Technical fabrics are coated with different types of materials to impart specific functionalities. Polymer coated fabrics are the most common ones as polymers are able to impart multi-functionality such as durability, mechanical strength, wear resistance, chemical resistance, and fire resistance. The sectors where coated fabrics find uses are transportation, protective clothing, industrial, roofing, canopies, furniture, and seating. Out of these, the transportation sector, which includes automobile, aircraft, and railways is one of the largest application segments.
The issue of the Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TOE profiles the research advances in coating technologies that can facilitate high performance of batteries, implants, and other products. The issue also profiles a coating innovation that acts as a barrier layer for glass and other substrates.
The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Technical fabrics, polymer, coating, functionality