The 10th Afera TechSem will take place 17-19 April 2023 at the Brussels Marriott Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.  To be the first to learn about programme and registration information, please scroll down and subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page.


The Afera virtual 9th TechSem took place in April and May 2021. In 4 live 90-minute Sessions presented over 4 Thursdays, Afera’s technical events team continued our mission to bring together tape technology experts to update you on the cutting-edge technical issues driving the tapes industry. Members were offered a 45% discount to participate, and the events were immensely popular. Learn more about the content of the event below:

15 April – Tapes and sustainability

Sustainable solvent and dispersions selection: Dr. Jose Ramon Leiza presented his high bio-content waterborne polymeric dispersions as PSAs, and Dr. Fergal Byrne discussed his new, greener molecule, TMO, which can replace the solvent toluene across the PSA industry.
Read │ Download presentation of Dr. Jose Ramon Leiza | Download presentation of Dr. Fergal Byrne

22 April – New perspectives on tapes

Fresh approaches to adhesive technology R&D: Professor Steven Abbott discussed smart mapping of PSA space—including eliminating some traditional tests—for formulators. Then Kalli Angel described developing next-generation adhesives through combining the right data infrastructure with machine learning.
Read | Download presentation of Dr. Abbott | Download presentation of Kalli Angel

29 April – Performance modelling for adhesive tapes

Adhesive performance modelling in modern product development: Tobias Waffenschmidt discussed adhesives from experimental characterisation to computational modelling and simulation, and Matteo Ciccotti linked peel, tack and shear in PSAs in a unified model.
Read | Download presentation of Dr. Waffenschmidt | Download presentation of Prof. Ciccotti

6 May – Markets, applications and regulations

Biodegradable tapes and design for recycling: Tobias Winkler discussed biodegradable carton sealing tapes as sustainable end-of-life options. Then Mikko Rissanen delved into improving sustainability in release liner recycling.
Read | Download presentation of Dr. Winkler | Download presentation of Mr. Rissanen


The 10th Technical Seminar will be held face-to-face at the Brussels Marriott Hotel in April 2023

We bring together tape industry professionals for updates on the cutting-edge technical issues driving the adhesive tape industry
Open to all tape industry professionals, the unique Technical Seminar is a biennial 2-day event aimed at updating technical and operational managers and directors on the cutting-edge technical issues and innovations driving the adhesive tape market. It is developed as a return event. In alternate years of the Tape College, the TS is held in Europe’s accessible capital and has been a success since its launch in 2002.

Our attendees, both Afera and non-members
Particular recruitment emphasis is placed on adhesive tape manufacturers and R&D personnel across the adhesive value chain. “We developed the event as a technical forum for the European adhesive tape industry, motivated by the belief that better communication among tape manufacturers (including SMEs), raw materials and machine suppliers, converters, end users and international counterparts, in the form of sharing and learning the latest information about technical advancements from experts, is key to growing the market for individual players and as a whole,” says former Afera Technical Committee Chairman Lutz Jacob.

Our 20-lecture programme designed and presented by experts
Based on positive feedback, the seminar programme is built around 4 half-day sessions and approximately 20 presentations of papers, with panel discussions following each of the sessions. Presentations are made by technical experts from distinguished adhesive-tape-related companies, suppliers, converters, and research and trade organisations, and cover the latest in scientific innovation or hot technical topics and trends, usually including: product and technology developments; substrates, adhesives and materials science; processing advances; cost efficiency and effectiveness; quality assurance and control; market data processing; end users/market segments; visionary planning; trends; case study results; and legislation.

In addition to providing a unique educational opportunity to participants, the TS serves to create and maintain lines of communication within the adhesive tape industry. Ample opportunity for networking outside of the lectures is scheduled into the event. Current Afera Technical Committee Chairman Reinhard Storbeck emphasises that in a European industry “driven through technical innovation and speed of development,” TS attendees are provided with the knowledge and interaction they need to cope better with the rapidly changing demands of customers.

Afera’s past Technical Seminars, all held in Brussels, Belgium:

2018 - Global Adhesive Tape Summit