A word from the president

Mete Konuralp discusses Afera’s (and the global tape industry’s) next important event.

 

As many of you know personally or through our latest press release, Afera’s 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit was a phenomenal success in every way. We had so much interest in attending the event that Astrid Lejeune, Afera secretary general, had to upgrade to larger meetings facilities (and restaurants) twice! The result of the event has been new interest in cross-industry partnerships, innovative technologies and Afera membership.


I am also happy to report that the Global Tape Forum and Global Test Methods Committee meetings, now in their 6th series, were also very productive during the GATS in Munich. I am especially grateful to our Asian and North American counterpart organisations, as they all attended with sizable delegations. Our meeting room was overflowing with almost 30 participants!


In this issue of Afera News, Michel Ravers of Kaneka tells us about using MS Polymer™ as a solvent-free additive in the standard adhesive or as a base polymer. The interesting part is that it is not a replacement technology, nor is it new. The other compelling aspect of Kaneka’s work is that it has teamed up with fellow Afera members ICHEMCO and Biessse to increase knowledge and facilities for utilising Polymer™ technology. I think we are going to see ever more industry partnerships with the progress that comes with innovation and globalisation.


Lastly, we have just launched our Annual Conference, this year taking place in beautiful Athens (Vouliagmeni), Greece, at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso from 3 to 5 October 2018. We also listed our programme topics and many other details, such as Afera’s “Tape Olympics” team building event we will be holding after Day 1’s working programme, in our recent press release. You’ll find everything you need to know at www.aferatapeconference.com. Be sure to register by 16 July to take advantage of our early bird rates!


Have a wonderful and prosperous summer!

 


Best wishes,

Mete Konuralp
Afera President