They are polymer-based products processed in sheet form and either attached to a fabric backing (to make chemical fabrics) or used without backing (to make chemical films). Member companies of CFFA use any number of polymers to make their products, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) and polyurethanes (PU).
Chemical fabrics and film offer exceptional performance characteristics in finished products from upholstery to geomembranes and from pool liners to transportation interiors. A few examples:
Chemical fabrics and film can stand up to abrasion, tough stains, exposure to sunlight and daily wear and tear, while still performing consistently. This quality makes them particularly well suited to healthcare environments, where ease of cleaning and sterilization are critical.
Chemical fabrics and film can be manufactured in virtually any thickness, any texture, any pattern and in almost any color of the rainbow. The versatility of the manufacturing processes allows chemical fabric and film products to simulate high-quality leather for upholstery, creating innovative textures and patterns, or provide clear material for IV bags that is crucial for monitoring.
Chemical fabrics and film are often the cost-effective product choice as well. When compared to materials like leather or natural fabrics, chemical fabrics and film are not only typically lower in initial cost, but they’re also lower in lifecycle cost due to their durability and low maintenance requirements. The end result is a product that provides lasting value.
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Seat backs, upholstery, wall panels and compartments.
ATHLETIC & SPORTING GOODS
Bowling bags, exercise mats, golf bags, gym and workout bags, tennis bags.
AUTOMOTIVE & TRANSPORTATION
Camper topping, convertible topping, door and console coverings, instrument panel coverings, landau tops, security shades, upholstery.
EXTERIOR FILMS & LAMINATES
Awnings and canopies, backlit awnings and signage, banners, outdoor decking, outdoor furniture, pond and pit liners, swimming pool liners, tents and tarpaulins.
FOOTWEAR & GARMENTS
Belts, jackets, protective clothing, rainwear, shoe uppers, sock linings.
GRAPHIC ARTS & CASE COVERINGS
Bookbinding cover stock, checkbooks, coin purses, handbags and accessories, luggage and briefcases.
HOME & CONTRACT FURNISHINGS
Ceiling tile facings, commercial seating, commercial wallcoverings, folding doors, laminating films for wood, metal and wallboard, matting, residential upholstery, residential wallcovering, window shades and blinds.
Convertible topping, decking, upholstery and bolsters.
Children’s safety seats, industrial tapes, juvenile furniture, mattress covers, strip doors, tank lining, toys.