Hydrophilization of synthetic fibres.

Textile coating involves applying a visible layer of plastic to a textile substrate. The aim of this process is to modify the physical characteristics of the substrate, making the product suitable for use in a specific situation. Innovative coatings are part of Ploucquet’s comprehensive portfolio of finishes, which aims to provide consumers with effective and long-lasting additional benefits.


The increasing demand for functionalized textiles for use in various industrial sectors is what drives the company to develop innovative coating technologies. These textiles are employed in a wide range of applications, from medical hygiene products and highly functional protective clothing for the workplace to functional fashionable clothing, among others. They are also used in the automotive and aviation industries, in geographical and landscape protection and in products for the armed forces, civil defence and disaster response teams. Intelligent approaches to finding solutions are what help the company to uncover new areas of application and new sectors for growth.

Effects achieved.

There is a wide range of possible coating effects that result in added value for the product. They include water repellence, mechanical stability, chemical resistance, UV resistance and light tolerance, abrasion resistance and gas/moisture permeability. Furthermore, they also include aesthetic and visual comfort characteristics such as surface design, feel, volume and overall design. In this way, standard textile substrates can be transformed into competitive and innovative special products for both man and machine.

Processes and materials.

Our plant enables a variety of paste and dot coatings. These are normally aqueous direct coatings applied in the form of PU, acrylate and colour paste and dot coatings. Customerspecific requirements are met using special formulations, using instable foam, for example. Our reliable partner guarantees implementation of solvent/transfer coatings for individual requirements that cannot be realized using aqueous systems. Coatings can be applied to all flexible materials such as fabric, knits, interlaced yarns, non-woven fabrics, films, foam and felts. Furthermore, we can process longitudinally elastic, cross-stretch or bi-elastic substrates.

Dot coatings.

Dot coatings/partial coatings are often used in inserts/materials that have anti-slip, abrasionresistant, absorbent and/or reflective coatings. The dot coating technique is also used in combination with temperature activation for applying adhesive in the manufacture of laminates. Hydrophilic, water-repellent and lipophilic functions, printing on PCM and threedimensional effects are also processed using dot coatings.

Full-surface coatings.

These are analogous to dot coatings but form a complete film over the entire width of the product. The full-surface coatings are differentiated according to air and water permeability, as well as porous water vapour permeability. The Ploucquet plant processes quantities of 3 g/m2 to >150 g/m2, all of which are implemented with minimal variations across the length and width of the substrate.