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A word from the President
Afera 57th Annual Conference: Technology, trends & markets in the future of the European adhesive tape industry
Captains of the Industry discuss challenges in the European adhesive tape value chain
Afera General Assembly 2014 report
Member news
Industry news
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A word from the President
Dear Afera Members,

Today everyone speaks about Europe as a land of no growth, high government debt and social deficit. I have to say that after Afera’s Annual Conference, we can all agree that our industry shows very positive signs.

With the theme “The Future of the European Adhesive Tape Industry: Technology, Trends and Markets,” we chose to focus on looking and moving forward. Moreover, we had an impressive contribution from a European trendspotter and futurologist, Mr. Lindkvist, who discussed Darwinnovation in a turbulent world. Basically what he said is that if you detect the underlying trends in our societies, you can achieve unlimited growth—of course, only if you innovate in line with those trends. To name some: India will overtake China and the US in 2050, and the East will become more prosperous, forming smaller households and buying more stuff.

The adhesive tape industry needs to tap into societal trends, especially those of technology, resources and business. Not just microtrends—quick-moving fads, especially in technology generations. But macrotrends—long-term, slow-moving business cycles.

For 2015, let us hope that the Ukraine-Russia border tensions do not escalate and in fact are soon resolved, along with the current violence in the Middle East.

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year, and naturally, I hope 2015 is very successful for you and your companies.

Laurent Derolez
Afera President
Afera 57th Annual Conference: Technology, trends & markets in the future of the European adhesive tape industry
Afera’s Annual Conference welcomed more than a hundred of Europe’s best and brightest in the adhesive tape industry who came together to listen, learn and network. Held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace from 1-4 October 2014, the event 1) saw a particularly high attendance of delegates from businesses along the adhesive tape industry value chain, including an end user, 2) marked a shift of themes to discussions of markets and challenges—and away from crisis management, 3) offered high-quality presentations, from end user needs to economic analyses and market data, and 4) re-established itself as the premier networking and informational event for adhesive tape producers, raw materials and machine suppliers, converters, national tape organisations and other international counterparts, and even end users. Read more 
Captains of Industry discuss challenges in the European adhesive tape value chain

Once again Afera's best and brightest gathered for a panel debate centred on the Annual Conference theme "The future of the European adhesive tape industry: Technology, trends and markets"

Afera Annual Conference participants were treated to a lively panel debate during the Working Programme on Friday, 3 October 2014. This was Afera’s third ‘Captains of Industry’ discussion event, expertly moderated by independent marketing strategist Bert van Loon, who got some of the top managers in today’s European adhesive tape industry to open up about their personal and company views on topics such as customer intimacy, Asian competition, flexibility, consolidation, raw materials, and young talent. Read more

Read the complete Dubrovnik Captains of Industry Panel Debate transcript here .

Afera General Assembly 2014 report

Afera’s General Assembly (GA) was the first item on the agenda of Day 3 (2 October) of the 57th Annual Conference in Dubrovnik.

With 60% of Afera’s Active Membership in attendance, this year’s 40-minute GA was called to order by Afera President Laurent Derolez (Chargeurs/Novacel S.A.), who welcomed those present. He then reviewed the agenda, anti-trust guidelines and the GA 2013 Minutes recorded in Sicily, all of which were confirmed and approved.

Next, the Committee Chairmen reviewed the current and future activities of the Marketing (MKC) and Technical (TC) Committees. In addition to an overview below, these are covered in this issue or future issues of bimonthly Afera News. Read more

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Member news
New Members since 1 January 2014
Carlisle Hardcast Europe, Netherlands (Active Member)
Momentive Specialty Chemicals, USA (Associated Member)
H.B. Fuller Europe GmbH, Germany (Associated Member)
Bitoner Resin, The Netherlands (Associated Member)
A&G Ambalaj San. Tic. LTD. STI, Turkey (Converter Member)
3M, Karlville partner to simplify multipack production
www.foodproductiondaily.com, 17 November 2014 – 3M has introduced a system that allows manufacturers of food products and other consumer packaged goods to create product multipacks without using shrink wrap or manual pack outs. Read more
BASF increases prices for additives for plastic applications as well as for coating applications
www.basf.com, 5 November 2014 – Ludwigshafen, Germany – Effective today, or as contracts allow, BASF is increasing prices for the majority of products in its additives and stabilizers portfolio for plastic applications as well as for several light stabilizers for coating applications by up to 10%. Read more
Spread-tow technology takes off
www.compositesworld.com, 1 November 2014 – New, ultralight-areal-weight prepreg tapes form the thin-ply laminates will enable Solar Impulse 2’s sun-powered flight around the world. Read more
3M Profit Increases 5.9% on Strong Sales Growth
www.wsj.com, 23 October 2014 – Bolstered by strong U.S. growth, 3M Co. nudged its full-year earnings forecast higher and reported a 5.9% rise in third-quarter profit. The better-than-expected results were spurred by higher profit margins and strong sales of respiratory face masks and materials used in making cars, aircraft and electronic gadgets. Read more
Industry news
Wireless Smart Device Creates Shortcuts to Favourite Phone Actions
www.psfk.com, 21 November 2014 – ... Double-side adhesive tape allows people to stick the button throughout their houses and transportation systems. Read more
Mercedes-Benz Has the Most Valuable Facebook Page of Any Automotive Brand
www.paddocktalk.com, 18 November 2014 – To celebrate this landmark, Mercedes-Benz designers have created a wall-mounted tape installation depicting the exterior of the new Mercedes-AMG GT. They did this using special, mostly black adhesive tapes of different thicknesses. Read more
Novel Taping Method Reduced Surgery for Ingrown Toenails
www.medscape.com, 14 November 2014 – Some 276 of 541 patients or guardians successfully treated ingrown or curved toenails with a simple, novel taping technique they could do themselves and then required no additional therapy for abnormal nail growth, according to an observational study. Read more
New Materials Spur Innovation in Sporting Goods Manufacturing > Assembly Challenges
www.assemblymag.com, 3 November 2014 – ...“Double-sided adhesive tape is used to attach grips to shafts,” adds David Thomas, production manager at Fishman Corp. “Water-based tape is often used so that the grip easily slides onto the shaft.” Read more
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Recent news
Impact-modified PMMA and co-extruded PVDF/acrylic films for high-performance tapes by Haraldo Rodrigues, Product Manager in Evonik's acrylics division Read more
B2B content marketing strategy for tape businesses by Bert van Loon, Marketing & Communication Strategy Consultant Read more
Afera’s new content marketing programme: Ideas that stick Read more
Afera Tape College event editorial by Dr. Michael Gerstenberger Read more
Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings held in Nashville, Tennessee Read more
Tapes used in bonded glazed windows by Bernard Elias, Head of Quality Assurance at RAL-Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme e.V. (GKFP) Read more
The future of growth: “All of us, rationally speaking, can be optimistic by Marc de Vos, Director of the Itinera Institute Read more
Global, European specialty tape markets and growth opportunities by Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates Read more
Why you need quality assurance in adhesive bonding technology by Prof. Andreas Gross, Head of Training and Technology Transfer at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM Read more
If you would like to participate in Afera's discussions and decision-making on issues that affect the tape industry, contact Afera's Secretary General via mail@afera.com about joining one of the Associations's Committees or Working Groups. As the lifelines of Afera, its Committees meet at least twice yearly to discuss and develop their action plans for carrying out Afera's mission: To act as the voice of the adhesive tape industry.

Although the newsletter has been compiled with all reasonable care, Afera declines all responsibility for the completeness of the information contained, and for any additional use made of the information provided. 
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