In 1890 founder Paul C. Beiersdorf, a pharmacist, was at work on developing an adhesive bandage, when Dr. Oscar Troplowitz took over the lab. While the bandage adhered exceptionally it ultimately proved irritating to human skin. In 1896 the failed bandage made its debut as the first technical adhesive tape. Today, tesa® is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of self-adhesive product and system solutions.
The name tesa® was created in 1908 when secretary Elsa Tesmer merged the first two letters of her last name and the last two letters of her first name. The name was used until February of 1936 when a transparent rubber tape was the last to be christened with the name. The then-insignificant rubber adhesive film eventually proves to be a resounding success, paving the way for the first dispenser with the tesa® logo and the first tesakrepp masking tape to appear on market.
Before long tesa® would go on to develop special displays to professionally present products to the do-it-yourself community frequenting specialty retail stores. Continually expanding on innovations, tesa® would shortly come to offer more 2500 product solutions facilitating the operation of a high rack warehouse equipped with state-of-the-art automated technology complete with a separate picking area and 10,300+ pallet spaces.
In time, the Hamburg plant would deploy a complex coating unit with suspended drying for 1200 meters of adhesive tape strips, and discover that the recycling and recovery of solvents used within the unit enabled highly efficient cleaning of exhaust air.
By 1982 tesa® opened its first major plant outside of Europe in Sparta, Michigan. With a strategic focus on the development and implementation of solvent-free, environmentally friendly production technologies, tesa® has taken the initiative to engage in preventative environmental protection measures. Thanks to state-of-the-art technologies and the introduction of patented tesa® processes, all tesa® locations have very high environmental standards, remaining committed to energy savings, decreased CO2 and VOC emissions, significant reductions in the use of solvents, and effectively minimizing waste.
The company boasts over two hundred employees across laboratories in the US, Germany, Japan, China, and Singapore, that are continuously working to transform innovative ideas into new products, applications, and solutions. tesa® applies for patents on an average of 70 new developments annually.
In collaboration with scientists, tesa® developed the Scribos GmbH. EasySplice® technology to enable secure, ultra-fast splicing during roll changes. Holospot technology protects name-brand items from counterfeiting and secures original products against theft. tesa® insect stop, patented tesa Powerstrips®, and tesafilm® remain consumer favorites. tesa® ACXplus, with its visco-elastic behavior and resistance to extreme temperatures and demanding weather conditions, opened a whole new category of tapes for constructive bonding. tesa® SE has truly earned its place as one of the world’s leading manufacturers.
tesa® is an internationally renowned “Great Place to Work”, and in the category “Company with up to 500 employees” ranks #14 of 100 best employers in Germany. Additionally, the company won a special award for its “Workplace Health Promotion”. Under the guidance of a prevention expert the company runs a sports club, and offers employees holistic body training, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, and seminars for the improvement of sleep for shift workers. With their unquestionably high environmental standards and dedication to innovation and technological advancement coupled with their accolades and passion for improving quality of life for employees and community alike, it’s easy to understand why we are proud to partner with tesa®.