International manufacturer of adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions tesa SE is launching various flame-retardant adhesive tapes. The new tape — tesa flameXtinct — is already used successfully in the construction industry and is now available for the transport and passenger industries, and others.
The key features: in the event of a fire, these new adhesive tapes self-extinguish after a short time and are completely halogen-free.
Passive fire protection
To guarantee public health and property protection, fire protection regulations are of particular importance in many sectors — including aviation, rail transport, shipping, and logistics. These regulations set precise standards for manufacturing processes and all integrated materials, such as adhesive tapes, used in sophisticated assembly applications of various components.
The use of flame retardants is an essential part of the fire safety standard because they can delay or reduce the spread of fire.
The new tesa flameXtinct was developed including targeted fire-protection properties. The tapes meet all current requirements according to UL94 & FMVSS 302, self-extinguishing after a short time. This means that in the event of a fire, less toxic smoke is produced, which is the main source of health hazards in fires.
Also, by not using halogenated flame retardants, tesa is fully in line with international guidelines that are increasingly limiting the use of flame retardants containing bromine or chlorine.
The tesa flameXtinct products currently available include a fleece and film carrier, PE foam adhesive tape, or an acrylate core adhesive tape in various thicknesses. The assortment is ideal for mounting lightweight elements or permanently bonding components such as mirrors or strips.
With its flame-retardant properties, tesa flameXtinct is a safe solution for a great variety of sectors and industries where fire protection plays an important role.
“Our goal was to bring a strongly adhesive, flame-retardant and halogen-free adhesive tape onto the market that may be used across all industries,” said Andreas Walkembach, Head of Industrial Trade & Converting at tesa. “During the development process, we soon realized that tesa flameXtinct is an innovative solution for significantly improving fire protection, especially for applications in aviation, on ships, in commercial and special vehicles or in rail transport.”
The global launch of the assortment was preceded by intensive development work. Teams from different areas worked together at tesa in an agile project and evaluated approximately 150 adhesive recipes, one of which proved to be the most effective.
Today, the portfolio includes seven adhesive tapes in different thicknesses and structures in proven tesa quality, modified to feature the new, flame-retardant properties.
“The products were extensively tested by our development team and comply with all important regulations. The feedback from our first customer talks is consistently positive,” added Walkembach. “We are confident that on the market the assortment will catch on.”
- Certified according to UL 94 & FMVSS 302
- Halogen-free (REACH and ROHS compliance guaranteed)
- Available as fleece and foil backing, PE foam adhesive tape or as acrylic core adhesive tape
- Excellent adhesion to a variety of surfaces
- Elevated adaptation and damping properties
The product assortment will soon be expanded. “We are currently working on adding further innovative products to the series. The feedback from our partners and customers is particularly important to us in order to further develop the tesa flameXtinct assortment together with them and make it even better,” said Walkembach.