Welcome to ABI Tape EMEA

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American Biltrite International (ABI) Tape Division is one of the three ABI divisions. ABI Tape EMEA is part of that tape division and is located in Ronse, Belgium, from which we service Europe, Middle East, Western Asia and Africa.

ABI Tape manufactures over 200 different specialty pressure sensitive tapes. Our role within the division is to warehouse, convert and distribute in EMEA.

However, we don’t just sell tape. Together with our customers / partners we find the right solution for your specific challenge. Our expertise is on tape applications such as: protective, transfer, sealing, high temperature, masking, insulation and thermal management.

The additional value add is to integrate the tape application into your production process. This requires trust and patience but is usually rewarded with the best solution.

Our history

1890
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Ronse, the original and current location of ABI Tape EMEA, was once the second largest textile centres of Belgium in the 1890s.

1950
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At one point in this decade a local entrepreneur, Charlie Buccario, started selling tape to the textile (shoe) industry from his garage.

1966
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Ideal Tape, an American (shoe) tape manufacturer, saw value in distributing its tapes to Europe through the local entrepreneur and purchased the company. Ideal Tape Belgium was born.

1968
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Ideal Tape USA and Belgium are in turn bought by Chelsea Corporation  .

1969
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Ideal Tape Belgium becomes part of the list of 3000 biggest companies in Belgium.

1975
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Ideal Tape Belgium moves into the new (and current) building on Klein Frankrijk Industrial Park.

1986
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American Biltrite buys Chelsea Corporation with a turnover of $ 2.5M. Ideal Tape Belgium is renamed to ABI Tape EMEA.

1991
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Introduction of transfer tape product lines (TransferRite) suitable for the graphical industry.

1997
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Introduction of AutoWrap, a family of protective tape products specifically designed for the automotive industry.

2003
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Inauguration of ABItalia, a spin-off from ABI Tape EMEA, to focus specifically on the shoe industry in Italy.

2007
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Introduction of jacketing tape, an aluminium tape to protect outdoor insulation materials around vent systems.

2011
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Turnover of $ 25M for ABI Tape EMEA.

2014
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Protective tapes for the automotive industry is now the most important product.

2017
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Introduce first die-cut solutions to the automotive Tier 1 suppliers.

2019Next to the AutoWrap tape product, ABI Tape EMEA also designs and sells non-woven protective solutions to OEMs.
Our Philosophy

ABI Tape has the expertise and drive to integrate tape solutions seamlessly into your production process with the bottom line in mind.

               One can try to achieve this alone or with partners. We opted for the latter. The key to success is not that decision but to be selective with which think-a-like partners to work with.

The goal is not necessarily to expand our customer base – it is to actually deepen the existing relationships.


EMEA facts and figures

290
Customers
37
Different countries
243
Different tape products

Our service area and customers

ABI Tape serves an area known as EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In addition to EMEA we serve customers in Russia, India and the -stan countries (such as Kazachstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan).

Our service area compasses an area of 130 countries. Today we service 290 customers in 37 countries. In the past year, we have sold 243 different tape product references.