Technical textiles specialist Arville is busy following up on its many new enquiries after successful events and expos – including a trip to Melbourne for the AFAC19 fire and emergency management conference.
At the AFAC event, Arville – headquartered in Wetherby – unveiled a specialist range of innovative fabrics designed to offer maximum comfort, movement and protection for firefighters and first responders.
AFAC19 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre proved to be a great opportunity to meet new and established customers and partners – and discuss, in detail, latest developments, projects and requirements.
The show saw the debut of Arville 4WS (four-way-stretch) and Arville ComfortShell – fabrics specifically aimed at key personnel within Australasia’s firefighting, police, military and first-responder sectors.
The participation followed on from an equally fruitful attendance at Techtextil in Frankfurt, earlier in the year.
Andy Smith, Arville’s Group Head of Marketing, said: “We recognised that there was a gap in the market for materials which, as well as giving high levels of heat and flame protection, are lightweight and non-bulky to allow firefighters much greater freedom to do their jobs.
“As a result of AFAC19, we have been inundated with enquiries about 4WS and ComfortShell, which address problems experienced by firefighters in terms of general mobility, heat exhaustion and moisture management within the garments.”
Andy continued: “Both of these patented fabrics offer sophisticated thermal protection and moisture management, as well as a high level of flexibility, movement and comfort.”
Arville is becoming increasingly recognised as the supplier of choice for specialist technical textiles due to their ability to develop and deliver new innovations to the market. These latest materials for personal protection equipment (PPE) form just part of a wider portfolio of high-performance fabrics which they have engineered for aerospace, military, industrial and filtration end applications.
Andy said: “Since AFAC we have become involved in several large tenders and we are confident of progressing them.”
AFAC19, powered by INTERSCHUTZ – titled “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” – also involved Deutsche Messe and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Arville has achieved successive year-on-year double digit growth. The company, which dates back to the 1950s, recently invested £1.2m in new weaving and warping machines to meet a strategic need to boost its manufacturing capabilities.