Technical fabrics are high-strength textiles that are produced because of their functional and technical properties. Glass fabric is one of the best known textiles of this kind. The production of felts, nonwovens, knitted and woven fabrics requires full and flexible commitment of the producers. These are used in industry and can consist of several layers. The latest development is spacer fabrics. The demands on technical fabrics are manifold.
PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is a polymer made of carbon and fluorine. In the trade, this plastic is known as "Teflon" and is considered very robust and fireproof. It is mainly used for kitchen appliances. Manufacturers of technical fabrics take advantage of its fireproof properties and use it to produce fabrics for flammable areas.
Technical fabrics require a number of qualifications from the manufacturers
In contrast to conventional textiles, technical fabrics must have a higher tensile strength and resistance to cold and heat. PTFE is used for firefighting, medical and police equipment. Firefighter jackets must withstand extreme environmental influences.
Paramedics also often find themselves in the same danger zones as their colleagues. It is therefore necessary that paramedic clothing also withstands extreme influences. Although the police are also active on site, they do not have to enter the danger zones directly. Police clothing must nevertheless be able to withstand more than "normal work clothing". The same applies to railway employees who have to carry out welding work, for example.
Manufacturers must take these applications into account. After all, human lives depend on the properties of technical fabrics processed for work and protective clothing. It is therefore all the more important to be able to rely on the high-quality processing and use of quality materials. Certifications are quality features, but they are by no means sufficient to decide on a particular manufacturer. Flexibility, reliability as well as manufacturing according to customer requirements are some of the other criteria that decide on life and death in hazardous areas.
Technical fabrics are also needed for general equipment that simply has to withstand greater stress. Priority is always given to the purpose and type of use. This is why it is so important that manufacturers work in a customer-oriented manner. Nowadays almost all companies work in several areas in order to survive. The demands on the manufacturers' solution competence, equipment and materials are correspondingly high.
Here, it is not so much the quantity of products that matters, but quality and reliability. Cooperations are also a guarantee for quality and customer loyalty in this manufacturer sector.