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Strapping & Filament Tape For Industrial Shipping

Preferred Plastics & Packaging is a nationwide supplier of industrial packing materials, which includes selling strapping and filament tape that is perfect for shipping and packaging. These tapes are heavy duty and durable and will ease all of your shipping and packaging needs. We have a great selection of both kinds of tapes, so no matter what you need, we have it covered!

For more information about our industrial shipping materials, please reach out to us today. The number for our office is 973-759-1510. When you call, we can provide you with more details regarding the shipping and packaging materials we sell. We offer a great selection of strapping tape to use for many applications within the packaging and shipping industry.

Importance of Strapping & Filament Tapes

Both strapping and filament tapes are pressure-sensitive materials that allow for bundling applications, carton closing and sealing reinforcement, unitizing packages, and properly securing products and materials during shipment.

In general, strapping tapes get made out of filaments for extra reinforcement. These tapes vary in tensile strengths and adhesive types, which includes natural rubber, synthetic rubber, modified synthetic rubber, and clean removal.

The applications of filament tape goes beyond packaging and shipping, which includes metal coil tabbing, residue-free temporary holding of components in appliances and the splicing of belting.

What Are Filament Tapes?

Filament tapes are constructed of polypropylene film that is glass-reinforced. It has an aggressive natural rubber based adhesive system. Filament tapes have a high tensile strength, which allows it to be used with additional glass fibers. The manufacturing can yield low, medium and high-grade tapes. The most common use for filament tapes is for packaging and bundling applications in the shipping industry. We carry a wide selection of filament tape to use for within the shipping and packaging industries.

What Are Strapping Tapes?

Strapping tapes have a strong tensilized polypropylene backing complete with a rubber based adhesive system. Strapping tapes allow for load shifting without the fear of it snapping or breaking. These tapes were a predecessor to stretch film due to its ability to hold together with great strength. You will find these tapes in mostly black or white. Strapping tapes are commonly used to palletize cartons. When properly applied, this tape shrinks around the cartons and holds them tightly and securely.

Strapping & Filament Tape Features

Strapping and filament tapes offer some wonderful features. Here are some of the more prominent features of these tapes.

  • They are constructed with fiberglass filaments that get embedded into the adhesive.
  • These tapes are resistant to tears, scuffing, splitting and abrasion due to high tensile strength.
  • Clean removal. Does not leave behind residue.
  • Stronger than glues and twine.
  • Affordable alternative to other more expensive industrial packaging materials.

Strapping and Filament Tape Specifications

Let's take a look at the specifications for strapping and filament tapes.

  • The overall tensile strengths of strapping and filament tapes range from 100 lbs to 600 lbs per inch of width.
  • Cotton or synthetic filaments can be used in the manufacturing process for filament tape.
  • The backing for filament tape can be made from clear plastic or brown paper. The filaments typically run lengthwise down the tape, which gives it its strength.
  • You can find strapping tapes without embedded filaments. This type of strapping tape is a heavy-duty kind of tape, with the same intended use as filament tapes.
  • Strapping tapes without the filaments can be stretched without breaking, while still returning to its original shape and size to securely hold its loads.

Industries That Use Strapping Tapes

Strapping tapes get used for all sorts of industries and applications that go beyond the shipping and packaging purposes. Here are the most notable industries outside industrial shipping and packaging requirements.

  • Food and beverage
  • Electronics, toys, sporting goods
  • Appliances, furniture
  • Automotive parts
  • Oil and gas, pipe and conduits
  • Metal working, general manufacturing

Backing Options for Strapping and Filament Tapes

Glass or Fiberglass Backing

Tape and film products are reinforced with fiberglass, fiberglass composite material, or a glass layer.

Filament Backing

Filament is typically referred to as strapping tape. The filament tape draws its strength from thousands of individual filaments that are woven into yarns that are embedded in adhesive on the tape's backing.

Fluoropolymer Backing

When you need excellent chemical resistance, good dielectric properties, and water and stain repellent characteristics, the use fluoropolymer coatings is applied.

Paper Backing

Paper tape or flat-back tape products use a paper backing.

PET (Polyethylene) & Polyester Backing

These are tapes that use a PET or polyester backing in the form of a tape, laminate or film.

Plastic Backing

Oftentimes plastic products will incorporate one or more plastic layers. Or consist of plastic film or sheets. This film is either clear or colored, printed or plain, single-layered or multilayered. And it combines with materials, like paper and aluminum.

Adhesive Options for Strapping and Filament Tapes


Non-adhesive tapes, laminates or films do not have an applied adhesive. However, they may still be self-adhering.


Acrylic adhesives offer excellent environmental resistance and faster setting times compared to other resin systems.

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Pressure sensitive adhesives, or contact adhesives, are permanently tacky at room temperature in dry form. These tapes do not need water, solvent or heat activation in order to exert a strong bond on materials, like paper, plastic, wood, glass, metal, and cement.


All rubber-based adhesives provide flexible bonds.