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A Focus on Strapping: Steel, PET, and Paper - Choosing the Right Material for Your Packaging Needs

A Focus on Strapping - Steel, PET, and Paper - Choosing the Right Material for Your Packaging Needs

When it comes to securing your packages for transit or storage, choosing the right strapping material is crucial. With multiple options and strapping profiles to consider, buying right can be the key to driving increased profitability and better customer service. To help you achieve this, we'll explore three primary types of strapping materials: steel, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and paper, exploring their unique applications and outlining the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Strapping: Key Materials and Applications

Steel Strapping

.    Oscillation-Wound StrappingRibbon-Wound Strapping

Steel Strapping typically comes in two variations: oscillation-wound and ribbon-wound. Oscillation-wound steel strapping is characterised by its flexibility, making it ideal for irregularly shaped loads. Its high tensile strength ensures it can securely hold even the heaviest loads during transit. Ribbon-wound steel strapping, on the other hand, offers smooth dispensing and is perfect for automated packaging lines. Its exceptional break strength makes it suitable for heavy-duty applications.


  • Securing heavy machinery and equipment for shipping.
  • Bundling metal rods, pipes, or sheets.
  • Sealing crates containing sharp or abrasive materials.

Taurex Steel Strapping - Oscillation Wound

Taurex Steel Strapping - Ribbon Wound

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Strapping

Tenso Polypropylene Hand Strapping  Tenso Polypropylene Machine Strapping

Polypropylene hand strapping and machine strapping provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative to steel strapping. PET strapping is known for its high tensile strength, UV resistance, and flexibility. It is an excellent choice for securing a wide range of loads, including those with sharp edges.


  • Securing pallet loads for transportation.
  • Bundling cardboard boxes or paper products.
  • Strapping fragile or sensitive materials like glass or ceramics.

Tenso Polypropylene Hand Strapping

Tenso Polypropylene Machine Strapping

Polyester Strapping

Tornado Extruded Polyester Strapping.  Woven Polyester Strapping

For those seeking lightweight strapping alternatives, extruded polyester strapping and woven polyester strapping are the ideal solutions. These easy-to-apply options are incredibly durable while being highly flexible. Tornado Extruded Polyester Strapping is resistant to moisture and UV rays, making it suitable for outdoor applications. Woven polyester strapping is known for its flexibility and is ideal for bundling and reinforcing loads.


  • Packaging products in the food and beverage industry.
  • Securing construction materials.
  • Strapping sensitive electronic equipment.

Tornado Extruded Polyester Strapping

Woven Polyester Strapping

Ecostrap™ Semi-Auto Paper Strapping

Ecostrap Paper Strapping

FSC®-certified and easy to recycle, Ecostrap™ Paper Strapping is an eco-conscious choice for those looking to reduce their environmental impact. Made from sustainable materials, this strapping option is biodegradable, making it an excellent choice for companies prioritising sustainability in their packaging practices, with a 55 kg breaking strain providing versatility and performance in a range of applications. 

Ecostrap™ Semi-Auto Paper Strapping

Comparing and Contrasting Strapping Materials

Steel Strapping

  • Benefits: High tensile strength, ideal for heavy loads, durable.
  • Drawbacks: Non-biodegradable, may corrode in certain environments.

PET Strapping

  • Benefits: High tensile strength, UV resistant, cost-effective.
  • Drawbacks: Not suitable for extremely heavy loads.

Paper Strapping

  • Benefits: Environmentally friendly, biodegradable, flexible.
  • Drawbacks: May not be suitable for very heavy loads.

Choosing the right strapping material is a critical decision in ensuring your packages reach their destination safely. Allpack's diverse range of strapping options caters to various needs, whether you prioritise strength, sustainability, or cost-effectiveness. To explore further details on how we can assist you in elevating your packaging sustainability and diminishing your environmental impact, we encourage you to reach out to us today. You can easily get in touch by sending us a message or emailing us at We’re on hand to guide you on your path towards a more sustainable future.