REACH


The biggest regulatory change for tape businesses occured in 2008 with the enforcement of the framework of REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals). This European Union (EU) regulation initiated a wave of global legislation which is still under formulation, evaluation, enforcement, and scrutiny.

Under REACH, the burden of proof for demonstrating the safe use of existing chemicals has been transferred from the EU member states to industry. REACH aims to ensure that risks to human health and the environment are avoided or adequately controlled. The legislation affects not only manufacturers and importers of substances, but producers and importers of preparations, downstream users of substances and preparations, and the producers and importers of articles. To each of these roles are attached different and often far-reaching obligations.

Registration is one obligation under REACH that compels those who produce or import chemicals and mixtures (and perhaps polymers in the future) in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year to register these substances with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Evaluation by ECHA of all registered chemicals started in 2012.


Impact: High

Because information on chemicals and formulations must be communicated up and down the entire supply chain, REACH affects the entire adhesive tape manufacturing industry. Companies which manufacture or import the chemicals which go into the production of adhesive tapes - thus in many cases both tape manufacturers and raw materials suppliers - either individually or in forums, must submit expensive dossiers to ECHA.


Registration
Evaluation
Authorisation
Restriction
Candidate List
Afera and FEICA member companies monitor CoRAP substance evaluation list
Registering polymers
EU regulation on 'articles'


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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

The Adhesion Innovation Award 2018!

www.adhesionaward.org, 6 December 2017 – FEICA, the association representing the European adhesive and sealant industry, and EURADH, the biannual European conference on adhesion and related phenomena, are delighted to announce the inauguration of a new joint award for adhesion science.  Read

8 January 2018

Mitigating the unpleasant scent of adhesives

www.sciencedaily.com, 5 October 2017 – Through extensive research on acrylic adhesives they were able to identify the substances responsible for the offensive odours.  Read

8 January 2018

REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day

www.echa.europa.eu, December 2017 – The final REACH registration deadline for chemicals is on 31 May 2018. Join our free REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day in Helsinki to get the most up-to-date advice, support and case studies to help you register successfully.  Read

8 January 2018

A sticky upgrade for paper-based tests

www.asianscientist.com, 8 December 2017 – Scientists have developed a method to test for metal ions in both liquid and solid samples using paper and adhesive tape.  Read

8 January 2018

Companies asked to communicate their registration intentions for 2018

www.echa.europa.eu, 29 November 2017 – The Directors’ Contact Group (DCG) – a platform of the European Commission, ECHA and industry associations – recommends that companies communicate their registration intentions clearly to the whole supply chain to avoid potential disruptions in supply after the 31 May 2018 registration deadline.  Read

8 January 2018

Peeling away memory chips

www.spectrum.ieee.org, 21 November 2017 – As consumers demand smaller memory chips with greater capacity, engineers optimize the manufacturing process to ensure the chips will hold up.  Read

8 January 2018

Developing high performance work wear

www.laundryandcleaningnews.com, 31 October 2017 – Workers increasingly demand that their protective clothing (PPE) is comfortable to wear as well as providing the required protection.  Read

8 January 2018