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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, www.awa-bv.com, where it is also possible to register online.