Our Fabric Coating Process

Mixing & Formulation

The formulation of a coating is complicated and it can contain a wide range of chemicals depending on the nature of the polymer, the additives for the specific end use and the type of coating machinery used for its application

For our customers we achieve exceptionally high levels of quality. Operating our in-house mixing, coating and testing facilities to ISO 9001 quality standards means that we manufacture within tight tolerances with consistent and reproducible results

Where customers require bespoke characteristics, we can customise coating compounds with additives which impart the following added properties

  • Fire retardant
  • Anti-static
  • Resistance to UV degradation
  • Water repellant
  • Colour mixture to specific pantones

Food grade formulations can also be developed on specific request from customers if required

Spread Coating

Using precision ‘knife-over-air’ and ‘knife-over-roller’ techniques we are able to apply solvent-based polymer coatings directly onto the fabric at weights from 8gsm up to 300gsm on one or two sides of the material

The solvent medium is then evaporated leaving a deposited layer of polymer on the fabric which is subsequently cured at high temperatures in specially designed ovens to vulcanise the coating and fix its final characteristics

Alternatively fabrics can be supplied unvulcanised (semi-cured) if required for further processing by our customers

Dip Coating

We operate a dip-coating line for the application of a wide variety of water-based solutions and fabric treatments

Chemical formulations can be tailor-made for a variety of end uses from basic mechanical strength promoters, sealing yarns, waterproofing, improving dimensional stability, through to using the desired chemical functional groups to improve adhesion and compatibility to further industrial processes such as PU priming and RFL (Resorcinol Formaldehyde Latex) dipping to prepare fabric for rubber reinforcement purposes

We can dip or impregnate one or both sides with processes that are designed to add low chemical treatments to fabric up to 2 metres wide

Fabric Lamination

The development of our bespoke lamination process allows us to take individual fabric substrates and combine them into unique multi-layer bonded textile structures

These hybrid fabrics are combined through heat and pressure, resulting in the capability to produce truly bespoke fabric combinations such as tri-laminates with specific performance characteristics


Related Resources

Want to know more? Here are some technical brochures that may be of interest, or if you would like to see our full range of PDF downloads then please go to our Technical Library

  • Viton Rubber Coated Fabrics for Aerospace

  • Dry Suit Fabrics

  • Fabric Coatings

  • Arville – Corporate brochure