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A unique educational event designed for the European tape industry

Held in the accessible city of Munich, Afera's Tape College is a well-established technical learning event providing tape business professionals with the fundamentals and current technical essentials of adhesive tape technology. During this back-to-school experience, field experts will educate you on the principles involved in the selection, manufacture, conversion, application and testing of tapes.

We are currently finalising the last programme details. The provisional programme can be found below. Please check back for updates.

Tuesday, 12 March 2024

12.00 - 13.15

Buffet Lunch

13.15 - 13.25

Opening by Reinhard Storbeck (Afera Technical Committee Chairman)

13.25 - 13.30

Welcome words from Afera's President Evert Smit


Chaired by Reinhard Storbeck - tesa SE

13.30 - 14.10

Evert Smit
Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG

Made to Stick - A General Introduction to Tapes

Business books have adopted terms like "stickiness", "bonding" and "made to stick", although they don't discuss applications in bonding technology. What magic is Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Technology creating in our everyday life? Why are surfaces made to stick and why do some bonds not Survive? A key to making an idea sticky is to tell it as a story. This presentation tells the story of "adhesive tapes", their construction and their applications.

14.10 - 14.50

Caroline Sperling

tesa SE

Introduction Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Technology

The cornerstones of tape performance are peel, creep and tack. These features are relevant for many application-related properties. This presentation provides a survey of the most important relationships between physical performance and application properties. The lecture will align adhesive tape technology available with the demands of today and tomorrow´s industrial processes.

14.50 - 15.30



Chaired by Reinhard Storbeck - tesa SE

15.30 - 16.10

Anja Schneider


The World of Acrylic PSA Solvent Based and UV Hotmelt

This presentation will take you on a journey through the world of acrylic PSA with the focus on solvent based as well as UV Hotmelt technologies. We start with a short overview on related markets, adhesive technologies and performance characteristics, before we dive deeper into the chemistry behind. You will learn how such adhesives are designed to meet technical requirements and the applicability on converting lines of the industry.

16.10 - 16.30

Matthias Renka

Organik Kimya San. ve Tic. A.S.

Customised Water-based Pressure Sensitive Adhesives – Exploring fundamentals and possibilities through emulsion polymerisation

Water-based pressure sensitive adhesives are used in several applications in various industries; including labels, packaging, tapes, surface protection, graphics applications, high gloss lamination, etc. These diverse range of applications often requires a tailor-made polymer solution. The flexibility of emulsion polymerisation allows for the design of water-based polymers with a wide performance spectrum, spanning from soft and tacky to highly cohesive and removable.

This presentation elucidates the fundamentals of emulsion polymerisation and explores how adhesive performance can be influenced by factors such as monomer selection, emulsifiers, and process parameters. Furthermore, the impact of post-polymerisation additives such as resins, wetting agents, defoamers, thickeners, and crosslinkers are discussed. The presentation provides insights into how these additives affect the performance and processability of the adhesive formulation.

16.30 - 17.15

Panel discussion with presenters of first day

18.30 - 20.00

Welcome Cocktail

Wednesday, 13 March 2024


Chaired by Martijn Verhagen - Lohmann

09.00 - 09.25

Geert Vermunicht

TSRC Corporation

SIS Block Copolymers for Hot Melt Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

In this paper a brief introduction will be given on the anionic polymerization of Styrenic block copolymers. The benefits of a 2-phase structure will be explained for the formulation of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives.

The SIS molecular parameters effect on tape performances will be demonstrated with adhesives test data and with dynamic mechanical analyses.

09.25 - 09.50

Jarno Weemers


Chemistry of Hotmelt PSA Formulations

An overview of the chemistry of several PSA formulations in which tackifying resins are used will be presented. This includes styrene block copolymers (SBCs), natural rubber and polyolefins. Tackifier resins discussed will include hydrocarbon resins and rosin resins, as well as their modifications. Tools to characterise these types of resins will be given, making it easier for formulators to choose the right resin for the right application. The interaction and compatibility of tackifying resins with several polymers will be discussed, focussing on block copolymers and their use in HMPSA formulations.

09.50 - 10.15

Thomas Gröer

Wacker Chemie AG

The Best of Both Worlds – How Silicones Serve as High Performance Adhesives and Release Agents in Tape Applications

The unique properties of silicones have made them become inevitable materials in all industry segments. Their uses range from automotive, through electronic industries as well as the medical segment. The most fascinating fact is that they can be tailorized to even present oppositional effects.


This paper will show the versatility of silicones in tape applications and present their use in such adverse fields as adhesives and release coatings. It will present the chemical and physical background of these exceptional properties and the benefits silicones thus give for a variety of uses in this area.

10.15 - 10.40

Dr. Hans Peter Dette


Viscoelastic Properties of High Performance Tapes

All pressure sensitive adhesives have in common that they show viscous and elastic behavior at the same time, making them so-called viscoelastic materials. Which of these two quite different properties dominates depends on the structure of the PSA itself as well as on the outer conditions it experiences.


This presentation will give a short summary on what viscoelasticity is, how structure and outer conditions influence the viscoelasticity of a PSA and how this affects its properties and performance.

10.40 - 11.10


11.10 - 11.35

Lukas Berger

Sekisui Alveo

Polymeric Foams as Backing Material for Technical Tapes

Polymeric foams and polyolefin foams in particular are widely used in the industry to produce a large range of tapes for industrial, household, electronic, medical and construction applications.

This presentation will give a short outline on the production process of polyolefin foams, followed by an overview on physical and chemical properties of such foams. Depending on the density and the composition, the properties can be tailored to meet the requirements of the application, so the foam is suitable for e.g. a sealing tape, a fixation tape, a high performance mounting tape or an ECG electrode.

Particularities which need to be taken into account when producing a foam tape will also be considered.

11.35 - 11.55

Dr. Ingo Neubert

tesa SE

Polymeric Films for Technical Tape Applications

Polymeric films and paper webs are the most important backing materials for self-adhesive tapes. The backing material of the tape determines its mechanical

properties (like conformability, stiffness and tensile strength) as well as its application-related properties (like thermal stability, UV stabilization and optical properties).

Choosing the best backing material is therefore crucial for the final tape application. This presentation will provide an overview of different polymeric films and paper webs regarding their specific properties and some typical applications. It will also point out features of manufacturing and processing of the backing materials. Additionally, some aspects of cloth and non-woven backing materials will be discussed.

11.55 - 12.20

Mikko Rissanen

UPM Specialty Papers

It's not tape without a substrate - or how to make paper

Papermaking and tape materials play crucial roles in our daily lives, from communication to packaging. In this presentation, we delve into the fascinating world of paper production and the versatility of modern tapes. 

Key Points:
1.    Papermaking Process:

  • Origins: The Chinese are credited with inventing papermaking techniques.

  • Materials: Explore the diverse sources of paper fibers, including cotton, wood, flax, and recycled paper products.

  • Techniques: Learn about the process steps of modern release base papermaking and their effect on quality

2.    Tape Materials:

  • Types: Discover various tape materials

  • Innovations: Highlight recent advancements, such as eco-friendly and specialty tapes.

  • Creative Possibilities: Discussion around tape innovation and future requirements for tape release liners

Join us as we unravel the secrets of papermaking and tape materials. From ancient traditions to cutting-edge innovations, this presentation celebrates the intersection of craftsmanship and technology! 

12.20 - 13.00

Panel discussion with presenters of Wednesday morning

13.00 - 14.00



Chaired by Michel Sabo - Nitto

14.00 - 14.25

Michael Ortner

Mondi (Functional Paper & Films Release Liner segment)

Release Coatings Applied

Silicone release coatings exist in different chemistries and delivery forms. Coating technology needs to be adapted to best apply these coatings on substrates. An overview about these coating technologies will be presented. Applications of silicone coated release liners are very varied and different release liner constructions are manufactured to suit these requirements. Examples of release liner type per end-application will be explained. A brief introduction of release performance, influenced by silicone formulation and an example of a typical release liner for a tape application is explained


Chaired by Michel Sabo - Nitto

14.25 - 14.50

Thomas Birr


Continuous Manufacturing of Adhesive Compounds with the Planetary Roller Extruder

The planetary roller extruder (PRE) offers a unique combination of characteristics, making this machine type highly suitable for most continuous adhesive compounding applications, but especially for the demanding ones.
The presentation aims to give an insight into the working principle of this lesser-known machine type, deducting its general processing behavior, its advantages and disadvantages. Derived from this background, some typical adhesive compounding processes and their challenges are discussed with examples.

14.50 - 15.20

Steffen Lambertz


Coating and Drying Technologies in Roll-to-Roll Production - State of the Art Processes and Current Developments for Coating and Lamination Lines

JHT Jakobs‑Houben Technologie GmbH is a renowned manufacturer of coating, laminating and impregnating lines for roll-to-roll production. Since 2001 the company stands for tailor-made machines and components in the coating and converting industry. Regardless of their size – lab, pilot or production scale – JHTs’ machines process paper, film, foils, fabrics, membranes and also metal strips. With our slogan “Together for your process!” JHT underlines the company’s claim: highly specialized technical solutions developed to suit your roll-to-roll production process.

In our lecture, we will present state of the art technologies regarding coating and drying processes in R2R-applications. We’ll address different coating methods – for example roller, knife and slot die coating – to give an overview of advantages and disadvantages for each technology.

However, the best coating is useless without the right drying process. Which is why we will be addressing drying technologies in R2R-production such as convection and laser drying, IR- and UV-curing etc. An overview of current developments and upcoming technologies, including possibilities in JHTs’ technical center, will round off our presentation at this years’ Afera Tape College 2024.

15.20 - 15.45

Peter Harendt

Lohmann GmbH & Co KG

Insight Tape Conversion Technology

For the final users, one of the key advantages of tapes is the ability to do pre-converting in customized designs. Like slitting large rolls into smaller ones fitting the applicators, cross-winded spools to improve efficiency, and customer-specific die-cuts that fit the final design.  With this, the highest level of qualified application process is assured by pre-defining the bonding areas in thickness, width and design. An overview of converting technologies, per tape, will be given: slitting, laminating, spooling, laminating and different die-cutting technologies.

15.45 - 16.10

Jürgen Pomorin

Evonik Operations GmbH

Chemistry of Release Coatings

Most self-adhesive products like labels and tapes require a release coating to protect the adhesive layer prior to its use. The release coating usually comes on a carrier called the release liner. Self-adhesive tapes may have a release layer on the backside. The release performance contributes substantially to the conversion properties of a self-adhesive product and therefore require attention. Today, various release systems are available, dominated by silicone types. The aim of this paper is to explain the main differences between common release systems with a view on chemistry and the required coating and curing technology.

16.10 - 16.50

Panel discussion with presenters of Wednesday afternoon


Conference Dinner

Thursday, 14 March 2024


Chaired by Matthias Renka - Organik

09.00 - 09.45

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gross

Fraunhofer IFAM

Modern Surface Treatment Methods

This lecture gives an overview about surface treatment methods enlarging the adhesion of (pressure sensitive) adhesives on several materials surfaces. Especially plasma treatments show an excellent influence. Therefore their different modes of functioning will be explained using examples. Economical and ecological aspects will also be regarded as possible fields of application in the future.

09.45 - 10.15

Karsten Seitz

Afera Standardisation Consultant

Forget About Your Thumb: How to Test Tape in a More Reliable Way

For sure, testing and evaluating pressure sensitive tapes through a “thumb test” still is common practice. But for sure, there are methods to test tapes in a much more reliable and reproducible way with better, more meaningful results. The presentation will introduce to the most important standard test methods for PSA tapes with a special focus on those methods that deal with the adhesive performance of the tapes: peel adhesion, shear resistance and tack. The measurement principles are described and notes on some important parameters will be given, including discussion of potentials and limits of the tests. In addition, examples for test methods directly related to specific applications will be shown and their link to the results of standard tests will be briefly discussed.        

10.15 - 10.35

Pablo Englebienne

Afera Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability Manager

The Afera Flagship Sustainability Project

Sustainability is a major driver for all aspects of the adhesive tape industry. The Afera Flagship Sustainability Project (AFSP) is an initiative of the adhesive tape value chain to contribute to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal. In this presentation we will update members about the progress of the three workstreams of the AFSP on the development of harmonized calculation methods, optimizations in waste management and advocacy activities.    

10.35 - 11.00


11.00 - 11.25

Pablo Englebienne

Afera Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability Manager

Regulatory Update

The last years we have seen a whirlwind of new regulations and initiatives in areas relevant to the adhesive tape value chain. The European Green Deal, with major strategies like the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and the Circular Economy Action Plan, is putting additional pressure to increase the sustainability of the complete value chain by optimizing the use of resources, reducing waste and avoiding hazardous substances. In this presentation I will give an overview of the most significant recent developments and provide an outlook into what to watch out for in the near future in European policies.

11.25 - 11.55

Michel Sabo


The Versatile World of Pressure Sensitive Tape

Pressure sensitive adhesive tapes are used for a variety of applications in different markets. They have multiple functions going from protection of sensitive surfaces, masking during a paint job, processing tapes, medical   bonding different surfaces …. The type to be used depend on the job to be done. Pressure sensitive tapes  have to be considered as functional sheet having different functions than just a sticky material.

11.55 - 12.25

Panel discussion with presenters of Session 4

12.25 - 12.30

Closing/Wrap-up by Reinhard Storbeck

12.30 - 13.30


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