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tesa rijksmuseum

When it came to creating a seamless finish on a new, glass frontage for the Rijksmuseum, situated on Holland Boulevard in Amsterdam Airport Schipol, it required a robust, invisible fix and tesa ACXPlus provided the perfect fit.

As a world first, the 2,200 square metre structure consists of 10,000 glass panels, bonded together with tesa ACXPlus. Well recognised for its unique viscoelastic properties, which compensates for substrates with different coefficients of thermal expansion, tesa® ACXPlus delivers excellent stress dissipation and high bonding power.

Collaborating on the project with tesa, glass manufacturer, Glassolutions, built its own assembly line to bond the glass panels onto layered glass building blocks.

Assembly involved fastening 10,000 glass panels (320 x 7 x 1cm) onto the blocks. Each block consisted of seven layered glass panels, compressed using two strips of 6mm tesa ACXPlus on each panel. A bespoke laminating station enabled the correct pressure and positioning of the tape and in total, 2,200 square metres of panels were fastened to 1,500 glass building blocks.

On site, the building blocks were placed in floor and ceiling profiles and bonded with pre-applied tesa ACXPlus. Different tape thicknesses were also used to create the curves of the structure’s U-shaped walls.

In accordance with the airport’s strict requirements for safety and maintenance, tests confirmed the absence of sharp, and potentially harmful edges, and easy replacement of the panels.

Eric Deibel, Account Manager, tesa B.V. commented, “As well as delivering an aesthetically pleasing structure, this high-quality tape is ideally suited to rigid substrates and glass, and due to its unique viscoelasticity, absorbs any frictions and stresses in construction.”

tesa UK

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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