In 2008 Mr. Hardy and Mr. Vroemen were presented the opportunity to enter the Acrylic Foam Tape business. Mr. Vroemen’s specific tape knowledge, combined with Mr. Hardy’s experience and knowledge of raw materials turned out to be a match made in heaven. The acquisition of a South-Korean production facility was secured mid 2008 called AFTC® Production Korea Ltd. In May of 2008 the AFTC® Group opened their offices in Maastricht, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. All of the pieces to the puzzle were in place now and as a result, the active search for customers began. After AFTC®’s first two years, an economic crises hit creating another set of challenges for AFTC®. However, the AFTC® Group showed their resolve by successfully navigating the process to have their high quality Acrylic Foam Tape (AFT) products tested and approved by several OEM’s like Volkswagen, Porsche, Ford, BMW and Daimler.
AFTC® Group’s first real significant commercial success came in 2010 when the AFTC® Group supplied our Acrylic Foam Tape (AFT) to Porsche for the production of the Porsche Cayenne. Soon after, the Volkswagen Passat and several Audi models coupled with various Ford models started to utilize the AFTC® line of Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) creating a “buzz” in the European automotive industry. Today, you can find parts with AFTC® Group’s Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) being used in most new vehicle platforms with every major Automotive manufacturer.
2011 was highlighted with the signing of AFTC Group’s 100th distribution contract. With this significant milestone achieved, AFTC supplies here Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) in 60 countries worldwide. The AFTC distributors serve many different markets with their own specialty, such as automotive, building & construction, electronics and transportation. This structure has enabled AFTC Group to a global presence with local support.
In 2012 AFTC® opens it new office in the US, located in Philidelphia. By doing so AFTC® expands here global footprint and abilities to supply here growing customers base with AFTC®’s Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT)
Opening of AFTC Czech S.ro. located in Prague which supports the continually growing demand of Acrylic Foam Tapes for the Czech Automotive industry and AFTC Latino Americas Sa located with its main office in Uruguay and branch offices in Mexico and Brazil.
The time was there to start focusing on other business opportunities and AFTC Production Netherlands was founded which has its main focus on Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) and reclosable fastening systems, especially the combination of the two. To fully support our customers’ needs for more technical support, AFTC also has a new laboratory especially equipped for doing customer specific testing.
AFTC China opens here facilities which include a completely new converting facility which also includes a QM lab environment to ensure that only the best quality Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) reaches our customer.
February 2017 marks a new step in the History of the AFTC® Group’s AFTC® and Velcro® Companies sign of a new strategic partnership which will enable both companies to benefit from each other strengths. Together, the AFTC® Group set out continues on its journey of being one of the key suppliers of Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) in the world. AFTC® and Velcro® Companies sign a new strategic partnership which will enable both companies to benefit from each other strengths
SilverTape™ is AFTC® Group’s registered trademark and is AFTC® Group’s core product. SilverTapes are double sided viscoelastic 100% acrylic Foam tapes (AFT).Lees verder