27 March 2020

Afera webinar series: Navigating the COVID-19 crisis within the adhesive tape value chain


The 2020s are barely underway, but this decade will be remembered for the COVID-19 outbreak. Societies are facing the unprecedented consequences of a global pandemic, and businesses are forced to adapt to the impact of near economic lockdowns.

How is the adhesive tape industry coping with and responding to COVID-19 disruption?

  • How do you keep your teams, customers, suppliers and partners motivated and engaged during COVID-19 disruption?
  • Are there any issues that Members are encountering which they cannot deal with at the moment: local regulations, shortages or something else that is keeping you from operating normally?
  • Are there specific stakeholders that Afera could engage with to tackle a specific issue?
  • Being (more) autonomous/self-sufficient in production: Will this enable companies to survive if they follow the current signs of the Crisis? Is your company taking steps in this direction?
  • What initiatives that were implemented (by your company, yourself or governments or other authorities) to deal with the Crisis will remain in place beyond COVID-19?
  • How do you prepare your business for a “post-COVID-19 world” or a substantially extended low-touch world?
  • Which post-COVID-19 opportunities or needs could/should be addressed through industry collaboration (and cannot be developed by a single company?


These and other questions are on many tape company executives’ minds. Afera, as the European umbrella organisation unique to the adhesive tape industry, is providing the platform for exchanging know-how, experiences and best practices of our Member Companies. Learn about important information and experiences shared during Afera’s 2 April, 16 April and 30 April webinars. For those who could not attend, the webinars were recorded, and it is our intention to hold a webinar on a biweekly basis as the COVID-19 crisis progresses.

In between the last 2 webinars, Secretary General Astrid Lejeune conducted a survey among Afera Members to gauge where the tape industry is going strategically and tactically, to determine how to use this platform and community further to exchange ideas and pose questions about “the new normal” both defensively and offensively.  Access the survey results here.

Register now
The next webinar for Afera Members is scheduled on Thursday, 28 May, 14.00-15.00 CEST. Please register here.

If you would like to participate as a panelist in a webinar, please contact Afera’s Regulatory Affairs Manager Pablo Englebienne here.

Afera’s team has also created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page, including practical information, advice and links to other important institutional bodies and stakeholders. Please check this page regularly for updated material. 

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