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High Performance Textiles

The High Performance Textiles Division of TBA Protective Technologies uses advanced organic fibres to manufacture yarns, woven and nonwoven fabrics for demanding applications such as Protective Clothing, Composite Reinforcement and Transport Seating Fire Barriers. All products are manufactured and supplied under the disciplines of our ISO9001 accreditation.



Manufacturing Equipment

  • Friction Spinning Machines – Dref 2, Dref 3 and Dref 2000.

  • Yarn Plying

  • Yarn Dipping

  • Dornier Weaving

  • Narrow Weaving

  • Carding loom for organic and fibreglass needlefelts

  • Aluminising/heat Laminating

  • Press for Cut-parts

  • Fabrication Area


Application Areas

  • Protective Clothing against heat, weld splash and mechanical risks

  • Transport Seating Fire Barriers

  • Packings Reinforcement

  • Composite Reinforcement

  • Electrolytic Diaphragms

  • Gas Mantle Ties

  • Automotive


Raw Materials Used

  • Para-aramid

  • Meta-aramid

  • Flame Retardant Viscose

  • Preoxidised Acrylic

  • Fibreglass

  • Viscose

  • Polyphenylene Sulphide

  • Knitted Wire Mesh

  • FR Calico & Fleecy cotton

  • Aluminised Film

  • Others on request


Product Range

Woven Fabrics


TBA Protective Technologies produces a range of woven fabrics from ring spun, friction spun (Dref) and continuous filament yarns, for a variety of high temperature and mechanical risk applications.



  • Industrial Sealing

  • Heat Protective Clothing

  • Cut Resistant Clothing

  • Resin Reinforcement

  • Thermal Insulation

  • Electrolytic Diaphragms


Production Capabilities

Width - 1m to 2m

Weight - 200 g/m² to 800 g/m² - heavier on request



Heat Resistance - TBA’s KC range of fabrics uses a glass cored yarn with an aramid sheath for temperatures of up to 450°C. TBA’s OKC fabrics use a blend of high performance fibres that produce a fabric with excellent heat resistance and metal shedding properties.


Wear Resistance - Many of TBA’s fabrics contain para-aramid to increase their wear-resistance properties. For additional resilience, a wire core can be inserted into the yarn for cut-resistant gloves and garments.

woven fabrics

Please contact TBA Protective Technologies for individual product data sheets

Aluminised Fabrics for Protective Clothing


TBA’s aluminised fabrics are widely used to fabricate items of protective clothing such as gloves, mitts, aprons, jackets, trousers and fire proximity suits. These are used within industry to protect workers from heat and welding splash. A variety of base fabrics can be offered depending on the application involved. The ‘08’ range are manufactured by adhering aluminised polyester film to the woven or nonwoven fabric. An extra elastomeric layer can be incorporated between the film and the fabric to impart a degree of water resistance for use in extremely warm and humid conditions. This layer also aids in stitch holding when making intricate garments such as gloves and helps in the shedding of molten metal splash.


All batches of aluminised fabric for protective clothing undergo a wet-flex test, prior to release to assure the adhesion between the fabric and film.


Unlike some competitor’s products, TBA uses polyester film that is aluminised on both sides, so that some degree of radiant heat protection is still offered when some of the outer layer of aluminium is worn away, thus extending the life of the garment.


ISO15538:2001 – Protective Clothing for Fire-fighters (with a reflective outer surface)

A clothing assembly of an OKCA507 outer surface and an inner insulating layer of INT420-1 has been tested and approved to ISO15538:2001.

See product technical data sheet and test reports for details.


Guide to Product Codes

AKA – Aluminised meta aramid/para aramid woven fabric

AOKA – Aluminised para aramid/preoxidised acrylic woven fabric

INYA – Aluminised, scrim-supported needlefelt comprising blended FR fibres

KCA – Aluminised meta aramid/para aramid woven fabric

OKA – Aluminised preoxidised acrylic woven fabric

OKCA – Aluminised preoxidised acrylic/para-aramid woven fabric

RKA – Aluminised FR viscose woven fabric


Roll Dimensions

1m wide x 50m roll nominal


Fabric Care

Wipe clean only – do not launder. Try to keep the fabric as dry as possible, but if it does become wet due to perspiration, hang the garment to dry thoroughly between uses.

Fyrejacket, Radiant Heat Shields, Thermal Protection & Insulation, High Performance Textiles
aluminised fabrics

Please contact TBA Protective Technologies for individual product data sheets

High Temperature Sewing Threads


TBA can offer a range of high temperature sewing yarns for the fabricator ranging from para-aramid (including Kevlar), PTFE lubricated fibreglass or stainless steel.


They combine high strength and temperature resistance to be used in conjunction with TBA’s Thermal protection products. PTFE treatment imparts extra chemical resistance.

high temperature sewing threads

Please contact TBA Protective Technologies for individual product data sheets



TBA’s High Performance Textiles yarns are manufactured on Dref spinning equipment to combine the properties of the strength of the core and the insulating properties of the sheath component. These yarns are also used for the in-house weaving of TBA’s High Performance Textiles fabrics.


Typical Applications

  • Industrial Seals & Packings

  • Knitting & Weaving of Heat & Cut Protective Clothing

  • Gas Mantle Ties

  • Braiding


Manufacturing Capability

The Company uses Dref 2, Dref 2000 and Dref 3 spinning machines to manufacture yarns ranging in count from 60 tex (16 Nm) to 1000 tex (1 Nm). Yarn can be plied (up to 6 ply) and wound onto packages suitable for the customer’s end-use (max. 3kg weight). It is possible to insert 2 cores into the Dref spun yarns, enabling the incorporation of metallic wires if desired. Yarns are usually made-to-order to customer-specific requirements.


Glass fibre yarns (including textured) are also available from our Thermal Protection business – see web page.


Yarn Treatments

TBA’s in-house yarn treatment plant can be used to apply chemical finishes to enhance the yarn properties as required.


Fibre Range

Para-aramid (inc. Kevlar®), meta-aramid, preoxidised acrylic, polyacrylate, polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), FR viscose and others on request. The fibres can be used 100% in the sheath or blended to combine specific properties.


Please contact TBA Protective Technologies for individual product data sheets

Natural Fibre Yarns
transport seating and fire barriers
Transport/Public Seating Fire Barriers


TBA’s Seating Fire Barriers are widely used in upholstered seating, especially in the rail industry, but also in aircraft seating, bus and coach seating, public building seating and mattresses. They are incombustible and produce low amounts of smoke and toxic fumes. They provide a barrier between the outer dress fabric and the foam, to prevent flame reaching the foam in the event of a fire. This gives passengers time to escape the vehicle (or other enclosed area) before the build up of toxic, dense smoke, which would impede their escape. The inclusion of knitted wire mesh in these products is designed to prevent the breach of the barrier, which would expose the foam to flame.


Our barriers are tested in manufacturer’s seats to the strictest European and International standards, to ensure that the combination of the seat design, the choice of foam, barrier and outer dress fabric perform as required by the application.

Transport/Public Seating Fire Barriers

Types of products available


  • INU products - An engineered blend of high performance, inherently flame-resistant fibres in needlefelt form, in varying weights, to provide the required characteristics

  • INT products - Needlefelt as above, but with FR calico attached, for increased wear- resistance.

  • INF products - Needelfelt, quilted with knitted wire mesh to provide some vandal resistance.

  • INFT products - Needlefelts, with both FR calico and knitted wire mesh attached.

  • FBGS240 - A polymer coated woven fibreglass product, which produces very little smoke and toxic fumes in the event of a fire. Tested to DIN 5510:2009 FED(30) for 13 gases plus determination of presence of 5 additional gases according to the more stringent Bombardier 0248-PLA-0010.

  • ANF702 - 2 layers of a higher para-aramid content felt sandwiching a layer of wire mesh.

  • FBEKA products - An aluminised range of glass fabrics, developed for stringent fire tests, with certain types of seat construction.


Cut-Parts Service

Press-cutting equipment onsite allows TBA to offer the above barriers, cut to the desired shape and size for the particular seat in question, providing the customer with a time-saving, economical solution.

Please contact TBA Protective Technologies for individual product data sheets

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