Global tape forum
The Global Tape Forum (GTF) is a not-for-profit, international organisation created by the global adhesive tape industry for the industry. Its mission is to enhance the worldwide adhesive tape market by providing a global forum for all tape trade associations, enabling them to add greater value to their memberships.
- Afera, The European Adhesive Tape Association, www.afera.com
- CATIA, The China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association, www.cnaia.org
- JATMA, The Japanese Adhesive Tapes Manufacturers Association, www.jatma.jp
- PSTC, The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (North America), www.pstc.org
- TAAT, The Taiwan Regional Association of Adhesive Tape Manufacturers, www.taiwantape.com
The GTF’s objectives are to increase the demand for adhesive tapes everywhere; to harmonise key adhesive tape test methods; to establish a database of environmental and regulatory trends per region; to gather top-level production data according to agreed-upon categories; to share an open calendar of global adhesive tape educational events, encouraging cross-participation; to hold biennial meetings hosted by member associations on a rotating basis; to establish a small shared fund for running costs; and to appoint a fixed team of volunteer delegates, plus a secretariat, from each member association to serve a three-year term.
The GTF holds its meetings biennially at the annual or technical conference of one of its members. The Association also includes the Global Test Methods Committee (GTMC), the worldwide adhesive tape technical body, which usually meets at the same event at which the GTF meeting takes place.
The idea of creating the GTF arose from discussions between Afera and the PSTC in 2006, and setting it in motion was largely spearheaded by Afera. Former Afera President Mike Ayres has served as GTF Chairman since its inception. The GTF held its inaugural meeting in Orlando in May 2009 and has since held meetings in Stockholm, Taipei, Nashville and Beijing.
The latest GTF and GTMC meetings took place in Beijing, China, 17-20 May 2016, hosted by CATIA at its technical conference themed “Innovation and co-operation for a green tape industry”. Afera has agreed to host the GTF and GTMC Meetings in April or May 2018 at its 8th Tape College in Brussels.