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May 1, 2011
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tesa tape is the official adhesive tape supplier to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Team.

Tapes are used on sleds and other equipment to improve aerodynamic flow. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.)

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

Late last year, tesa tape, inc. was named an official supplier to the U.S. Bobsled/Skeleton Federation Team. As the team’s only official adhesive tape supplier, tesa tape provides highly specialized adhesive tapes to optimize the team’s equipment.

“tesa tape is an integral part of our sleds, as it holds the padding to the pod of the sled and helps the aerodynamic flow around the sled,” said Tuffy Latour, U.S. skeleton head coach. “Our athletes also use tesa tape on helmets and any open areas to cut down on aerodynamic drag, which can help us gain valuable hundredths of a second to get onto the podium. The adhesion of this tape is second to none and is the world leader in adhesive tapes.”

The team uses tesa® 4651, a high-quality acrylic coated cloth tape. It is based on a 148-mesh woven rayon fabric backing and a natural rubber adhesive. Features include high adhesion (even on rough surfaces), excellent tensile strength and straight tear edges (longitudinal and horizontal). Easy to write on and conformable, the tape is available in eight colors (black, white, gray, yellow, blue, red, green, and brown).

According to the company, tesa® 4651 is a very strong cloth tape that can be used for almost any application, including:
  • Bundling and reinforcing heavy pipes, profiles, etc.
  • Covering bore holes and other openings
  • Marking wires and cables
  • Labeling and color coding
  • Floor marking
  • Airtight and permanent pipe sealing
  • Securing sharp edges
  • Fixing and insulating wires
  • Sealing tins and tubes
“As a world-class pressure-sensitive adhesive tape manufacturer, we are pleased to support the world-class athletics program of the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation,” said Daniel Germain, North American regional president for tesa tape.

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the U.S. For more information, visit

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. Today, the company services customers in over 100 countries around the globe and holds numerous product patents. In North America, tesa markets many diverse product lines, including double-sided fastening tapes, masking tapes and associated products, packaging tapes, duct and cloth tapes, and many specialty tape products. Visit for additional details.


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