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10/4/2017    PSTC to Exhibit at 2018 International Builder's Show

Booth to Demonstrate “The House that Tape Built”

PSTC recently announced its participation as an exhibitor at the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), taking place January 9-11, in Orlando, Florida.  IBS attendees visiting PSTC’s booth (#S1626) will see first-hand how integral pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape is to the construction of a well-built house. “From the crawl space to the roof and all places in between, we’re going to show PSTC booth visitors just how a house is built using tape,” said Michel Merkx, president of PSTC.

According to Merkx, while PSA tape used in construction projects is not unusual, there are applications that may not be immediately thought of when considering tape for building. “Sticking things together is typically the first thing people think about when they think about tape,” explained Merkx. “And while it helps to understand tape’s  innate ‘stickiness’ that plays a key role in its functionality, PSA tapes also provide barrier against water and help to increase a home’s efficiencies, providing barriers between the home’s structure and the outside elements.” Read more

9/20/2017    There's still time to register for our Fundamentals course

There are still a few spots left at our popular introduction course, the Fundamentals of PSA Tape, taking place October 17-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. A few key learning takeaways include PSA tape properties, polymer building blocks of tape, fundamentals of adhesion, PSA categories, and more. Click here for details.

9/8/2017    PSTC and Hurricane Events

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council expresses its deepest concern and most heartfelt sympathies for the millions of people in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as those impacted by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts are with all those who are confronted by this disaster.
8/28/2017    PSTC sticks with research on using tape in construction

Via The Construction Specifier: PSTC is pursuing research that will clarify the benefits of using pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape in the construction industry. This year, it launched Phase II of a research study that will examine the role tape can play for construction professionals. Phase I of the study focused on identifying tendencies in various markets’ PSA tape usage, and a November report revealed the construction industry was one with high potential for improved usage. With this in mind, Phase II will explore which applications tape can benefit, how, and what factors influence its selection, using a second survey that opens this month. Read more

8/23/2017    Special Manufacturing Course hotel rates close on Friday!

Our Manufacturing & Testing of PSA Tapes course covers details of coating and converting methods, along with in-depth discussion of testing methods and analytical tools. Special hotel rates of $119 per night expire on Friday, August 25. Book your room and secure your spot today!

8/3/2017    PSTC opens calls for building & construction-focused abstracts

Since 1977, PSTC has presented its Technical Seminar (TECH) as part of the council’s annual Tape Summit, which is considered the number one event for the technical information exchange regarding the development and manufacture of pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape.

For the first time in its 40 year history, PSTC is opening a TECH 41 Call for Abstracts to include a specific industry focus – building and construction – and how this industry uses PSA tape for bonding and protection. Read more

7/10/2017    PSTC Tape Summit Honors Past, Looks to Future

From May 15-19, nearly 300 pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape professionals—including scientists, professors, CEOs, VPs and sales professionals—gathered at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Convention Center for PSTC's Tape Summit 2017. This annual industry-focused event provides segmented and flexible learning opportunities for attendees to formulate the most effective knowledge-building experience possible. Read more.

6/28/2017    PSTC Member News

Recycled Shingle Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dupps Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of RE Carroll, Inc., Ewing NJ to distribute Harmonite™ powders. Harmonite™ is manufactured using a patented process that diverts used asphalt shingles headed for the landfill, and converts them into a unique finely divided, organic/inorganic composite powder rich in polar resins and asphaltenes. Read more

6/15/2017    PSTC Member News

Loparex appoints new Group CEO: Loparex International B.V. has announced the appointment of Simon Medley as its new Group Chief Executive Officer. Simon joins Loparex with a track-record of international business success in specialty chemical industries spanning nearly 30 years with ICI, BASF and most recently Chemtura Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President, Industrial Performance Products and Great Lakes Solutions until its recent sale to Lanxess. He takes up his new role immediately. Read more

6/7/2017    PSTC names 2017 Carl Dahlquist Award recipient

PSTC named Peter Gabriele, Vice President of Corporate Technology Development at Secant Group, recipient of its coveted 2017 Carl Dahlquist Award. The award is named for innovator Dahlquist, who developed the Dahlquist ”Criterion of Tack,” which determines if the modulus value of a material necessary is low enough and tacky enough to be considered a pressure sensitive adhesive.

PSTC presents the Dahlquist Award to one speaker during its annual technical conference who, following the evaluation of a panel of judges, demonstrates the very best in research relating to adhesive tape technology. The selection covers a range of criteria, concentrating on originality and scientific contribution, but also includes presentation and quality of visuals. Gabriele presented LASER DIRECTED INFRARED ANALYSIS (LDIR): A New IR Imaging Technology to Study Functional Group Spatial Relationships in PSA Adhesive Surfaces at the PSTC TECH 40 technical seminar, which took place May 17-19 at PSTC’s Tape Summit in Las Vegas. Read more

6/2/2017    Registration now open for PSTC's Manufacturing & Testing of PSA Tapes class

Get a jump on registering for PSTC's highly popular class: Manufacturing & Testing of PSA Tapes. This class, taking place September 11-13 at Chemsultants International in Mentor, OH, sells out fast so register today

5/5/2017    PSTC Member News

Ashland is launching two new emulsion pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) that help manufacturers improve the efficacy and usability of their products in demanding applications. Aroset™ 2554 PSA is designed for removeable labels and graphics. Aroset™ 2555 PSA is excellent for ultra-removeable uses, such as window, wall and floor graphics. The products are being introduced at the PSTC Tape Summit in Las Vegas May 15-17. Aroset 2554 is an emulsion PSA for removable labels and graphics applications. The product features good anchorage to paper and film, and excellent long-term removability from glass, sheetrock, wood and other surfaces. Read more. 

5/5/2017    PSTC Member News

Ashland is launching two new solvent-based pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) that help manufacturers improve the efficacy and usability of their products in demanding applications. Aroset™ PS-6426 is designed specifically for HVAC aluminum foil tape applications. Aroset™ PS-5333 is a high-solids PSA for demanding graphics and medical applications. The products are being introduced at the PSTC Tape Summit in Las Vegas May 15-17.
Aroset PS-6426 PSA combines excellent adhesion and superior cohesion, even at high temperatures, making it the right solution for rigid air duct closure systems. It is self-crosslinking and meets all UL 181A/B specifications. Read more. 

4/4/2017    Have you booked your room yet for Tape Summit?

If you haven't made your hotel reservation yet for Tape Summit 2017 - held this year at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, May 15-19 - be sure to do so before our special hotel rates expire on Monday, April 17! Reserve your room online today.

3/30/2017    Afera Releases 'Why Tape?" Website

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today the launch of the Why tape? section of its website dedicated to inspiring design and process engineers with the broad functionality and range of advantages of adhesive tape. Why tape? is a journey of illustration and description of what tape is and how it can be used, its versatility, benefits and ease of application, the diverse markets in which it is used, and what current designers think about it. Read more.

3/12/2017    Former PSTC Executive Director Glen Anderson Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we share with you news of the loss of our dear friend, former PSTC Executive Director and Hall of Fame member Glen Anderson. After a long battle with cancer, Glen passed away peacefully on March 10, 2017, with his loving family by his side.

Glen was PSTC’s Executive President from 1982 - 2012. After his retirement in 2012, the Technical Seminar’s Opening Session was appropriately named the “Glen Anderson Opening Session” to honor his commitment and dedication to PSTC. Glen’s passion, vision and enthusiasm were instrumental to PSTC’s success today. His ability to create task forces and committees were vital to establishing some key initiatives for the organization.

Glen was a great leader and cherished friend to all who knew him. He recently reached out to PSTC staff and expressed the following: "We all have gifts to share with others, so do not hold back, but reach out and give generously to all who you touch." 

Anyone who met Glen - both inside and outside PSTC - can surely attest that he embodied that mindset. We ask you to join us in keeping Glen's family and friends in your thoughts at this sad time. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Northfield, Illinois. 

1/26/2017    PSTC Member News

Loparex is excited to introduce Lopasil Ultra. Through innovative process technology, Lopasil Ultra provides all the positive benefits of paper, while delivering a high level of dimensional stability that is near the performance of a high quality poly-coated paper. This release liner offers an unmatched combination of performance characteristics previously not available in a direct coated paper release liner. Read more. 

1/4/2017    PSTC Releases Tape Usage Report

To better understand how industries such as building and construction, transportation, appliance, medical, and electronics perceive and use pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape for their bonding applications, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) recently commissioned an in-depth research report that identifies the underlying biases, behaviors, and decision drivers influencing tape usage. Read more. 

11/23/2016    Registration for Tape Summit 2017 is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2017 Tape Summit, taking place May 15-19, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. This popular event brings together the pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape industry channels: adhesive manufacturers, suppliers, tape manufacturers, tape converters, and industry authorities - all in one venue! Read more.

10/10/2016    PSTC Announces 2016 President’s Award Recipient

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) announces Dr. Michael Tumey as this year’s recipient of the President's Award. This award honors outstanding volunteers who have served on a committee with the purpose of advancing PSTC's mission and vision. 

A Division Scientist with 3M, Dr. Tumey joined the PSTC Technical Seminar committee in 2003 and chaired the annual event in 2006. He continued on that committee until 2008, when he assumed the chair position of the then PSTC Technical Steering Committee. This committee provided direction and assistance to the Education, Technical Seminar and Test Methods committees. Read more. 

9/8/2016    Register for PSTC's Fundamentals Course Today

Do you need to know tape? PSTC's essential Fundamentals of PSA Tape course is only one month away! This course will provide you the best opportunity to learn a basic overview of all the key technology areas of PSA tape. Space is limited, so register today. Click here for details.

8/26/2016    TECH 40 Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaches

The deadline for TECH 40 Abstracts is fast approaching - Monday, August 29. Submitting an abstract allows participants to share industry expertise and leadership, all while supporting this significant PSTC event. Chosen abstracts and subsequent final papers will be highlighted at TECH 40 in Las Vegas. Submit your Abstract today.

8/9/2016    Fall Manufacturing course filling up fast

PSTC's highly popular Manufacturing & Testing of PSA Tapes course, taking place September 19-21 at Chemsultants, International in Mentor, OH, is filling up fast. This unique class offers a combination of classroom discussions and lab-based demonstrations, covering details of coating and converting methods, along with in-depth discussion of testing methods and analytical tools. Space is limited, so register today!

7/21/2016    Former PSTC President Carl Allieri Dies


It is with great sadness that we share with you news of the loss of our dear friend, former PSTC President and Hall of Fame member Carl Allieri. Carl passed away peacefully on July 19, 2016, with his loving family by his side. He was a great leader and cherished friend to all who knew him. We ask you join us in keeping Carl's family and friends in your thoughts at this sad time. For more information, click here

7/8/2016    PSTC Opens Calls for TECH 40 Abstracts

For more than 30 years, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council has presented the Tape Summit, the number one event for technical information exchange in the pressure sensitive adhesive tape industry. PSTC has opened Calls for Abstracts to its TECH 40 Technical Seminar, taking place during the 2017 Tape Summit from May 15-19, 2017 at Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Read more.

6/10/2016    PSTC names 2016 Carl Dahlquist Award recipient

PSTC named Kiu-Yuen Tse, Advanced Research Specialist at the 3M Corporate Research Laboratory, as recipient of its coveted 2016 Carl Dahlquist Award. The award is named for innovator Dahlquist, who developed the Dahlquist criterion of tack, determining the modulus value of a material necessary for it to be low enough and tacky enough to be considered a pressure sensitive adhesive. Read more. 

5/19/2016    Registration for PSTC's Fundamentals of PSA Tape course is now available

This class, taking place October 11-12 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has limited space available - so register today! Click here for details.

2/18/2016    PSTC announces new offerings for Tape Summit 2016

PSTC's Tape Summit 2016 gives professionals unprecedented opportunities to build their PSA tape knowledge base. This industry-focused event provides segmented and flexible learning options to help you formulate the most effective knowledge-building experience possible. New for 2016: RTM Orientation and PSTC's Regulatory Summit. Click here for details.
2/17/2016    Registration open for PSTC's Manufacturing & Testing of PSA Tapes class

Get a jump on registering for PSTC's highly popular class: Manufacturing & Testing of PSA Tapes. This class, taking place September 19-21 at Chemsultants, International in Mentor, OH, sells out fast so register today! Click here for details.
2/15/2016    PSTC participating in SustPack 2016

Taking place April 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, SustPack 2016 provides 450+ delegates with over 50 presentations tackling issues including packaging design, ROI on sustainability, compostable packaging, and more! PSTC is acting as an exhibitor and sponsor of the event, with a focus on RTM. Click here for details about SustPack 2016.
11/2/2015    PSTC President Michel Merkx featured in Packaging World's Technology Minute

Packaging World editor Pat Reynolds interviews PSTC President Michel Merkx for the publication's recent Technology Minute podcast. This podcast focuses on how PSA Tape is used for packaging as well as other PSTC initiatives. Click here to view the podcast.
10/9/2015    PSTC announces 2015 President’s Awards recipients

Stan Williams, Director of Technical Projects, Shurtape and Dr. Graeme Roan, Director, Business Development, CCT, were recently named recipients of PSTC's 2015 President's Award. The President’s Award honors outstanding volunteers who have served on a committee with the purpose of advancing PSTC's mission and vision. Read more.
8/25/2015    PSTC announces new President's Award

PSTC is pleased to announce the President's Award, which will honor an outstanding volunteer who has served on a committee with the purpose of advancing PSTC's mission and vision. Read more.
7/29/2015    PSTC announces recipient of the 2015 Carl Dahlquist Award

PSTC named Michaeleen Pacholski, Research Scientist in Analytical Sciences of Core R&D, The Dow Chemical Company, recipient of its coveted 2015 Carl Dahlquist Award. The award is named for innovator Dahlquist who developed the Dahlquist criterion of tack, determining the modulus value of a material necessary for it to be low enough and tacky enough to be considered a pressure sensitive adhesive. Read more.
7/26/2015    Wayne Helton inducted into PSTC 2014 Hall of Fame

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) is pleased to announce Wayne Helton, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Shurtape Technologies, LLC as this year’s inductee into the 2014 Hall of Fame. PSTC’s Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals whose personal commitment and accomplishments have helped to grow the pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape industry as well as PSTC. Read more.
7/25/2015    PSTC announces launch of ThinkTape.org

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) is pleased to announce the launch of www.thinktape.org, an educational website dedicated to increasing knowledge of Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) tape usage in a range of industries, including transportation and construction. Click here to learn more.
7/24/2015    PSTC’s RTM program gaining momentum

As of July 8, 2014, over 20 tape manufacturing companies are engaged in PSTC’s Responsible Tape Manufacturer (RTM) certification program. Multiple companies have already completed the rigorous certification process.Click here for details.
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