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Afera News November 2013

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In this issue:

Peter Rambusch on Afera and the Tape Market
Following Afera’s Annual Conference, outgoing Afera President shares his views on the recovery of the European economy and succeeding in the self-adhesive tape industry

As outgoing Afera President, I would like to thank all my fellow members for their support during my term.  Afera exists to represent the self-adhesive tape industry on a European level, to provide support to our Members on topics that are relevant to the whole industry, and to provide a platform for networking.  ...If you refer to my welcome notes of both the Madrid and Sicily Conferences, you will gather that I have a rather critical view of the current state and future of Europe’s economy.  ...Instead of focussing on these negative indicators, however, I would like to share with you what makes me (always) see a silver lining....  Read more

Afera 56th Annual Conference:  Moving from survival to growth in the post-crisis tape market
The Association holds most successful, productive industry gathering in years

This year’s Annual Conference was a departure from Afera’s normal  meeting. Held in  Sicily at the Atahotel Capotaormina in Taormina from 1-4  October—5 October if you count  Afera’s full-day organised outing to  Siracusa—the Meeting 1) saw the attendance of  more tape producers than  in the past, 2) marked the shift of themes and discussions to  real growth  and the way forward for companies along the tape industry value chain, 3)  offered the highest-quality presentations to date, and 4) solidified itself as  the premier  networking and informational event for the self-adhesive tape  industry. Various  Conference participants, in addition to Afera’s  management, already refer to the Sicily  meeting as the most forward-  looking and fruitful industry gathering of the last several  years.
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 Captains of Industry share their views on planning for growth, staying competitive and much more

Afera’s best and brightest gathered for a panel debate centred on the Annual Conference theme “moving from survival to growth in the post-crisis tape market”

The Annual Conference Programming Committee saved the best for last when it scheduled in a panel debate among some of the top managers in today’s self-adhesive tape industry on Day 4, 4 October 2013. Captains of Industry Mike Ayres (CEO, Advance Tapes), Laurent Derolez (CEO, Chargeurs/Novacel S.A.), Aric Getty (European IATD Business Director, 3M), Eric Pass (Director - Member of Board, Nitto Europe NV) and Matthias von Schwerdtner (Corporate Vice President Industrial Products & Markets, tesa) participated in the lively discussion on the hot issues—including buzz words such as “Generation Y” and “sustainable products”—that are driving the tape business at present. Marketing Committee Chairman Michael Punter (Parafix Tapes & Conversions) served as a clever moderator. Read more

To view a complete transcript of theCaptains of Industry Panel Discussion, click here

Afera General Assembly 2013 Report
Membership fees will not be raised in 2014

Afera’s General Assembly was the first item on the agenda of Day 3, 3 October, of the 56th Annual Conference in Sicily.  Read more

Afera targets engineers and designers who do not yet know about the use of tape in newly launched website,
The Association now has the fundamentals of a social media platform

As part of its new content marketing strategy, Afera has launched its new website
 , which is now also tablet-compatible. content is in development by Afera’s dedicated team, including a blogger (technical journalist), and a virtual Content Marketing Task Force consisting of tape industry marketing experts (delegates from Afera Member Companies 3M, tesa, Nitto Europe, Parafix and Novacel).  This team participates in an online brainstorming meeting once a quarter in order to generate content ideas and feedback.  Read more

Afera News

Afera Tape College 2014
7-9 April, Brussels Marriot Hotel – Session Chairs announced, engineering students invited, attractive sponsorship packages offered

Afera will host its sixth Tape College (TC) next year. The TC is a 3-day educational seminar designed to provide industry newcomers, as well as those interested in keeping abreast of the technical essentials of self-adhesive tape, with an understanding of the fundamentals of the tape business. Read more

Sponsorship rates and details (Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!)
Sponsorship registration form

Afera Annual Conference 2014
30 September – 3 October, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Croatia

Afera Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities in 2014
Digital print ads, online banners and messaging at two popular industry events

Afera offers companies four attractive, economical ways to advertise in 2014:

  • Ad in the Association’s bimonthly digital newsletter Afera News (2, 4 or 6 editions)
  • Banner at (12 months)
  • Extensive corporate messaging re: Afera Tape College 2014 and Afera Annual Conference 2014. Includes all event messaging and materials, printed and digital (displayed, distributed and advertised at, prior to and during the events.

Advertising & Sponsorship rates and details
Advertising & Sponsorship registration form


New Members since 1 January 2013

Frimpeks GmbH, Germany (Active Member)
DYLCO, France (Active Member)
TSRC (LUX) Corporation S.a.r.l., Luxembourg (Associated Member)
Sakarya 12 Reklam Ltd. Şti., Turkey (Converter Participant)


PST technology to the rescue, 7 November 2013 – Converters of adhesive-based die cut and custom parts are presented with special challenges from OEM customers. Colin Carrington, applications technical services manager for Avery Dennison explains how PST technology provides a solution. Read more


Avery Dennison Performance Tapes Introduces Online Document Finder for Easy Access to Product Documents, Stuttgart, Germany, 28 October 2013 — Design engineers in need of documentation on pressure-sensitive adhesive tape solutions can now turn to a new tool called Document Finder at Read more


Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) to host 4th Global Tape Forum Meeting in April-May 2014
Afera’s American counterpart association, PSTC, was represented at Afera’s Sicily Conference by PSTC President Wayne Helton (Shurtape Technologies) and PSTC Test Methods Committee Chairman Kiran Malhotra. Click here to find out about their latest news and activities, including details on their 2014 Tape Summit (28 April – 3 May 2014), during which they will host the next Global Tape Forum Meeting.

Sibur Opens New Russian BOPP-Film Manufacturing Plant, 8 November 2013 – Sibur Holding's subsidiary Biaxplen has opened a new biaxially oriented polypropylene films (BOPP-films) manufacturing facility in Tomsk, Russia. Built with an investment of more than RUB2.4bn ($74m), the facility has an annual nameplate capacity of 38,000 tonnes per year and will help the company fully meet demand for BOPP-film from the Russian market. Read more

New Approach Using Commodity Inkjet Printers for Rapid Prototyping of Fully Custom-Printed Circuits, 8 November 2013 – Researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and cheaply make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity inkjet printers and off-the-shelf materials. ...To make the technique possible, researchers optimised commercially available tools and materials including printers, adhesive tape and the silver ink. Read more

Coating – More Than Gloss and Good Looks, 6 November 2013 – Coatings and coated products are all around us, whether we’re talking about the scratch resistant coatings on spectacles or the paint that a householder puts on a wall or the ubiquitous coated pressure sensitive self-adhesive tape. Read more

A Novel Tape Lifting System for the Retrieval of Trace Evidence from Crime Scenes, 5 November 2013 – Adhesive-coated transparent tapes have long been used as the tool of choice when recovering trace evidence from a variety of surfaces [1-3]. ... The use of tapes to recover trace evidence is frequently referred to as tape lifting and the tapes once used for this purpose and secured to a backing are known as tape lifts. ... The authors have therefore devised a new tape lifting system that is effectively non-birefringent and which embeds the trace evidence items that it contains in a medium of suitable optical properties. Read more

Transposable Adhesives: Acrylic Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives with Reactive Components, 1 November 2013 – This paper was awarded the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s 2013 Carl A. Dahlquist Award for Best Technical Paper. ...With advancements in technology over the past decade, applications now exist that require PSAs to show different adhesion performances at different stages of the application process. Read more

Advancing Adhesives: Prefab Houses are Taped - Not Nailed – Together, 1 November 2013 – An adhesive tape has been developed to hold the individual components together. ...Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI) in Braunschweig, Germany, have come up with an alternative [to using liquid adhesives in construction] with the help of their colleagues from the Institute of Joining and Welding at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Read more 


To celebrate “all things duct tape” Daniel Boone students browse the “Duck Bus”, 11 October 2013 – Jess Bauer and Christina Grozik have been travelling around on the Duck Tape “Rolls across America” interactive tour bus for the past five months to celebrate “all-things duct tape.” On Thursday, the “Duck Bus” rolled onto Daniel Boone Elementary’s parking lot where students learned how duct tape is made, as well as how to make their own duct tape bracelets with a variety of colours and prints. Read more

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Afera News to be bimonthly digital newsletter
Afera’s Marketing Committee has decided that Afera News will be issued only digitally in the January, March, May, July, September and November. No hardcopy annual report will be issued. Click here for more information about Afera’s attractive advertising opportunities and to access back issues of Afera News.

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Recent News:

  • Afera Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities  Read more
  • Afera promotes limitless range of self-adhesive tape applications in new website (Press Release)  Read more
  • 6th Technical Seminar Event Editorial by Dr. Michael Gerstenberger  Read more
  • Afera’s first three digital newsletters were issued in April, June and September 2013.  Read more
  • The 3rd Global Tape Forum and Global Test Methods Committee Meetings were hosted on 19th November by our Taiwanese counterpart association, TAAT, prior to their Technical Seminar on 20th-21st November 2012.  Read more
  • Themed “Sustainability:  Hype or Your Chance Now?,” the Association’s Annual Conference held from 2nd-5th October 2012 at the Hotel Hesperia Madrid, Spain, was a great success.  Read more
  • Afera conducted a Member satisfaction survey among 110 current Members, ~15 former Members and a large number of potential Members in June 2012 via SurveyMonkey.  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 about joining one of the Association’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 represent the interests of the self-adhesive tape industry in the broadest sense


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