New Year’s greetings from the President

Dear Afera members,


I wish you all a great 2019, a year in which I hope you can realise your plans, both personal and professional.


2019 will be a year full of unknowns, of uncertainties. What will happen with the global economy, with America, with the U.K., in Europe? We can look at those as challenges. I also prefer to look at them as chances. Especially if we approach the uncertainties together, help one another, we will be able to turn them into opportunities.Afera president


As I said in my maiden speech, Afera is looking into the future, to the needs of our industry. Our new strategy presented in Athens spells out our key topics. In 2019, we will focus on:

  • Education, both for ourselves (the upcoming Tape College) and our future market and workforce (the educational awareness initiative).
  • Communication on global trends, regulatory matters and technology affecting our industry. Also by expanding the tools we employ online—both through our website and social media accounts, we want to bring us all closer together.
  • Transparency in everything we do.
  • Co-operation and collaboration with our global counterparts the PSTC, CATIA, TAAT, JATMA and maybe new partners. And internal co-operation within our committees, who will meet in Düsseldorf at the beginning of February. And through our Annual Conference, which will take place in Lisbon in October: bring our industry stakeholders together.


I look forward to meeting many of you over the course of the year, either at the Tape College, at the committee meetings, in Lisbon, or in Baltimore at the PSTC spring convention.

Handtekening Evert







Evert Smit
Afera President