Afera, The European Association for the Self-Adhesive Tape Industry, unites the decision-makers and creative minds of the European self-adhesive tape industry in a total commitment to the sector’s growth and sustainable development. As a not-for-profit organisation, Afera provides a medium for tape trade expertise in order to enhance the product, the business, the marketplace and the future of self-adhesive tape in Europe.
Currently Afera consists of over 116 Members from 17 European countries. Based in The Hague since 1999, the Association is open for Membership to those involved in the European self-adhesive tape industry such as manufacturers, suppliers, national tape organisations, institutions and universities. Additional participants include converters such as printers, slitters, die cutters and laminators of self-adhesive tape, to name a few.
Established in 1958 in Paris, Afera began as a technical association with the purpose of creating industry-wide test methods. With 35 tape manufacturers from six European countries as its original Members, the Association made one of its first objectives to harmonise the standards and norms of each European country’s tape industry.
An Industry in Transition
Europe is experiencing one of the most challenging economic periods in its recent history. The tape industry is facing restructuring, destocking and restocking hiccups, modified financial systems, increasing environmental regulation and threats of Asian competition. Perspectives on the industry from 2013-2017 remain positive however. There is a strong demand for new, more specialised tape applications and technologies to meet the challenges of the transitioning industry. Companies are spending a significant amount of time and training on their sales forces to search out new opportunities and on their R&D capabilities to create new products and technologies in which tape is treated as a ‘functional sheet’.
Helping You Meet the Challenge
The European tape industry, renowned for its standards of quality and service, remains an attractive sector in which to conduct business. Careful consideration of the types of activity and investment which will be the most appropriate going forward, given the rapidly changing global dynamics, will be required. Afera is meeting this challenge by strategically selecting, organising and/or supporting special projects, initiatives, events and other resources for its Members to plan and grow their businesses successfully.