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.
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.
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.
Tapex becomes the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to extrude polypropylene.
First range of baling twine is produced for the agricultural market
Design and manufacture of plastic barricade fencing for road and work sites.
Developed the first underground detectable warning tape to protect telecommunication cables.
Philip Rossi, son of Theo, purchases the company.
A new range of biological filters developed for treatment of grey water and industrial waste products.
Theo Rossi retires after 50 years in the family business.
Tapex expands to New Zealand.
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.
Tapex acquires the company assets of ‘Kinnears’ the iconic Australian rope, twine and cordage company.
Tapex named in Business Review Weekly (BRW) ‘Fastest 100’ for second year running, one of only two manufacturing companies on the list.
Tapex develops a yarn used in the world’s first waterless hockey pitch laid in Victoria.
Tapex acquires Agpac New Zealand & Australia, establishing Tapex’s position as the largest crop packaging supplier in Australasia.
Tapex acquires Empak New Zealand, strengthening Tapex’s position as a leading supplier of both horticultural and viticultural, textiles and twines.
Tapex launches Plasback Recycling Strategy.
Tapex launches horticulture business in Australia.
Tapex builds new Sales, Marketing and Distribution Centre in Victoria.
Tapex Grass Yarns used in Hockey surfaces at London Olympics.
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.
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.
Tapex sells Australian Agri division to Tama Plastic Industry.
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.