A word from the president
This issue brings us a useful article on tape markets in Asia, that as a whole make up half the global business and 40% of the specialty tape market. Technical Chairman Evert Smit prepared a presentation on this topic for Afera’s Hamburg Conference from data he had received at the last Global Tape Forum and Global Test Methods Committee Meetings in Beijing; it was ultimately delivered by AWA’s Corey Reardon.
I am delighted to report Afera’s 8th Tape College a success in every sense, from number of participants to the quality of the programme and speakers. A number of participants gave us useful feedback, which we also share with you.
I am now looking forward to a fruitful 60th Annual Conference set in Turin, Italy. This year’s theme focuses on “The Next Generation of Tape Makers and Users” and its impact on suppliers, sales channels, product development, supply chain, business models, technology and the application process. Furthermore, next year Afera will host its next technical event in Munich: our 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit on 11-15 June 2018. The programmes for both of these events will become available shortly.
Lastly, unfortunately we have been mourning the loss of another European industry leader and friend, Dr. Michael Gerstenberger of MKVS and Lion Consult. Dr. Gerstenberger never missed any of our technical events, and he always kindly provided an editorial on the Tape College and Technical Seminar to our newsletter. He will be sorely missed by all of us in the adhesives and tapes industries.