Themed “Relationships and drivers in the tape business: creating and leveraging technology, markets, processes, value and opportunities,” the Summit drew 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 US. 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,” says Evert Smit, Summit host, Afera Technical Committee chairman and presidential nominee, and head of R&D at Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG.
“The strongest idea that I am coming away with is that we are all in this industry together — manufacturers, suppliers, converters,” Smit continues. “Not only will we have to co-operate and to create together in order to survive, but we are going to have to be more transparent in everything we do, and in many ways, this begins at an event such as the Summit.”
Providing market production data and analysis
During the Summit, multiple presentations were delivered by delegates from each global region represented in the GTF. Session 1 kicked off with global and national market overviews, most of which were first reviewed in the GTF meeting the day before.
Participants learned that with steady technological progress and improved efficiency and quality, China’s tape industry will maintain an annual growth rate higher than that of GDP, around 7%. Over the next few years, Taiwan expects a relatively slow growth rate of 2% CAGR. Japan makes up less than 10% of the global tape market in sales, which in 2016 were $3.7 billion, and its market volume is slowly shrinking. In Western Europe, adhesive tape production will rise a modest 1.2% annually to 6.3 bsm in 2018.
The next GTF and GTMC Meetings will be hosted by JATMA on Nov. 16-19, 2020, in Osaka, Japan. For more information, visit www.globaltapeforum.com.
Afera to hold 61st Annual Conference on 3-5 October 2018 in Athens
Afera additionally announced today the launch of its adhesive tape industry Annual Conference, the premier event for the European tape business, taking place in less than 100 days in Athens (Vouliagmeni), Greece, at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso from Oct. 3-5.
Themed “Innovation and digitization 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-focused 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 organizations, and other international counterparts.
The working program will consist of 12 lectures over 2 day working sessions. Topics covered:
- Global market update, including data and trends
- The future of acrylic foam tape in automotive
- 3M’s collaborative innovation model
- The European economy: things look good at present, but will this last?
- Regulatory affairs update for tapes
- Reactive HMPSA: the state of the art
- Immigration as the ultimate virtual reality for innovation
- The journey of digital transformation
- The technical side of the internet of things (IoT): how smart products transform, brand relationships, business operations and service experiences
- (Semi)-structural bonding tapes based on polyurethane dispersions
- Technology update: major global trends from Afera’s Global Adhesive Tape Summit
- The European Adhesive Tape Assn.'s strategy and forward focus 2019-2025.
More info: www.aferatapeconference.com