A word from the president

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

 

The premier yearly event for our industry is just a couple of weeks away, and I want to share with you why I am excited about it. Yes, we love gearing up for an exciting few days of learning and networking on the real issues affecting our businesses now and in the future. And this year’s theme, “Innovation and digitisation in adhesive tape technology” and its impact on suppliers, sales channels, product development, converters, supply chains, business models, technology and the application process, has been fine-tuned to serve our audience, which currently includes over 120 of our colleagues from 13 countries.


But I am particularly looking forward to Oxford University’s Andrea Boltho who will speak to us about the current state and future of the European economy. I am also extremely interested in what our experts panel debate on innovation practices will reveal and if corporate enterprises and SMEs can indeed learn a lot from each other. And who could miss our Tape Olympics scheduled on the Thursday afternoon? Visit here for your last chance to register for 3 days including 11 lectures, structured discussion and networking activities!


In this issue of Afera News, we learn more about a groundbreaking aerosol functionalisation technology from Markus Kalwar of the kalwar group . Both business efficient and environmentally friendly, calvasol® is the consistent advancement of the corona technology, enabling the excellent adhesion increase of plastic films by placing aerosols in the corona discharge field. kalwar has also partnered with Afera member Evonik on new product solutions.


We also get to learn more this month about vertical integration for tape manufacturers and the role that R&D should play in business expansion. Michel Sabo, a member of Afera’s Technical Committee and head of R&D planning at Nitto Europe, cues us in on engaging with the market in conjunction with the entire adhesive tape value chain, from raw materials suppliers to converters. The key to success is open dialogue, but this, of course, is easier said than done.


I would also like to point out that we have our regularly but much-appreciated Regulatory affairs update provided to us by our public affairs manager, Mark Macaré. Member feedback tells us that this has become a valued regular feature of Afera News and afera.com that we started at the beginning of this year.


I wish you a profitable fall and look forward to seeing many of you in Athens!

 


Best wishes,

Mete Konuralp
Afera President