Essentra Introduces Tapes for Hard-to-Stick UV Coated Material

2015.0817.ProdIntro.Essentra Specialty TapesEssentra Specialty Tapes introduces several double-sided tapes which, among other beneficial properties, will adhere well to UV coated material, such as boxes, cartons, posters, P.O.P. displays, lightweight forms, easels, shelf tabs, wobblers, danglers, and many other printed materials.

Tape adhesives typically have poor or no adhesion quality when applied to UV coated material.  To get around this issue, printers have had to block out or use spot coating applications to keep areas intended for the application of tapes free of UV coating.  However, these “work-arounds” create additional expense for the printer and the customer.  They complicate the process and can create problems which lead to defective work.  Andrew Ford, Director of Sales, describes a case example: “A printer for one of our customers forgot to block out areas on the customer’s UV coated cell phone cartons.  After the entire job was run, reworking the printed carton material was no longer an option, and the entire order would have had to be scrapped.  However, when the customer discovered that our unique Essentra tapes will work on these defective packages, they were able to save the production run.”  Such problems are typical for many printers and assemblers of packaging or displays.

Essentra Specialty Tapes has formulated special adhesives with UV inhibitors to manufacture tapes with strong adhesion to UV coated material.  Essentra designed several unique tape families using this special adhesive to accommodate varying needs.  There are two families of Essentra tapes with these adhesion characteristics:

Duraco Red

A specially modified acrylic adhesive produces a permanent and strong bond for this new versatile double-sided clear film tape.  High performance Duraco Red tape was designed for hard-to-stick applications, such as UV coatings, with a strong plasticizer resistance.  Its release liner and permanent tape are both transparent, allowing the user to accurately position the tape while applying it to a surface with graphics or text underneath.  Once the red liner is removed, the graphics will show clearly through the remaining tape.  The adhesive will not yellow.  It minimizes any hazy appearance and maintains the aesthetic value and readability of the underlying graphics or text.  And, of course, Duraco Red is ideally suited for use with UV coated material.  It is available in pre-cut pieces on a roll, varying from 1,000 to 7,500 pieces per roll.  Duraco Red is also available in continuous standard rolls of 180 ft. and continuous long rolls of 750 ft., the longest rolls available in the industry.

2811 Tissue Tape

A specially modified hot melt rubber-based adhesive creates a high performance adhesion that is characteristic of this family of tissue tapes, and is ideally suited for application on difficult surfaces and materials that are lightweight.  2811 Tissue Tapes are also user-friendly “finger-lift” tapes, which feature a release liner with a dry edge on both sides that extends beyond the width of the adhesive strip.  The extra width (dry edge) allows the liner to be removed more quickly and easily, as compared to flush-edge liners, where the liner and adhesive are the same width.  2811 Tissue Tapes are available in short rolls of 216 ft. or standard rolls of 2,000 ft.  The continuous rolls can be used with automated inline production equipment.

For any printer or assembler using UV coated paper or paperboard, these tape products are ideal solutions to the routine problems associated with these hard-to-stick surfaces.  No other specialty tape manufacturer provides as many solutions for this application as Essentra Specialty Tapes.

For more information about each specialty tape, please visit:

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Free tape samples can be ordered from the part number tables for each tape family.

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About Essentra Specialty Tapes, Inc.

Essentra Specialty Tapes offers a wide selection of uniquely functional tapes required by a wide range of end-markets, such as: Point of Purchase displays, to effectively merchandise store products in retail establishments; by appliances, to make them water-tight and quiet; in buildings, to reinforce structural or design elements; in schools and museums, to provide permanent and temporary fastening solutions for changing needs; for sealing envelopes and securing package contents prior to shipping; and for many more customer requirements.

Products include foam tapes, transfer tapes, hook and loop fasteners, film and laminating tapes, high bond tapes, weather stripping, bumpers and magnetic tapes, among others. All products are available in stock, with the company also able to accommodate custom orders.  The company has almost 70 years of design and manufacturing expertise that ensures dependable product performance and unmatched service.  The company’s express distribution locations are positioned to provide customers fast, local and convenience service.

About Essentra plc

Essentra plc is a FTSE 250 company and a leading global provider of high volume, essential components and solutions, which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies.  Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Essentra’s global network extends to 33 countries and includes c. 9,000 employees, 69 principal manufacturing facilities, 64 sales and distribution operations and 5 Research and Development centers.  For further information, please visit