A word from the president

Mete Konuralp discusses Afera's upcoming events.


With our 60th Annual Conference just a week away, we are gearing up for an exciting few days of learning and networking on the real issues affecting our businesses now and looking forward. The programme themed “The next generation of tape makers and users” will cue in on issues such as integration in manufacturing, marketing and digital sales; co-innovation; adhesion PSA technology; test methods; converting; market data and trends; and your business in the future. We already have an impressive list of registrants from 15 countries. Visit here for your last chance to register for three days including 11 lectures, structured discussion and networking activities.

One topic which Afera has been stepping up its involvement in over the last few years is regulatory affairs. This month Afera’s Public Affairs Manager Mark Macaré shares with us his up-to-date guide on regulatory affairs for adhesive tapes, including Afera’s engagement in the areas of REACH, CLP and advocacy for downstream users through CheMI, and the BREF STS revision.

Lastly, I would like to express my condolences to the colleagues, friends and family of Amy Aerts, who very sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this month. She had worked as regulatory affairs manager for Nitto Belgium since 2008 and was an event speaker and advisor to Afera. Tape industry executive Eric Pass, who hired her at Nitto, aptly remembers Ms. Aerts as a fighter “who embraced life” and “a very dedicated person and extremely concerned with the safe and healthful use of chemicals in the production environment.” She will be missed by all of us in the tape industry.

I look forward to working with you next week in Turin!

Best wishes,

Mete Konuralp
Afera President