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A word from the President
SpecialChem: Afera launches global adhesive tape summit addressing complete value chain
Online video marketing for tape value chain
Regulatory affairs update
Afera moves forward on educational awareness in the U.K. with Pearson
In memoriam: Dr. Rainer Rauberger
Member news
Industry news

1st 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 2 2018
A word from the President

Mete Konuralp discusses Afera’s (and the global tape industry’s) next important event. Read

SpecialChem: Afera launches global adhesive tape summit addressing complete value chain

The “Universal Selection Source” for chemicals and materials covers Afera’s latest press release on our upcoming event in Munich. Read

Online video marketing for tape value chain companies 

Social media and digital marketing expert Lasse Rouhiainen tells us exactly how to take advantage of the video marketing wave of the future. Read

Regulatory affairs update 

Afera’s public affairs manager Mark Macaré updates us on the European Paper Recycling Council’s Scorecard, Europe’s Circular Economy, the BREF STS update, the REACH Director’s Contact Group solution, the 21-substance CoRAP, and plastic food contact materials. Read

Afera moves forward on educational awareness in the U.K. with Pearson

Evert Smit and Uwe Maurieschat are ensuring that adhesive tape will be included among the bonding technologies taught in the new BTEC educational system in 2020. Read

In memoriam: Dr. Rauberger

Afera learned the sad news of the loss of our former Henkel colleague. Read

Member news

New members since 1 January 2018

Cemet Yapiskan Bantlar San. Ve Tic. A.S., Turkey (Active member)

Saint-Gobain Tape Solutions, Belgium (Active member)

Coating Plasma Innovation, France (Associated member)

LFibope-Intertape Polymer Group, Portugal  (Associated member)

Lahnpaper GmbH, Germany (Associated member)

Erga Tapes s.r.l., Italy (Converter member)

FFT Handelsgesellschaft Ph. Schwanbeck GmbH, Germany (Converter member)

The-ma S.r.l., Italy (Converter member)

tesa SE posts double-digit growth in 2017, 17 April 2018 – tesa SE brought the 2017 fiscal year to a positive close.  Read

The time has come to open a new window onto the world of Sicad and its Eurocel products, 16 April – It’s a breath of fresh air we want to share with you - our world, passion, professionalism – in other words our Experience in manufacturing adhesive tapes.  Read

The winner takes it all: EFIA members celebrate awards success, 9 April – Since 1972, the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA), headquartered in the UK, has been supporting the entire flexographic print supply chain with support tools and initiatives to drive the industry forward with higher levels of recognition, operational efficiency and technical knowledge.  Read

Lohmann: Graphic designers have been active for almost 70 years, 9 April 2018 – Lohmann gained access to the printing industry with their graphic products In the 1950s. At that time, no-one could have imagined that it would become a success story lasting almost 70 years.  Read

Proactive equipment maintenance offers great rewards, 4 April 2018 – In packaging, regular machine maintenance is crucial for ensuring product and operator safety, improve efficiency and enable the highest quality. Read

BASF increases prices for polymer dispersions, acrylic hot melts and powders, 26 March 2018 – Effective March 26, 2018, or as existing contracts allow, BASF will increase its prices in EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) for polymer dispersions by up to 80 euros per metric ton and acrylic hot melts as well as redispersible powders by up to 140 euros per metric ton.  Read

A sticky wonderland, 20 March – Adhesives are everywhere, from the aerospace industry to the simple but infamous Post-it Note.  Read

BASF to increase prices for epoxy-based Master Builders Solutions products and sold under the brand name of MasterTop and MasterSeal in Europe, 15 March 2018 – Driven by strong global increases in raw materials for epoxy-based construction system products, BASF increases prices for its epoxy-based Master Builders Solutions® products sold under the brand name of MasterTop and MasterSeal in Europe by around 10%, with immediate effect.  Read

tesa SE acquires the Twinlock product division from Polymount, 6 March 2018 – The Twinlock product division from the company Polymount with headquarters in Nijkerk / Netherlands becomes a 100% subsidiary of tesa SE.  Read

Keeping up to date with food safe packaging, 28 February 2018 – For all companies involved in the value chain, ensuring the safety of food packaging continues to be an essential task.  Read

Release liner industry leadership: Mondi's Dr Wilhelm Munninger wins the AWA Award – 26 February 2018 – Now in its third year, the annual AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award was presented during the recent 2018 Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam – and it went to Dr Wilhelm Munninger, Head of R&D and Innovation, Mondi Release Liner.  Read

Shurtape Technologies announces sales appointments, 21 February 2018 – The company also announced two recent new hires.  Read

Medical adhesive secures a Golden Mousetrap Award, 14 February 2018 – As wearable medical devices continue to emerge, a growing older population coupled with an increasing incidence of chronic diseases requiring active monitoring is driving the need for durable yet comfortable adhesives.  Read

Industry news

Adhesive tapes market to rise 6%, 25 April – Asia-Pacific is reportedly the fastest-growing market for adhesive tapes.  Read

Hot melts lead adhesive tapes market growth, 13 April 2018 – China is reportedly leading the market for adhesive tapes in the Asia-Pacific region.  Read

Engineered metasurfaces replace adhesive tape in specialised microscope, 30 April 2018 – The latest advance in a new type of optics aimed at improving microscopy started with a game of tennis three years ago.  Read

New study clears 2-EHA of suspicion of additional classification by ECHA, 23 April 2018 – Recently 2-ethylhexanoic acid (2-EHA) has shown no adverse effects regarding reproduction at the highest dose tested in a study executed at the request of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).  Read

"LED has become dominant in many UV curing applications", 13 April 2018 – The UV curing sector is a versatile part of the coatings industry.  Read

China, US add plastics to their trade war, 4 April 2018 – An escalating trade war between the United States and China is hitting the plastics sector with Chinese officials announcing tariffs on 106 U.S. products, including plastics, and the U.S. targeting machinery and moulds.  Read

Evonik joint venture expands capacity for TAA derivatives in China, 4 April 2018 – Evonik Tianda (Liaoyang) Chemical Additive Co., Ltd. (ETL) has increased its production capacity for triacetonamine (TAA) derivatives in Liaoyang by 50 percent.  Read

Arkema and Hexcel to partner on aerospace composites, 28 March 2018 – As part of this partnership, a joint research and development laboratory will be established.  Read

Tape measure: Does the kinesio strip work?, 26 March 2018 – Many of the world’s elite athletes can be seen sporting Kinesio Tape, which claims to successfully treat musculoskeletal problems – but scientists are not convinced.  Read

How to choose floor marking tape for your facility, 19 March 2018 – When it comes to safety, floor marking tape to lead workers and facility visitors on the path away from danger is critical.  Read

Battling skin cancer with piece of tape instead of a scalpel, 14 March 2018 – Put down the scalpel and bring out the tape.  Read

European Chemicals Agency: Further substances assessed by authorities, 14 March – The public activities coordination tool (PACT) has been updated with information on two substances that are undergoing hazard assessment or risk management option analysis by authorities.  Read

Effect of reactive momomers on UV films, 14 March 2018 – Scientists investigated the effect of reactive monomers on polymer structure and abrasion resistance of UV cured thin films in a new study.  Read

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene, 27 February 2018 – Scientists at UCL have explained for the first time the mystery of why adhesive tape is so useful for graphene production.  Read

Creating highly tunable adhesives with Kirigami-inspired structures, 19 February 2018 – The development of smart glues, with controlled and tunable adhesion, is driven to a large degree by potential applications in biomedical systems, robotics, and manufacturing.  Read

Affordable Lightweight Commercial Vehicle Construction under Trial, 15 February 2018 – A project consortium is aiming to achieve a weight reduction of 30% at no extra cost compared to previous steel designs. HylightCab is focusing on multi-material design and the commercial vehicle's cab structure.  Read

Reaching out with 3D-printed bandage, prosthetic, 15 February 2018 – ...The students decided to develop a low-cost, 3D-printed hydrocolloidal bandage – an adhesive bandage 2.0, if you will, that would aid in treating infections more effectively than a regular bandage or antibiotic creams.  Read


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