As part of the tesa environmental program, we consistently orient our production processes toward environmentally friendly technologies. Since launching the first large-scale facility for solvent free coating at tesa’s Offenburg plant (2002), we have continued to rigorously develop this patented tesa technology. Our factories in Offenburg and Italy, among others, have operated largely without the use of solvents for several years.
The facility for environmentally friendly production of double-sided acrylate adhesive tape at the tesa plant in Hamburg is the only one of its kind in the world and provides an exemplary case: With ACX technology, solvents are used only in the first process step and are immediately extracted in the subsequent drying process and put back into circulation. This is a patented process developed at tesa and it provides the following environmentally relevant reductions in comparison to conventional methods:
- Use of organic solvents: circa -55%
- Disposal of organic solvents: circa -89%
- Process water requirements: circa -100%