A Message from Management: A Bright Outlook for Q2

Wednesday April 3, 2024

A Business Update from Vice President & General Manager Michel Merkx


“Despite ongoing economic and geo-political woes in the world, I would rather focus on the more uplifting elements that are [also] going on all around us.


First, ABI / Ideal Tape welcomed new team members this first quarter who not only strengthen the organization with their new skills and experiences, but also have terrific compatibility within our team and culture (caring, compassionate, humor, and results-driven).


Second, a huge thanks to all our customers for your confidence in ABI/Ideal Tape. We greatly appreciate your business. You are the reason why we do what we do. We recently held our annual North American Customer Council, and it was very encouraging to hear the many optimistic views and opportunities. It was also a chance to discuss market conditions, new and improved ways to service the various (vertical) markets, and the importance of longstanding, trusting relationships. 


Next, we are introducing new products for Surface Protection Films in Appliance, Metal/Coil, and Automotive applications; as well as expanding our Graphics application paper and films. We’ve also launched an exciting new ‘Buy America’ program for our HVAC & Insulation tapes, and environmentally responsible tapes for the footwear, leather goods, and automotive market.


ABI/Ideal Tape is investing in our infrastructure, manufacturing assets, and new capabilities to better service our customers and support growth in (new) market applications.


Finally, ABI/Ideal Tape’s active community support through Legacy Treatment Services (clinical interventions for children, youth and families); Rotary International, and our (Dutch) Orange Day, which benefits the Foodbanks of South Jersey and Lowell, MA.


Contact our world-class customer service, commercial, and technical teams in the USA, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, China, and South Korea with any engineering or application challenge you have, and we will be delighted to offer our expertise.


Michel Merkx”

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