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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

AWA INDUSTRY CONFERENCE ON SELF-ADHESIVE MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING AND MARKETS


The self-adhesive label, tape, medical/ hygiene, and graphics industries are characterised by an extremely complex value chain. They are currently challenged by raw material price inflation, a highly-competitive business environment, and sustainability issues. 
The 2010 Self-adhesive Technology & Market Conference, organised by AWA Conferences & Events, represents an opportunity for industry participants at all levels - production, R & D and technical management, marketing, product management, converting  -- to look at the ‘big picture’. The conference agenda will identify areas for future innovation; discuss threats and challenges to existing business; highlight new end-use markets;  and evaluate advances in product and process technology.

The Pressure-sensitive/Self-adhesive Technology workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basics of self-adhesive products, including their design, manufacture and end-use. The target audiences are professionals involved with marketing, research, technical support, quality control and production that may be new to the self-adhesive industry as well as those professionals needing a primer on the technical aspects of self-adhesive products. To support understanding of the market and the technical background for self-adhesives, a broad range of topics from market trends to “why self-adhesives work” will be covered.

The conference – in Amsterdam, 18-19 November 2010 - features expert speakers from across the value chain.  The opening session will provide an overview of the global self-adhesive label and graphic arts markets, and trends in materials, end-use markets, and testing.   A full session addressing regulatory and environmental matters - including options for web waste in self-adhesive label converting, adhesive recyclability, solvents, and REACH – completes the formal program for the first day.   The second day opens with an evaluation of materials development, including adhesives for pack reclosures and hotmelts.  

In-depth papers on process and equipment developments such as coating and drying technology, machinery for coating labelstock and tapes; and slide die-coating complete the formal program. Networking opportunities during breaks and around the accompanying tabletop exhibition are extensive; and conference sponsors UPM are hosting a cocktail reception at the end of the first day.

Full details of the Self-adhesive Technology & Market Conference 2010, Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 18-19 November 2010, are available via the AWA website,www.awa-bv.com, where it is also possible to register online.