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The future of fastening

VHB tape is a double-sided foam acrylic bonding tape that is a proven high-strength alternative to screws, rivets and other mechanical fasteners. While a screw or rivet can join two substrates at a single point, speciality bonding tape permanently adheres one substrate to another and spreads the stress load across the entire length of the joint. Once substrates are joined with high-strength bonding tape, an almost indestructible “weld” is created.

3M demonstrated the power of VHB tape when it swung a 16lb bowling ball at aluminium sheets joined first with rivets and then with VHB tape.

But why is VHB tape so resilient? The unique combination of closed cell foam with pressure sensitive adhesive on both sides means that it bonds instantly, absorbs shock, distributes stress evenly and expands and contracts in a controlled manner without threatening the strength of the bond. The seal VHB tape produces is waterproof and conformable, can be die-cut to any shape, size or profile, and has a smooth, invisible appearance. Its ability to resist extremes of temperature makes VHB tape ideal for aeronautical applications.

VHB Tape

VHB tape is a very popular fastening solution in the following industries:


  • Can bond glass fibre reinforced plastic skins to frames
  • Trains, trucks and buses: dampens vibration on exterior panels & interior trims
  • Aircraft: securely bonds stainless steel to aluminium wing flaps
  • Reduces potential for corrosion on metallic joints


  • Bonds a battery to the back of an IC
  • Die-cut pieces of VHB tape secures flexible circuits and in extreme soldering temperatures


  • Increases graphic impact without rivets and bolts
  • Saves time and labour assembling traffic signs
  • Aluminium sheets can be bonded continuously, distributing loads evenly


  • Has the capacity to hold up to 4000kg of mirrored ceiling
  • Effective seal against environmental conditions
  • Fast bonding of curved surfaces

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