• The RTape Difference

RTape application tape is recognized as the #1 application tape in the world today. We didn't earn that distinction by being the same. We did it by being different.

That difference is about how we design and manufacture our products. The difference is also about our people and how we service our products. And the difference is in our focus of our business. Our business is all about the graphic arts market. This isn’t a sideline business for us. It’s our only business.

The difference is engineering. Our competitive edge is based on identifying the needs of graphics fabricators and providing solutions that satisfy those needs…solutions that make your job easier, save time and reduce material waste. We identify the needs of graphics fabricators and provide solutions to satisfy those needs. Solutions that make your job easier, save time and reduce material waste.

The difference is manufacturing. Many of the coaters and extruders in our in our manufacturing plants are custom-designed and built by our very own engineers to deliver unique products our competitors cannot duplicate. That way, when you buy RTape products you can count on our consistent quality roll to roll.

The difference is our service and our people. RTape recruited the strongest team of experienced graphics arts sales and service professionals in the industry. Working with our distribution network, their know-how will help you get the most from RTape products.

Today our worldwide network includes more than 700 distributor locations in over 75 countries, and that network is trained to answer even the hardest questions and provide innovative solutions. Every member of the RTape team is dedicated to a common goal: personalized service to make your life easier, to increase your profits, and help you take your business to the next level.

  • Company History

RTape is the world’s leader in manufacturing paper and film application tapes for the sign, screen print and digital print markets. Innovation is the core of our success story. After the introduction of our Conform® series, the first paper application tape with RLA® release liner adhesion, sales skyrocketed. Today, the Conform® series is most popular brand of application tape in the world.

In addition to our South Plainfield, New Jersey headquarters, we also have a facility in Aalter, Belgium which serves as the international sales office, converting and distribution center. With more than 700 distributor locations in over 75 countries, we serve our customers with an array of unique graphic arts products.

Today, RTape is one of three divisions of Nekoosa, which also includes CET Films (Custom Extrusion Technologies) and Nekoosa Coated Products.

Our Beginnings

RTape began in 1980, producing industrial and packaging tapes and films. As the use of computerized plotters became more widely adopted, we shifted our manufacturing focus to application tapes. By 1987 the company was fully ensconced in the sign and screen print markets. The direction of the company would never change.

Under the leadership of Roger Jacobs in 1992, RTape established the industry benchmark for quality, service and product variety. Reinforcing our commitment to the graphic arts market, we acquired industry-related businesses, which advanced its development of new products.

With the acquisition of Coburn Graphic Films (Lakewood, NJ) in 2000, we expanded into the field of plastic film extrusion. Today that company is known as CET Films. For nearly 40 years, CET Films has extruded an array of resins, including PVC, polycarbonate, acrylic and styrene, for a variety of applications such as packaging films, decorative special effect films, print media and durable overlaminates.

A New Chapter

The support of Sentinel Capital Partners and Nekoosa enhances RTape’s ability to deliver a broader breadth of innovative products and programs to its valued global channel partners.

  • Our Innovations

What sets RTape apart from others in the industry is our ability to understand the needs of the marketplace and to respond with innovative solutions. The development of Conform® series, which incorporate the RLA® additive, dramatically changed the field of application tapes.

RTape continues to be a leader in product innovation. Our evolving product line has included Claritex® printable polycarbonate films, Eclypse® overlaminates, EZ Erase™ whiteboard films and ChalkTalk™ chalkboard films. New manufacturing techniques and processes have introduced wide web VinylEfx print media and top coated films to our product mix.

Complementing our achievements in product development are our uncompromising manufacturing standards. At RTape, we believe that there are no shortcuts to quality and value.

Our custom solutions along with our commitment to the high quality standards and production consistency give us an edge on our competition. That’s why RTape continues to lead the field in application tapes and specialty graphic arts products.