Nothing is more difficult than realizing lightweight constructions. Nevertheless, the engineers working on the ICE 4 have succeeded in making it a true lightweight, compared to its predecessors. Thanks to the newly constructed carrying bogies and railcar bodies, the energy consumption compared to the ICE 1 dropped by 22 percent per seat. By comparison, the weight of the ICE 4 is reduced by a total of 120 tons.
What is the weight of an adhesive strip? Can it actually help to further reduce weight? Daniel Mellentin, Market Manager at tesa SE, smiles: "Yes – but not by optimizing the adhesive tape. However, the technical characteristics of our product make a significant contribution to the effective and cost-optimized processing of materials used in modern lightweight construction."