Afera to hold 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit in Munich, Germany


The first Afera Global Adhesive Tape Summit will take place from 11-15 June in Munich, Germany (photo: Afera)
The first Afera Global Adhesive Tape Summit will take place from 11-15 June in Munich, Germany (photo: Afera)

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced 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.

With a working programme built around 26 lectures by industry experts, the Global Tape Summit will take place 11-15 June 2018 at the Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel in Munich, Germany. The event will also feature interactive panel discussions, the biennial Global Tape Forum (GTF) and Global Test Methods Committee (GTMC) meetings, and a half-day company visit of Neenah Gessner GmbH in Bruckmühl. Numerous networking opportunities, such as breaks, cocktails and meals, including an evening at local restaurant “Spatenhaus an der Oper”, are also planned.

With over 200 expected attendees, Afera’s Global Tape Summit is aimed at industry professionals across the adhesive tape value chain, including manufacturers, raw materials, machine and packaging suppliers, converters, distributors, end users and research institutions. R&D, sales, marketing, customer/technical service, engineering, production, processing, and quality assurance personnel in particular will benefit greatly from this event, as well as general management and anyone involved in strategic planning. A large international turnout is forecast, with particular interest already registered from China and Taiwan.

Under the theme of “Collaboration”, Afera has formulated the 1stGlobal Tape Summit to incorporate critical technical and market aspects of the European adhesive tape business with key international meetings of the regional industry associations and their test methods experts. Multiple presentations delivered by authorities from each global region represented in the GTF (Europe, North America, China, Taiwan and Japan) are planned. English-Chinese interpreting will be provided.

“In order to deliver optimal solutions to meet customers’ or sectors’ needs, our business models are increasingly based on close collaboration with companies along the entire value chain,” commented Evert Smit, Afera Technical Committee chairman and head of R&D at Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG. “This means knowing your partners inside and out—and also finding the missing links that can help you carry your business forward. Afera events are not only perfect for this kind of interaction and learning, but this is Europe’s first truly global tape conference.”

Smit is host of the Global Tape Summit, leading an organising committee consisting of Reinhard Storbeck, director of R&D at tesa SE; Ian Grace, global technical support manager for tapes and labels at Bostik Smart Adhesives; Ralf Rönisch, head of R&D at Coroplast Fritz Müller GmbH & Co. KG; Gert-Jan van Ruler, technical support and business development manager at DRT - Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques; and Danny Beekman, senior technician of adhesives application development at Kraton Corporation.