23. May 2019 | Protech

Continental: fabrics for drysuits help to regulate body temperature

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Continental supplies innovative materials for work at extreme temperature.
Source: Tesimax
The company supplies, for example, materials for protective suits that protect workers if they come into direct contact with heat sources in extremely hot environments. The suits are also designed to protect wearers against extremes of cold and are even capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -196°C for short periods. The fabrics are available in numerous surface and color variants, including signal colors. Their high flexibility and low material thickness make them comfortable to wear.

The chemical protection suit, for example, which is manufactured using “Next Generation” fabric, is a reliable aid for firefighters as well as in industrial environments such as refineries and oil rigs and in shipbuilding. The highly flame-retardant material ensures a high degree of safety in environments where gases form and there is a risk of fire. The protective suit is designed in accordance with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Highly watertight even under water
Extremely thin, yet as stable as a protective shield: For drysuits, the technology company supplies coated fabrics that offer safety and protection in and under water. This tough material, which is just 0.5 mm thick and weighs around 450 g/m2, remains watertight even when pushed to extremes. And because it is extremely flexible and pleasant to the touch, it is also comfortable to wear. The innovative Condensation Control Technology (CCT) also regulates body temperature, making the material perfect for professional and leisure divewear.

Protection against harsh weather
Continental’s Dynactiv Protection portfolio also encompasses a range of safe and comfortable products for protective and work clothing, including innovative clothing materials for waders, coats and raincoats. These knitted fabrics are coated with polyvinylchloride (PVC), possess antistatic properties and protect wearers against harsh weather conditions. The surface specialist also produces not only fluorescent materials, but also acid- and alkaline-resistant products.

Demand for solutions in China too
The coated fabrics are also highly sought-after in China. Last year, the company established production facilities in Changshu to cater directly for the Chinese market. The plant mainly manufactures products for inflatable solutions and systems for applications including life rafts and materials for folding bellows. The safety products developed as part of Continental’s folding bellows business field are certified to the fire protection standards such as EN 45545-2.
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