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Is There Room for “Green” In Tape Manufacturing?

Is There Room for “Green” In Tape Manufacturing?

Somehow, the manufacturing and disposal of adhesive-backed tapes manages to continue to stay under the “green” radar.  A product, that for the most part, is designed to be used once, discarded and then replaced with new tape is a great business model, but hardly one that recognizes the need for sustainability. There does seem to […]

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Industry’s Best Seller?  Red Tape

Industry’s Best Seller? Red Tape

News aggregators like Google News Alerts and Yahoo News are great for helping develop content for this blog. I have lots of alert words related to the adhesive-backed tape industry and get interesting news items every day. Far and away, the leader in stories returned from these searches relate to “red tape“. That got us […]

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Tape Converters “Stuck” In The Middle

Tape Converters “Stuck” In The Middle

In our ongoing discussion about tape pricing and the havoc caused by raw material costs, there is a group of companies caught between the manufacturers (companies like Shurtape) and distributors (that’s what we do). These companies are called converters and they provide the essential service of “converting” large rolls of tape called “jumbos” into tape […]

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History Rewritten-Did McGyver Invent Duct Tape?

History Rewritten-Did McGyver Invent Duct Tape?

The Spoof,  an “alternative” news source has stepped in to clear up some historical inaccuracies regarding the invention of duct tape. Not only do they straighten out the ongoing confusion between the terms “duct tape” and “duck tape”, but they provide give credit where credit is due by honoring 80’s icon McGyver by acknowledging him […]

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Ice Tape-On The Freezing Edge!

Ice Tape-On The Freezing Edge!

This new tape is  intended as a first aid item, but on a hot July day, a new product from Fieldtex Products might be just what the doctor ordered. Ice Tape is designed to cool by evaporation.  It is a “self adhering” tape that can bring immediate relief from swelling by applying directly to an […]

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Packing Tape By Any Other Name

Packing Tape By Any Other Name

Anybody know why the Chinese call carton sealing tape “Bopp Tape“? Six free rolls for the best answer.  Click here to submit your entry. Allabouttape.com is your source for information about the adhesive tape industry.  All the news about gaffers tape, safety tapes, duct tape, vinyl tapes and new developments in tape technology.  Share your […]

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Rescue Tape Goes Fishing

Rescue Tape Goes Fishing

Rescue Tape, the emergency silicone repair tape, has announced that sport fishing legend  Ronnie Kovach will be their official spokesperson. Rescue Tape will feature an appearance by Kovach at this weeks ICAST fishing expo in Las Vegas. Rescue Tape sees lots of growth opportunities in the the sports fishing industry where quick and reliable repairs […]

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Time For A Raw Material Price Check

Time For A Raw Material Price Check

This site came into being as a response to a notification for a major gaffers tape manufacturer that they would implement a “downsizing”  of the standard size of a roll of this entertainment industry staple from 60 yards to 55 yards.  This, and at least three other price increases over the last 18 months were […]

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Bifilament Tape Orders Soar-Something Must Be Burning!

Bifilament Tape Orders Soar-Something Must Be Burning!

About this time every year, we started to get mysterious calls about an extra wide version of a product we sell called bifilament tape. It is a vinyl tape reinforced with fiberglass strands and our primary customer use was as a bundling tape. When the number of calls became so steady that we could no […]

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Masking Tape Won’t Come Off?  Here’s How To Clean It Up

Masking Tape Won’t Come Off? Here’s How To Clean It Up

If you’re like me and start a project, only to forget about it as soon as a better opportunity comes along, then you’ve probably faced this problem. I’m talking about doing all the prep work on a painting job and then moving on to something else (fishing, maybe?).  It’s fine to sand and grind and […]

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