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Adhesives have become a key technology in the automotive industry, as they continue to replace other fixing methods. In Europe, around 9 percent of the total adhesive production goes into automobile manufacturing and a car today contains between 12 and 18kg of adhesive.

Adhesives are used under the bonnet, on the body and the interior and exterior trims of the car, where they offer a number of benefits over traditional joining technologies.

As exterior designs have become more similar from model to model, vehicle interiors have become more important in defining one from the next. Demands for high quality interiors, especially in relation to a vehicle’s acoustic characteristics, aesthetic appeal and functional performance, have become a major differentiator.

Whether for exterior, interior, permanent or temporary applications, tesa offers adhesive tape technologies tailored to the needs of the automotive industry.

Permanent Mounting Solutions

tesa’s comprehensive range of double-sided tapes for mounting exterior parts offer outstanding resilience to external factors such as moisture, UV radiation and temperature fluctuations for heated/non-heated mirrors, distance sensors, trims and emblems.

Interior permanent mounting includes the mounting of interior vehicle component parts with pressure-sensitive tapes in the passenger compartment. Single and double-sided tapes are used in application areas including overhead systems, seats, dash boards, door modules, and luggage cover systems.

The secure bonding of different materials is also needed in the interior, for example on the headliner, door sill trim, mirrors, arm rests, steering wheel, occupant sensor, curtain airbag, seat backrest and cover or on the dashboard.

With single and double sided tapes, tesa is helping automotive designers respond to the latest trends and bring their interior designs to life, providing secure bonding on the diverse substrates often used in interiors, while ensuring noise damping – an essential element in guaranteeing customer satisfaction, product differentiation and elimination of re-working costs.

A prerequisite of driving comfort and a recognised feature of quality is being able to drive without background noises. tesa offers a range of specially developed products that prevent vibrations, squeaking and rattling to deliver high quality standards. tesa Sliding Tapes 51206, UV resistant 51207 and 51217 offer protection of vulnerable surfaces against part wear, friction and unwanted noises as well as providing abrasion protection of harnesses in high friction areas.

tesa tapes play a major role in application across the entire bodywork of a car. For example, for vehicle identification numbers (VIN), certification, security or warning and instruction information, tesa manufacturers a range of automotive laser engraved tamper evident labels with customer-specific visible and hidden security features which can be integrated to maximise security against tampering.

The self-adhesive solutions used to seal holes in the car body are more efficient and cost-effective than the plastic plugs which are traditionally used. They are suitable for every process stage in vehicle production and offer outstanding puncture resistance, noise damping properties, maximum flexibility for uneven surfaces, excellent PVC and paint compatibility and high temperature resistance.

Products used to protect and bundle wire harnesses in the engine must be highly resistant to wear, temperature and chemicals. tesa’s extensive range of wire harnessing tapes fulfils this function, offering good flexibility for easy installation, secure bundling and soundproofing features to prevent rattles.

Temporary protection
Interior and exterior vehicle surfaces, including clear coats, plastics and metals, need to be clean and undamaged and require protection during the various stages of production, assembly and transportation.

Providing the necessary temporary protection against a variety of environmental influences and keeping interior surfaces spotlessly clean, tesa’ wide range of pressure-sensitive surface protection tapes also enhance process efficiencies, being easy to remove and disposed of in an ecologically-friendly way.

During the assembly process, for example, where exterior surfaces are potentially susceptible to damage, tesa 51134 – which is suitable for slightly structured surfaces on head and tail lights – can be applied to ensure component protection. The range includes adhesive tapes for interior trims, decorative interior trims, upholstery, door panels, wheel rims and emblems.

tesa Exterior Surface Protection tapes protect the painted car body, wheel rims, plastic parts, emblems and glass against impacts and outside influences such as dust, gravel, bird droppings or insects during product and also during the journey from the plant to the customer.

Temporary product solutions protect delicate surfaces and ensure precise paint jobs, enabling quick and easy application and swift removal without leaving any residue. Design masking tapes create precise paint edges in two-tone designs and paint masking tapes cover surfaces during standard and repair painting.

In the future, adhesive tape technology is expected to take over functions and tasks that go beyond the scope of their traditional role of holding things together.

tesa continues to deliver state-of-the-art adhesive technologies for the automotive industry and its suppliers, focused on delivering advanced material properties that improve process efficiencies as well as the quality and longevity of the final product.

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tesa: a global adhesive tape manufacturer

tesa is one of the leading global brands of adhesive tape with more than 100 years’ experience selling 800 types of tape in more than 100 countries.

tesa: a global adhesive tape manufacturer

tesa is one of the leading global brands of adhesive tape with more than 100 years’ experience selling 800 types of tape in more than 100 countries.

We believe in investing for our future with five per cent of our global turnover going on R&D, which has led to 50 per cent of our sales being from products developed in the last five years. In total we have 350 people employed in tesa’s laboratories around the world filing an average of 70 patents a year.

We strongly believe in offering our customers as much support as possible, and this philosophy, branded tesacohesion®, is now a major contributing factor to winning new business.

tesacohesion®: what we offer the customer

It is our aim to be a sustainable resource to our customers’ businesses and to keep our customers because we deserve to.

We offer expert friendly advice, technical knowledge and expertise, a wide product offering, creative thinking and problem solving and a one-stop solution.

tesacohesion®is based on the 4Ps principle:

  • People: every day our technical sales team operates in the marketplace. When we need more technical support or research backup to solve a problem, we call in the group resources of tesa SE in Hamburg
  • Products: we supply more than 800 different tapes across 100 countries, each one developed for applications in key industry sectors and manufactured with the latest production technology to current globally recognised quality standards
  • Processes: we aim to understand our customers’ processes in depth so we can advise on how best to integrate our tape into your production and improve your processes. We can also help with preparation of standard operating procedures as well as value chain management
  • Performance: we will help you get the maximum performance from your choice: this could mean we need to install special tape-dispensing equipment. We’re also more than ready to provide on-site support and training for your staff and we can help you to develop standard operating procedures that will control and maintain quality

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