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
 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. 

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

BASF doubles production capacity for adhesive raw material acResin

BASF has doubled its manufacturing capacity for UV acrylic hotmelts sold under the brand name acResin® by building a second production facility at the Ludwigshafen site in Germany. By taking this step, the company has strengthened its position as the leading solution provider for sophisticated applications in the adhesives sector. BASF invested several tens of millions of euros to build the new facility; the additional capacity it offers is now available.

12 June 2019

UPM supply chain responsibility boosted by collaboration

www.upm.com, 23 May 2019 – Last year UPM joined the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative, which includes companies promoting sustainability practices within their supply chains and comprehensively sharing the sustainability information they have on their suppliers.  Read

3 June 2019

BASF making $10B investment in China

www.plasticsnews.com, 21 May 2019 – German chemicals giant BASF SE is building a 60,000-metric-ton annual capacity engineering plastics compounding plant in China.  Read

3 June 2019

Shurtape adds 4 sales managers to industrial packaging team

www.adhesivesmag.com, 20 May 2019 – Shurtape Technologies, LLC recently announced the expansion of its Industrial Packaging-North American team with the addition of four territory sales managers who are reportedly strategically placed to cover key growth markets, including western New York and Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Indiana.  Read

3 June 2019

PPM: when you should use a high performance duct tape

www.ppmindustries.com, 16 May 2019 – Your choice of using a standard duct tape or a professional one depends on which tensile strength and adhesion power you are looking for, and the conditions under which it will be used.

3 June 2019

Ichemco: new curing agent

In the world of natural rubber solvent-borne PSA, products often require appropriate curing. The scope is not only increasing cohesion, but enhancing adhesion of different carrier materials like PP, PE or PET. Isocyanates are still the preferred option in this field.

29 May 2019

Tape University & Shurtape help professionals determine which duct tape to use

www.hightechdeck.com, 2 May 2019 – Tape University, a leading online educational resource for all things tape produced by Shurtape, regularly publishes blog posts to educate individuals working in industries which heavily rely on the use of durable tapes to successfully get the job done.  Read

10 May 2019

Tape talk: Don’t miss the PSTC 2019 Tape Summit

www.adhesivesmag.com, 1 May 2019 – Scheduled this year for May 13-17 in Baltimore, the event draws nearly 300 pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape professionals, including scientists, professors, and C-level executives, who travel from across the U.S. to hear from other industry professionals.  Read

10 May 2019

Top management changes at Sekisui Alveo

www.sekisuialveo.com, 24 April 2019 – Sekisui Alveo, European manufacturer of high-quality polyolefin foams, is being led by a new management team as per 1 April 2019.  Read

10 May 2019

H.B. Fuller’s new Global Responsibility website

www.hbfuller.com, 22 April 2019 – “We believe that H.B. Fuller can and should play a role in creating positive change,” said Jim Owens, president and CEO of H.B. Fuller.  Read

10 May 2019

Composites materials: the driver behind new technologies from tesa

  www.tesa.com, 17 April 2019 - 2 new ideas were launched at JEC World 2019: a clean cut tape, which prevents the fraying of carbon fiber textiles after cutting, and a product for fixing the position of fiberglass textiles, which are used to line the rotor blades of large wind turbines.  Read  

10 May 2019

Don't let e-commerce opportunities pass you by

www.hbfuller.com, 17 April 2019 – Annual retail e-commerce sales have grown roughly 25 percent year over year, but inefficient equipment could be slowing your e-commerce business opportunities.  Read  

10 May 2019

Neenah announces the availability of its’ KAP release coating on tape backings

KAP is a high-performance release coating with a difference. Tape backings made with this unique system exhibit excellent stability on aging with little adhesion to backing build. This provides a consistent and predictable out-of-roll experience for the tape end-user even after exposure to high temperatures and humidity.  KAP has demonstrated excellent performance when used with many acrylic adhesives as well as synthetic and natural rubber systems whether solvent-borne or hot-melt. KAP is available in a water-resistant version for use in wet-sanding automotive repair applications.

9 May 2019

Germany's RKW expanding Kentucky site

www.placticsnews.com, 20 February 2019 – RKW SE, one of Europe's largest film extruders, is investing $18.8 million to expand its production site in Franklin, Ky.  Read

1 April 2019

Asahi Kasei expanding battery film production in US, Japan

www.placticsnews.com, 21 March 2019 – Celgard’s separators are made with a combination of polypropylene and polyethylene films, while the wet process films made under the Hipore name in Moriyama, Japan, use polyolefin.  Read

1 April 2019

Sabic completes pilot study for composite tape

www.placticsnews.com, 14 March 2019 – Saudi Basic Industries Corp. has completed a pilot project aimed at large-scale laminate production of composite tape made from its polycarbonate.  Read

1 April 2019

DuPont making $220M film investment in Ohio

www.placticsnews.com, 8 March 2019 –The new assets will expand production of Kapton-brand polyimide film and Pyralux-brand flexible circuit materials to meet growing market demand in automotive, consumer electronics, telecom and defence, officials with Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont said.  Read

1 April 2019

Beardow Adams to present solvent-free hot-melt PSAs and more at ICE 2019

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 8 March 2019 – The Pressen brand of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives is now bolstered by the latest development Pressen 2441, a MOSH & MOAH free adhesives designed specifically for use as on high tack self-adhesive tapes and as the self-adhesive security seal in the flexible packaging / bag sealing applications.  Read

1 April 2019

Seeking a greener option for film recycling

www.placticsnews.com, 7 March 2019 – The Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Centre for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners have named five finalists in their FlexPack Recovery Challenge, a competition to promote new ideas for the recovery of multi-material flexible packaging waste.  Read

1 April 2019

Ericsson wants to make 5G networking easier with packing tape

www.digitaltrends.com, 27 February 2019 – To facilitate better networking at challenging locations such as arenas, historic sites, and dense urban environments, Frenger and colleagues invented what they call “Radio Stripes” – essentially packing tape with serialised radios every foot or so and linked by flexible wire.  Read

1 April 2019

3M medical tape a Golden Mousetrap winner

www.rubbernews.com, 15 February 2019 – St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Co.'s health care segment won a 2019 materials and assembly Golden Mousetrap Award for its 4077 elastic polyurethane-blend nonwoven extended-wear medical tape.  Read

22 February 2019

Understanding adhesives in food packaging

www.henkel.com, 7 February 2019 – International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) has published a comprehensive paper on adhesives for food packaging applications, co-authored by Henkel’s expert on product safety and regulatory affairs, Dr. Monika Tönnießen, in her role as FEICA representative.  Read

22 February 2019

Ashland: Medical pressure-sensitive adhesive

www.adhesivesmag.com, 7 February 2019 – This company recently announce plans to introduce Aroset™ Gentle 700, a new medical pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) at MD&M West, taking place February 5-7 in in Anaheim, Calif.  Read

22 February 2019

Toray adding automated PP film line

www.plasticsnews.com, 8 February 2019 – Toray Plastics (America) Inc. is building a facility in North Kingston, R.I., to house a new automated oriented polypropylene film line that will increase capacity for packaging, label, medical and industrial applications.  Read

22 February 2019

Silicone sector continues to face market pressures

www.rubbernews.com, 7 February 2019 – The new year for the silicone rubber industry began much like 2018 ended, with short supply, higher prices and uncertainty about when market conditions may brighten.  Read

22 February 2019

AAI launches bio-mimicking nanofiber-based dry pressure sensitive adhesive

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 4 February 2019 – The dry adhesive product, based on biomimicry research studies at the University of Akron, consists of millions of solid, sub-micron-diameter nanofibers that interact with microscopic surface contours for strong shear adhesion, but has nearly zero tackiness and low peel force.  Read

22 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