World leaders in technical support surfaces for pressure injury prevention
You will have different requirements of your support surface depending on the end-use. Here we can help you find the right fabric for your specific product, from the most comprehensive range of medical support surfaces available in the world.
Dartex has developed medical support surfaces for each unique care need. From pressure area care, to patient transfer and infection control. We have comprehensive ranges of fabrics for use in hospital, care homes and independent living. Here we can propose the right solution for your care need.
We offer two distinct fabric ranges; Dartex Classic and Dartex Advanced Technologies, which provide specialist properties depending on the medical needs of the patient. Find out more about the right choice for your application using the navigation links on the right.
The knowledge bank is a resource for all our direct customers, end-users as well of course the health care community. We showcase our research, offer technical support including details of legislation and standards. We thought that a comprehensive glossary would also be useful. Look out for the community healthcare portal later this autumn.
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Dartex is an international business, with transfer coating and transfer laminating manufacturing facilities on both sides of the Atlantic. We produce the highest quality fabrics for the world-wide healthcare market. All our fabrics are expertly engineered to be used in a variety of patient support surfaces.
Dartex Coatings Ltd.
Nottingham, NG10 1FZ
Phone: +44 (0)115 983 7676
Fax: +44 (0)115 973 6387
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Since our inception in 1971 we have succeeded in demanding market areas where performance, compliance to specification and process repeatability are key within a culture of total customer responsiveness. Environmentally compliant and quality assured, our UK facility was the first transfer coater in the world to achieve what has now evolved to BS EN ISO 9001: 2008. Despite an impressive heritage and reputation we know that we cannot rest on our laurels and remain relentless in the pursuit of innovative technical development and operational business improvement.
Dartex launches a new look, brand new collections and the most comprehensive range of medical support surfaces in its history
Following a restructure of our parent company, Dartex Coatings joins the Waterlinks Investments group.
Dartex introduces MelaphosFR™, a break-though in halogen-free flame retardant technology, which delivers superior flame retardant performance.
Developed by Dartex Coatings and Smith Nephew Extruded Films, Dartex Silver3® is proven to kill 99.9% of microbes on contact, when incorporated into a medical device.
In order to service transfer coating demand in the USA a 'Wet Lamination' modification is added to the transfer lamination line at Dartex Coatings Inc. The USA facility broadens its portfolio taking it to new markets. Dartex Coatings Inc patents a safe way of coating ptfe film without requiring the use of the Hypol Polymer.
To distinguish the separate identity of the growing Coatings division, the Penn Nyla name is dropped and Dartex Coatings, the company is born. Dartex Coatings and Enterprise Coatings are acquired by UK investment group Harris Watson, to trade independently under the single company name of Dartex Coatings.
Courtaulds Textiles is bought by US conglomerate, Sara Lee. Conflicts of interest lead to the offering for sale of the 22 fabric manufacturing business around the world.
Enterprise patent Windbloc ACT the first controlled airflow laminated fleece offered to the market. This is followed by further developments in controlled air permeability leading to the first softshell concepts branded as Powersheild.
Enterprise Coatings moves to their own new, larger premises in historic Slatersville RI, where the US Textile Industry started.
BS5750 acquired, the first transfer coater in the world to achieve this distinction.
Enterprise Coatings pioneers waterproof, windproof and breathable laminate which Malden Mills launches and brands as Polartec®, Windbloc® for the outdoor market.
Derby Nyla and its PU division merge with Penn International to become Penn-Nlya.
Enterprise Coatings is founded by entrepeneur Mark Shanley in Massachusetts.
Dartex Coatings are committed to meeting the requirements of its customers by manufacturing a range of high quality products. To support this, Dartex have held a certified quality management system since 1992 and are currently certified to the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 standard (view our certificate).
The management of quality starts with the control of raw materials and the selection of suppliers who supply products to a consistently high standard. All processes are controlled to allow optimal performance and thorough verification to ensure products and services meet agreed customer requirements.
All products manufactured go through a 100% examination process. Every batch is tested in our in-house laboratory ensuring the most stringent demands for colour and performance are met.
Dartex manufactures products to meet the highest standards of performance. Every product specification includes minimum performance levels rather than typical values, this allows our customers to have total confidence in the end product.
All standard Dartex® products are covered by a comprehensive minimum twelve-month in-use warranty. See our terms and conditions for details.
As a responsible manufacturer Dartex Coatings has a responsibility to protect the environment and we show examples of our commitment through:
These policies are all managed through the operation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) in line with the requirements of ISO14001 ( view our Environmental Policy ) and are compliant with the relevant requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (UK) and the Clean Air Act (USA).
Continual improvement is achieved through an ongoing procedure of internal audits and the EMS annual review.
Custom Solutions - Innovation through Collaboration
As an international business with technical competence and innovation in transfer coating and transfer laminating on both sides of the Atlantic, we are frequently approached to provide custom solutions for a number of diverse businesses. Many of our custom solutions involve non-disclosure agreements, therefore these exciting projects cannot be publicised.
One example of a custom solution in the public domain is our C.I.P.P. technology where we have engineered fabrics and coatings that provide solutions to the high cost of underground pipe repair. Major service providers and municipalities are currently using Dartex products throughout the Cured in Place Pipe Industry (C.I.P.P.).
Trenchless technology (CIPP)
With the escalating costs and inconvenience of ground pipe repairs, there is an increasing requirement for alternative solutions to traditional methods of trench excavation. Technology is now available to line the existing damaged pipes with watertight, flexible Dartex' coated fabrics. Our Trenchless products allow for the repair of lateral and angled pipes of varying dimensions. These are welded into tubes creating both a carrier on the outside of drainpipe resin to effect repair and a biodegradable waterproof lining of polyurethane for drainpipe efficacy. Dartex has positioned itself as a leader in providing the most cost effective and quality conscious products for this industry.