History Of Adhesive Tapes

History Of Adhesive Tapes

The adhesive tape has become so ubiquitous today that it's difficult to imagine life without it. You won't find a home today that hasn't at least one roll of some kind of self-adhesive or packaging or carton-sealing tape. And outside the home, it's used in practically every sphere of human activity, from automobiles to aviation, graphic design to medicine. Self-adhesive tape was first invented in 1925 by a 3M engineer, Richard Drew, in Minnesota, USA. Drew used to frequent auto garages to test the company's sandpaper, and found that mechanics found it difficult to separate two colours while doing paint jobs on cars.

He then devised masking tape a paper strip backed by a light pressure-sensitive adhesive so that painters could use them to keep the colours separate. This was the forerunner of the Scotch Brand Cellulose tape, which was introduced in 1930. The waterproof transparent tape was made from oils, resins and rubber, and had a coated cellophane backing. Needless to say, it was a big hit. People found hundreds of uses for it, from sealing envelopes to plugging leaky pipes. Today it's so popular that there's no corner of the globe - however remote - whereyou won't find self-adhesive tapes and carton-sealing tapes.

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