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Afera’s Lisbon Conference, 9-11 October 2019
Special Afera Member offer on market intelligence
Afera President’s key takeaways from the PSTC’s 2019 Tape Summit
9th Afera Tape College highlight: why silicone PSAs “are quite unusual”
Study unveils new UV-curable vegetable-oil-based PSA for tapes and labels
Stick and stay stuck: optimising performance for pressure-sensitive adhesives
Will your next car be assembled like a smartphone?
BZ-Berlin: No more “sticker bombing” traffic signs thanks to the ORALITE® anti-sticker film
Profile: MIARCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in the adhesive solutions industry
Case study: Loparex doubles its poly-coating capacity
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
7-9 October 2020
Istanbul, Turkey
7th Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings
17-19 November 2020
Osaka, Japan
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ISSUE 8 2019
Afera’s Lisbon Conference, 9-11 October 2019
With 10 weeks to go, spots are filling up fast at Europe’s top adhesive tape business event “Making the Tape Business Future-Proof”, covering international and European market trends and opportunities, next generation workforce, building & construction, raw materials, AI and data, and bio-inspired polymers in medical adhesion.  Find out more | Register    
Special Afera Member offer on market intelligence

Ahead of our Lisbon Conference, AWA is offering a 40% discount on its newly issued Global Specialty Pressure-Sensitive Tape Market Study 2019, as well as a specially rated Europe-only version of the Study, just for Afera members.  Read 

Afera President’s key takeaways from the PSTC’s 2019 Tape Summit

At this knowledge-building event, Evert Smit not only lectured on Europe’s building & construction industry to over 500 professionals in the value chain, but he returned with some useful insights into the tape business.  Read 

9th Afera Tape College highlight: why silicone PSAs “are quite unusual”

Senior scientist at The Dow Chemical Company Alex Knott discussed the increasing use, formulation and properties of silicone PSAs at Afera’s learning event in May.  Read 

Study unveils new UV-curable vegetable-oil-based PSA for tapes and labels
Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable-oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option in making items such as sticky notes, postage stamps and bandages.  Read
Stick and stay stuck: optimising performance for pressure-sensitive adhesives

A senior design and application engineer at Avery Dennison tells us how to determine the correct pressure-sensitive adhesive for the specific material and environment, preferably early in the design stage.  Read

Will your next car be assembled like a smartphone?

According to Jim Swope, senior vice president at The ChemQuest Group, electrically conductive adhesive use is rising as fine spacing, environmental restrictions, and new materials impact or replace vehicle assembly methods.  Read

BZ-Berlin: No more “sticker bombing” traffic signs thanks to the ORALITE® anti-sticker film

Trying to beat a problem plaguing many large cities the world over, Berlin is currently running a pilot-project for traffic signs with anti-sticker properties using a solution from Orafol.  Read  

Profile: MIARCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in the adhesive solutions industry

Afera Member Company Miarco has expanded converting operations at plants in Gujarat, India, and Valencia, Spain.  Read

Case study: Loparex doubles its poly-coating capacity

After years of steady growth in the automotive graphics, medical and tape release liner markets, Loparex makes a strategic investment decision.  Read  

Member news

A new home for Lohmann Italy: The bonding engineers‘ Italian site is moving, 31 July 2019 – Lohmann Italy is going to move to its new site in Ponzano Veneto on 1 August.  Read

Henkel shares software tool for evaluating the recyclability of packaging, 30 July 2019 – In order to quickly and reliably determine the recyclability of new packaging, Henkel uses its specially developed software tool EasyD4R.  Read

RKW and ERDE Initiative: voluntary commitment for 2022, 23 July 2019 – As a founding member of the ERDE initiative (Erntekunststoffe Recycling Deutschland), RKW has committed to collecting and recycling 65 per cent of all silage and stretch films sold on the German market by 2022.  Read

Scapa goes live with new product pages showcasing full portfolio of products and solutions, 17 July 2019 – Scapa Industrial is proud to launch its new Industrial Tape Products pages, an extensive portfolio of 33 product categories which can be searched for the right adhesive tape and bonding solution.  Read

BASF launches production line for the functionalisation of films, 16 July 2019 – A film coating plant has been put into operation at BASF's Münster site in Germany.  Read

Laser Cutting PF584C S. superior protection against bubble formation, 15 July 2019 – POLIFILM PROTECTION, a global leader in surface protection films, has further enhanced the performance of its renowned CO₂ and fibre laser protective film by developing a new flow-optimised adhesive formulation and modified carrier film.  Read

Synthomer: panel discussion on how to attract young professionals into the chemical industry, 9 July 2019 – On June 13, Lotte Vater was invited to speak at the FECC 2019, the annual congress of the European Association of Chemical Distributors.  Read

One of Mondi’s largest operating sites is celebrating its 50th anniversary: Mondi Syktyvkar is a special story of transformation, 9 July 2019 – When you look at the Mondi Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill today, it is hard to imagine its origins in 1969 Russia, twenty years before the fall of the Berlin wall.  Read

Mondi Štětí: Czech Republic’s largest paper mill celebrates 70 years of successful paper-making, 9 July 2019 – The art of making paper has a long tradition in the Czech Republic with the first paper mill dating back to the middle ages.  Read

OMNOVA to be acquired by Synthomer plc, London, 3 July 2019 – OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company, for $10.15 per share in cash.  Read

Adhesive tape suppliers: universal tool suppliers, 3 July 2019 - PPM is among the best adhesive tape suppliers since 1993: find out about its full range of products, including a private label service.  Read  

H.B. Fuller: answering today's most pressing trends in disposable hygiene product design, 28 June 2019 – There is increasing global consensus that Asia Pacific consumers might be the group with the highest requirements for hygiene products.  Read

BASF to reshape organisation, 27 June 2019 – With an organisational realignment, BASF is creating the conditions for greater customer proximity, increased competitiveness and more profitable growth.  Read

Jaakko Nikkilä appointed executive vice president of UPM Specialty Papers, 27 June 2019 – Jaakko Nikkilä has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for UPM Specialty Papers business area as of 1 July 2019 and will be based in Helsinki reporting to Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO.  Read

Ashland appoints Anagraf Comercial as distributor for WB adhesives and PSAs, 26 June 2019 – Ashland announces it has appointed Anagraf Comercial Grafica SL as its new partner to distribute Ashland’s varnishes, laminating adhesive and primers for the label printing industry.  Read

artimelt: demands on a modern plaster, 24 June 2019 – Some plasters have a strong bond and some can be removed easily, while others have additional functions such as antibacterial properties, padding, absorption of wound secretions or administration of medication.  Read

tesa Introduces primer-less PE-foam tape for bonding low-surface energy parts, 24 June 2019 – For decades, the standard procedure for bonding small plastic parts with low and medium surface energy ( PP, ABS and EPDM) to either the clear coat, metal substrates or other plastic parts was to first apply a noxious primer, then apply the adhesive tape.  Read

Nitto invests in 3.3m wide coating line for coated glass protection film, 20 June 2019 – Nitto Belgium will add a complete new state-of-the-art 3.3m wide coating line in its facility in Genk, Belgium, that will be operational as of December 2019 to manufacture 3.3m wide coated glass protection film, known as Nitto CGP Film, for the glass industry.  Read

Industry news

Industry event: 14th China International PSA Tape & Label Expo, 22nd China International Adhesives & Sealants Exhibition, 18-20 September 2019 – Held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, CHINAADHESIVE 2019 will share cutting-edge information and technology of the adhesives, sealants, ink, PSA tape and label industries, attracting more than 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from more than 40 countries and regions.  Read

Coating company with development potential for sale, 31 July 2019 – Situated on a 20,000-m² site between Rome and Naples, a coating company founded in 1999 is looking to be taken over or for an investor.  Read

CLP: European Commission’s public consultation on postponing harmonised rules for poison centres notification, 31 July 2019 – The European Commission has launched a public consultation on postponing the compliance date to submit information on hazardous chemical mixtures for consumer use.  Read

Capacity relief still far off for silicone, 30 July 2019 – Silicone supply in the U.S. is still strained, and isn't likely to improve within the next two years, according to Erick Sharp, CEO and president of Ace Products and Consulting L.L.C.  Read

PE at centre of mixed resin pricing picture for June, 26 July 2019 – North American prices for polyethylene resin led a chaotic market in June.  Read

New materials and bonding challenges for the electric vehicle age, 22 July 2019 – Several automakers throughout the world have made it clear they are planning for significant increases in electric vehicle production within the next two decades.  Read

ECHA: New version of the Poison Centre submission portal released, 22 July 2019 – An updated version of the ECHA Submission portal includes a number of improvements to the tool for online dossier preparation and submission.  Read

Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow, 27 June 2019 – Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) in Dresden have developed a new production process to make future battery production more efficient and environmentally friendly by coating the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals.  Read

Characterisation of four functional biocompatible pressure-sensitive adhesives for rapid prototyping of cell-based lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip systems, 26 June 2019 – In this study, we have characterised four functional biomedical-grade pressure sensitive adhesives for rapid prototyping (e.g. less than 1 hour) applications including structuring precision, physical and optical properties as well as biocompatibilities.  Read




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