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Coating and laminating

Innovation spurs on globalized coating and laminating industry

US Correspondent, John McCurry reviews the state of the coating and laminating industry, finding it to be dynamic, innovative and reaching into every aspect of technical textiles, as well as the lives of all that make use of these materials.

A programme to encourage manufacturers of polyurethane (PU)-coated fabrics and their customers to adopt a solvent-free technology has been launched by Bayer MaterialScience of Leverkusen, Germany.
The World Cup 2014 organized by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) of Zurich, Switzerland, not only provided a global showcase of some of the best players on the planet, but
A coating (FreshPer4mance) for fabrics to help keep automobile seats clean and hygienic has been introduced by Johnson Controls of Plymouth, Michigan, USA.
A fabric-based laminate has been modified so that it will continue to conform to European regulations concerning the use of chemicals that are designated as dangerous.
The organizers of the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) have announced the dates and venue for the latest event in the long-running series.

Textile coating in Europe is preparing for a diverse future

Ian Holme travelled to Ghent, Belgium to learn about the latest developments in materials, applications and coating processes, as well as the impact of current and mooted legislation at the 7th European Coating Congress (5–6 September 2013).

Chemical functionalization for technical textile applications

Discussion at the Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Textile Chemists and Colourists (8–10 May 2013) focused on adding functionality to textiles and reducing the industry’s impact on the environment. Ian Holme reports for Technical Textiles International from Budapest, Hungary.

Adding functionality through coating and laminating textiles

Coating and lamination remain crucial techniques for creating a range of functionalities for technical textiles.  According to Nick Butler, the halls at Techtextil will contain many examples of the latest developments in this field.

Textile products that are enhanced by carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are the goal of a two-year agreement between an Israel-based specialist in nanotechnology, Fulcrum SP Materials Ltd of Rehovot, and a UK c
The latest blade-over-roller machine can apply coats with weights as low as 10 g.m-2, according to its UK-based developer.

Coating and laminating—two decades of challenge and change

Textile coaters and laminators have adapted well to the many challenges the industry has faced since the early 1990s, writes Ian Holme, but there are more challenges to come and companies must still be prepared to innovate.

A method for making expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membranes that are resistant to oils, as well as water, and have other properties such as good abrasionresistance is the subject of US Pate

Challenges of the environment drive innovation in coating

Manufacturers gathered in Orlando, Florida, USA, for the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) 2011, held on 17–18 November, where one of the recurring themes was the importance of environmental issues, reports Nick Butler.

A UK company has revealed how it makes cross-linked, superabsorbent polymer-coated fabrics for use as barrier materials in such as geomembranes, and underground and submarine cables.

Coating and lamination: novel technologies to add functionality

At a congress in Belgium towards the end of 2011, leading figures from the coating and laminating sector debated the emerging technologies that they believe will shape the future of the industry. Ian Holme attended on behalf of Technical Textiles International.

Lacom Vertriebs GmbH Laminating and Coating Machines of Lauchheim, Germany, has developed a machine it claims is capable of producing a three-layer laminate in a single pass.
Dakota Coatings of Nazareth, Belgium, has launched a thermosetting adhesive powder, called Unex 1050, which is intended as an alternative to the polyethylene (PE) and phenolic powders currently used i
Schoeller Textil AG will show its latest innovation for the first time at Techtextil (Frankfurt, Germany, 24-26 May 2011; Hall 3.1 E71) where it intends to seek partners to help commercialize the prod
International Newsletters Ltd has set the dates and venue for the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) 2011.
EMS-Griltech makes hot-melt adhesives (called Griltex), which are based on copolyamide (CoPA) and copolyester (CoPES) and are available in granules or powder form, and technical fibres based on polyam
During the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating 2010, held in Cannes, France 4-5 November, Editor Nick Butler learned about the technologies the industry believes will drive its
A surface treatment that can be applied in seconds to a wide variety of textiles, giving them multiple, durable functions from a single process has quickly turned from a military research project into
At the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) 2010, held in Cannes, France, 4-5 November 2010, Gary Selwyn of APJet explained why atmospheric pressure plasma jet technology i
Nanocoatings are pushing the boundaries for materials manufacturers across a wide range of industries, including technical textiles, reports Adrian Wilson.
A US company is developing the use of nanofibres that respond to external stimuli to modify the surfaces of a variety of substrates.
The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) claims it has found a way to protect organic fibres (such as carbon and aramids) from the catastrophic oxidation these textiles typically undergo at temperatures
The use of coated products for prepregs is growing rapidly and this increasing demand has resulted in the development of highly innovative impregnation and coating machinery for such uses, report Andr
A US inventor, Jeffery Owens, has developed a method of attaching silicon-containing compounds to the surfaces of substrates, including fabrics, using microwave radiation.
The latest edition of the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) 2010 will take place at the Novotel Cannes Montfleury Hotel in Cannes, France, from 11-12 November 2010.
Scientists in The Netherlands have proposed using plasma treatments to coat substrates with antimicrobial agents.
Coating innovations and technologies for technical textiles formed the major part of discussions at the 5th European Coating Congress held at the University College of Ghent, Belgium (9-10 September 2
US demand for coated fabrics is expected to grow an average of 2.1% a year, reaching 548 million square meters (655 million square yards) in 2012.
Developed by the US military and on the point of being commercialized by a UK-based company, a single treatment that is simple, fast and cost-effective to apply has the ability to add multiple functio
To allow a wide range of manufacturers to add the functionality and value of phase-change materials to their existing products, Outlast Technologies has developed Matrix Infusion Coating, writes Kevin
A flame retardant (FR) that combines microencapsulated ammonium polyphosphate (APP) and melaminebased particles retained in a base material is the subject of International PatentApplicationWO 2006/075
A method and a device for better controlling the flow of air around a web undergoing curtain coating is the subject of International PatentApplication WO 2006/090008.
Dow Corning's Plasma Solutions group has licensed its atmospheric pressure plasma liquid deposition (APPLD) technology for commercial coating to Freudenberg Forschungsdienste KG.
Japan's Suzutora Corp has developed a method for coating textiles with metal that allows for an even application over a wide area.
Smart and intelligent fabrics were the principal focus of the latest in the series of the highly regarded conferences, Textile Coating and Laminating, this time held in November 2006.
A method of creating a coated textile (intended for use as a press fabric in papermaking, but with wider potential applications) is the subject of International Patent WO 2004/083500.
From the 3rd European Coating Congress Ian Holme reports how textiles companies are using innovative coating and laminating methods that are economical,flexible and versatile to make novel products wi
An electroless plating method for nonwoven and woven fabrics is the subject of US Patent 6 831 034.
The above-average growth in the market for industrial textiles has created opportunities for those able to design suitable machinery to meet the diverse demands.
In the first of a series of articles on the TechniTex Core Research programme, George Stylios of Heriot-Watt University's Research Institute for Flexible Materials (RIFleX) considers the optimization
Two US companies have developed a fabric coated with phase-change material.
An improved system for applying a layer of foamed plastic to a fabric carrier is the subject of US Patent 6 495 206.
A technique for joining and laminating fabrics sheets made from materials previously thought of as unsuitable for such treatments, such as aramids and fleeces, is disclosed in International Patent WO
A US company has devised a way of extruding a foamed plastic layer into a fabric.