From May 13-17, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s (PSTC) Tape Summit will take place in Baltimore. The annual event provides industry professionals opportunities to build their pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape knowledge base.


Educational Courses

Two educational courses will cover all aspects of PSA tape design and manufacturing. From May 13-14, “Adhesives & Advanced Technology of PSA Tapes” will explore polymer technology as it relates to PSA tapes, with a detailed technical discussion of polymer properties, adhesive types, chemistries and properties, surface science, theories of adhesion, and other topics.

  On May 14, “Fundamentals of PSA Tape” will provide a basic overview of all the key technology areas of PSA tape in a classroom setting. The course offers an introduction to the industry, with less technical content than other classes.


Building and Production Industry Track

New this year, the Building & Construction Industry: Markets and Application track will take place May 15-16. The learning track is designed to help building and construction professionals to better understand the variety of PSA tape solutions available, address how PSA tapes are used from a building and construction applications standpoint, and address the challenges of using PSA tape and how to overcome them.


PSTC Spring Membership Meeting

The Spring Membership Meeting (for PSTC members only) begins at 10 a.m. on May 14, and includes updates on industry trends, as well as new PSTC initiatives and programs. The meeting will also include regulatory information.


Spring Meeting Keynote

On Wednesday, May 15, Fredi Lajvardi will present the keynote presentation. Lajvardi reportedly captivated the country when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated leading schools, including top-ranked MIT. Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary “Underwater Dreams” and was also adapted into the major motion picture, “Spare Parts,” starring actor and comedian George Lopez as Fredi. His award-winning Falcon Robotics team is also featured in the 2017 film “Dream Big.”



From May 14-17, TECH 42 will provide attendees with knowledge that is immediately applicable to PSA companies. This seminar provides information on innovations, applications, sustainability and global issues that impact the PSA tape industry.


Exhibitor Showcase

The exhibitor showcase, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 15, includes lunch from noon-2 p.m., followed by an exhibitor showcase reception and poster session from 3:30-5:30 p.m. See below for a list of exhibitors. 

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List of Exhibitors

Ahlstrom-Munksjö NA Coated Products

Ahlstrom-Munksjö NA Specialty Solutions LLC

Arkema Coating Resins

Ashland Inc.

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

Avery Dennison Performance Polymers

BASF Corp.

Bostik, Inc.


Catbridge Machinery

Chemsultants and ChemInstruments

Dow Chemical Co.


Eastman Chemical

Edge Adhesives Inc.

Elkem Silicones

EPS Materials


Felix Schoeller Group

Franklin Adhesives & Polymers

Henkel Corp.

Hero Coatings/Functional Coatings

HiTac Adhesive & Coatings

Infiana USA Inc.

IST America


Kraton Corp.

Kuraray America Inc.

Laufenberg GmbH

Loparex LLC

Mayzo Inc.


Mondi Akrosil

MPI Release

MTI Polyexe


OMNOVA Solutions Inc.

Resinas Sintéticas

Sekisui Voltek

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America Inc.

Siliconature USA


Total Cray Valley

Toyo Ink America LLC

Wacker Chemical Corp.


*as of 4/11/19