A Better Understanding of Straps

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closeup detail of freight parcel with strapWhen it comes to transporting goods, quality and safety are always a priority. As such, businesses invest in proper packaging and tools to make sure their products reach their clients in good shape. But packing is not as easy as it seems. It requires the right materials in order to secure and protect your goods properly.

Straps play a big part in packaging and shipping the products. These are made mostly of three different types of materials and serve different functions.


Polyester (PET) strapping materials are known to be as durable as steel, but lighter and cheaper. Because they are made of plastic, PET strapping is resistant to rust, making them a common choice for businesses. Despite being one of the most rigid materials, PET is known to have the highest retained tension of all the plastic strapping types available. It also comes in different colours, which can help distinguish one product from the others easily.


This type of strap is likewise made of plastic. Whilst it is not as durable as PET strapping, polypropylene is the best choice for strapping lightweight cases, parcels and bundles. It has long elongation and return, but has low tension retention. Polypropylene straps can be sealed using hand tools or machine and are among the cheapest strapping materials available on the market.


The most durable of all the strapping materials available, steel strapping is more expensive than its plastic counterparts. Steel straps are often the ideal choice for shipments that will be under extreme weather conditions, huge loads, as well as those needing extra support. It likewise comes in different types, as well as stainless, high tensile and galvanised finish.

The materials used for strapping have gone a long way and will continue to grow in the coming years. Talk to a strap supplier to learn more about your options.

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