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Adhesive Tape College – An In-depth Learning Opportunity

Adhesive tape technology is one of the key technologies of the future for developing complex fastening systems. Understanding tape technologies is crucial to its proper use and application for a variety of end use products. Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, is set to host an in-depth learning opportunity with its premier learning event 12-14 March, 2024 at Le Méridien Munich in Munich, Germany. 21 papers presented over four Sessions have been organised by a diverse team of dedicated captains of the tape industry.

According to Ian Grace, technical sales manager at artimelt AG, Tape College provides a deep-dive introduction to the world of adhesive tapes to engineers new to the Industry, to make it easier for them to get started; increased understanding for managers and other commercial professionals already working in the Industry; and a chance to extend your network with both fresh talent and motivated Industry veterans.

“Afera’s Tape College offers an ideal venue for newcomers to enter the market,” said Danny Beekman, technical service manager at DRT. “The presentations are accessible while providing good depth for gaining value insights. Following the event, attendees will have an excellent understanding of how important tapes are in the world, since they often greatly impact product design but are hidden from view to the producer and general public.”

Ralf Rönisch, head of R&D at Coroplast Fritz Müller GmbH & Co. KG, added, “We evaluate previous Tape Colleges thoroughly, and we regularly change our carefully selected, cross-industry presenters for some topics so the audience has the chance to view the same content from the point of view of different company specialists. This alone makes the Tape College worth attending multiple times. I guess you could say it is about ‘bonding’ in two ways: technology and people.”

Matthias Renka, regional technical sales manager at Organik Kimya San. Ve Tic. A.S., explained the buildup of the programme: “The working programme consists of four sub-themed clusters of in-depth lectures over three days: 1) Why tapes?, 2) Tapes deconstructed, 3) Tape production, and 4) Tape use & testing. This basically means that all aspects of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes are covered: raw materials and their technologies, tape production, quality, performance and applications in the various markets. What is special and increasingly popular is Afera’s emphasis on sustainability and regulatory topics, which are also scrutinised in the programme. And the highlights are the Q&A and networking sessions, which provide the chance to discuss what has been presented and to ask deeper and more probing questions. We believe each presentation serves as an opener for further interest, discussion and growth.”