A word from the president
We hope this issue finds you off to a great, profitable start in 2017. First and foremost, we are gearing up for the 8th Afera Tape College, 10-12 April 2017 at the Brussels Marriott Hotel. These days of learning follow just a year after our last successful event, which by popular demand we are offering to first-time attendees at the same venue and with the same themes and many of the same speakers. Make sure to book your spot before 28 February, when we have to release our block of hotel rooms.
From Corey Reardon of AWA, we learned in Hamburg that the global and European specialty adhesive tape market is picking up and evolving with new market entrants, technology and applications. The highest growth segment across Europe is medical with 18% of the market. And most interestingly, the single most important link to market growth is the overall “economic situation in the region”, including social as well as financial elements.
Our most popular speaker at Afera’s Annual Conference was Gordon Crichton of the Purchasing Management Institute in Bordeaux. In one of our latest articles, we revisit how suppliers can succeed in driving their customers’ businesses forward as partners in innovation, a subject we at Afera have explored from many angles.
Lastly, I am looking forward to seeing all of Afera’s Committee Members this week at our twice-yearly meetings, this time in Amsterdam. Afera has a full agenda including the planning for our 60th Annual Conference in Turin in October 2017 and our 1st International Technical Seminar in Munich in April 2018, during which we will host the Global Tape Forum and Global Test Methods Committee Meetings, drawing attendees from North America, Asia and the Middle East.