Single Loop of Duct Tape Lifts 700 Pounds

 

ShurTech Brands is the consumer and craftsman division of Shurtape Technologies. As you may have figured out from the name, the company is in the tape business in a big way.

The manufacturer has facilities all around the globe, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and China, among others. In 2017, Shurtape did an estimated $650 million in revenue and is second to 3M in consumer tape sales.

The company, which makes about 650 types of tape actually dates back to 1880 when Shuford Mills became a major manufacturer of spun yarns and cordage in the U.S. The company didn't jump into the tape business until 1955, 75 years later.

In 2016, the company sold more than 730 million square yards of tape, enough to go to the moon and back 16 times.

ShurTech recently unveiled a new product, T-Rex Brute Force tape, a patent-pending tape manufactured at its plant in Hickory, NC. The tape is reportedly so tough that you can't even tear it by hand.

The tape is made with what the company calls Forge-Link extreme tensile technology. In a recent demonstration, the company used a single loop of tape to lift 708 pounds — the steel bars fails, but the single strip of tape holds.

The tape is manufactured with a double-thick adhesive, so it can actually stick to rough and dirty surfaces, and it holds up in extreme temps up to 200°F.

ShurTech initially launched Brute Force at a limited number of Walmart stores. According to the company, it does plan to roll it out to other retailers in the near future.

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