• tesa sees rise in glass partitions as open plan loses favour

        • For some time, open plan workspaces have been considered as ideal an environment, but recent trends suggest companies are seeing better productivity when this is scaled back. It is not surprising then that the popularity of glass partitions is on the rise. 

          Glass solutions, such as frosted walls and doors, are not a new concept but are being used more and more to strike the balance between a modern, light and open office whilst still providing separation and acoustic boundaries when required. Furthermore, those conscious of the environment have identified glass as a contributor to reducing energy bills by increasing natural light and restricting artificial lighting. The design world also regularly signifies the positive impact this has on employee wellbeing and productivity.

          An industrial look with chunky frames is a popular style currently, but offices can be creative with frameless, faceted or even curved panels where suitable. Flexibility may not be the first word that normally springs to mind when glass is mentioned, but with the right tools, it is possible to create anything from an individual room to an entire partitioned floor.

          The shift away from the open-plan office in future refurbishments has been championed by some industry leaders for years, including Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business. He previously shared acoustic research during a TED talk that indicated employees are “66 per cent less productive” if working in an open-plan environment.

          tesa’s ACX is often used in the build of glass partitioned office structures. As well as delivering an aesthetically pleasing finish, the tape is ideally suited to rigid substrates and glass, and due to its unique viscoelasticity, absorbs any frictions and stresses in construction.

          Compared to a conventional process with primer, tesa ACX ensures a highly secure bond whilst enabling higher application speed. Companies that embrace this innovative approach can expect a cleaner and easier process that allows the combination of materials in the production process improves aesthetics due to the invisible bond does not damage surfaces reducing the risk of corrosion and can also act as a water seal.

          tesa has focused on making a wide range of its products more environmentally friendly in recent times with the help of energy-efficient, solvent-free manufacturing processes. The company has continued converting many double-sided acrylic adhesive tapes to its unique ACX technology as 50 per cent fewer solvents and energy is used in the manufacturing process compared to conventional production processes.

          Neil Walker, Key Account Manager, tesa UK said, “it is important when design trends emerge that high-quality solutions are found to ensure environments look their best but also remain practical. Tapes are now used for Banded Glazing and Glass to Glass Applications offering an inert and clean assembly of Interior Systems.”

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