.00 CET
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64th Afera Annual Conference
29 September–1 October 2021
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ISSUE 1, 5 february 2021
The road ahead for the European tape industry

Afera President Evert Smit gives us his take on business and the most important issues of 2021.  Read

8 things tape companies need to know about sustainable supply chain management

Corporate responsibility consultant Andreas Zamostny explains how and why sustainability is being embraced as an enabler of product innovation and value creation.  Read

Novacel joins Afera’s Steering Committee

Incoming CEO Richard Marchant pinpoints digital transformation, standardisation and IP infringement issues.  Read

Afera Committees and Working Groups meet online next week

Afera’s leadership will hold virtual meetings to push the Association’s business agenda forward. Which Member Companies participate? Check here

Register now for Afera’s virtual 9th TechSem Sessions

In April and May, we are bringing together tape technology experts to update you on the cutting-edge technical issues driving the Industry.  Members participate at 45% discount

In memoriam: Ann Hirst-Smith
Afera remembers an Industry colleague who worked with AWA and Afera in a number of communications capacities.  Read
What Afera did in 2020 > and what Members can expect in 2021 and beyond
During Afera’s recent General Assembly held online, SG Astrid Lejeune and 3 Steering Committee Members discussed sustainability, regulatory affairs, upcoming events and much more.  Read | GA Minutes
Afera Member survey on dynamic shear measurement
Let us know if you think Afera should develop a test method for quick measurement of shear resistance by force rather than time in order to gain a better understanding of the adhesive’s chemistry.  Read
Paper-like medical tapes developed that transform into soft, strong adhesives internally
MIT engineers have design paper-like medical tapes that can fold around surgical tools and transform into soft, strong adhesives when pressed against tissues.  Read
Improved packaging efficiency: tape solutions for recycled substrates and cold environments
Shurtape Technologies’ Bradley Dunlap explains why special situations require specialised solutions for top performance.  Read
Increased E-commerce demands in a COVID-19 world
Manufacturers are closely examining the cartons used to ship consumer goods, as well as the tapes used on those cartons, all while focusing on sustainability.  Read
Member news

UPM Raflatac receives APR critical guidance recognition for HDPE label materials

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 2 February – The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized UPM Raflatac’s PE and PP pressure sensitive label materials with general purpose acrylic adhesive for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers as meeting or exceeding the strictest APR HDPE critical guidance criteria for recyclability.  Read

Intertape Polymer Group to expand manufacturing facility in Virginia

www.adhesivesmag.com, 25 January 2021 – Intertape Polymer Group will reportedly add 30,000 sq ft to the facility and act on a series of investments in production, operations, and capacity.  Read

Avery Dennison Performance Tapes adds new product categories to its portfolio

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 21 January – The Core Series™ portfolio features adhesive technologies in a variety of tape constructions to enable simplified product selection and fast delivery.  Read

Avery Dennison Performance Tapes: heat-activated acrylic foam tapes

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 14 January – The new 94 Series AFB heat-activated tapes from Avery Dennison Performance Tapes are reportedly engineered to deliver the high holding power required for rubber extrusion bonding in industrial applications.  Read

DOW: acrylic adhesives for pressure-sensitive paper and film labels

www.adhesivesmag.com, 12 January 2021 – Dow’s new technologies reportedly streamline the ability of label stock manufacturers, converters, and brand owners to address new and changing industry demands.  Read

As a co-founder of CELAB, BASF works towards a circular economy for adhesive labels

www.basf.com, 12 January – Multiple workstreams are ongoing to find new ways to lessen the industry’s environmental impact.  Read

3M introduces new performance ratings for adhesive vinyl electrical tapes

www.adhesives.org, 12 January – Vinyl electrical adhesive tapes, backed by strong and flexible PVC, have been insulating and protecting electrical installations against moisture, corrosion and abrasion for more than 70 years.  Read

Lohmann at BAU ONLINE 2021: Adhesive solutions for window construction – and a sustainable technology premiere

www.prnewswire.com, 7 January 2021 – At the special edition of this year's BAU ONLINE 2021, the Bonding Engineers brought adhesive solutions to the fenestration sector.  Read

OLBRICH GmbH and Polytype Converting GmbH merged under one roof

www.coating-converting.com, 4 January – The brands Polytype Converting and OLBRICH will continue to serve their customers in their markets and branches.  Read

Industry news

FEICA postpones its yearly European adhesives and sealants conference and EXPO to 2022

www.feica-conferences.com, 27 January – The 2022 FEICA European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and EXPO will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 14 to 16 September 2022.  Read

Demand from construction industry to drive acrylic resins market growth

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 22 January - SpecialChem reports the demand for acrylic resins in emerging economies, such as APAC, MEA, and South America, is increasing owing to the growth in the construction industry and industrial activities.  Read

Negative styrene margins pressure feedstock demand in Asia, while ethylene firm

www.spglobal.com, 7 January - Asian styrene production is set to remain suppressed throughout January amid negative margins as expectations of increased supply weigh on the market, while the Asian ethylene market remains tight amid cracker outages in Northeast Asia.  Read

'Green drive' to clean up express delivery sector

www.chinadaily.com.cn, 23 December – The Chinese central government has ratcheted up measures to promote green packaging in the express delivery sector by encouraging standardised industry practices, the use of more eco-friendly materials and the development of recycling facilities.  Read

  

 
 
 


 

   

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