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tesa’s UK operation, based in Milton Keynes, has purchased a slitting machine that will ensure the company meets the demand for bespoke adhesive tapes for many years to come.

With the existing machine running at near capacity in 2014, the company decided to purchase a new system. Ray Webster, operations manager at tesa UK, was tasked with sourcing the replacement and after evaluating machines from eight manufacturers the decision was made to stay with Cevenini.

Once the order for the Cevenini E450 LP was placed, Webster was invited to go to Cevenini’s manufacturing operation in Concorezzo, near Monza, Italy, for an acceptance trial, using a range of tesa tapes with the machine being run for 40 hours by Cevenini before it was released.

The new technology in the Cevenini E450 LP brings greater efficiencies and greater flexibility to the range of log slit tapes. The advantages compared with the old machine are: the width has increased from 1.6m to 1.7m; the diameter has increased from 400mm to 430mm; and weight has increased from 50kg to 80kg. In addition, with a more powerful motor — double the power of the old machine — the E450 LP can slit harder products such as tesa Bodyguard in less time with ease and less stress on the machine.  

Webster said: ‘With the new slitting machine, our aim is to reduce lead times from five to seven working days from receipt of order to three to five working days, providing a much more efficient service for tesa’s customers.’

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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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