Adhesives Magazine

PSTC Celebrates 50 Years

March 20, 2003
The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council is celebrating 50 years of advancing pressure sensitive tapes. The PSTC was founded in 1953 by seven companies committed to the manufacture of tape products high in quality and performance ...

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) is celebrating 50 years of advancing pressure sensitive tapes. The PSTC was founded in 1953 by seven companies committed to the manufacture of tape products high in quality and performance. Today, PSTC’s 26 member companies produce more than 90 percent of all tape manufactured in North America. Two founding members (3M and Permacel, A Nitto Denko Company) remain active in the association and leaders in the industry.

“This trade association has played a vital role in the tape industry for 50 years,” said PSTC Volunteer President Carl M. Allieri, president of Compaq Corp. “PSTC has been the driving force behind numerous industry advances and is its champion in our nation’s capital.”

In 1955, PSTC published its first test method to offer customers greater assurance of quality products. PSTC’s test methods now cover 28 different procedures and have become global standards to measure all types of tapes.

In 1978, PSTC held its first technical-paper conference where manufacturers could share breakthrough tape technology. This year, PSTC presents its 26th Annual Technical Seminar, May 7-9, 2003, in Washington. The seminar continues to promote the innovations in the science and application of pressures sensitive adhesive tape technology and is expected to draw 400 people to hear 27 technical papers. For the third year, the PSTC will offer its training class, PSA 102: Advanced Technology for Pressure Sensitive Tapes, in conjunction with the seminar.

For further information, visit http://www.pstc.org.