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Tesa UK has been supporting University of Portsmouth’s UP Racing team in its 2015 Formula Student project with adhesive tapes. 

Tesa’s work with the automotive market includes the OEM and motor sport sectors and the use of adhesive tapes as bonding, joining and fixing solutions has long been recognised as delivering benefits in more efficient production and offering lighter weight when compared to mechanical fixings. 

Project manager of UP Racing Adam White liaised with the Tesa team based at the company’s Milton Keynes headquarters and Tesa 4651, a powerful high-quality acrylic coated cloth tape, was supplied for use in a multitude of applications. The tape was utilised on the edging of bodywork, sheet metal and brackets to give them a neat finish with no sharp edges and to attach the wiring loom to the chassis where a cable tie would otherwise be visible.

It was also used on the foam driver’s seat covering and to attach driver’s leg protection, as well as covering bodywork fasteners and cable management and for shielding in the pit lane. In addition to providing a strong bond, Tesa 4651 cloth tape also offered excellent strength and durability, leaving no sticky residue or markings on paint or bodywork and delivering a smart surface finish. The 2015 racing season proved to be a great launch platform for UP Racing in its first full year of competition.  

The team competed in the Skid Pad, Acceleration, Autocross and Endurance events at Formula Student Spain and the car is now back in the UK where it will undergo further testing and preparation for the 2016 season. 

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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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