Dr Marco Balbo Block

Senior project leader in R&D, Business unit Automotive

tesa SE


Marco Balbo Block holds a PhD (doctor degree) in Chemistry. After 6 years experiences in polyurethane industry, he worked the last 10 years at tesa SE, being many years head of automotive application engineering, in-between lab manager for product development, and nowadays he is senior project leader in R&D with focus on sustainability and sustainable products at tesa Automotive.

Presentation Abstract

Sustainable adhesive patches for automotive hole sealing

The automotive industry experiences a strong rise in demand of sustainable bonding and sealing solutions. Adhesive tapes have high potential to serve this demand. All components of adhesive tapes like backing, adhesive layer and release liner have possibilities for sustainability improvements and will be evaluated: the technical feasibilities for several recycled plastics and biobased materials will be shown and the current availability of suitable sustainable materials in the global market discussed. As an example application, hole covering in automotive production with an automated tape application will be introduced. Here, adhesive tapes contribute to weight reduction, and the further potential of using sustainable materials and solvent-free coating processes will be shown. With a holistic approach, adhesive tapes with more than 77% sustainable content are possible by combining recycled and biobased materials without compromising performance compared to comparable conventional adhesive tapes for this application.


Co-authors: Benjamin Brummer

Presentation Time

Breakout VI: Realising energy efficiency

Thursday, 15 September 2022, 16:30 - 17:00

FEICA Conference