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A word from the President
MS Polymer™-based PSA technology
Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee meetings held in Munich
Press release: Afera 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit a Success, Athens conference launched
Exclusive market data: global masking tapes market report
Regulatory affairs update
Sticky situation: new process turns wood scraps into tape
Member news
Industry news

61st Afera Annual Conference 2018
3-5 October
Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Vouliagmeni (Athens), Greece
More industry events
ISSUE 3 2018
A word from the President

Mete Konuralp discusses Afera. Read

MS Polymer™-based PSA technology

Kaneka’s Michel Ravers explains a compelling but little known technology in the PSA and tapes world and his company’s collaboration with ICHEMCO and Biessse.  Read

Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee meetings held in Munich

Afera hosted the 6th series of meetings, which included sharing regional and national market production data.  Read

Press release: Afera 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit a Success, Athens conference launched

The Association highlights Munich’s most popular lectures and launches the adhesive tape industry’s premier annual event.  Read

Exclusive market data: global masking tapes market report

Essien Jae of Future Market Insights says APEJ will replace North America from its pole position post-2024.  Read

Regulatory affairs update

Afera’s public affairs manager Mark Macaré updates us on food contact materials, REACH/CLP and biocides, the BREF STS update, and recycling and waste legislation.  Read

Sticky situation: New process turns wood scraps into tape reports the development of a novel process to make tape out of a major component of trees and plants called lignin—a substance that paper manufacturers typically throw away.  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)

UPM Specialty Papers Oy, Finland (Associated member)

Coating Plasma Innovation, France (Associated member)

Fibope-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)

3M sticks it to non-sticky medical tape, 12 June 2018 - 3M has introduced a non-woven, elastic blend tape that may offer medical device wearers some relief from annoying problems, including wearables losing stickiness and skin irritation.  Read

Tape proves stronger than rivets in tests -video-, 4 June 2018 – The idea behind using adhesives to replace rivets to make completed assemblies even stronger is simple to grasp.  Read

North American tesa affiliate acquires Functional Coatings, Inc., 22 May 2018 – Functional Coatings, Inc., based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, is to become a wholly owned affiliate of tesa tape inc., North America.  Read

tesa SE acquires FormFormForm Ltd., 21 May 2018 – The London-based company FormFormForm Ltd. will be a fully owned subsidiary of tesa SE.  Read

Synthomer adjusts prices for vinyl acetate containing dispersions and re-dispersible powders, 18 May 2018 – Prices will be raised by 6% for dispersions and 8% for powders with effect from 1 June, or as contract terms allow.  Read

Scapa India celebrates new Factory inauguration in Chennai, 15 May 2018 – On Sunday 6 May, 2018, Scapa Industrial celebrated the inauguration of its new factory in Chennai, India.  Read

PPM launches new corporate identity to rearticulate its values, 11 May 2018 – PPM Industries is a leading European manufacturer of masking, duct and other adhesive tape and a trusted partner for B2B customers worldwide.  Read

Ashland has developed Aroset 2100 PSA, a new high-performance acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive for highly demanding tape and label applications, 9 May 2018 – Aroset 2100 PSA is a coater-ready and self-crosslinking adhesive that enables pressure-sensitive tape converters to manufacture tapes that combine very high adhesion from polar surfaces with exceptional cohesion under a broad variety of challenging conditions.  Read

Industry news

DuPont™ FlexWrap™ EZ adhesive tape selected as Parade of Products Award winner, 27 June 2018 – Uniquely designed self-adhered flashing tape wins PCBC award for innovative air-sealing solution of penetrations on exterior walls.  Read

Huawei's latest patent could help it manufacture thin-bezel smartphones like Oppo Find X, 20 June 2018 – Oppo just released its flagship Find X and Find X Lanborghini Edition phones, giving us a glimpse at the future of bezel-less smartphones.  Read

Eurojersey and Framis Italia combine functionality and comfort, 13 June 2018 – Two Italian companies have joined forces for a collaboration that combines the functional aspect of heat-bonded taping with the comfort of innovative Sensitive Fabrics.  Read

Dow PU 'actively looking' for M&As, 6 June 2018 – DowDuPont Inc.'s Dow polyurethanes business is on the hunt for systems houses that fit with its strategy in higher added value markets segments, said Jon Penrice, vice president Dow polyurethanes, at UTECH Europe 2018, Maastricht, Netherlands.  Read

PSA characteristics and their impact on foam anchorage, 1 May 2018 – Understanding the variables involved in PSAs can lead to first-time-right decisions on adhesive selection and processing.  Read

Changes to Parafix management, 3 May 2018 – Mike Punter, Managing Director, is stepping into the position of Chairman of Parafix Holdings and Colin Wills, Director, is retiring.  Read  



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