tesa SE Appoints Tobias Banik as Plant Manager of tesa Plant Sparta, LLC

SPARTA, Mich. – February 20, 2018 – tesa SE announces the appointment of Tobias Banik as the plant manager of tesa Plant Sparta, LLC based in Michigan. This appointment is effective March 1, 2018. In his new role, Banik will manage the plant’s operations and oversee 75 employees. Previously, Banik served as the head of production at tesa Plant Hamburg in Germany. Banik will report to Brad Boelkins, director of operations for tesa tape in North America.

“We are excited to welcome Tobias to our team and the United States,” said Paul Sullivan, president and regional manager of tesa tape in North America. "Currently, we’ve invested more than $20 million in expanding our Sparta plant with modern, environmentally-friendly production technologies. Tobias' extensive experience in manufacturing, new product development, and resource planning will be a strong asset and help us to optimally support our customers, especially in the automotive industry, with future-oriented products."

With eight years of experience within tesa, Banik has served in a variety of engineer and production management positions. Banik was essential in the development and manufacturing of tesa’s premier ACXplus line. Banik will succeed Dr. Kai Filbrandt, who served as the plant manager in Sparta for four years. Filbrandt has been appointed the head of production at tesa Plant Hamburg.

tesa Plant Sparta manufactures tensilized polypropylene strapping tapes as wells as environmentally-friendly, water-based acrylic adhesives.

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About tesa SE
tesa SE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technical adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions (more than 7,000 products) for industrial and trade customers as well as end consumers. tesa SE (4,100 employees) has been a fully owned subsidiary of Beiersdorf AG since 2001 (including NIVEA, Eucerin, la prairie). Applications for various industrial sectors – such as the automotive industry, the electronics sector (e.g. smartphones, tablets), printing and paper, building supply, and security concepts for effective brand and product protection – account for about 76% of the tesa Group’s sales (2016: €1,146.00 million). tesa also partners with the pharmaceuticals industry to develop medicated patches. tesa earns 24% of its sales in the consumer and craftsmen segment, where 300 products for end consumers make working in the home and the office easier.