The origin and development of adhesive tape

by:Yourijiu     2021-08-08
Adhesive tape is a very common consumable in our daily life, but you should never think who invented the tape? Let's take a look at the origin of the tape.

(1) Inventor and origin of tape

It is said that he was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and his name is Richard Drew who invented scotch tape. He is also the inventor of masking tape and cellophane tape. He has worked for Johnson u0026 Johnson, Permacel Co and 3M successively.

Then why did Richard Drew think of inventing tape, because when Richard joined 3M in 1920, it was in the middle of the sandpaper process. One day, when Richard was okay, he slid into a car shop. I saw that they were testing a sandpaper called Wetordry (waterproof emery cloth). Richard is very curious. Because in the 19th century and 1920s in the United States, a two-color automotive spray was very popular, but it was difficult to control. After joining 3M, Richard spent 3 years in the laboratory to develop the first masking tape! (adhesive tape).

Adhesive tapes can be divided into high-temperature tapes, double-sided tapes, insulating tapes, special tapes, pressure-sensitive tapes, and die-cut tapes according to their functions. Different functions are suitable for different industry needs. A layer of adhesive is applied to the surface of the tape to make the tape stick to the object.

Adhesive tape is composed of two parts: a substrate and an adhesive, which connect two or more unconnected objects together by bonding. A layer of adhesive is coated on the surface. The earliest adhesives came from animals and plants. In the nineteenth century, rubber was the main component of adhesives; in modern times, various polymers are widely used. Adhesives can stick things because their molecules and the molecules of the objects to be connected form bonds, which can firmly bond the molecules together. The composition of the adhesive varies according to different brands and types, and there are various polymers.

(2) The use and development prospects of adhesive tape in China

At present, the application range of adhesive tape is quite wide across the country. Although the total production volume of adhesive tape continues to increase, the market The potential is very large. It can be said that all products packed in cartons, office appliances of enterprises and institutions, and household daily necessities basically need to use tape. In particular, the demand for online shopping is increasing year by year. People's shopping habits are moving from physical store consumption to online consumption. Clothing, daily chemicals, furniture, large and small home appliances, and fresh food all need tape. The relationship between supply and demand is obvious. . According to incomplete statistics, the number of tape consumed in my country in 2016 was about 17 billion meters. This amount of data is very terrible. Of course, we do not advocate excessive packaging of goods to form waste, which leads to environmental pollution. Now as time goes by, the tape sales market is gestating huge business opportunities. The tape industry is a big cake. Whoever wins first will have a bigger cake.

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