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Afera’s Lisbon Conference, 9-11 October 2019
Afera’s Technical Committee agenda 2019-2021
Scientists are stuck on the mystery of tape
A superstrong, reversible adhesive that works like snail slime
9th Afera Tape College highlight: What parameters influence the performance of a PSA tape?
PSTC’s Jason Clapper receives 2019 Carl Dahlquist Award
Bostik wins innovative poster session at PTSC Tape Summit
Itasa expands production of release liners in the Americas
UPM’s sawmills are running at full speed
3 good reasons to wash your labels away
Reach: new intention to identify a substance of very high concern
Member news
Industry news

62nd Afera Annual Conference 2019
9-11 October
Pestana Palace Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal
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9th Afera Technical Seminar
6-8 April 2020
Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium
63rd Afera Annual Conference
October 2020
Istanbul, Turkey
7th Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings
17-19 November 2020
Osaka, Japan
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ISSUE 7 2019
Afera’s Lisbon Conference, 9-11 October 2019
How connected you are is how competitive you are. Afera is that connector. Afera President Evert Smit recently said these words about Afera’s yearly Conference, Europe's premier adhesive tape business event, which will focus on “Making the Tape Business Future-Proof”.  Register   
Afera’s Technical Committee agenda 2019-2021

Technical Committee Chairman and Director of R&D at tesa Reinhard Storbeck shares his vision for the group with “the highest competence in technical adhesive tape issues” in Europe.  Read

Scientists are stuck on the mystery of tape

Gizmodo reports that sticky tape experiments are bringing scientists closer to something that doesn’t yet exist: a unified theory of tape that could help companies develop new, stronger adhesives.  Read

A superstrong, reversible adhesive that works like snail slime

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Penn Engineers demonstrate a polyhydroxyethylmethacrylate (PHEMA) hydrogel that is currently the strongest known candidate available for reversible adhesion.  Read

9th Afera Tape College highlight: What parameters influence the performance of a PSA tape?
At Afera’s recent biennial technical event held in Brussels, Manager of Application Solution Engineering at tesa SE Uwe Michel discussed why nearly all tape manufacturers invest significantly in understanding tape applications.  Read 
PSTC’s Jason Clapper receives 2019 Carl Dahlquist Award

The award is presented to the PSTC annual technical conference speaker whom judges determine demonstrated the best in research relating to adhesive tape technology.  Read

Bostik wins innovative poster session at PTSC Tape Summit

Christophe Robert, Bostik EMEA’s PSA manager, presented on moisture-cured pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) technology and earned the award based on display, problem perspective, interest evoked and scientific investigation.  Read

Itasa expands production of release liners in the Americas 

With the goal of strengthening its global footprint, the Spanish producer of high-quality siliconised papers has just started production at its new Querétaro, Mexico, plant equipped with the most advanced machinery for paper and film converting.  Press release  

UPM’s sawmills are running at full speed

The new Senior Vice President of Business at UPM Timber, Aki Temmes, estimates that the demand for sawn timber remains at a healthy level, even though the peak of the economic cycle might have been reached last year.  Read

3 good reasons to wash your labels away

With sustainability increasingly becoming a business issue, Afera Steering Committee Member Melanie Lack looks into the 3 key reasons for using a labelling adhesive that simplifies the wash-off process and supports the vision of a circular economy.  Read

Reach: new intention to identify a substance of very high concern

A new intention has been received for diisohexyl phthalate (EC 276-090-2, CAS 71850-09-4).  Read

Member news

How the invention of Scotch tape led to a revolution in how companies managed employees, 20 June 2019 – College dropout Richard Drew became an icon of 20th century innovation, inventing cellophane tape, masking tape and more.  Read

Orafol: The first ORALITE® Wrap Seminar organised in Italy!, 14 June 2019 – The application of reflective films is a very different field compared to the classic wrapping where normal vinyl films are applied.  Read

Rugged solutions for rugged demands, 12 June 2019 – Manufacturing in the Australia and New Zealand region comes with a range of design problems, but H.B. Fuller is at the forefront of adhesive solutions for inhospitable terrain.  Read

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s sustainability work awarded with third consecutive EcoVadis Gold rating, 11 June 2019 – With a corporate social responsibility engagement level assessed as advanced, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is in the top 1% of suppliers assessed, regardless of their industry.  Read

AR: solutions for the medical diagnostic market, 10 June 2019 – Adhesives Research offers a range of solutions for the medical diagnostic market, specifically for diagnostic tests requiring a very small amount of body fluid (blood, urine, spit, etc.).  Read

Eastman Care Chemicals team takes home 2019 ICIS Surfactants Award for Technology Innovation, 7 June 2019 – Eastman is proud to announce that its Care Chemicals team received the 2019 ICIS Surfactants Award for Technology Innovation.  Read

Launch of Bisono® Tape 2mg, a transdermal patch containing a β1 blocker, 7 June 2019 – Nitto Denko Corporation announced that Bisono® Tape 2mg (non-proprietary name: bisoprolol), transdermal patches containing a β1 blocker that were co-developed with Toa Eiyo Ltd., has been launched today by Toa Eiyo and Astellas Pharma Inc.  Read

Lohmann adhesive tape range offers new options for motor manufacturers, 6 June 2019 – Publicly unveiled for the first time on April 2 at the company’s R&D Centre in Neuwied, Germany, the AP family of adhesive tapes uses a specially-modified acrylic adhesive and has already found applications on some of Europe’s best-selling motor cars.  Read

3M: commercial vehicle tape, 6 June 2019 – Designed for sidewall and roof panel bonding, the new 3M VHB CV90F commercial vehicle tape reportedly enables fast, easy, and durable assembly in demanding transportation applications.  Read

Mondi accelerates efforts to create flexible packaging from post-consumer recycled plastic, 5 June 2019 – Project Proof, an Ellen MacArthur Foundation Pioneer Project led by Mondi, develops a usable pouch prototype containing 20% post-consumer waste bringing flexible packaging one step closer to a circular economy.  Read

Henkel opens new European hub for high-performing aerospace solutions, 4 June 2019 – The Adhesive Technologies business unit today has officially inaugurated its new production facility for aerospace applications at the Henkel site in Montornès del Vallès (Montornès), Spain.  Read  

Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare, broadens healthcare offering, 4 June 2019 – Company expands footprint to provide complementary cohesive bandages and compression systems.  Read

RKW celebrates anniversary with site opening for relatives, 4 June 2019 – On May 25, 2019, the RKW Site in Nordhorn celebrated its 40th anniversary with a festive day for employees and their families.  Read

First super wide glass protection films, 3 June 2019 – POLIFILM PROTECTION, a leading developer and manufacturer of surface protective films, is the first worldwide provider to offer protective films in widths of 3220 mm.  Read

tesa releases high-performance plastic bonding solution, 3 June 2019 – UK-based adhesive tape manufacturer tesa, a subsidiary of Beiersdorf, has released its HiP (High Initial Performance) bonding tape designed to eliminating ultrasonic welding from the automotive sector.  Read

BASF doubles production capacity for adhesive raw material acResin®, 3 June 2019 – BASF has doubled its manufacturing capacity for UV acrylic hotmelts sold under the brand name acResin® by building a second production facility at the Ludwigshafen site in Germany.  Read

BO.MA: New lathe-cutter machine, 25 May 2019 – We announce the entry of a new machine, a 2 mandrel lathe with simultaneous cutting system with two over-imposed rotating, circular blades with independent adjustment to slit simultaneously on two mandrels of CMC Cevenini.  Read

BASF develops process for climate-friendly methanol, 24 May 2019 – The production processes of the most important basic chemicals are responsible for around 70 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the chemical industry.  Read

BiesSse: Flexographic Forum 2019, Poland, 20 May 2019 – BiesSse renewed its participation at PLFTA (the Polish Flexographic Technical Association) forum dedicated to flexo printing, that was held in Wroclaw, Poland, on 3-4 June.  Read

Industry news

Industry event: Chemspec Europe 2019, 26-27 June 2019 – Now in its 34th edition, Chemspec Europe 2019 unites an impressive array of experts, scientists, managers and thought-leaders and provides a powerful and well-known industry platform to discuss the latest market trends, technical innovations, business opportunities and regulatory issues in this rapidly changing market.  Read

ECHA: safer chemicals conference – material online, 19 June 2019 – Watch what was said about submitting notifications for poison centres, new compliance actions, microplastics and safe use in the supply chain.  Read

Fast flooring attachments are ideal for flexible spaces, 13 June 2019 – Flooring companies are moving away from liquid adhesives when installing their products.  Read

REACH: chemicals in a circular economy, 12 June 2019 – The E.U. is taking action to promote clean material cycles and reduce the use of hazardous chemicals throughout a product’s life cycle.  Read

ECHA: high-level conference "E.U. Chemicals Policy 2030", 12 June 2019 – On 27-28 June 2019, the European Commission and the Danish Ministry for Environment and Food are organising a high-level conference to discuss recent developments in the E.U. chemicals policy and future steps.  Read

New ECHA communications strategy supports the strategic priorities, 12 June 2019 – ECHA has unveiled a new Communications Strategy 2019-2023 which identifies 5 priority focus areas to respond to the challenges of the changing communications landscape.  Read

Quantum dot of gold could be the transistor of tomorrow, but proof of concept might require use of adhesive tape, 11 June 2019 – A two-dimensional (2D) quantum dot of gold could be the transistor of tomorrow’s electronics but 2D microchips are too small to make with today’s lithographic technologies.  Read

Brückner's Baumeister sees a clear role for film packaging in sustainability, 10 June 2019 – At October's K 2019 trade show, the German mechanical engineering association VDMA will focus on sustainability and the circular economy and the parts its members, the makers of plastics and rubber machinery, will play in that future.  Read

Under pressure, plastics find place in the global circular economy, 30 May 2019 – Plastics have long suffered from an image problem.  Read




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