Eurosatory 2014

Fabrics to save lives (ES14E3)

18 June 2014

Paratroops and airborne forces would hardly jump if their equipment were suspect. With 30 years of intensive research and development in the areas of low-bulk capable yarns and polymeric coatings, South African firm Gelvenor Textiles (Hall 6, Stand B591) offers aeronautical textiles for military applications of the highest standard.

According to the company, its fabrics have been used worldwide for more than 25 years. It has a proven track record of quality and reliability in a range of military canopies, including cargo, deceleration/ extraction and flare parachutes. Gelvenor’s fabrics for military chutes are manufactured to parachute industry association (PIA-C-7020 TI and 44378 T2) standards, with reserves at 38g PIA-C-44378 TI/T4/T5 and mains at 45g zero porosity.

Another area in which Gelvenor’s aeronautical textiles are used is for aircraft coverings.

“We have an extensive range of inherently flame-retardant fabrics for firefighters, police and armed forces, including flight suits,” said Dicky Coetzee, Gelvenor chief executive. “The flame retard fabrics are not treated; for instance, the Kermel textile is naturally non-flammable, a permanent characteristic due to its chemical structure. The fibres and yarns are engineered to be flame-retardant for the lifespan of the garment.”

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