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 Adhesion 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
 GTF 6007  (Afera 5014)    Loop Tack of Adhesive Tape

*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. 

**Please note that a new edition of the Afera Test Methods Manual will be released in Q4 2019.

Global Tape Forum Test Methods
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 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

New pressure-sensitive adhesives from Avery Dennison for various applications

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 21 October 2019 – Avery Dennison Performance Tapes launched its new pressure sensitive adhesives Core Series™ Portfolio, which features a full breadth of adhesive technologies, ranging from general purpose rubber to silicone, in a variety of tape constructions.  Read

1 November 2019

Materials: There’s a new duct tape in town

www.machinedesign.com, 24 October 2019 – As stronger-than-ever adhesives and tapes continue to replace fasteners, your engineering dream of having nothing but tape and oil in your toolbox may soon come true.  Read

1 November 2019

3M launches upgraded sealing tape to meet packaging challenges

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 21 October 2019 – 3M has launched Scotch® High Tack Box Sealing Tape 375+, an upgraded industrial packaging tape ensuring high- performance for ecommerce and other shipments and overcoming ineffective box sealing tape challenges.  Read

1 November 2019

OMNOVA’s shareholders approve their merger with Synthomer

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 18 October 2019 – OMNOVA Solutions Inc. has announced that its shareholders have approved the merger agreement under which Synthomer plc will acquire all outstanding OMNOVA common shares.  Read

1 November 2019

Slow growth to spur another round of consolidation in chemicals

www.chemquest.com, 14 October 2019 – While there may be macroeconomic and geopolitical reasons for M&A activity to temporarily slow down (US China trade war, uncertainty around Brexit, unrest in Hong Kong, recent attacks Saudi Arabia), an increase in M&A activity is nevertheless expected in the chemical space.  Read

18 October 2019

VITO Irmen’s new market presence

Quite a lot has changed at VITO Irmen GmbH & Co. KG, manufacturer of technical adhesive tapes and self-adhesive products in Remagen, Germany. At the start of the 2019, VITO Irmen presented itself for the first time with a newly-designed logo.

23 September 2019

OLBRICH takes over Polytype Converting completely

www.olbrich.com, 2 September 2019 – In February 2017 the new Polytype Converting was created as a joint venture of OLBRICH GmbH and Jagenberg AG and integrated the entire know-how of Polytype, Pagendarm and Olbrich CTH.  Read

23 September 2019

DRT announces investments in 2 major product lines

www.drt.fr, 30 August 2019 – DRT will build a plant to produce terpene phenolic resins at its Lesperon site, and in Vielle-Saint-Girons, it will build a brand-new state of the art plant to produce hydrogenated rosin and resin derivatives.  Read

23 September 2019

Scapa India opens new production site in Delhi

www.scapaindustrial.com, 23 August 2019 – Scapa Industrial is pleased to announce the opening of a new, built-for-purpose production site in Delhi, India.  Read

23 September 2019

BASF and Toray bringing new tape to automotive industry

www.eppm.com, 14 August 2019 – Toray Advanced Composites and BASF have signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of CFRT tapes for the automotive and industrial markets.  Read

23 September 2019

PSTC opens call for abstracts for 2020 annual event

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), the leading North American trade association for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape manufactures and affiliate suppliers, recently announced its call for abstracts for the opportunity to presentduring the Building & Construction Industry: Markets and Applications Track at its upcoming annual event, the historically known Tape Summit, taking place in Orlando, Florida, May 6-9, 2020.

22 August 2019

Nitto EMEA joins Afera’s Steering Committee

Afera Secretary General Astrid Lejeune has announced that Nitto EMEA will participate in Afera’s Steering Committee (SC) as a tape manufacturer representing Active Members. On behalf of Nitto, delegate Dirk Pittoors will join the SC at its upcoming meeting in Düsseldorf on 12 February. As general sales manager at Nitto EMEA, Mr. Pittoors brings more than 30 years of experience with Nitto in leading roles in technical support, sales and business development of products involving adhesive tapes to Afera’s leadership. “Nitto sees the importance of Afera in the European adhesive tape arena in bringing the entire value chain together on a platform which supports the exchange of market information, networking opportunities and the education of our current and future workforce,” Mr. Pittoors explained. “I have seen that my colleagues Stefan Meirsman and Michel Sabo, who are currently on the Marketing and Technical Committees, respectively, have been able to tap into the current state of the industry while participating in initiatives to help grow and standardise the business. Nitto is greatly looking forward to expanding its role as a decision-maker in the European tape industry.” “Representing over 80% of the producers of tape in volume in Europe, Afera unites stakeholders along the value chain of the European tape industry, to ensure and increase the relevance of the tape industry in the world of tomorrow,” Afera Secretary-General Astrid Lejeune commented. “Having Mr. Pittoors join the SC on behalf of Nitto, a leading global tape manufacturer, will lend even greater support to realising our mission.” “In keeping with the evolving European business and tape climate, Afera has recently relaunched its goals and strategy with more of a focus on highlighting and educating the current and future industry workforce, working with adjacent organisations on stepping up our presence in regulatory and public affairs, and monitoring tape trends such as sustainability and changing end user needs and preferences,” added Dr. Evert Smit, Afera president and head of global R&D at Lohmann GmbH & Co., KG. “We are delighted to have Mr. Pittoors and Nitto’s support in driving our initiatives forward.” Mr. Pittoors will join an SC which was restructured in 2017 from a regional- to a Member-class representational composition framework in order to reflect the adhesive tape value chain most accurately. This includes 5 Active Members (adhesive tape manufacturers with adhesive coating facilities in Europe), 2 Associated Members (raw material, machine and packaging suppliers), and 1 Converter Member (specialty non-graphic die cutter). The SC Members represent Afera’s Membership by defining the Association’s mission, goals and strategies, which are in the best interest of the adhesive tape value chain. Attending 2 Meetings a year for a 3-year term of office, SC Members collaborate with the Technical and Marketing Committees on driving Afera’s working programme and objectives. They also control the Association’s finances. Mr. Pittoors’ nomination by the SC is subject to election by the General Assembly, which will convene on 1 October during Afera’s 63rd Annual Conference in Valencia, Spain.    Current SC composition     Representing  Company  Candidates Until  Tape Manufacturer Lohmann Evert Smit 9/2021 Tape Manufacturer Nitto Dirk Pittoors  9/2023  Tape Manufacturer tesa Reinhard Storbeck  9/2021  Tape Manufacturer ABI Jacques Geijsen  9/2020  Tape Manufacturer TBD TBD   Converter Egebant İbrahim Hatipoğlu 9/2021  Supplier Loparex Ian Grace 9/2020  Supplier H.B. Fuller Melanie Ott  9/2020      If you are or know of an Active Member who is interested in joining Afera’s SC, please contact Afera Secretary-General Astrid Lejeune on +31 70 312 39 16 or send an e-mail here for more details about applying or nominating a candidate. Read Afera’s Statutes here.                                                          

22 August 2019

Coating company with development potential for sale

Situated on a 20,000-m² site between Rome and Naples, a coating company founded in 1999 is looking to be taken over or for an investor. Current annual production within the 6,800-m² buildings of the facility is 60 million m² of protective films, but at full capacity this could reach 200 million m².

1 August 2019

MIARCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in the adhesive solutions industry

MIARCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. The Spanish company is a family-owned business based in Valencia, founded in 1969 by Mr. Miguel Arnedo Cortijo. It has become a specialist in manufacturing and distributing tapes and adhesive solutions in the industrial, as well as professional and DIY, sector. Nowadays MIARCO serves as a benchmark in the sector due to its customer-oriented service and the quality of its products.

1 August 2019

Investing for future growth: Loparex doubles its poly-coating capacity

Once known as Van Gelder Coatings, Loparex B.V. in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, part of the Loparex Corporation headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is a leading producer of paper and film silicone-coated and poly-coated release liners. As part of their corporate strategy, Loparex continues to align their operating and market strategies with changing market needs. The demand for poly-coated release liners has been growing rapidly in Europe.

1 August 2019

RKW and ERDE Initiative: Voluntary Commitment for 2022

www.eppm.com, 23 July 2019 – As a founding member of the ERDE initiative (Erntekunststoffe Recycling Deutschland), RKW has committed to collecting and recycling 65 per cent of all silage and stretch films sold on the German market by 2022.  Read

1 August 2019

Laser Cutting PF584C S. superior protection against bubble formation

www.polifilm.com, 15 July 2019 – POLIFILM PROTECTION, a global leader in surface protection films, has further enhanced the performance of its renowned CO₂ and fibre laser protective film by developing a new flow-optimised adhesive formulation and modified carrier film.  Read

1 August 2019

OMNOVA to be acquired by Synthomer plc, London

www.omnova.com, 3 July 2019 – OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company, for $10.15 per share in cash.  Read

1 August 2019

Adhesive tape suppliers: universal tool suppliers

www.ppmindustries.com, 3 July 2019 - PPM is among the best adhesive tape suppliers since 1993: find out about its full range of products, including a private label service.  Read

1 August 2019

BASF to reshape organisation

www.basf.com, 27 June 2019 – With an organisational realignment, BASF is creating the conditions for greater customer proximity, increased competitiveness and more profitable growth.  Read

1 August 2019

tesa Introduces primer-less PE-foam tape for bonding low-surface energy parts

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 24 June 2019 – For decades, the standard procedure for bonding small plastic parts with low and medium surface energy ( PP, ABS and EPDM) to either the clear coat, metal substrates or other plastic parts was to first apply a noxious primer, then apply the adhesive tape.  Read

1 August 2019

Nitto invests in 3.3m wide coating line for coated glass protection film

www.glassonweb.com, 20 June 2019 – Nitto Belgium will add a complete new state-of-the-art 3.3m wide coating line in its facility in Genk, Belgium, that will be operational as of December 2019 to manufacture 3.3m wide coated glass protection film, known as Nitto CGP Film, for the glass industry.  Read

1 August 2019

Capacity relief still far off for silicone

www.plasticsnews.com, 30 July 2019 – Silicone supply in the U.S. is still strained, and isn't likely to improve within the next two years, according to Erick Sharp, CEO and president of Ace Products and Consulting L.L.C.  Read

1 August 2019

Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow

www.springerprofessional.de, 27 June 2019 – Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) in Dresden have developed a new production process to make future battery production more efficient and environmentally friendly by coating the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals.  Read

1 August 2019