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After more than two years of construction, tesa, international manufacturer of innovative adhesive tapes, completed its expansion project in Michigan’s Kent County, featuring over 179,000 sq ft of total space and a production area of 105,000 sq ft.
The Sparta facility, established in 1982, was tesa's first manufacturing site outside of Europe. With this expansion, customers in the automotive, transportation and logistics, electronics, construction, corrugated paper, appliance, building, and printing industries can now access solvent-free adhesive tapes. This investment marks a significant step for tesa in achieving its ambitious sustainability agenda, which includes transitioning to solvent-free production in all of its facilities and using bio-based and recycled raw materials.
tesa's Sparta facility is pursuing a comprehensive strategy. In addition to solvent-free production, the site now features an expanded Product and Technology Development Lab and a Customer Solution Center where partners can collaborate with tesa to test and develop more sustainable solutions. This step aims to strengthen tesa's partnerships with customers and partners in the USA, Canada, and Mexico, offering comprehensive solutions from a single source. "This is a special day for us," said Tobias Banik, president and regional manager of tesa tape North America. "The completion of the site expansion, including the new equipment and the Customer Solution Center, represents a significant milestone for tesa, enhancing our presence in North America and our sustainability efforts. Our main work begins now, and we look forward to utilizing our new space to develop better, more sustainable products for and with our customers."
"North America is an important region for us in which we want to grow strongly,” added Dr Jörg Diesfeld, chief financial officer of tesa. Thanks to the expansion, tesa tape is adding 25 new jobs in Michigan. "To underscore this and align it with our sustainability goals, we have taken a strategic step in this direction with this major investment,” Diesfeld added. “We have the right experts on site and the necessary facilities to achieve sustainable success. The expansion is not only about strengthening our presence in North America, but also about strengthening our global footprint, emphasizing our technical development focus, and driving innovation forward.”