Alternatives to Steel Strapping

Many business are looking for alternatives to steel strapping hen securing their goods for shipment.  Steel strapping continues to see all-time high prices with price increases project to continue into the foreseeable future.  Many factors are contributing to these price increases including labor shortages, logistical issues, and increased prices of raw materials.  Fortunately, there are strapping alternatives to steel strapping that you can use in your business.

Polyester Strapping

Polyester strapping is commonly used in the conversion of steel strapping.  Commonly referred to as PET, polyester strapping is most commonly made from recycled plastic materials.  It has many benefits compared to steel strapping when used in the same applications.  More information on switching to polyester strapping can be found in our Steel to Polyester Strapping Conversion article.

As seen in the video on the right, PET strapping can be used in a wide variety of industries and applications due to its versatile nature.

Woven Strapping

Woven strapping is also a suitable alternative to steel strapping.  It is made from polyester fibers that are woven together.  This woven pattern is multi-directional, increasing its strength and flexibility while still allowing for high amounts of tension when securing loads.  This type of strapping is used with wire buckles and works well for round loads such as pipes.  Woven strapping can be applied with manual, battery, or pneumatic tools.

cord strapping

Cord Strapping Composite / Woven Tools

BandingGuns Pneumatic Cord Tensioner

Composite Strapping

Composite strapping is another alternative to steel strapping that is widely used in many industries.  It is made from woven polyester strands that are coated with a polymer.  Composite strapping is a strong and reliable alternative is safe, able to be re-tensioned, and has a high retained tension.  It uses buckles to secure loads during transportation.  You can use manual, battery, or pneumatic powered tools for composite strapping.

Zapak ZPCT32-B Woven Battery Tool


Testing Alternatives to Steel Strapping

GAPCO prides itself in being an industry leader for converting customers from steel strapping.  If you’re business is interested in learning more about the benefits, please reach out.  One of our packaging professionals can conduct a free packaging audit to identify the right strapping and tools for your unique business applications.