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Standard 66m length rolls or extra-long 150m rolls of tape on a smaller core (cost-effective and better for the environment). All tapes are 48mm wide (2 inches).

  • Acrylic: Long-lasting holding power making it ideal for long term use, low noise acrylic for a silent release
  • Hotmelt: Offers exceptional adhesion strength and flexibility
  • Solvent: Quickly forms a strong, lasting bond particularly useful in extreme temperatures, low noise solvent for a silent release
  • Vinyl/PVC: Premium tear and burst resistant tape, with high tack properties, offers great elasticity
  • Try our Envirotape calculator: click here to find out how much you could save by switching
SPECIAL OFFER:
Get a FREE tape dispenser when you order 10 boxes of any tape on this page (excluding Envirotape).

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About 48mm packaging tape:

SPECIAL OFFER:
Get a FREE tape dispenser when you order 10 boxes of any tape on this page (excluding Envirotape).


Our tape dispensers can be used with any of our standard 48mm wide x 66m long tapes (not compatible with 150m Envirotape). Get one FREE when you order 10 boxes of tape (excluding Envirotape).

Also known as '2 inch tape', 48mm packaging tape is the most widely used size of tape in the UK as it can accommodate a wide variety of sealing requirements. Perfect for sealing cartons, boxes, bags and packages it provides a secure seal for items in storage and in transit. Available in clear or brown (brown tape is also known as "buff tape").

There is more to tape than you think; we have ensured our customers have a wide variety to choose from.


Tape is identified by the following:

  • The carrier – polypropylene or PVC, this is the backing material of the tape. PVC is hand-tearable and a premium backing, whereas polypropylene requires a dispenser and is more commonly used for general purpose.
  • The adhesive – acrylic, hot melt, or Solvent, this is the part that makes it stick! Certain adhesives are better for certain atmospheres or temperatures.
  • The core size – most tapes come on a 75mm core, however our 150m long Envirotape comes on a 38mm core – to save costs and reduce environmental impact

See the full descriptions below, or watch our video guide.


Types of 48mm packaging tape:

Kite premium acrylic
  • Kite premium is our own-branded range of packaging tape. Excellent for customers looking for a high quality, economical option. These are the cheapest 66m rolls we sell as part of our standard range, providing quality product at the most competitive prices
  • Carrier: polypropylene (for use with a dispenser)
  • Adhesive: acrylic (operating temperature +15°C to +65°C)
  • Core size: 75mm
Vibac low noise acrylic
  • Pulling tape off a roll can be surprisingly noisy in a busy packing area; this tape is quiet off the roll and is a great choice when noise reduction is important. Vibac is a leading brand of tape - their low noise acrylic offering is affordable and ideal for use in busy packing areas to reduce noise
  • Carrier: polypropylene (for use with a dispenser)
  • Adhesive: acrylic (operating temperature +15°C to +65°C)
  • Core size: 75mm
Vibac hot melt
  • The best tape for sealing boxes that are to be stored or transported in environments with a low average temperature (+5°C to +15°C). Vibac is a well-recognised and trusted brand of tape.
  • Carrier: polypropylene (for use with a dispenser)
  • Adhesive: hot melt (operating temperature +15°C to +50°C)
  • Core size: 75mm
Vibac/Kite low noise solvent
  • The solvent adhesive can be used in both chilled and ambient temperatures, and is low-noise (quiet off the roll).
  • Carrier: polypropylene (for use with a dispenser)
  • Adhesive: solvent (operating temperature -20°C to +50°C)
  • Core size: 75mm
Vibac/Kite vinyl / PVC
  • Vinyl tape (also known as PVC tape) is the best tape in our range. It has less stretch and deformation, excellent adhesion, increased puncture resistance and is low noise (quiet off the roll). It can also be torn by hand, and is therefore favoured by "on the go" industries such as the removals sector. This tape ensures the highest quality to offer customers maximum performance in terms of adhesion and resilience.
  • Carrier: vinyl / PVC (can be torn by hand)
  • Adhesive: natural rubber (operating temperature -25°C to +50°C)
  • Core size: 75mm
Envirotape acrylic
  • The cheapest packaging tape we sell per metre due to being supplied on longer rolls. Our Envirotape range are extra-long 150m rolls of tape that are wound onto a smaller cardboard core than standard 66m tape. This helps to reduce costs, save transport costs and fuel emissions, free up valuable storage space, and reduce cardboard waste by 63%. Use our Envirotape Calculator to see how much you could save by switching.
  • Carrier: polypropylene (for use with a dispenser)
  • Adhesive: acrylic (operating temperature +15°C to +65°C)
  • Core size: 38mm
Envirotape hot melt
  • Cheapest hot melt tape we sell per metre, due to being supplied on longer rolls. Our Envirotape range are extra-long 150m rolls of tape that are wound onto a smaller cardboard core than standard 66m tape. This helps to reduce costs, save transport costs and fuel emissions, free up valuable storage space, and reduce cardboard waste by 63%. Use our Envirotape Calculator to see how much you could save by switching.
  • Carrier: polypropylene (for use with a dispenser)
  • Adhesive: hot melt (operating temperature +15°C to +50°C)
  • Core size: 38mm
Video: Our range of tape dispenser guns
See our range of tape dispensers and how they are loaded

Our dispensers include 48mm standard, universal, premium and 75mm standard guns. Skip to 00:39 for a demo on our 48mm standard tape gun. Skip to 01:05 for a demo on our universal tape gun. Skip to 01:30 for a demo on our premium gun. Skip to 01:55 for a demo on our standard 75mm gun.

Video: Our 48mm packaging tapes
See our range of tapes

We sell a range of 48mm packaging tapes made from different adhesives and backing material, also called the carrier. Sold in packs of 6 or 36, Kite premium acrylic is made from polypropylene and has an acrylic adhesive. A popular classic, ideal for general purpose use. Vibac low noise releases the tape with minimal noise, has an acrylic adhesive and a polypropylene carrier. Vibac hot melt is popular when working with chilled foods and in unheated workplaces. Polypropylene carrier with a hotmelt adhesive. Vibac/Kite low noise solvent is a premium quality tape, low noise and great at low/high temperatures. Made from polypropylene with a solvent, strong adhesive. Vibac/Kite vinyl tape has superior tack and works well in both low/high temperatures. Vinyl carrier, which can be torn by hand, and a natural rubber adhesive. Envirotape acrylic is a general purpose tape, it has a smaller core which reduces packaging waste at end of use. Polypropylene carrier with an acrylic adhesive. Envirotape acrylic is ideal for unheated conditions, it has a smaller core which reduces packaging waste at end of use. Polypropylene carrier with a hotmelt adhesive.

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