tesa SE: Bringing Cohesion to Electronics Manufacturing Processes
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tesa SE: Bringing Cohesion to Electronics Manufacturing Processes

Carsten Meyer-Rackwitz, Corporate Vice President Electronics, Marji Smith, Director Global Value Chain Management Electronics and Nils Utesch, Marketing Director Electronics, tesa SECarsten Meyer-Rackwitz, Corporate Vice President Electronics, Marji Smith, Director Global Value Chain Management Electronics and Nils Utesch, Marketing Director Electronics
In the primarily complex and diversified electronics manufacturing industry, one crucial aspect of fabrication is often overlooked – the importance of adhesives that hold together intricate components of a device. Ranging from laptops to smartphones and wearables, the role of such binding agents becomes all the more critical with the diminishing form factor of electronic devices. Therefore, the manufacturing sector is on a constant quest to find vendors that could potentially fulfil this need for reliable adhesives in fabrication processes. One such vendor—tesa SE—offers technical adhesive tapes and ‘self-adhesive system solutions’, encompassing more than 7000 products within its portfolio for industrial use cases.

tesa—a Beiersdorf company—prides itself in having 125 years of experience in manufacturing adhesive tapes. It develops tapes for smartphones, tablets, notebooks, TVs, OLED components, displays, wearables, and other smart devices. However, the ingenuity of tesa lies in how it crafts products for varied manufacturing processes and industries. They equip clients with technological solutions that are designed specifically for the application or manufacturing environment, starting with in-house adhesive polymerization. “We can deliver customized adhesive products on demand for organizations around the globe, with a global production setup offering both, state-of-the-art technology as well as redundancy and thus supply security. Hence, our solutions have become crucial enablers of manufacturing processes for customers,” says Nils Utesch, Marketing Director Electronics, tesa.

The adhesive tapes delivered by the tesa last longer and are built to mitigate some of the most complex challenges of the industry. For instance, the tapes manufactured for smartphones are designed to absorb shock events, which help lessen the impact on a phone, improving the chances enabling the device’s survival during accidental drops.


Thinner tape designs providing more space and enable higher device functionality, for example, longer battery life; at the same time, they prevent the devices from breaking as well


As such electronic device production demands smaller size adhesives, tesa has developed tapes that are only five micrometers thick, or one-tenth the size of a human hair. “Thinner tape designs providing more space and enable higher device functionality, for example, longer battery life; at the same time, they prevent the devices from breaking as well,” adds Utesch. These properties enhance the cohesion among various parts of a device while offering the structural rigidity for the smooth functioning of the equipment.

Such products and solutions form a bond that helps tesa build long-term relationships with its clientele. The company understands the needs and requirements of a client by carrying out one-on-one engagements; the synthesis of these discussions translates into finished products. “We listen to clients and ask them how we can transform their business objectives into innovative offerings by materializing their goals using our expertise. We do a lot of testing to understand how our products perform in given circumstances,” says Marji Smith, Director Global Value Chain Management Electronics, tesa.

Testimony of these products is highlighted through a recent collaboration between tesa and its client, where the company helped in devising sustainability strategies with a minimized environmental footprint by designing tapes with organic compositions. Furthermore, by leveraging green energy in the manufacturing of these products, tesa was able to reduce the associated energy consumption drastically for the client. The adhesive specialist also developed tapes that are de-bondable on demand and thus enable device’s repairing and recycling during the manufacturing process as well as at their end-of-life use.

These collaborations are a part of tesa’s ongoing R&D in adopting newer technologies for adhesives, focusing on geographies such as the US, Germany, and different parts of Asia. “We continue to invest in larger R&D projects and modern production methodologies because we believe we can perform and deliver at the need of the hour,” concludes Carsten Meyer-Rackwitz, Corporate VP Electronics, tesa.