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tesa Introduces New Mounting Tape For Narrow Web

Charlotte, NC – Representatives from the Print & Web Processing Team of tesa tape, inc., an affiliate of tesa SE, a global leader in the manufacture and supply of pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, are pleased to introduce a highly-anticipated adhesive tape product for narrow web flexographic printing applications.  This new product – tesa® 52018 - is part of the company’s next-generation plate mounting products designed exclusively for adhering printing plates onto print cylinders within narrow web printing environments.   

As a tenured supplier to the narrow web print industry, tesa tape is once again answering the call of its customers for a high-performance plate mounting tape to aid in producing superior finely-screened print images. Based on customer need, tesa research and development engineers designed the all-new tesa® 52018, a 15-mil foam plate mounting tape designed for use with thick printing plates (.067” - .107”) on narrow diameter cylinders. 

tesa® 52018 is comprised of high-performance elements uniquely tailored for narrow web printing applications.  The product is built upon a “super-soft” closed-cell polyethylene foam that harbors high elasticity or “memory” properties, thus ensuring a constant tape thickness and consistent print results throughout the print run.  The softness level of the foam enables crisp, clean print production of fine dot patterns.  The custom-designed foam backing is coated on both sides with a specially-formulated adhesive system designed to securely adhere to both the printing plate and print cylinder upon initial contact, thus securing the printing plate onto the cylinder.  That same adhesive power is maintained throughout the entire production run.   The result – superior print quality of fine-screen print patterns!

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About tesa tape, inc.

For over a century, tesa tape has pioneered the development of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape technologies.  This rich tradition of innovation dates back to 1882 when the company's founder patented a method for manufacturing medical adhesive dressings.  With this invention came the beginning of a global enterprise dedicated to the development and promotion of advanced adhesive tape solutions.  Today, this worldwide enterprise services customers in over 100 countries around the globe and holds numerous product patents.  At tesa, it is our charter to provide our customers with service levels and applications expertise that are second to none in the industry.  With this as our goal, we stand committed to providing you with process improvement in every roll.