tesa awarded for the company's innovative power

Today, tesa received the TOP 100 Award 2021, which recognizes especially innovative medium-sized companies. For this award, tesa proved its innovative strength in a scientific selection process, where the company scored particularly well in the categories "Innovation-promoting top management" and "Innovative processes and organization".

During the TOP 100 innovation competition, the innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team comprehensively analyzed and assessed the innovative strength of the participating companies. The researchers used approximately 120 test criteria from five categories: innovation-promoting top management, innovation climate, innovative processes and organization, external orientation/open innovation, and innovation success. Using these criteria, the panel analyzed whether innovations in the participating companies are the result of planned procedures or just a coincidence. The repeatability of innovation achievements was therefore tested (further information on the test criteria is available at www.top100.de/pruefkriterien).

At tesa, the management's innovation initiative provided the necessary stimulus to optimize many innovation processes or to set them up anew. "Every year, tesa develops up to 100 new adhesive solutions. Many of them set new standards and support the innovation efforts of our customers," says CEO and chemist Dr. Norman Goldberg.

More than 500 product and technology developers collaborate very closely with customers all over the world. There are Customer Solution Centers at the tesa corporate Headquarter in Norderstedt, in China, and in the USA. In these centers, new products are developed together with customers, for example for the automotive, electronics or construction industries. Thus, development times can be significantly reduced, which is extremely relevant for the electronics industry, for example, when manufacturers bring new generations of devices with updated designs onto the market every year.

tesa also redesigned the project management and agile methods were introduced in the development. This way, the company can react faster to changes in the market and adapt better to the product life cycles of its customers.

The winners of this year's TOP 100 will meet today at the 7th German SME Summit (“7. Deutscher Mittelstands-Summit”) in Ludwigsburg to receive their awards from Ranga Yogeshwar. The science journalist has accompanied the innovation competition as a mentor for ten years.

Further information and general image material on the TOP 100 competition is available at www.top100.de/presse or simply send an e-mail to presse@compamedia.de.

About the TOP 100 Award

Since 1993, 'compamedia' has been awarding the TOP 100 to medium-sized companies for special innovative strength and above-average innovation success. Since 2002, the scientific management has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. With 25 research awards and over 200 publications, he counts among the leading international innovation researchers. The mentor of TOP 100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. The Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the SME Association BVMW are project partners. The German journals 'manager magazin' and 'impulse' accompany the comparative competition as media partners. More information and registration at www.top100.de.

About tesa SE

As a multinational company, tesa has been developing innovative adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions for various industries, commercial customers, and end consumers. The age of technical adhesive tapes began 125 years ago – in Hamburg. Currently, there are already more than 7,000 tesa adhesive solutions that help improve the work, products or lives of our customers. Today, the focus is on sustainability and energy-saving processes. tesa invests in the development of environmentally friendly products and solvent-free manufacture processes as well as in the use of renewable energy sources at its locations.

tesa is present in 100 countries and operates plants in Germany, Italy, China, the USA, and soon also in Vietnam. Around three quarters of the tesa Group’s sales (2020: EUR 1,326 million) are generated by applications for industries. Together with its international clients, tesa develops innovations that are customized at product and process level. Already more than 130 tesa tapes may be installed in an electric car and over 70 in a smartphone. In the printing and construction industries, too, tesa is constantly penetrating new segments and countries with its special adhesive tapes. The company generates almost one quarter of its sales with products for end consumers and professional craftsmen. 300 applications, such as the legendary tesafilm®, make life easier or, when it comes to insect protection, even make it a bit more pleasant. tesa counts among the world’s leading manufacturers of adhesive solutions. Since 2001, tesa SE is an independent 100% affiliate of Beiersdorf AG (i.e., NIVEA, Eucerin, la prairie) with 4,800 employees today.

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