Strapping has been used for bundling and strapping steel products to pallets for many years. Steel comes in many forms, from bar and pipe to tube and heavy plate. It’s a common perception for many industries that steel strapping is the only product you can use to strap up steel! However, cord strap and woven polyester strap are excellent options.

Here are some reasons why alternatives to steel strapping should be considered.

Sending Out Painted Product?

Painters, powder coaters, and galvanisers often send out products that require protection from rust or scratching damage when using steel strapping. Everyday items used for this protection can vary from cardboard or plastic corner protectors to chunks of carpet or rubber.

X-Pak Cord Strapping comes in sizes from 16 mm to 32 mm and can have a system strength of over 2500kg. It’s one of the leading strapping systems on the Australian market to have an equal or higher breaking point than steel. Why waste time on extra protective consumables when you can get a safe strapping product that won’t damage or mark your product, and is just as strong as steel?

Strapping Pipe, Tube, Or Round Bundles

Tightly securing small, round bundles of steel or tube is a common challenge Australians face. Many strapping tools cause your strapping to become loose when removed from the bundle after tensioning. This is due to the surface area of the ‘foot plate’ on your tool taking up the valuable space needed for tensioning. When removed, this space causes the strap to become loose.

The X-Pak Strapping system can be used with a “round pack” tensioner – engineered in Germany specifically for round packs and small bundles. Packs of pipe are also tricky as these generally have a much higher likelihood of settling in transport and becoming out of shape. This makes them an unstable load and dangerous on our roads. X-Pak strapping has optimum elongation and will, therefore, ‘pull in’ much more than steel strapping on loads that have settled or become loose in transport. There is also the ability to re-tension straps rather than re-strap them (as is the case with steel strapping).

Securing Heavy Steel

Australia’s manufacturing, mining, and offshore industries often require heavy steel parts and attachments for breakdowns, maintenance, and refurbishment. The X-Pak 32 mm strapping has a system strength of over 2500 kg, which is a comparable strength system to steel or truck ratchets, and is reliable for securing such heavy materials. Why spend money on costly ratchet straps, or steel chains when there is a certified securing method that’s easy to use and specifically designed for one-way use on extra-heavy items?


X-Pak is a team of load-securing specialists. If you need strapping for any steel or engineered products, whether it’s cord strap, woven polyester strap, or compliant lashing straps, no matter how large or small, give the team a call. The X-Pak team is passionate about providing quality strapping products across Australia to ensure our roads, seas, and airways are safe.