Afera looks back at successful 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit, launches adhesive tape industry annual conference in Greece


The first Afera Global Adhesive Tape Summit was very successful (photo: Afera)
The first Afera Global Adhesive Tape Summit was very successful (photo: Afera)

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, recently announced the resounding success of its 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit in Munich, Germany, 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.

Themed “Relationships and drivers in the tape business: creating and leveraging technology, markets, processes, value and opportunities,” the Summit saw the attendance of more than 230 tape-related company delegates, including a significant number of CEOs and heads of R&D, from 15 European countries including Turkey, plus China, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, UAE and the USA. Afera members made up about 71% of the participants, 43 from Afera member tape manufacturers and 104 from member suppliers of raw materials, machines and packaging.

“The sheer amount of information shared in the lectures and the quality of the papers and speakers probably made this the best business event I have ever experienced,” commented Evert Smit, Summit host, Afera Technical Committee chairman and presidential nominee, and head of R&D at Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG.

Afera additionally announced the launch of its adhesive tape industry Annual Conference, taking place in less than 100 days in Athens (Vouliagmeni), Greece, at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso from 3 to 5 October.

Themed “Innovation and digitisation in adhesive tape technology” and its impact on suppliers, sales channels, product development, converters, supply chains, business models, technology and the application process, the conference will provide tape industry professionals with the opportunity to interact with tape industry leaders, sales and technology drivers, and future-focussed speakers with inside and outside-in perspectives to share.

In Athens, 150+ participants from Europe and around the globe will meet company delegates from businesses along the entire adhesive tape value chain: tape manufacturers, suppliers (raw materials, machine and packaging), converters, distributors, research institutions, national tape organisations, and other international counterparts.