Global regulation

Based on the EU chemicals policy, an increasing number of countries, such as Korea, Malaysia, China, the US, and Japan, have adopted stricter legislation in this area than ever before. China in particular has adopted a similar but tougher regulation than REACH. Japan has also made its existing chemicals legislation more stringent and has adopted the UN’s Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Other countries such as Canada, the US, and Brazil are studying REACH while considering tightening their own legislation.


Impact: High

Certain chemicals will not only be banned and restricted in Europe but in other parts of the world and eventually worldwide. At the moment, restriction across regions is not uniform, so while some substances are prohibited or restricted in Europe, others are affected in China. This makes it very difficult for adhesive tape manufacturers and raw materials suppliers – in particular for those within these businesses who are responsible for monitoring regulatory affairs. These professionals need to keep abreast of public affairs worldwide on a daily basis and to determine how it will affect their organisations.

 



New Managing Director at VITO Irmen GmbH Co KG

Ralf Heiligtag, former Managing Director of tape manufacturer VITO Irmen GmbH & Co. KG of Remagen, Germany, retired on 30th June , 2018 after having successfully led the company for more than eleven years. Ralf is now looking forward to enjoying his time with numerous hobbies and his family. His successor is Dr. Michael Buechner who assumed sole responsibility as Managing Director of VITO Irmen since 1st July. With a background of several years as Managing Director within the foam, textile and coating industry, Michael is well prepared for his new task. VITO Irmen, with a workforce of 85 staff members, are manufacturers of single and double sided adhesive foam tapes, now in their 111th year of existence … and more to come.      

16 July 2018

PR Successful Afera Global Adhesive Tape Summit

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today the resounding success of its 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit, which boasted a sold-out programme of market and technical lectures, a company visit of Neenah Gessner GmbH, and biennial international test method and standards committee meetings.

2 July 2018

In memoriam: Dr. Rainer Rauberger

On behalf of the European tape community, we at Afera would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and VPF and Henkel co-workers of Dr. Rauberger, who is memorialised in their letter below.

2 May 2018

Afera to hold 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit 11-15 June 2018 in Munich, Germany

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today its launch of the 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit, a unique event bringing together companies along the adhesive tape value chain of not only Europe, but Asia, North America and the Middle East, for 4 days of learning about current technical advancements and market conditions, meeting on standardisation issues, and networking with industry leaders.

29 March 2018

MIARCO’s new patented masking tape: Chicane

MIARCO’s Chicane tape revolutionises vehicle masking as part of the bodywork repair and respraying process. The Valencian company has made a firm commitment to innovation in a mature market, and has patented a new masking tape that brings major advantages to car respraying in the paint shop.

22 February 2018

CPI moves to larger buildings

www.cpi-plasma.com, 25 January 2018 – To accommodate the development of its toll manufacturing activities CPI will move to a larger facility.  Read

21 February 2018

New PPI Sales Managers

www.ppiadhesiveproducts.com, 30 January 2018 – PPI Adhesive Products Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of a number of new Sales Managers.  Read

15 February 2018

Olympic a new AFT manufacturer from The Netherlands

www.olympicbonding.com, 29 January 2018 – Our company was born in 2013 from our passion for acrylate chemistry and the belief that we could upend the industry with higher quality at lower prices.  Read

15 February 2018

Insulating buildings with pressure-sensitive tape

www.constructionspecifier.com, 4 January 2018 – Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape technologies have properties that can insulate a building from environmental events such as precipitation, vapour ingress, extreme cold and heat, and external noise.  Read

15 February 2018

Hot melt adhesives for low surface energy substrates

https://adhesives.specialchem.com, 7 February 2018 – Low energy polymeric surfaces, such as polyolefins, fluorocarbons, acetals, and polystyrene, are notoriously difficult to bond with adhesives.  Read

15 February 2018

Kaneka Aerospace Acquires Henkel’s Benzoxazine-based Composites Business

https://adhesives.specialchem.com, 5 February 2018 – Kaneka Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc., wholly owned subsidiary, Kaneka Aerospace, LLC, and Henkel Corporation have finalised the transfer of commercial rights, technologies and patents of benzoxazine based high performance composites business from Henkel Corporation to Kaneka Aerospace.  Read

15 February 2018

Global Pressure Sensitive Tape Market to Reach USD 96,105.0 Mn by 2024

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 23 January 2018 – In the highly competitive global pressure sensitive tapes market, companies are lending more attention to R&D activities aimed at the development of biodegradable pressure sensitive adhesive tapes to gain an edge against competitors, observes Transparency Market Research in a recent report.  Read

15 February 2018

Irplast Develops New Adhesive Tape for Food Contact Applications

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 12 January 2018 – Irplast’s Research and Development Department, in collaboration with the leading producers of inks and adhesives, has developed Food Contact Tape, a unique adhesive tape on the food contact compliance market that respects the organoleptic properties of food.  Read

15 February 2018

Bunzl acquires UK’s Lightning Packaging

www.containers.packaging-business-review.com, 15 December 2017 – Global distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl has acquired UK-based Lightning Packaging for an undisclosed sum.  Read

15 February 2018