Electronics adhesives manufacturing executives speak out on issues facing electronics manufacturing and the future of adhesives for electronics. Participating in the roundtable are Kären Olson, president/CEO of Adhesives Research Inc.; Jesse Singh, vice president, 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division; and Patrick Trippel, president, Electronics group of Henkel.
As 2004 came to an end, one couldn't help but wonder whether adhesive and sealant manufacturers let out a sigh of relief and collectively expressed their "good riddance" to one of the most challenging years in recent history. While top-line growth confirmed our economic recovery, the bottom line crumbled under the pressure of rapidly escalating raw materials. Will 2005 offer hope and prosperity?
Acknowledging that they will face raw material challenges, pressure-sensitive tape manufacturers look forward to the new year and expect their industry will be paced by the growth experienced in key tape markets and a continuing solid economy.