Munich Adhesives and Finishing Symposium 2018

Since 1976 the annually hosted Munich Adhesives and Finishing Symposium is traditionally targeted toward both product and machinery equipment producers as well as formulators and applicators throughout the adhesives, printing and converting industries. Hence, the sector gathered once again with some 255 delegates from 14 countries also this year from October 22 to 24, 2018 at the conference center at the Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel.
Stephan Hinterwaldner and his team of the family-run Hinterwaldner Consulting and Conferencing company, offered as organizer as usual an interesting and highly topical program with a lot of space and opportunities for networking. Under this years’ focus theme "Pressure Sensitive Adhesives“ newest developments and trends in raw materials, PSAs as well as HMPSA systems, process technologies and processing equipment were presented in 31 up-to-the-minute and, as somewhat expected controversial discussed papers – rounded off by a small highly frequented table top exhibition in the foyer of the conference room.
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Stephan Hinterwaldner (pictured, left) emphasized in his opening speech of the symposium “The high number of symposium participants as well as the outstanding professional quality of the presentations underlines the enormous importance of the pressure sensitive adhesives in general as well as the tapes and labels as the leading application in the pressure sensitive adhesives arena”.
Included into the program agenda was the premier presentation of the new directive DVS 3320-2 “Quality Requirements in the Application of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Tapes for Permanent Adhesive Joints” by Mrs. Stammen from the Technical University of Braunschweig, representative for the responsible DVS Expert committee under the lead of Dr. Seitz, tesa.
Prof. Martin-Martinez from the University Alicante gave insights into his existing works around “Controlled Tack and Adhesion by Changing the Degree of Phase Separation in Thermoplastic Polyurethane PSAs Made with Mixtures of Polyether Polyols” and Prof. Koch from the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences  focused in his lecture on the conducted extensive research works in regards to “Hot Melt PSA Based on Poly Lactic Acid”.

Here a few more highlights from the program:
  • High Performance Water Based PSAs: Identifying the Right Ingredients; Synthomer
  • Optimization of PSA by Selective Using of Resins; Rütgers
  • High Performance Water-Based PSA for Graphic Applications; Henkel
  • Innovative SBC Structures for High Performance PSAs; Kraton Polymers
  • Acrylic UV Hot Melt or Solvent-Borne Acrylic – Who is Best-in-Class in Terms of Economy and Ecology?, BASF
  • Two is Better than One - Gemini Surfactants for Waterborne Acrylic Adhesives; Evonik
  • Drying is More Than Hot Air; Munich University of Applied Sciences
  • Adhesive Coating in Practice; Kroenert
  • UV Scale – Ultraviolet Light Volume Distribution Measurement Film; FujiFilm.
In 2019 the Munich Adhesives and Finishing Symposium will take place October 28-30, and will concentrate its focus theme on "Hot Melt Adhesives, HMPSAs and Extrudable Films". The according Call for Speakers 2019 is already running ( ).
Good to Know: The in-adhesives symposium, with focus sessions on adhesives raw materials, adhesives and their applications and industrial adhesives technology particularly in Automotive and Aircraft, Construction and General Industry, Electronics and Medical Science will have its next fifth edition in Munich February 25 to 26, 2019. Program, Abstracts and Registration on