01 January 2013
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Global tape forum holds successful Taipei meeting

Harmonisation of test methods throughout the pressure- sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape industry is a step closer this week following the recent meeting of the Global Tape Forum (GTF) in Taipei, Taiwan.

During the meeting, the Global Test Methods Committee agreed to standardise with a universal label style.

Member associations of the international body that address key issues impacting this industry, pledged closer collaboration to develop and harmonise the test methods. Once finalised, the GTF-Harmonised TMs will establish a quality label providing international credibility.

One major benefit of the label is a reduction in time and financial commitment required compared to the first three ISO-certification procedures which cost these European, American and Japanese industry associations a total of €25,600 and took five years to complete. The forum also made meaningful progress in establishing the role and practices of the international PSA tape forum.

Held biennially, the only purely global pressure-sensitive adhesive tape event was hosted by the Taiwan Regional Association of Adhesive Tape Manufacturers (TAAT). It was attended by 29 member association delegates and four observers from the six current GTF/GTMC members.

Author
Paul Gay

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