Innovative Solutions for Outdoor Applications
Contitech will show three product innovations at Techtextil: a new dry suit material with a high level of safety and maximum wear comfort, an innovative material for floats and buoyancy tubes and flexible designs and a so-called CeraPrene footwear material with excellent properties for extreme conditions.
A new dry suit material developed by ContiTech offers maximum protection in and under water. The coated fabric, which features a new surface structure, is extremely lightweight and elastic but also extremely dense. “Thanks to our expertise and many years of experience, we have successfully developed in close collaboration with Kallweit – a leading dry suit company – a product that will allow us to expand our range to include protective suits designed for water,” says Rodrigo Maia, who heads the Engineered Coated Systems segment at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings. At Techtextil, the company will be presenting itself as a competent development partner for coated fabrics. In hall 3.0 (stand D32), ContiTech will be showcasing the wide variety of possible uses for technical textiles.
Another new addition to ContiTech’s range is an innovative life raft material. The extraordinary properties of this exceptionally lightweight, robust, and weatherproof material make it ideal for not only floats but also flexible buoyancy tubes and other flexible constructions such as tent substructures. The company is also developing a new fabric for boats, too. “As a well-known supplier in the field of high-performance materials for recreational and working boats, we want to expand our product range to include a fabric for rigid-inflatable boats (RIBs),” says segment head Rodrigo Maia. With their special exterior and interior coating as well as a reinforcing agent made from high-strength, high-tenacity polyester, these tried-and-tested boat materials from ContiTech are perfect for use under the most extreme conditions. “We collaborate closely with our customers’ development departments and, thanks to our materials competence and state-of-the-art process technology, we can offer them tailor-made solutions designed to meet their individual requirements,” emphasizes Maia.
ContiTech will be presenting yet another innovation in the field of high-quality footwear material for the outdoor and hiking segment. Thanks to its outstanding properties, the elastomer-based material CeraPrene offers optimum wear comfort in any situation and is ideal for safety shoes, soccer boots, and tennis shoes – in short, any kind of footwear that has to withstand extreme stress. The material is made from highly resistant, water-repellent, and watertight rubber compounds, is extremely durable, and boasts minimal wear. CeraPrene also remains highly flexible even at very low temperatures.
With regard to the U.S. market, ContiTech’s elastomer-coated materials for protective suits also fulfill U.S. fire safety standards (NFPA). Another key benefit of this material is that it offers reliable protection against chemicals and gases. Highly resistant, media-impermeable barrier layers help to keep out harmful substances. Its high resistance to acids, alkalis, and aggressive chemicals as well as its tear resistance ensure the best-possible protection.