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Wire 2020 exhibition

After two years of research, Mica Tapes Europe is very glad to introduce its new MICA-FREE tape on the market.


The use of M-TapE is the same as traditional mica tape. With a thickness of 0.11 mm, it is available in widths from 4 to 1000 mm and can be delivered in pads or spools (Edge n°1).

We have calculated that compared to regular mica tapes, our new technology reduces the environmental impact by 2.5 T of CO2 per ton of tape (Edge n°2).

M-TapE technology is waterless unlike mica technology, which uses 9 T of water per ton of mica paper (Edge n°3).

The control of our process gives us the opportunity to deliver 8000 M long splice-free tapes (Edge n°4).

Thanks to the nature of the resins, our product is not sensitive to humidity (Edge n°5), does not create dust during wrapping and never sticks between layers (Edge n°6 & 7). This makes it possible to produce tapes that are tightly wound and therefore pose no risk of collapse (Edge n°8).  Reinforced with high quality glass cloth, the product can be processed at very high speeds. These advantages make our M-TapE much more reliable than mica technology. Ageing tests lead us to believe that when the product is shielded from light,  its properties will not be altered for at least 5 years, which facilitates stock management (Edge n°9).

Unlike mica-based ribbon, our M-TapE does not stick to the conductor when wrapped. There is therefore no risk of creating a hot spot at the cable connection since the electrical insulation can be removed as easily as the inner insulation. This is a considerable advantage that guarantees the end user complete operational safety of the cable after installation (Edge n°10).

With a dielectric strength of 3KV per layer, twice that of mica tape, it is possible to significantly reduce the thickness of the inner insulation and thus reduce costs (Edge n°11). Since our M-TapE can be colored in black, brown, blue or yellow, it can be used in some cases as an inner insulator and  thus remove a step in the production process of the cable (Edge n°12).

Laboratory tests show that 1 layer 50% overlapping  passes IEC 60331-12 (with shocks) 500/300 V - 950°C - for 3 hours (Edge n°13).

All these advantages will change the world of fire-resistant cable. Do not hesitate to be among the first companies to test and use the M-TapE by contacting MTE or by visiting us on our stand during the WIRE exhibition next December.


For sanitary reasons, the WIRE exhibition that should have taken place in March in Düsseldorf will finally be held from 7 to 11 December 2020. We will be pleased to welcome you at our new booth 13E05 (iso 13D15).


During the event, MICA TAPES Europe will present a world premiere: a brand new MICA-FREE  fire-resistant tape. Named M-TapE, this new solvent free fire-resistant tape is in line with our environmental philosophy, making MTE the forerunner in the production of fire-resistant tapes. In this article, we explain the assets of this technology that will give future customers important competitive advantages.