Afera Online Annual 2020 Conference

All Afera members will have exclusive access to the online conference programme, divided in 6 bi-weekly, 90-minute sessions, which started on Thursday 15 October 2020.


“Right now there are plenty of new opportunities—doors opening—so in that mood and mindset, we went back to the drawing board when creating this Conference,” says Afera MC/Moderator and Independent Strategist Bert van Loon. “If you have a physical Conference, the concept is that you bring people together in a physical space for a limited time, and you have to squeeze the whole Programme into 2 days.

“In doing this in an online environment, the advantage of this medium is that we can spread it out over a longer time period, enabling us to process the content of Sessions better, to prepare for and focus on specific sessions.”

This year’s Programme is centred around the key Industry topics of sustainability and circularity. In close collaboration with Afera’s Sustainability Working Group, the organising committee has prepared a dynamic programme based on feedback from senior management and sustainability experts from a great number of Afera Member Companies surveyed earlier this year. The outcome is a series of 6 biweekly, 90-minute sessions covering a wide range of topics from regulation to raw materials, from supply chain sustainability to stakeholder management, and from business models to bonding your organisational structure to achieve results in sustainability. All Afera Member Company employees register for free.

15 October – Context and regulation

Kavitha Ravikumar, strategy adviser and independent consultant, used a combination of industry and academic insights to set the scene by taking us through various schools of thought and trends and touched on the broader topics around sustainability. Over the course of the Conference, we will reflect on how we as individuals, organisations and an industry association can define and scope our own visions on sustainability, as well as set goals and a framework for making them actionable.  Read 

Paulo Da Silva Lemos, policy officer at European Commission DG ENV, B1, updated us on the E.U. Plastics Strategy, Circular Economy Action Plan, Green Deal, Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and Product Environmental Footprints.  Read 

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29 October – Measurement methods and data

Anne Gaasbeek of PRé Sustainability discussed the importance of substantiating sustainability claims with measurement and how this is used by industry leaders to build a business case. She dived into how you can measure the environmental, social and circular impact of your products and the main trends and developments such as the PEFCR and harmonised sector approaches.

Lorenzo Zullo, co-founder and managing director of Chemycal and CEO at ChemChain, discussed how emerging technologies contribute to sustainability by allowing companies to share and control their data along the value chain.

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12 November – Materials, technologies, products

Dr. Angelika Roser, global sustainability manager at BASF, discussed reducing CO2 emissions of adhesives.

Dr. Karlheinz Hausmann, global TS&D fellow for packaging and specialty plastics at DOW, discussed bio-polymers as part of moving towards a circular economy.

Morgane Burgorgue, EMEA marketing manager, and Render de Vos, technical manager of R&D for pine chemicals, both at Kraton, discussed bio-based product building blocks of the bio-economy.

These led to a larger panel debate on strategies, prioritisation processes and technical challenges to improve sustainability throughout the tape industry value chain.

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26 November – Supply chain sustainability

10 December – The organisational challenge

14 January – Building the business case for sustainability

Our 2021 Annual Conference will take place from 29 September to 1 October at Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort in Valencia, Spain.

Afera’s recent Annual Conferences

2019 – Lisbon, Portugal – “Making the tape business future-proof”
2018 – Athens, Greece
 – "Innovation and digitisation in adhesive tape technology"
2017 – Turin, Italy
 – "The next Generation of Tape Makers and Users"
 Hamburg, Germany – "Managing at the speed of change"
2015 – Marseille, France
 – “What is our next frontier?”
2014 – Dubrovnik, Croatia – “The future of the European adhesive tape industry: Technology, trends, and markets”
2013 – Taormina, Sicily, Italy – “Moving from survival to growth in the post-crisis tape market”
2012 – Madrid, Spain – “Sustainability: Hype or your chance now?”
2011 – Berlin, Germany
2010 – Stockholm, Sweden
2009 – Cracow, Poland
2008 – Florence, ItalyAfera’s 50th anniversary celebratory conference press release 
2007 – Barcelona, Spain
2006 – Nice, France