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A word from the President
PSA tape market data and trends: 2016 Freedonia Study
Interview with Nitto EMEA CEO Sam Strijckmans
Regulatory affairs update
Exclusive market data : APEJ to be largest market for gummed tapes during 2017-2027
Worldwide adhesives, tapes and films industry events planner
Afera Committee Meetings to be held in Amsterdam this month
Member news
Industry news

AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition
"Voice of the Customer"
14 - 16 February 2018
Hilton Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Afera TC, MKC and SC Committee Meetings
21-23 February 2018
Hilton Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Afera Global Adhesive Tape Summit 2018
11-15 June
Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel, Germany
61st Afera Annual Conference 2018
3-5 October
Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Vouliagmeni (Athens), Greece
More industry events
ISSUE 1 2018
A word from the President

Mete Konuralp says things may be looking up in light of Europe’s strongest GDP growth in a decade. Read

PSA tape market data and trends: 2016 Freedonia Study

tesa’s Matthias von Schwerdtner discusses global demand, supply/production, application markets and the European tape industry’s competitive edge. Read

Interview with Nitto EMEA CEO Sam Strijckmans 

Mr. Strijckmans talks about his career in the tape business, Nitto and his thoughts on small and medium-sized tape manufacturers and the European market. Read

Regulatory affairs update 

Afera’s public affairs manager Mark Macaré updates us on food safety, REACH, the BREF STS, and recycling/sustainability. Read

Exclusive market data: APEJ to be largest market for gummed tapes during 2017-2027

Essien Jae of Future Market Insights reveals global demand and revenue analysis to Afera News readers. Read

Worldwide adhesives, tapes and films industry events planner

Afera has updated our extensive worldwide industry events calendar. Read

Afera Committee Meetings to be held in Amsterdam this month

The Technical, Marketing and Steering Committees, comprising nearly 50 Member delegates, will meet 21-23 February 2018. Read

Member news

New members since 1 July 2017

Coating Plasma Industrie, France (Associated member)

Lahnpaper GmbH, Germany (Associated member)

New PPI Sales Manager, 30 January 2018 – PPI Adhesive Products Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of a number of new Sales Managers. Read

Olympic, a new AFT manufacturer from THe Netherlands, 29 January 2018 – Our company was born in 2013 from our passion for acrylate chemistry and the belief that we could upend the industry with higher quality at lower prices. Read

Scapa becomes the tape manufacturer to provide UL halogen-free recognised products, 25 January 2018 – The use of low-smoke, halogen-free (LSHF) cables in commercial and residential building projects can help reduce equipment damage and smoke toxicity. Read

CPI moves to larger buildings, 25 January 2018 – To accommodate the development of its toll manufacturing activities CPI will move to a larger facility. Read

Ahlstrom-Munksjö: a new global leader in sustainable and innovative fibre-based materials, 22 January 2018 – First announced in November 2016, the merger between Ahlstrom and Munksjö became a reality in April 1st 2017. Read 

Insulating buildings with pressure-sensitive tape, 4 January 2018 – Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape technologies have properties that can insulate a building from environmental events such as precipitation, vapour ingress, extreme cold and heat, and external noise. Read

An excellent year for Lohmann's DuploFLEX® plate mounting tapes, January 2018 – 2017 was a particularly successful year for Lohmann’s graphic team. Read

Industry's Business Perspective has not been as optimistic since 2011, 13 December 2018 – Despite economic and geo-political risks, a solid global economic upswing is emerging, and it is also perceptible in the German Adhesives Industry. Read

Industry news

Hot melt adhesives for low surface energy substrates, 7 February 2018 – Low energy polymeric surfaces, such as polyolefins, fluorocarbons, acetals, and polystyrene, are notoriously difficult to bond with adhesives. Read

Kaneka Aerospace Acquires Henkel's Benzoxazine-based Composites Business, 5 February 2018 – Kaneka Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc., wholly owned subsidiary, Kaneka Aerospace, LLC, and Henkel Corporation have finalised the transfer of commercial rights, technologies and patents of benzoxazine based high performance composites business from Henkel Corporation to Kaneka Aerospace. Read

Assembly methods for bioplastics, February 2018 – Plastics made from plant-based materials are increasingly being used in a variety of applications. Read

Global Pressure Sensitive Tape Market to REACH USD 96, 105.0 Mn by 2024, 23 January 2018 – In the highly competitive global pressure sensitive tapes market, companies are lending more attention to R&D activities aimed at the development of biodegradable pressure sensitive adhesive tapes to gain an edge against competitors, observes Transparency Market Research in a recent report. Read

New Health-monitoring Adhesive Electrode: Researchers at ETH Zurich, 18 January 2018 – Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new type of health-monitoring electrode that exhibits optimum adhesion to skin and can record high quality signals. Read

Schedule of UTECH Europe 2018 Revealed; Covestro CEO to Convey Keynote, 18 January 2018 – Organisers of the UTECH Europe 2018 polyurethanes event have announced full details of its comprehensive three-day conference taking place 29-31 May 2018 at the MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read

Effect of high corona dosage on laminate bond strength and time dependent behaviour of surface energy on PE, PP and PET, 16 January 2018 – How long does a corona treatment last? Read

Irplast Develops New Adhesive Tape for Food Contact Applications, 12 January 2018 – Irplast’s Research and Development Department, in collaboration with the leading producers of inks and adhesives, has developed Food Contact Tape, a unique adhesive tape on the food contact compliance market that respects the organoleptic properties of food. Read

Could this be a new solution challenge for your company? Textile Researchers Want to Spot Weld Hybrid Components, 8 January 2018 – Textile researchers are trialling spot welding to ensure that automotive parts of metal and fibre-reinforced plastic can be joined securely. Read

Novel acrylic-fluorine networks for pressure sensitive adhesive, 19 December 2017 – The objective of a study was to design novel acrylic-fluorine networks as the replacement of fluorinated polyacylate for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) applications. Read

Toys from tape: Interview with inventor Andy Musliner, 15 December 2017 - To most people, tape seems like a common household item or an office staple. Read

Bunzl acquires UK's Lightning Packaging, 15 December 2017 – Global distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl has acquired UK-based Lightning Packaging for an undisclosed sum. Read



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