Bitumen Impregnated Cable Tapes

abe® cable tapes are woven hessian and cotton fabrics impregnated with a petroleum based penetration grade bitumen that is free of coal or wood tar derivatives. The bitumen is chemically inert containing no water solubles.

abe® cable tapes perform as bedding and binding/ wrapping layers to meet the demanding requirements for the production of armoured electrical power cables. The bitumen tapes are dry to the touch at 23 + 2 ºC. These tapes offer inherent anti-corrosion properties, while also providing braid stability.


Suitable in the production of metal sheathed cables. Insulation of metal and cables against corrosion or moisture ingress.

  • A bedding layer between the armour layer and the cable core.
  • Excellent insulation properties.
  • Excellent anti-corrosion and moisture resistant properties.
  • An overwrap to protect the cable during installation.
  • Tensile strength helps prevent bird-caging of armour wires.
  • Available in widths and lengths to suit the cable manufacturer’s individual needs.
Typical Properties

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Roll Widths

Hessian: 38, 50, 60, 75, 90 and 100 mm

Cotton: 38, 40, 50, 60, 75, 90 and 100 mm

Handling & Storage

abe® cable tapes have a shelf life of 24 months if kept in a dry, cool place in the original, unopened packaging. If stored at high temperatures and/or high humidity conditions, the shelf life may be reduced.

Health & Safety

Refer to the material safety data sheet for further information.

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals endeavors to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation, or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.