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In this issue:
A word from the President
Market trends and statistics based on the 2014 Freedonia global tape study by Anurag Yadav, Head of Global Product Portfolio Management at Scapa Group plc, UK
Current and future chemicals regulation affecting the tape business by Amy Aerts, Regulatory Affairs Manager at Nitto Europe NV
Afera launches interview series with designers
Committee meetings to be held in Amsterdam next week
Member news
Industry news
Afera Committee Meetings
3-4 February, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Afera Technical Seminar
13-15 April, Brussels, Belgium
APFE 2015
7-9 May, Shanghai, China
19-23 May, Milan, Italy
Afera Annual Conference 2015
7-10 October, Marseille, France
Drupa 2016
31 May-10 June, Düsseldorf, Germany
january 2015
A word from the President
Dear Afera Members,

This issue of Afera News brings us two interesting articles about our business, based on presentations made at Afera’s Annual Conference in Dubrovnik. First, we learn more about global adhesive tape market trends revealed in the most recent Freedonia study. Anurag Yadav of Scapa dampens any hopes we have of receiving extremely positive data out of Europe. The good news is, however, that the global tape market is growing.

Second, Amy Aerts of Nitto explains European chemicals regulation affecting tape manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The trend tells us that legislation will become stricter and more far-reaching. Ms. Aerts suggests a number of steps that companies can take to integrate regulatory affairs successfully into their strategies going forward.

We have a very informative 7th Technical Seminar planned on 13-15 April at the Brussels Marriott Hotel. Participation is open to all adhesive tape industry professionals who are interested in learning about the latest technical issues linked to our business. Those who register before 15 February will receive €100 off their participation fee.

Lastly, I look forward to meeting with all of Afera’s management at the Technical, Marketing, and Steering Committee meetings in Amsterdam next week.

I wish you all a successful 2015,

Laurent Derolez
Afera President
Market trends and statistics based on the 2014 Freedonia global tape study
  • The global adhesive tape market is estimated at 39.3 billion square metres in sales volume, with an average sales price of $1.03 per square metre
  • The market size in terms of sales value is approximately $40.5 billion
  • Asia/Pacific, and China in particular, is leading in both production and sales
  • Asia/Pacific increased its share of global adhesive tape production from 40% in 2003 to 55% in 2013
  • Asia/Pacific accounted for 49% of global tape sales in 2013
  • The difference of 6% between Asia/Pacific production and sales indicates that excess production volume is shipped out of Asia into different regions according to supply and demand
  • The global adhesive tape market is growing 5% year-on-year in sales volume and 6.5% YoY in market value
  • The average selling price will move from $1.03 to $1.11 per square metre between 2013 and 2018
  • The specialised tapes segment is leading the adhesive tape trend with 5.4% YoY growth
  • In terms of raw materials, the biggest component for the tape manufacturing business, the industry will move increasingly toward lightweight materials and down-gauging product specifications.

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Afera’s Dubrovnik conference presentation series

Anurag Yadav of Scapa Group plc, UK lectured at Afera’s October 2014 Annual Conference in Dubrovnik on market trends and statistics presented in Freedonia’s May 2014 report ‘World Pressure Sensitive Tapes’. As Head of Global Product Portfolio Management at Scapa and a member of Afera’s Marketing Committee, Mr. Yadav prepared a focussed review of Freedonia’s 400-page study, which the Association purchased for the purpose of presenting to its membership. Read more
Current and future chemicals regulation affecting the tape business

  • Chemicals legislation in Europe and worldwide is complex and expanding, led by REACH
  • (Planned) EU bans and restrictions on chemicals such as ADCA, DEHP, toluene, and formaldehyde pose tough market challenges to tape-related businesses
  • Bolstered by Scandinavia, REACH has had the largest impact on European tape businesses, which must keep up with discussions taking place about registered chemicals
  • EU legislation will probably soon be developed to cover polymers and ‘articles’
  • In order to succeed, adhesive-tape-related organisations will have to adapt efficiently to developing legal requirements by incorporating regulatory affairs into their business models
  • Both large companies and SMEs should create dedicated divisions or teams to manage regulatory affairs within their organisations; build a system of compositional data with customers; incorporate regulatory affairs into product development, sustainable development, product procurement, and, especially, sales; provide regulatory support for each global region in which companies are present; and use regulation as a driver for innovation.

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Afera’s Dubrovnik conference presentation series

At Afera’s recent Annual Conference in Dubrovnik, Amy Aerts, Regulatory Affairs Manager at Nitto Europe NV, discussed what European adhesive tape businesses need to know about chemicals regulation today, what they can expect in the near future, and how to manage it within their organisations. Read more
Afera launches interview series with designers

Those in the adhesive tape business know that designers and architects play a pivotal role in introducing tape into the production process. As part of its “Ideas that stick” social media campaign, Afera announces the launch of a new interview series with designers, “Design that Sticks”, to explore the design world and the endless possibilities offered by adhesive tape, the hidden driver of product innovation in many industries :

3D printing will end existing modernism: Wim Segers, Maaseik, Belgium

As a car designer, tape comes along with breakfast every day: Gaurang Nagre, Mumbai, India

Afera Committee News
Committee Meetings to be held in Amsterdam next week

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton (Amsterdam Centraal Station)
Oosterdoksstraat 4
1011 DK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Technical Committee
Monday, 2 February, 19.00, dinner (meeting in hotel lobby at this time)
Tuesday, 3 February, 9.00-12.30 (lunch will be served following the meeting)

Marketing Committee
Tuesday, 3 February, 13.00-17.30 (lunch will served before the meeting),19.00, dinner (meeting in hotel lobby at this time)

Steering Committee
Tuesday, 3 February, 19.00, dinner (meeting in hotel lobby at this time)
Wednesday, 4 February, 9.00-12.30 (lunch will be served following the meeting)

Website Management Working Group
Wednesday, 4 February, 13.00-17.00 (lunch will be served before the meeting)

Meeting agendas, former meeting minutes and ongoing action lists have already been distributed to all Committee Members, who are asked to confirm their participation or absence to the Secretariat if they haven’t already done so. Members presenting at the Meetings are kindly requested to send slides and other digital materials to the Secretary-General beforehand.

Member news
New Members since 1 January 2015
Tapes & more GmbH, Germany (Converter Member)
New Afera logo-link available for Afera member websites
Afera Members can obtain Afera's new logo to publish as a link on their homepages. Download the logo here or contact the Secretariat
BASF plans worldwide expansion of PVP production
www.basf.com, 22 January 2015 – BASF plans to invest up to €56 million in the expansion of its Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) value chain over the next four years. Read more
Collano to focus on new developments for bio-based adhesives and concepts for security applications at ICE 2015
www.collano.com, January 2015 – At the ICE (stand 716 in hall A5), Collano will be presenting rubber-based and radiation-curable hotmelts, dispersion adhesives and adhesive films for label, tape, packaging, graphics and
security applications. Read more
Industry news
UAC Global acquires Thai firm Advance Polymers for $ 22 mn
www.business-standard.com, 21 January 2015 – Thailand’s UAC Global Public Company has acquired Advance Polymers & Chemicals Co Ltd (APC), a manufacturer of water borne polymer products, for Baht 730 million ($ 22.39 million). Read more
TDK-Lambda wins patent for power supply heat sink design
www.newelectronics.co.uk, 21 January 2015 – TDK-Lambda UK has been awarded a patent by the UK Intellectual Property Office for a novel power supply heat sink arrangement. Read more
Huhtamaki completes sale of its film division
www.packaging-business-review.com, 5 January 2015 - Finland-based consumer and specialty packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has completed the sale of its film unit to DBAG Fund VI, a fund advised by Deutsche Beteiligungs for around €141m. Read more
A Simple Packing Tape Fix That Would Save So Much Frustration
www.gizmodo.in, 24 December 2014 – From trying to find the edge on a roll, to opening a tightly sealed box, packing tape simply isn't designed to be used by those lacking long fingernails. Read more
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If you would like to participate in Afera's discussions and decision-making on issues that affect the tape industry, contact Afera's Secretary General via mail@afera.com about joining one of the Associations's Committees or Working Groups. As the lifelines of Afera, its Committees meet at least twice yearly to discuss and develop their action plans for carrying out Afera's mission: To act as the voice of the adhesive tape industry.

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