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In this issue:
A word from the President
New applications for adhesive tapes in white goods by Mustafa Sezer of Arçelik
How converting tape creates value by Michael Punter of Parafix
Afera’s Annual Conference early-bird rates extended for 48 hours
Afera Technical Seminar event editorial by Dr. Michael Gerstenberger
Member news
Industry news
Publications & Links
FEICA 2015
9-11 September, Vilamoura, Portugal
Afera Annual Conference 2015
7-10 October, Marseille, France
Drupa 2016
31 May-10 June, Düsseldorf, Germany
JUNE 2015
A word from the President
Dear Afera Members,

This year’s Annual Conference offers us a substantial, stimulating programme, with 12 presentations ranging from the engineering of tapes for repairing vessels and heart defects to the 3D printing of an actual building.  I am happy to report that we have just confirmed papers covering crude oil prices and supply/demand and their affect on adhesives raw materials markets, and how a family-owned SME transitions to the new generation and succeeds in the Italian tape manufacturing market.  We have extended the early-bird registration deadline by 48 hours to Wednesday, 1 July, so make sure to view the updated programme and register now.  

This issue of Afera News brings you interesting information about what two players in the adhesive tape value chain do with your products.  Arçelik uses adhesive tapes in the design, production, and transportation of its white goods and small appliances.  But most importantly, Mustafa Sezer, Materials Technology Manager at the company’s R&D Centre, tells us how we could introduce tapes further into its product lines.  Parafix Tapes & Conversions converts tape into engineered adhesive solutions, creating value for both ends of the adhesive tape value chain in the process, which Michael Punter, the company’s Owner and Managing Director, explains to us. 

Have a wonderful summer,

Laurent Derolez
Afera President
New applications for adhesive tapes in white goods
Mustafa Sezer, Materials Technology Manager at Arçelik’s R&D Centre, discusses using adhesive tapes in the design, manufacture, and transport of large and small appliances and where new business opportunities lie.

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How converting tape creates value by Michael Punter of Parafix
Michael Punter, Managing Director and Owner of Parafix Tapes & Conversions, describes what happens to adhesive tape when it is processed through a converter, including the benefits that are created for both tape manufacturers and customers.

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Afera’s Annual Conference early-bird rates extended for 48 hours
This year’s Conference in Marseille, 7-10 October, focussing on the next frontier of the tape business, presents a new lineup of 12 presentations, an extra pre-Conference B2B content marketing seminar, 2 interesting MCs, and 2 interactive experts’ debates. 

Lecture topics:
  • Global raw materials report
  • Tapes at Renault
  • SME Italian tape manufacturing market
  • Tapes for autonomous vehicles at Bosch
  • Tapes for repairing vessels and heart defects
  • Economic update on Europe
  • 3D printing an actual building
  • Worldwide market trends and data
  • Biodegradable tapes
  • TDS for pharmaceutical tapes
  • Tapes for local anodisation of aluminium
  • SNCP training programme for engineering students. 
Updated programme
Registration form:  Early-bird rate through Wednesday, 1 July
Hotel accommodation form
Sponsorship information & registration
Afera Technical Seminar event editorial

Dr. Michael Gerstenberger of MKVS reviews the 7th Technical Seminar which took place 13-15 April in Brussels.  The event brought together over 100 technical and operational managers and directors from 12 European countries seeking to update themselves on the cutting-edge technical issues and innovations driving the adhesive tape business.  Read more

Member news
New Members since 1 January 2015
Volz Selbstklebetechnik GmbH, Germany (Active Member)
Tapes & more GmbH, Germany (Converter Member)
Voronet, S.L. Spain (Converter Member)
Hexion, USA (Associated Member)
New Afera logo-link available for Afera Member websites
Afera Members can obtain the new “Member of Afera” logo to publish as a link on their homepages.  Download the logo here
Afera Members asked to submit visual aids for afera.com
Afera Members have been asked to submit visual aids, such as photos, images and diagrams, of “shots of tape in action” for possible use on Afera’s website, specifically in the Why Tape? section.  If you do not have unbranded images, Afera’s management will ensure that all brand names are removed during the publishing process.  Please send visual aids in web format here.
Collano specialty adhesives at Labelexpo 2015, September 29 – October 2, Brussels
www.collano.com, 23 June 2015 – At the Labelexpo (stand A36 in hall A5), Collano will be presenting rubber-based and radiation-curable hot melts, dispersion adhesives and adhesive films for label, tape, packaging, graphics and security applications.  Read more
Parafix become Porex Preferred Converter for Europe
www.parafix.com, 9 June 2015 – Parafix, a Sussex based manufacturer of bespoke adhesive and flexible material components, are proud to announce their new ‘Preferred Converter’ status with Porex Corporation, a global developer and manufacturer of innovative porous plastic materials.  Read more
ICAP SIRA Chemicals and Polymers SpA releases updated version of its pressure sensitive adhesives catalogue
www.icapsira.com, 20 May 2015 – ICAP SIRA Chemicals and Polymers SpA recently released  an updated version of the pressure sensitive adhesives catalogue.  In particular, the product portfolio has been updated with new water-based formulations APEO-free and compliant to food and skin contact.  Featured products include base polymers and formulations for various applications:  Special tapes, building tapes, and PVC tapes.  Catalogues are available both online and in paper upon request.  Products can also be searched for online with the new search engine at the website www.icapsira.com.  Read more
MACtac unveils new logo
www.mactac.eu, 18 May 2015 – Mactac has just unveiled a new logo that better reflects its values in a constantly changing world.  For over 50 years, Mactac has built its reputation on innovative, reliable products that are appreciated for their performance in a wide range of applications.  Read more
Novamelt to transfer to Henkel
www.novamelt.com, 16 April 2015 – In order to guarantee a secure and sustainable succession process, the owners of Novamelt decided to sell to the company Henkel.  Both parties signed an agreement on April 14th, 2015.  Read more
Industry news
Natural rubber from dandelions
www.phys.org, 8 June 2015 – Dandelions are modest plants that are an excellent alternative source for a raw material of high demand: natural rubber, the fundamental ingredient in rubber products.  Fraunhofer researchers have established the basis for the large-scale production of high quality rubber with Russian dandelion.  Read more
Publications & links
Follow Afera’s “Design that sticks:  Scanning the web for next product design” Twitter page
Afera is building an audience on Twitter of designers and architects who play a pivotal role in introducing adhesive tape into the production process.  View and follow the page here.
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