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3F is a developer and manufacturer of high-quality, technical adhesive tapes. Since 1995, we have been supplying numerous industries at home and abroad and are the first point of contact for our customers on topics relating to adhesive bonding technology.

One of our most important competencies: Together with you, we develop the perfect adhesive tape solutions for your applications. In close, constructive cooperation with our customers, we have already realized many projects and innovative product developments. 

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Milestones

Our young company history is characterized in particular by constant growth, technical progress and close cooperation as a staff and with our business partners. We look back on countless innovations and positive changes and are ideally positioned for new goals and challenges. Take a look at our key milestones:

Foundation of 3F GmbH with first headquarters in Schorndorf near Stuttgart, Germany. The management and one employee start the operation with two coating lines as well as two converting lines.

3F Germany, first company headquarters in Schorndorf, 1995

Opening of the new location in Plüderhausen, Germany, which remains the company’s headquarters to this day. After rapid growth in the first few years, the production area in particular needs to be expanded. 

Aerial view 3F Plüderhausen, company premises 1998

Foundation of 3F North America Inc. located in Newberry, South Carolina. The company takes over the US distribution as well as the converting of adhesive tapes for the US market.

3F North America, former company building in Newberry, 2004

Completion of the new administration & management building in Plüderhausen. The three-story building has modern, spacious facilities and ample room for further growth.

Administration building in Plüderhausen, 2009

Relocation of 3F North America Inc. from Newberry, South Carolina to Charlotte, North Carolina. The new location offers a multiple of the previous production and administration area, so that both areas can be further expanded over the following years.

3F North America, company building in Charlotte, 2012

Construction and completion of a new production hall in Plüderhausen. The more than 3,200 m² area will be used for finished-goods packaging, additional converting lines and further storage space.

Production hall in Plüderhausen, 2016

Around 150 energetic employees in Germany and the USA, in the usual close cooperation with our customers and suppliers, are ensuring a very strong fiscal year, the dynamic of which will continue in 2021. 

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Your partner for adhesive tapes and coatings

We maintain excellent and long-standing partnerships with our customers. We have grown together with numerous companies and have constantly expanded our adhesive tape solutions through joint and in-house developments.

Are you looking for a reliable new or further partner in the field of adhesive bonding technology? Feel free to contact uswith 3F you make an excellent choice.

3F Entrance area administration building Germany

Your advantages:

  • Many years of experience in the field of bonding technology
  • Possibility to develop application-specific tape solutions
  • Reliability, fairness and expert advice
Development of adhesives for adhesive tapes

Research & Development

Experienced adhesive specialists, chemists and application engineers make up our Research & Development team. Their outstanding work is one of the key areas of our service, because in cooperation with our customers we develop specific adhesive tape solutions, precisely tailored to the application in question.

In doing so, we attach great importance to the use of innovative raw materials and also continuously improve the nature of existing products.

We have numerous testing capabilities, including analytical methods for investigating the long-term behavior of pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Testing the shear force of adhesive tapes
Testing the adhesive strength of adhesive tapes

Your advantages:

  • Individual product developments for your applications
  • Wide range of proven, innovative high-performance adhesives
  • Extensive test methods and long-term analyses

Coating & Converting

Our manufacturing capabilities are advanced and broad. We produce solvent-free polyacrylate- and hotmelt-based adhesive tapes in various formats and grammages on several coating lines.

Long-standing, experienced machine operators ensure coating results of the usual outstanding quality.

Large coating line for adhesive tapes
Adhesive tape converting cut rolls. Sealing tapes for pitched roofs and facades.

We are just as broadly positioned in the field of converting. We produce cut rolls from a width of only 5 mm, long rolls with several hundred meters, cross-wound spools with up to 12,000 running meters, adhesive tapes with finger lift on one or both sides or slotted release liner.

Modern converting lines ensure high processing speeds and cleanly finished products.

We are constantly expanding our machine park – in order to expand capacities, renew technologies or be able to produce new types of adhesive tape.

The constant modernization of our production facilities has a beneficial effect on our delivery times, adhesive tape quality and pricing, so you can rely on excellent products and a fair, cooperative partnership.

Production of cross-wound spools from double-sided PE foam
Adhesive tape converting long rolls

Your advantages:

  • Numerous coating options based on different adhesives
  • Production of all types of adhesive tapes
  • Modern production facilities for highest product quality and fair pricing

Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is a common standard that defines our minimum requirements for quality management and has been applied in our company for many years. On the basis of this standard we allow ourselves to be stimulated to numerous and constant optimisation measures and promote the quality awareness of the many specialists in our company.

In addition, we pursue a number of quality assurance measures that go beyond the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001. In this way we guarantee a high degree of conscientiousness in our processes and the highest quality of our adhesive tape products.

ISO 9001 certificate
3F GmbH QM Certificate ISO 9001
Code of Conduct of 3F GmbH

Code of Conduct

In our Code of Conduct, the existing principles of conduct at 3F GmbH are summarized and laid down. They underline our values: Quality, Integrity and Responsibility.

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to manifest and communicate the principles of conduct to all who work with and for us. It is a guideline for all employees including the management for their daily actions and represents a promise to our customers, our business partners and the public on which everyone can rely.

Code of Conduct

Company locations

With 16,000 m² of production area, our headquarters in Plüderhausen near Stuttgart, Germany offers sufficient space for the development, manufacturing and converting of adhesive tapes. The production and administration areas have been expanded again and again – most recently at the beginning of 2016 with the construction of a further production hall.

3F North America moved into its corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012. Since then, manufacturing and administration have been continuously expanded and the expansion on the North American market has been pushed further.

3F GmbH
Plüderhausen, Germany

  • Since 1998 headquarters of 3F GmbH
  • Administration, development and production with various coating and converting lines
  • Storage areas for raw materials and finished goods
  • Directly at the federal highway 29 (B29); only 40 min away from Stuttgart airport

3F North America Inc.
Charlotte, NC, USA

  • Since 2012, location of 3F North America Inc. 
  • Production with various converting lines and large storage areas
  • Sales and Technical Support teams
  • Just off Interstate 85; only 10 min away from Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Environmental Protection &
Sustainability

As a responsible company, we also focus on ecological aspects in the context of our economic goals, which significantly influences our actions. Economic considerations do not lead to compromises in environmental protection. This applies to our manufacturing processes as well as to our products.

Our adhesives are all solvent-free – a basic requirement for environmentally compatible, sustainable manufacturing processes. In addition, the vast majority of our adhesives are characterized by particularly low VOC values (Volatile Organic Compounds) and can therefore be used in all interior environments without hesitation. Product certifications such as EMICODE® are additional confirmation of the outstanding compatibility of our products.

Regular inspections of our raw materials and REACH conformity checks confirm the harmlessness of all product components we process. In this way, we ensure our customers carefree use of our adhesive tapes and coatings from an ecological point of view.

What are your tape needs?

Do you need adhesive tape solutions for special applications? Are you looking for a reliable, qualified adhesive tape supplier?

Contact us – we will be happy to advise you on all aspects of adhesive bonding technology.

Contact 3F