At the Scotch™ Brand, we believe in resourcefulness and ingenuity. We exist to help people discover the magic of being hands on. But in order to do a job well, you need the right tools. Since the invention of the first transparent tape in 1930, Scotch™ Brand and 3M have offered more than 400 varieties of adhesive tape and countless other products from spray adhesives and glue sticks to tape dispensers. For every project there’s an ideal tool. We’d like to help you find it.


Today: Scotch® Brand Expressions Tape comes in more than 100 colours and patterns. Included are chalkboard tape and dry erase tape that allow you to write, erase, and rewrite in chalk or dry erase marker on any surface without the mess of sprays and special primers.

2013: Scotch® Brand designers reimagined the iconic “snail” dispenser for the first time in 60 years. The new dispenser features a modernised, sophisticated shape that conforms to the hand, improving comfort and ease of use.

1997: The Scotch® Pop-Up Tape Dispenser was introduced. Precut, 2-inch pieces of tape "pop up" from the dispenser, which can be worn on the wrist or hand. This tape dispenser adds speed and convenience to gift wrapping, crafting and school projects.

1961: 3M invents Scotch® Magic™ Tape. The innovative matte-finish tape is virtually invisible on light-coloured paper and envelopes. Unlike glossy tapes, it can be written on with pen, pencil or marker. At about the same time, Scotch® Cellophane Tape is renamed Transparent Tape.

1941 - 1945: During World War II, almost all tape production is diverted to the war effort. 3M develops and manufactures more that 100 different types of tape to help solve war production problems such as sealing, identifying parts, holding materials, protecting and insulating. Scotch® Double-Sided Tape, coated with adhesive on both sides, joins the transparent tape family during this time.

1939: Scotch® Brand welcomes the "snail,"—its iconic, handheld tape dispenser. The first version is made from stamped sheet metal, and a molded plastic model is added one year later.

1932: Scotch® Brand introduces the first heavy-duty, countertop tape dispenser. It’s made from cast iron and weighs around 3 kilograms.

1930: Richard Drew, a young 3M engineer, invents Scotch® Cellulose Tape. Later to be renamed Cellophane Tape, it is an attractive, moisture-proof way for grocers and bakers to seal packages. The tape helps people “make do” during the Great Depression—they made simple repairs to household items.

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