In 1956, for the first time, tesa introduced acrylate adhesives. They have a wealth of properties that allow for top performance: acrylate adhesive tape is especially resistant to sunshine (UV), wind and weather, solvents and pluisticizers. At tesa, acrylic adhesives are industrially produced by polymerization, otherwise known as a customized formulation. Adhesive properties of acrylic can be adjusted and precisely controlled by manipulating the selection of monomers used in the formulation, as well as the polymerization process.
In contradiction to natural rubber and synthetic rubber adhesives, acrylic adhesives are tacky by nature. Acrylic adhesives have long polymer chains that are cross-linked. This cross-linking feature catapults acrylic adhesives into a much higher performance category than both natural rubber and synthetic rubber adhesives. To create acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives with increased immediate peel adhesion or reduced dwell time, tackifier resins are often added to the acrylic polymer. The addition of resins, however, will change the cohesiveness of the acrylic adhesive.