Heathcoat Fabrics will be showcasing its newest range of fire resistant 2D and 3D fabrics at Techtextil Frankfurt from 14th-17th May 2019.

Visitors to the show will see selected products from the range which uses covered silica yarns. The use of such yarns in warp knitting technology is a new concept providing the potential for a variety of innovative effective performance fabrics. Bespoke engineered designs are available alongside aramid, PEEK and silica compositions.

Heathcoat Fabrics is recognised in the industry for its vast portfolio of woven and knitted fire-retardant fabrics. The latest addition is the launch of silica-based fabrics available in the Safe-T-Tec™ range; a variety of 2D and 3D fire retardant knitted fabrics. The 3D design has been carefully engineered to include Heathcoat’s spacetec® spacer fabric that offers increased airflow for breathability, reduces thermal burden and provides moisture management.

Markets to benefit from this innovation include aerospace, automotive, PPE, furniture and a multitude of general market sectors. Current textile structures include lightweight 2D meshes, scrims and fabrics with a 3D spacetec® potential providing moisture management, breathability and air pocket and barrier prospects. The prime benefit from this concept is exceptional protection from direct flame and heat sources.

The range can be dyed and is available in high-vis, meeting EN 14116 Index 3 and FAR 25.853 standards (twelve second burn) BS 5852 (Crib 5) as an indication of its positive protective merits.  The Safe-T-Tec spacer product also meets federal standard FR 1633.

Adrian Lockyer, Business Manager of Knitting at Heathcoat, said: “Our goal was to design an engineered range of knitted fabrics, to enhance our current offering with a higher level of FR capabilities. The advantage customers have working with Heathcoat Fabrics is our ability to design completely bespoke fabrics to suit their specific requirements.

“Our fabrics can be designed to achieve different levels of compression in 3D, provide increased airflow and ensure the wearer experiences better protection and comfort. We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunities in this market and we envisage Safe-T-Tec, with all its enhanced capabilities will be the fabric of choice over current textile solutions.”