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Taconic was founded in 1961 by Lester T Russell, the acknowledged inventor of the process of applying PTFE to woven fiberglass. The company initially employed two people: its founder and his wife, Virginia, in 1961. The company is still headquartered in Petersburgh, N.Y., with a global work force that now totals nearly 500 employees. Our products range includes PTFE coated glass fabrics & tapes, skived PTFE tapes, silicone coated glass fabrics and conveyor belting – all which are used in a wide variety of industrial applications such as food, packaging, automotive, composites and aerospace to name just a few.


Lester was the company’s president until his retirement in 1972. In the mid-1960’s his son Gordy joined the business and today his son Andy continues the Russell family involvement in his position as CEO.


In 1977 Lester travelled to Europe and founded Taconic International in Mullingar Ireland to look after manufacturing and sales outside of The Americas. This transfer of technology was seamless and during the following 40 years Taconic’s market in Europe increased as new locations and team members were added.


In the mid-90s Taconic UK was opened to manufacture belts for the growing UK industrial market and in 1997 a new manufacturing facility was added in Brazil.


The addition of Taconic France in Doussard, close to Annecy in the south west of the country.


Operations were further extended with the opening of Taconic Germany, just outside Cologne, to directly serve the largest market in Europe with belts, rolls & tapes.


During 2004, UK operations were moved to Burgess Hill in West Sussex with the establishment of Taconic Wildcat adding further belting expertise to the manufacturing team.


2005 brought a move of location in Mullingar, Ireland to a new state of the art coating, belting and conversion facility.


In 2010 a dedicated manufacturing plant was opened in Taconic Poland. Located in Kostrzyn nad Odra, on the border with Germany, this new facility further increased coating capacity and belt manufacture for the local and European markets.


Today, Taconic is the largest manufacturer of PTFE coated glass fabrics, adhesive tapes and conveyor belts in Europe and across the world. Finding solutions is what we do, with top quality, innovative products, competitive pricing and the best service in the industry.

Our Sales, Customer Services & Technical teams are ready to serve your needs and to help you “Find a Better Way” so please visit our “Contact” section on to communicate directly with a member of our European Team.

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