There are many important decisions that go into making a KUIU product. The factory, fabrics, zippers, thread, and seam tape. The brand of seam tape and fabric adhesive, a seemingly (no pun intended) small decision, is critical in rain gear manufacturing.
Bemis is the industry leader in seam tape and the only supplier I will work with at KUIU. Other leading manufactures such as Arcteryx, Mountain Hardware and Patagonia exclusively use Bemis as well because of the quality and reliability of this seam tape and fabric adhesive tape (heat sealing tape) is a thermoplastic adhesive film applied to sewn seams of fabrics to prevent water from leaking through the seams. It can be applied by using any of the commercially available hot air taping machines, laser or ultrasonic machinery.
Bemis, located in Massachusetts, is a major manufacturer of thermoplastic adhesives, coatings, tapes and specialty film products that serve various markets throughout the world. Bemis products are specified in a number of industries for use in many different applications. From textile to industrial and apparel to building panels, they provide effective solutions that often solve complex technical challenges within a manufacturing process. Bemis products utilize thermoplastics and involve an in-depth knowledge about how they behave when manufactured, as well their performance in the final application.
Bemis has perfected the extrusion process to provide the most advanced multi-layered films and tapes as well as single-layer adhesive coatings. Single-layer adhesive coatings are used for glueing in zippers and cuffs of garments for a cleaner and lighter weight design. They are the strongest and most reliable fabric adhesives available.
You will find Bemis seam tape and adhesives on the Chugach and Guide series products. I hope you find this information of interest and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments as always.