tesa transforms adhesive tapes into heroes 

Wafer-thin or strong as Hercules: Adhesive tapes are real all-rounders and surprise with unexpected superpowers

With just 5μm, it is significantly thinner than a single hair, heat-resistant up to 500° C and so strong that with just a few strips you may lift a small car: Adhesive tapes are true superheroes and all-rounders. In their current campaign, tesa – the international manufacturer of innovative adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions – has collected the most exciting facts and possible uses of tesa products, with amazing results.

If at the mention of tesa you immediately think of the popular tesafilm, you will be surprised at how diverse the company's more than 7,000 adhesive solutions actually are. Only 300 of them are classic end customer products, while the lion's share of tesa innovations includes special applications that have been specifically developed for industry and commerce. For example, a modern smartphone may contain up to 70 mostly double-sided tesa adhesive tapes. The smallest is nearly 5-μm thin and thus 20 times finer than a hair. Another tape with 30 N/mm2 offers enormous adhesive power on the smallest surfaces and is installed on the backside of many smartphones under the camera lens with a width of only 0.4 mm. The same adhesive tape, for example, also holds the chip on EC cards securely and firmly in place. 

For the production of these special adhesive tapes tesa often takes unconventional steps. To manufacture Optically Clear Adhesives (OCA), tesa has installed clean room units at its plant in Hamburg-Hausbruch, as well as in Suzhou, China (since 2021). The air in these rooms is 100 times cleaner than on a mountain peak. The result: highly transparent, wafer-thin films that are used, among other things, for display bonding in smartphones.

Up to 130 adhesive tapes in a single car

In the automotive industry too, especially in the manufacture of e-cars, the trend goes towards ever smaller and lighter products. Hundreds of high-precision applications are already used successfully, and many more are already in the development process. For example, tesa pads cover the hundreds of holes that are necessary in a car body for the dip painting process or important assembly work. Laser-printed labels that can handle more than 1,600 hours at up to 150° C and are resistant to chemicals and abrasion serve as reliable protection against counterfeiting. The most striking application areas also include the permanent bonding of cells in electric batteries and the insulation of electronic components. The special product tesa® FireGuard withstands flames of up to 500° C for six minutes, protecting the passenger compartment in the event of a battery fire in an electric car.

"Flying Splices" for the printing industry and film processing

Even in the printing industry, adhesive tapes today simplify many work procedures and make processes more efficient. With a product like tesa EasySplice®, you may change roles on the fly. Even at a speed of 1,000 meters per minute, there are no more web breaks. A real winner, especially for the flexographic printing industry, where materials with non-polar surfaces are often used.

"The world of adhesives is diverse and sophisticated. For a long time, adhesive tapes have been playing to their strengths in many industries, and in the future, they will continue to be used in ever more sectors. The flexible handling and the fast adhesive effect accelerate many processes and thus enable optimized production and an improvement of the final product. Together with our customers, we persistently work on new ideas, product sustainability and sophisticated system solutions in our global Solutions Centers and continue to expand our assortments," says Frank Kolmorgen, Board Member Industry at tesa SE.

The latest campaign 'tape heroes' shows just what adhesive tapes can do and how diverse they are. For this purpose, tesa has collected the most exciting information, facts and application examples from the world of adhesive tapes. Over the next few weeks, you may find detailed information at:

A class apart - our tesa tape heroes - tesa

About tesa SE

As a multinational company, tesa develops innovative adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions for various industries, commercial customers, and end consumers. 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 active 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 (2021: EUR 1,499 million euros) are generated by applications for industries. Together with its international customers, 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: For example, the legendary tesafilm, or new, sophisticated products, such as fly screens or bathroom accessories that increase the joy of designing your own four walls. tesa is one of 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 approx. 4,800 employees today.

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