A Guide to Packing Tape: Introduction

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There are some items we sell where it’s perfectly understandable that a newcomer to the world of packaging materials might struggle a bit. Heat sealers, for example, or plastic strapping. But surely, one would think, packing tape is packing tape? You unroll it, attach it to the lid of your cardboard box and it holds it down. Job done!

Well, yes and no…

Because when you take a few minutes to wander round the Tapes and Dispensers section of our website, you could find that it’s a little more confusing than you might have been expecting.


Sticky decisions

At first glance, the straightforward, low cost solution would appear to be polypropylene parcel tape, and in many cases it is. But even that’s not the end of it because, once you’ve got that far, you need to work out the relative advantages and disadvantages of acrylic, hot melt and solvent tape. Is it worth paying that little bit extra to buy branded products, like Vibac and Scotch tape? And why would anyone not choose low noise tape if there was an option?

And, of course, polypropylene isn’t always the right choice, otherwise that would be the only tape on offer. So in what circumstances is vinyl, gummed, or even glass reinforced filament packaging tape a better route to follow?

And is there really any practical difference between the clear and brown packing tape?*


There are more questions than answers (so far!)

Over on our Google+ page, I shall try to answer all the questions I’ve raised above, so that anyone tasked with sourcing packing tape for the first time will hopefully be able to make a fully informed decision. And once you’ve got your head round all that, I might even throw a few more irons into the fire. Like tape dispensers; we have almost twenty on offer, so how do you choose without just closing your eyes and picking one at random? And how about printed tape to make sure everyone knows that your contents are fragile; or even custom tape, printed with your company logo? Are they cost effective possibilities or luxury packaging solutions only for businesses with money to burn?

I’ll even describe some of the other tapes we do, not generally good for sealing cartons, but each with very particular and practical applications around the workplace – duct tape and masking tape, for example.

The first part, though – already posted and ready for you to peruse! – takes a look at branded tape, ie that made by household names such as 3M Scotch, to see if it’s worth the extra money.


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Remy Courtois

Remy has been a contributing author since late 2011, when he arrived at Davpack from a major packaging competitor. Originally a product buyer with many years of specialist knowledge in the fields of custom cardboard boxes and corrugated products, Remy now combines his purchasing and literary skills to maximum effect in our marketing team as a content writer. Born to French and British parents in Nottingham, Remy had a bilingual upbringing and has lived for the past twelve years just South of Paris. He presently commutes twice a month to France but is in the process of re-locating to his birthplace. Davpack

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2 Comments to A Guide to Packing Tape: Introduction

  1. i am not in the packaging business but my wife sends boxes to her family in the Philippines about twice a years and struggles with the taping. We have several rolls of 2″ (48mm) wide normal cello tape (transparent) with the roll internal diameter of 50mm I think you call it ‘core size’? We would like a hand held tape dispenser for this 50mm diameter (core)size and also brown tape of the same core (diameter) size. this dia or core size is rarely mentioned in ads of tape/guns /dispensers but your ad seems to do so? please confirm. I want to order 12 rolls of brown tame 48mm (2″) wide with roll diameter (core) of 50mm plus a gun dispenser.

    • Ellie says:

      Hi Derek, thanks for your comment. You can review our range of tape dispensers here, however if you are unsure of anything or would like further information please speak to one of our packaging experts on the live chat feature, or call us on 01332 821200!

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