IED (BREF Revision)

The EU Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), which came into force on 6 January 2011, “commits EU member states to control and reduce the impact of industrial emissions on the environment” and integrates the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) Directive and “6 other EU directives regulating large industrial sites.” Best Available Techniques (BAT) reference documents, referred to as BREFs, have been adopted under both the IED and IPPC Directive.


The BREF entitled Surface Treatment Using Organic Solvents, in which adhesive tapes are mentioned (“adhesive application in the manufacture of abrasives and adhesive tapes”), contains the minimum standards for solvent-based coating of abrasives, films, etc. for Europe going forward. One of the main outputs of the Sevilla process, the BREF is being updated and, because of harmonisation of environmental standards, will have an impact on national laws affecting production plants with a use capacity of organic solvents of more than 150 kg/hour or more than 200 tonnes/year.


A number of years ago, Afera provided input via Germany’s environmental protection agency (UBA) to the Sevilla process. Afera then worked directly with the European IPPC Bureau in Seville to finalise the revision process. tesa provided a reference plant. In 2015, Afera submitted its input to the BREF revision via ESVOC, which represents European solvents producers and downstream users.

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