In 1950, Canadian Technical Tape Ltd began operations in Montreal as a small regional manufacturer of pressure sensitive tape, one of the first companies to make the product in North America. Privately held since its inception, the company grew its product line and marketplace and expanded to new facilities in 1955 in the north of the city, a location that still serves as its corporate head office.
Subsequent demand, both from North America and Europe, forced on going expansion and in 1967, the company opened a new location in Cornwall, Ontario, about an hour east of the city. In the new facility, the company began to latex-saturate paper, a process designed to strengthen crepe paper, allowing it to be used in a multitude of paint and industrial applications. In the years following, more coating capacity was installed that lead to the production of bi-axially oriented polypropylene box sealing and filament re-enforced strapping tapes.
In 1983, the company decided to further expand operations, this time by building a new tape coating facility in Johnson City, Tennessee. A new coater and state-of-the-art converting equipment helped the company expand outside its traditional packaging markets into the construction and retail sectors. In 1996, we expanded Johnson City by installing capacity to extrude polypropylene film that is used in the production of our box sealing and some of our construction tapes.
The investments kept happening…in 1998, at our Cornwall location, we added the newest North American calender to manufacture a range of cloth, duct and hockey tapes. And then in 2006, we expanded Cornwall yet again, and installed a new acrylic coater to produce construction and specialty tapes for our growing involvement in those two key market segments.
This ongoing re-investment is proof of Cantech’s commitment to the tape world. We know that without this redeployment of profits back into the business, we would not be able to maintain our position in the fast-changing market and meet the needs of our demanding customer base. It’s also for that reason that we have always employed research chemists on our staff, to search for new solutions to global tape challenges and to refine established products as the needs of our current customer base evolve.
The CTT/WR group of companies – Canadian Technical Tape Ltd, Cantech Industries Inc., and W. Ralston (Canada) Inc. – manufactures a range of pressure sensitive tapes, plastic film and a wide assortment of trash, recycling, storage and compostable bags.
Privately held, the company employs 500 people in seven manufacturing and warehousing facilities located across Canada and in the United States. Since 1950, our focus on developing superior products and services has helped create a diverse North American customer base in a range of markets including: industrial and packaging, construction, medical, hockey and athletic, hardware distribution, food retail and mass merchandisers. We also export our products to selected distributors in over 25 countries around the world.