History

The History of Tapex is steeped in innovation and family values. Tracing back to the 1880’s, our owner and Tapex’s Managing Director, Philip Rossi’s great grandparents emigrated from Italy and started the business which has developed into Tapex today.

The Tapex Company started in 1957 when Theo Rossi had the vision to build a laminating machine to successfully manufacture the world’s first synthetic flat strapping. By 1962 we became the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to extrude polypropylene. By the early 1970’s Tapex led the way in the development of polypropylene twine and lashing for agricultural and industrial applications.

One thing that has remained constant over four generations of business is our passion for innovation and providing our customers with the highest quality product and services. We have the capability to deliver on any size project while remaining flexible and customer focused.

Tapex vision is simple – by investing in the best technology and people; we are providing a world class product with unparalleled service.

  • 1881

    Italian immigrants, Villa and Rossi begin business in Australia, providing clothing and other goods to people in rural Australia. Over the next 70 years the business grew steadily, managed by two generations of families.

  • 1957

    Business begins for the newly formed Tapex, incorporated by Theo Rossi, grandson. Tapex commences the manufacturing and sales of synthetic flat strapping, which was the first of its kind in the world, from its premises in Waterloo, Sydney NSW.

  • 1962

    Tapex becomes the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to extrude polypropylene.

  • 1970

    First range of baling twine is produced for the agricultural market

  • 1980

    Design and manufacture of plastic barricade fencing for road and work sites.

    Developed the first underground detectable warning tape to protect telecommunication cables.

  • 1992

    Philip Rossi, son of Theo, purchases the company.

  • 1992

    A new range of biological filters developed for treatment of grey water and industrial waste products.

  • 1994

    Theo Rossi retires after 50 years in the family business.

  • 1999

    Tapex expands to New Zealand.

  • 2000

    New headquarters established at Kingsgrove, Sydney, NSW.

    Tapex acquires remaining 50% share in Tapex Victoria.

    Tapex installs the first of two state of the art Barmag extrusions lines for the manufacture and supply of Artificial Grass Yarns to Australasia and global markets.

  • 2002

    Tapex acquires the company assets of ‘Kinnears’ the iconic Australian rope, twine and cordage company.

  • 2004

    Tapex named in Business Review Weekly (BRW) ‘Fastest 100’ for second year running, one of only two manufacturing companies on the list.

  • 2005

    Tapex develops a yarn used in the world’s first waterless hockey pitch laid in Victoria.

  • 2006

    Tapex acquires Agpac New Zealand & Australia, establishing Tapex’s position as the largest crop packaging supplier in Australasia.

  • 2007

    Tapex acquires Empak New Zealand, strengthening Tapex’s position as a leading supplier of both horticultural and viticultural, textiles and twines.

  • 2009

    Tapex launches Plasback Recycling Strategy.

  • 2011

    Tapex launches horticulture business in Australia.

  • 2012

    Tapex builds new Sales, Marketing and Distribution Centre in Victoria.

    Tapex Grass Yarns used in Hockey surfaces at London Olympics.

  • 2013

    Tapex opens a new world class manufacturing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to supply its key brands of Agricultural and industrial twines to the Australasian and global markets.

    Tapex acquires Industrial business of Boddingtons Australia.

    Tapex acquires the horticultural textile business of Scarecrow.

  • 2015

    Tapex acquires 50% shareholding in Polyfabrics Australasia; a leading supplier in construction fabrics and related products to the Civil , Landscape and Building construction sectors across Australia.

  • 2017

    Tapex sells Australian Agri division to Tama Plastic Industry.

  • August 2017

    Tapex Group acquires remaining 50% shareholding in Polyfabrics Australasia moving to 100% control of the leading supplier in construction fabrics and related products to the Civil, Landscape and Building construction sectors across Australia.