Group Researching Markets for Pressure Sensitive Tape

Originally published by: Pressure Sensitive Tape CouncilDecember 12, 2017

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Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC). This organization has 22 regular members and 28 supplier affiliate members. This organization advocates for the use  of pressure sensitive tape in a variety of construction applications.

To better understand how the building and construction industry perceives and uses pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape for bonding applications, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) recently released the second phase of an exclusive, in-depth research report that identifies unmet bonding solution needs in building projects where PSA tape is considered.

“A key finding in our research showed that building project specifiers are more likely to use PSA tape in tandem with other bonding solutions like mechanical fasteners or liquid adhesives,” Michel Merkx, president of PSTC said. “Because of the additional benefits tape provides, such as superior barrier performance and ease and accuracy when applying, these secondary benefits may not have been originally considered during the specification process.”

According to Merkx, the research report bears out that these additional benefits can and should influence the decision-making process for specifiers focused on application performance. 73 percent of survey respondents said that these secondary benefits would make them more receptive to incorporating tape into their projects rather than thinking tape can only be used to replace other bonding methods.

“It’s not about replacement, it’s about working in concert with other options,” Merkx emphasized. “When you think about how PSA tape can impact the whole of a building project, there’s a kind of ripple effect. PSA tape provides moisture and air management, which leads to energy efficiencies and other environmentally-sound results. Our research shows that these results can have significant influence on the selection and integration of bonding solutions for construction applications in the future, suggesting that secondary benefits of PSA tape will only increase in relevancy.”

The research was launched in July and surveyed building engineers and architects who have decision-making responsibilities for the bonding solutions used in their building projects.

“This important phase of our research has helped us deepen our understanding of what is important for the building and construction industry when you have to consider the many bonding choices that are out there,” Merkx said. “We are committed to educating specifiers and sharing our knowledge about the benefits of tape usage across all building and construction applications.”

For more information about the second phase of PSTC’s research report and how PSA tape usage can benefit the building and construction industry, contact PSTC at 630-544-5048 or email

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