Test Methods


Global Tape Forum (International) Harmonised Test Methods - Afera Test Methods


 GTF 6001 (Afera 5013)    Shear Adhesion Failure Temperature (SAFT) of Pressure Sensitive Tape
 GTF 6002 (Afera 5006)    Measurement of Thickness EN 1942 2003
 GTF 6003    Guide for Width and Length of Adhesive Tape
 GTF 6004* (Afera 5001)    Measurement of Peel Adhesive from Stainless Steel or from its Own Backing ISO 29862 - EN 1939
 GTF 6005* (Afera 5004)     Breaking Strength and Elongation of Adhesive Tape ISO 29864 -  EN 14410 2003
 GTF 6006* (Afera 5012)     Static Shear Adhesion of Adhesive Tape ISO 29863 - EN 1943 2002

*For all national bodies, ISO-certified TMs retain their official ISO numbers but are referred to in their test methods manuals by their GTF numbers as well. 

Global Tape Forum Test Methods
Afera Test Methods


 4002    Water Vapour Transmission of Adhesive Tape in a Warm Humid Atmosphere EN I2023 1996
     Supplement A - Testing narrow width tapes
 4003    Resistance to High Temperatures and Humidity EN I2024 1996
 4007    Tearing Strength of Adhesive Tape by the Pendulum Method EN I2025 1996
     Supplement A - Testing Narrow Width tapes
 4008    Measurement of the Unwinding Force of Adhesive Tapes at High Speeds EN I2026 1996
 4009    Resistance of Adhesive Tapes EN I2027 1996
 4010    Determination of Insulation Resistance
 4011    Electric Strength of Adhesive Tape
 4013    Unwind adhesion of adhesive tape at slow speed EN1944 1996
 4014    Elongation of adhesive tape under reduced load -I2028-
 4015    Quick stick -1945-
 4016    Determination of the water-soluble corrosive ions in an adhesive tape -I2029-
 4017    Impact resistance of adhesive tapes -I2030-
 4018    Bursting strength of adhesive tapes -I2031-
 4019    Bond separation of thermosetting tapes during curing -I2032-
 4020    Bond separation of thermosetting tapes after curing -I2033-
 4021    Length of a roll of adhesive tape -I2034-
 4022    Flagging or end-lifting test -I2035-
 4023    Solvent penetration of masking tapes -I2036-
 4026    Accelerated ageing of adhesive tapes
 4027    Measurement of width of adhesive tapes
 4028    Sampling plan for quality assurance purposes
     Supplement A

Kiran Malhotra retires from Berry Specialty Tapes, remains active in PSTC and GTF

Current Global Test Methods Committee (GTMC) Chairman Kiran Malhotra recently announced his retirement as product development director at Berry Specialty Tapes RINY. He worked at Berry and as technical director at Adchem Corp. for 20 years. Mr. Malhotra, who has a master’s of science in polymeric materials from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, a bachelor’s of technology in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay and a patent law degree from Suffolk University, has been involved in the adhesive tapes business for 40 years. He previously worked as technical director at Plymouth Rubber Co. for 14 years and in tape manufacturing in India for 6 years. Mr. Malhotra is the former chairman of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s (PSTC) Test Methods Committee and PSTC representative to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). On behalf of the PSTC, Mr. Malhotra served as Global Tape Forum (GTF) Chairman from 2014 to 2016. In 2018, he took on the position of GTMC Chairman. Mr. Malhotra will continue to lead the GTF in globalising adhesive tapes testing standards and remain active in the PSTC as its GTF representative.

5 February 2019

PVC industry stands by its recycling record

www.plasticsrecyclingworld.com, 9 January 2019 – The European PVC sector has made great progress in recycling since 2000 and companies are continuing their commitment. But legacy additives are a regulatory problem.  Read

21 January 2019

Ampacet Launches Permanent Antistatic Additive Solution for BOPP Films

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 7 January 2019 – Ampacet has introduced PERMSTAT 232, a unique permanent antistatic additive solution for biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) that has been designed for problem-free printing, converting and labelling operations.  Read

21 January 2019

Master Builders Solutions® provides digital planning tool for the construction industry

www.basf.com, 19 December 2018 - With the Online Planning Tool, Master Builders Solutions® by BASF has developed an innovative specification tool that not only helps construction professionals find the right solutions for their projects quickly and easily, but also adjusts flexibly to changing project requirements and provides crucial information along each step of the project-planning process. Read

21 December 2018

H.B. Fuller presents hot-melt PSA for hologram applications

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 18 December 2018 – Designed by scientists and customised to meet the unique requirements in India, this new hot melt PSA is set to play its role in reinventing the future of tapes and labels.  Read

21 December 2018

New applications for high-strength tapes

www.assemblymag.com, 13 December 2018 – Acrylic foam and glazing tapes can often replace fasteners or liquid adhesive in many applications.  Read

21 December 2018

Vertically integrate for sustainability

www.adhesivesmag.com, 13 November 2018 – Vertically integrated tape suppliers can offer stabilised value, flexibility in product development and superior product performance.  Read

21 December 2018

Schulmerich receives PSTC President’s Award, McKenna named to Hall of Fame

www.adhesivesmag.com, 23 November 2018 – At its 2018 Fall Member Meeting, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) announced long-time former board member Charlie McKenna as the inductee to the organisation’s prestigious Hall of Fame, and marketing committee member Dennis Schulmerich as the recipient of its President’s Award.  Read    

30 November 2018

Emsur France is showcasing latest resealable solutions at ALL4PACK Paris

www.packagingeurope.com, 27 November 2018 – Emsur France SPO is present at this year´s ALL4PACK Paris exhibition with the latest solution developed in collaboration with tesa, as their strategic partner for this specific adhesive tape for the French market.  Read  

30 November 2018

Afera hits 5000 Twitter followers

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today that its Design that sticks: scanning the web for next product design Twitter account @_ProductDesign has drawn an audience of more than 5,000 multi-industry design and process engineers who are only just learning about the use of tape as a multifaceted bonding solution.

14 November 2018

Adhesive helps meet challenging demands

www.todaysmedicaldevelopments.com, 7 November 2018 – One of the most important, yet stressful jobs clinicians do is to ensure critical, life-sustaining tubes are safely secured because even the slightest millimetre of movement can be life-threatening for some patients.  Read    

14 November 2018

How do airtight containment systems prevent mould borne illness?

www.tapeuniversity.com, 13 November 2018 – Most of us have come in contact with mould at some point in time – whether you’ve uncovered it in a corner in your house or had to toss a loaf of bread that was starting to go bad – mould can crop up almost anywhere.  Read    

14 November 2018

Tekni-Plex buys Belgian clean-room extruder

www.plasticnews.com, 6 November 2018 – Tekni-Plex Inc. has acquired flexible packaging producer Beyers Plastics NV, which is based in Puurs, Belgium, from the investment firm Famo NV.  Read    

14 November 2018

Nanorobots propel through the eye

www.phys.org, 5 November 2018 – Researchers of the Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, together with an international team of scientists, have developed propeller-shaped nanorobots that, for the first time, are able to drill through dense tissue as is prevalent in an eye.  Read    

14 November 2018

H.B. Fuller to showcase HMPSA for courier bags and tapes at Labelexpo India

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 22 October 2018 – The need for safe, secure and tamper-proof courier bags also has increased manifold as the e-commerce industry continues to grow, which is of special significance in India with 374 million internet subscribers and 1.17 billion mobile subscribers.  Read      

2 November 2018

3M develops high-adhesion surgical tape for high-moisture environments

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 22 October 2018 – Unplanned extubations or dislodgement can significantly impact clinical outcomes, patient care quality and cost targets, so it’s incredibly important that clinicians are confident that the tape they choose will perform.  Read      

2 November 2018

Secos shifting film manufacturing to Malaysia

www.plasticsnews.com, 29 October 2018 – Bioplastics manufacturer Secos Group Ltd. will move its cast film manufacturing to Malaysia from Melbourne, Australia.  Read      

2 November 2018

Taping: A magical fix for your injuries?

www.star2.com, 26 October 2018 – If you tune in to any sports channel or attend a sporting event, you’d have noticed athletes strapping various body parts with multi-coloured tapes.  Read      

2 November 2018

Investors put more pressure on plastics pollution issues

www.plasticsnews.com, 18 October 2018 – Concern over plastic marine pollution and waste among institutional investors has grown sharply over the last 18 months, according to the organizer of a $1 trillion campaign to pressure major consumer brands to reduce their plastics use.  Read      

2 November 2018

Sustainability perspectives: Mondi

www.packagingeurope.com, 17 October 2018 – Mondi's innovation and sustainability manager Graeme Smith addresses the goals for sustainable packaging and the need for the whole value chain to embrace the responsibility for bringing through a new generation of resource-efficient, recyclable solutions.  Read      

19 October 2018

Lunamelt PS 4015 for courier bags and tapes

www.hbfuller.com, 16 October 2018 – H.B. Fuller introduces to the Indian market a versatile, fast bonding and high performance hot melt PSA, that can be applied to a variety of substrates.  Read    

19 October 2018

New Beiersdorf CEO is a move for continuity

https://global.handelsblatt.com, 16 October 2018 – Beiersdorf, the maker of Nivea and La Prairie, saw its share price double in the last CEO's tenure.  Read    

19 October 2018

Antifouling: Using fouling release films

www.european-coatings.com, 15 October 2018 – As many biocides face regulatory pressure, biocide-free fouling release coatings are increasingly in the focus of R&D.  Read  

19 October 2018

Smart adhesives: a firm future

www.european-coatings.com, 15 October 2018 – As many biocides face regulatory pressure, biocide-free fouling release coatings are increasingly in the focus of R&D.  Read  

19 October 2018