In 2005, the International Material Data System (IMDS) published the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL) for all chemical industry suppliers. This list details all the requirements regarding 3,126 reportable substances, including those which are prohibited and restricted. Each supplier downstream, from Tier 1 until the final supplier, enters the compositional data into the IMDS based on GADSL. All non-listed substance formulations must be 90% disclosed.

Impact: High

Producers are required to give compositional data of the products they supply. Safety Data Sheets under REACH will also compel producers to divulge their formulations. For ‘article’ manufacturers such as those in the adhesive tape industry, everyone must be conscious of the added composition of their products.


Afera to reach new markets with 55-page website expansion on new generation of adhesive tapes

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today the launch of the Why tape? section of its website dedicated to inspiring design and process engineers with the broad functionality and range of advantages of adhesive tape. Why tape? is a journey of illustration and description of what tape is and how it can be used, its versatility, benefits and ease of application,the diverse markets in which it is used, and what current designers think about it.

30 March 2017

In memoriam: Glen Anderson

Afera learned the sad news this week of the loss of our friend and colleague, Glen Anderson.

15 March 2017

Adhesive tape field experts to educate industry newcomers from R&D to sales

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced its eighth event organised, hosted and taught by the best and brightest of the field of adhesive tape. Unique to the European tape industry, Afera’s Tape College brings two days of learning about the fundamentals and current technical essentials of adhesive tape technology to professionals relatively new to the market.

21 February 2017