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SELF-ADHESIVE MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING, AND MARKETS: AWA industry conference provide a timely update

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 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,, where it is also possible to register online.