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EU regulation on 'articles'
REACH covers substances and mixtures, but the tape industry is mainly concerned with the manufacture of 'articles'. By 2018, the EU would like to enact legislation for a non-toxic environment, and part of this would cover articles, including most adhesive tapes and films. It is currently unclear what the scope of a future regulation would be, but this is a developing issue which the adhesive tape industry will monitor.
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www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 21 October 2019 – Avery Dennison Performance Tapes launched its new pressure sensitive adhesives Core Series™ Portfolio, which features a full breadth of adhesive technologies, ranging from general purpose rubber to silicone, in a variety of tape constructions. Read
www.machinedesign.com, 24 October 2019 – As stronger-than-ever adhesives and tapes continue to replace fasteners, your engineering dream of having nothing but tape and oil in your toolbox may soon come true. Read
www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 21 October 2019 – 3M has launched Scotch® High Tack Box Sealing Tape 375+, an upgraded industrial packaging tape ensuring high- performance for ecommerce and other shipments and overcoming ineffective box sealing tape challenges. Read
www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 18 October 2019 – OMNOVA Solutions Inc. has announced that its shareholders have approved the merger agreement under which Synthomer plc will acquire all outstanding OMNOVA common shares. Read
www.packagingsouthasia.com, 30 September 2019 – APAC countries continue to dominate the market. Read
www.henkel.com, 16 October 2019 – Henkel introduces RE-product range to contribute to a circular economy. Read
www.basf.com, 15 October 2019 – The high molecular weight-dispersing agent exhibits outstanding performance in pigment stabilization covering a broad range of applications. Read
www.chemquest.com, 14 October 2019 – While there may be macroeconomic and geopolitical reasons for M&A activity to temporarily slow down (US China trade war, uncertainty around Brexit, unrest in Hong Kong, recent attacks Saudi Arabia), an increase in M&A activity is nevertheless expected in the chemical space. Read
BASF launches new defoamer that complies with major food contact regulations for adhesives, paper coating applications and functional packaging
www.basf.com, 10 October 2019 – It is the first defoamer in the market that complies with China’s food contact regulation GB 9685-2016 for adhesives. Read
www.labelandnarrowweb.com, 9 October 2019 – Updated product information, technical specifications and educational materials are all features of the new site. Read
www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 2 October 2019 – Eastman has launched portfolio of 13 cellulose esters for use in food contact applications such as inks, adhesives, tapes and labels, and internal can and other coatings. Read
Quite a lot has changed at VITO Irmen GmbH & Co. KG, manufacturer of technical adhesive tapes and self-adhesive products in Remagen, Germany. At the start of the 2019, VITO Irmen presented itself for the first time with a newly-designed logo.
The renowned adhesives and adhesive tapes industry event, the 22nd China Adhesives and Tapes Industry Annual Conference, was officially opened on 16 September at the Shanghai Longemont Hotel.
Afera is partnering with Fastener + Fixing Magazine for their dedicated tapes and adhesives feature in the November edition.
Fraunhofer Austria Research invites Afera Members to participate in E.U. innovation project on quality control in smart manufacturing
Invitation for industrial/service partner participation
Dr. George Ritter brings 40-years of diverse materials- and applications-development to South Boston, VA
www.chemquest.com, 20 September 2019 – The ChemQuest Group, Inc., a leading business strategy firm in specialty chemicals, announces the addition of Dr. George W. Ritter as Director. Read
www.plasticsnews.com, 11 September 2019 – The film is included between the laminated glass layers of an automotive windscreen. Read
www.upm.com, 10 September 2019 – UPM was named industry leader for the Paper and Forest industry in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2019-2020 for the seventh time. Read
www.upm.com, 10 September 2019 – UPM plans to permanently close a SC paper machine in Rauma, Finland and sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. Read
www.sika.com, 22 September 2019 – Sika has agreed to acquire Crevo-Hengxin, a Chinese manufacturer of silicone sealants and adhesives used in both industry and construction applications. Read
www.cpi-plasma.com, 6 September 2019 – CPI has been awarded an SME Instrument grant from the European Union (H2020 program) for its project medXIMO. Read
www.olbrich.com, 2 September 2019 – In February 2017 the new Polytype Converting was created as a joint venture of OLBRICH GmbH and Jagenberg AG and integrated the entire know-how of Polytype, Pagendarm and Olbrich CTH. Read
www.drt.fr, 30 August 2019 – DRT will build a plant to produce terpene phenolic resins at its Lesperon site, and in Vielle-Saint-Girons, it will build a brand-new state of the art plant to produce hydrogenated rosin and resin derivatives. Read
www.packagingeurope.com, 27 August 2019 – Logistics packaging is one example of the importance of making processes more efficient and sustainable and keeping an eye on the entire value chain. Read
www.scapaindustrial.com, 23 August 2019 – Scapa Industrial is pleased to announce the opening of a new, built-for-purpose production site in Delhi, India. Read
www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 23 August 2019 – Henkel will showcase a variety of adhesive solutions for labelling from September 24-27 at the Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels at booth A22 in hall 5. Read
www.eppm.com, 14 August 2019 – Toray Advanced Composites and BASF have signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of CFRT tapes for the automotive and industrial markets. Read
Cueing in on the war for talent and the next-generation workforce
The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), the leading North American trade association for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape manufactures and affiliate suppliers, recently announced its call for abstracts for the opportunity to presentduring the Building & Construction Industry: Markets and Applications Track at its upcoming annual event, the historically known Tape Summit, taking place in Orlando, Florida, May 6-9, 2020.
Afera Secretary General Astrid Lejeune has announced that Nitto EMEA will participate in Afera’s Steering Committee (SC) as a tape manufacturer representing Active Members. On behalf of Nitto, delegate Dirk Pittoors will join the SC at its upcoming meeting in Düsseldorf on 12 February. As general sales manager at Nitto EMEA, Mr. Pittoors brings more than 30 years of experience with Nitto in leading roles in technical support, sales and business development of products involving adhesive tapes to Afera’s leadership. “Nitto sees the importance of Afera in the European adhesive tape arena in bringing the entire value chain together on a platform which supports the exchange of market information, networking opportunities and the education of our current and future workforce,” Mr. Pittoors explained. “I have seen that my colleagues Stefan Meirsman and Michel Sabo, who are currently on the Marketing and Technical Committees, respectively, have been able to tap into the current state of the industry while participating in initiatives to help grow and standardise the business. Nitto is greatly looking forward to expanding its role as a decision-maker in the European tape industry.” “Representing over 80% of the producers of tape in volume in Europe, Afera unites stakeholders along the value chain of the European tape industry, to ensure and increase the relevance of the tape industry in the world of tomorrow,” Afera Secretary-General Astrid Lejeune commented. “Having Mr. Pittoors join the SC on behalf of Nitto, a leading global tape manufacturer, will lend even greater support to realising our mission.” “In keeping with the evolving European business and tape climate, Afera has recently relaunched its goals and strategy with more of a focus on highlighting and educating the current and future industry workforce, working with adjacent organisations on stepping up our presence in regulatory and public affairs, and monitoring tape trends such as sustainability and changing end user needs and preferences,” added Dr. Evert Smit, Afera president and head of global R&D at Lohmann GmbH & Co., KG. “We are delighted to have Mr. Pittoors and Nitto’s support in driving our initiatives forward.” Mr. Pittoors will join an SC which was restructured in 2017 from a regional- to a Member-class representational composition framework in order to reflect the adhesive tape value chain most accurately. This includes 5 Active Members (adhesive tape manufacturers with adhesive coating facilities in Europe), 2 Associated Members (raw material, machine and packaging suppliers), and 1 Converter Member (specialty non-graphic die cutter). The SC Members represent Afera’s Membership by defining the Association’s mission, goals and strategies, which are in the best interest of the adhesive tape value chain. Attending 2 Meetings a year for a 3-year term of office, SC Members collaborate with the Technical and Marketing Committees on driving Afera’s working programme and objectives. They also control the Association’s finances. Mr. Pittoors’ nomination by the SC is subject to election by the General Assembly, which will convene on 1 October during Afera’s 63rd Annual Conference in Valencia, Spain. Current SC composition Representing Company Candidates Until Tape Manufacturer Lohmann Evert Smit 9/2021 Tape Manufacturer Nitto Dirk Pittoors 9/2023 Tape Manufacturer tesa Reinhard Storbeck 9/2021 Tape Manufacturer ABI Jacques Geijsen 9/2020 Tape Manufacturer TBD TBD Converter Egebant İbrahim Hatipoğlu 9/2021 Supplier Loparex Ian Grace 9/2020 Supplier H.B. Fuller Melanie Ott 9/2020 If you are or know of an Active Member who is interested in joining Afera’s SC, please contact Afera Secretary-General Astrid Lejeune on +31 70 312 39 16 or send an e-mail here for more details about applying or nominating a candidate. Read Afera’s Statutes here.
Situated on a 20,000-m² site between Rome and Naples, a coating company founded in 1999 is looking to be taken over or for an investor. Current annual production within the 6,800-m² buildings of the facility is 60 million m² of protective films, but at full capacity this could reach 200 million m².
MIARCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. The Spanish company is a family-owned business based in Valencia, founded in 1969 by Mr. Miguel Arnedo Cortijo. It has become a specialist in manufacturing and distributing tapes and adhesive solutions in the industrial, as well as professional and DIY, sector. Nowadays MIARCO serves as a benchmark in the sector due to its customer-oriented service and the quality of its products.
Once known as Van Gelder Coatings, Loparex B.V. in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, part of the Loparex Corporation headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is a leading producer of paper and film silicone-coated and poly-coated release liners. As part of their corporate strategy, Loparex continues to align their operating and market strategies with changing market needs. The demand for poly-coated release liners has been growing rapidly in Europe.
www.lohmann-tapes.com, 31 July 2019 – Lohmann Italy is going to move to its new site in Ponzano Veneto on 1 August. Read
www.henkel.com, 30 July 2019 – In order to quickly and reliably determine the recyclability of new packaging, Henkel uses its specially developed software tool EasyD4R. Read
www.eppm.com, 23 July 2019 – As a founding member of the ERDE initiative (Erntekunststoffe Recycling Deutschland), RKW has committed to collecting and recycling 65 per cent of all silage and stretch films sold on the German market by 2022. Read
www.scapaindustrial.com, 17 July 2019 – Scapa Industrial is proud to launch its new Industrial Tape Products pages, an extensive portfolio of 33 product categories which can be searched for the right adhesive tape and bonding solution. Read
www.european-coatings.com, 16 July 2019 – A film coating plant has been put into operation at BASF's Münster site in Germany. Read
www.polifilm.com, 15 July 2019 – POLIFILM PROTECTION, a global leader in surface protection films, has further enhanced the performance of its renowned CO₂ and fibre laser protective film by developing a new flow-optimised adhesive formulation and modified carrier film. Read
www.synthomer.com, 9 July 2019 – On June 13, Lotte Vater was invited to speak at the FECC 2019, the annual congress of the European Association of Chemical Distributors. Read
One of Mondi’s largest operating sites is celebrating its 50th anniversary: Mondi Syktyvkar is a special story of transformation
www.mondigroup.com, 9 July 2019 – When you look at the Mondi Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill today, it is hard to imagine its origins in 1969 Russia, twenty years before the fall of the Berlin wall. Read
www.omnova.com, 3 July 2019 – OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company, for $10.15 per share in cash. Read
www.ppmindustries.com, 3 July 2019 - PPM is among the best adhesive tape suppliers since 1993: find out about its full range of products, including a private label service. Read
www.hbfuller.com, 28 June 2019 – There is increasing global consensus that Asia Pacific consumers might be the group with the highest requirements for hygiene products. Read
www.basf.com, 27 June 2019 – With an organisational realignment, BASF is creating the conditions for greater customer proximity, increased competitiveness and more profitable growth. Read
www.upm.com, 27 June 2019 – Jaakko Nikkilä has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for UPM Specialty Papers business area as of 1 July 2019 and will be based in Helsinki reporting to Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO. Read
www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 26 June 2019 – Ashland announces it has appointed Anagraf Comercial Grafica SL as its new partner to distribute Ashland’s varnishes, laminating adhesive and primers for the label printing industry. Read
www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 24 June 2019 – For decades, the standard procedure for bonding small plastic parts with low and medium surface energy ( PP, ABS and EPDM) to either the clear coat, metal substrates or other plastic parts was to first apply a noxious primer, then apply the adhesive tape. Read
www.glassonweb.com, 20 June 2019 – Nitto Belgium will add a complete new state-of-the-art 3.3m wide coating line in its facility in Genk, Belgium, that will be operational as of December 2019 to manufacture 3.3m wide coated glass protection film, known as Nitto CGP Film, for the glass industry. Read
Industry event: 14th China International PSA Tape & Label Expo, 22nd China International Adhesives & Sealants Exhibition
http://en.chinaadhesive2000.com, 18-20 September 2019 – Held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, CHINAADHESIVE 2019 will share cutting-edge information and technology of the adhesives, sealants, ink, PSA tape and label industries, attracting more than 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from more than 40 countries and regions. Read
www.plasticsnews.com, 30 July 2019 – Silicone supply in the U.S. is still strained, and isn't likely to improve within the next two years, according to Erick Sharp, CEO and president of Ace Products and Consulting L.L.C. Read
www.plasticsnews.com, 26 July 2019 – North American prices for polyethylene resin led a chaotic market in June. Read
www.adhesives.org, 22 July 2019 – Several automakers throughout the world have made it clear they are planning for significant increases in electric vehicle production within the next two decades. Read
www.springerprofessional.de, 27 June 2019 – Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) in Dresden have developed a new production process to make future battery production more efficient and environmentally friendly by coating the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. Read
Characterisation of four functional biocompatible pressure-sensitive adhesives for rapid prototyping of cell-based lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip systems
www.nature.com, 26 June 2019 – In this study, we have characterised four functional biomedical-grade pressure sensitive adhesives for rapid prototyping (e.g. less than 1 hour) applications including structuring precision, physical and optical properties as well as biocompatibilities. Read