Afera GATS Success, Athens Conference Launch

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today the resounding success of its 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit, 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, U.A.E and the U.S. 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.

“The strongest idea that I am coming away with is that we are all in this industry together—manufacturers, suppliers, converters,” Mr. Smit continued. “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.” ... read the full release           


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Download the Press Release issued 23 March 2018