Safety is our Top Priority

Our specialty nonwovens help protect people every day. The aim is to protect industrial workers operating in risky surroundings, protecting sportsmen exposing themselves to dangerous situations and protecting fire fighters in their struggle against flames. Our innovative spunlace material makes risky work places less dangerous and increases the well-being for wearer of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Fire Protection

Norafin supplies the industry with highly engineered material structures and functional nonwovens, which are a reliable protection against heat and flame exposure. Our materials have a three-dimensional fiber orientation thanks to our spunlace technology. This results in a high number of pores allowing an excellent entrapment of air. The superior uniformity of the material and the homogeneity lead to improved insulation properties while increasing the breathability of the fabric. Due to the optimum properties of our materials, the number of layers used in protective apparel or the weight of the single layers can be reduced resulting in a lower overall weight. Wearing comfort is achieved thanks to our fabric’s texture.

We believe in providing unparalleled customer support, investing in above the norm in R&D and state-of-the art technology and in close communication with our partners, both up and downstream. So that the support we offer is an effective and a profitable product solution. It is our aim to transform your need into the right product concept and offer a durable solution that supports a safer life.

End Uses:

  • flame retardant (FR) insulation layer
  • flame barrier, wet barrier, heat barrier

Performance Characteristics of our Products:

  • protection against heat and flame, i.a. for fire departments according to EN 469 respectively NFPA 1971
  • wearing comfort
  • durability
  • breathability
  • improved insulation (protection against heat and flame)

Possible Product Modifications:

  • various fiber blends including meta and para-aramids  as well as polyimides
  • variety of weights from 30 g/m² up to 800 g/m²
  • different structures: flat, apertured, 3D
  • spunlaced or needlepunched nonwovens
  • enhanced insulation und increased comfort thanks to Norafin 3D Performance®, a three-dimensional spunlaced nonwoven
  • double-layering capabilities showing different functions on each side
  • lower basis weight variations
  • various colors available
  • downstream options such as quilting or stitching
  • aftertreatment options, e.g. water and oil repellency

Thanks to our R&D test facility for the measurement of the flammability, it is possible to constantly monitor the quality of our products, to ensure safety for customers and wearer of personal protective equipment.

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Norafin Protective Barriers – Enhanced safety to different fields of application

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Your Contact Persons
Norafin Jos van Hattum

Jos van Hattum
Business Unit Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 414
M:jos.van-hattum@norafin.com
Norafin Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith
Business Unit Manager Norafin (Americas) Inc.

T:+1 828 545 1396
M:stuart.smith@norafin.com
Norafin Andy Schuffenhauer

Andy Schuffenhauer
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 240
M:andy.schuffenhauer@norafin.com

Ballistic Defense

Body armor needs to protect the wearer effectively from injuries caused by external impact. Soft body armor gives resistance to stab and slash attacks from knives and other sharp objects. Norafin's high-performance nonwovens offer improved protection at lower basis weights enhancing the wearer's comfort of body armor. Those nonwovens are employed e.g. in body equipment in the area of cut and fragment protection, or in combined body armors that allow stab and bullet protection at the same time.

End Uses:

  • fragment protection
    • bomb suits EOD
    • vests
    • bomb blankets
  • stab protection
  • anti-trauma
  • slash protection
  • cut protection
  • puncture protection

Performance Characteristics of our Products:

  • ballistic properties according to Standard STANAG 2920
  • stab protection according to Standard HOSDB, NIJ, VPAM, EN and more – protection against knives and spikes; cut and puncture resistance
  • impenetrability due to the engineered fabric structure
  • durability
  • lightweight material that offers a high level of protection without sacrificing comfort
  • high material strength, extreme density, and homogenous fabric surface
  • stab protection, puncture resistance, slash-resistance

Possible Product Modifications:

  • processing of various high quality fibers with high density, like para-aramids or polyethylene
  • weight range between 40 - 450 g/m²
  • various structures
  • multilayered solutions incorporating scrims, UDs (unidirectional), fabrics (free of binders)
  • unique Norafin Komanda® technology solutions based on high-performance fibers
  • blending of different materials (2-side constructions)
  • various aftertreatment options: antistatic, water repellent, etc.
  • material modifications possible in order to enhance comfort
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Nonwovens for Cut/Stab & Soft Ballistic Protection

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Your Contact Persons
Norafin Jos van Hattum

Jos van Hattum
Business Unit Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 414
M:jos.van-hattum@norafin.com
Norafin Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith
Business Unit Manager Norafin (Americas) Inc.

T:+1 828 545 1396
M:stuart.smith@norafin.com
Norafin Andy Schuffenhauer

Andy Schuffenhauer
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 240
M:andy.schuffenhauer@norafin.com

Arc Flash Protection

Increased technical and performance requirements represent new challenges for fabric manufacturers active in the protective apparel market today. People working in a dangerous environment need improved protection against hazardous risks such as violent fires or electric arcing.

Norafin Komanda® provides a range of high-grade fabrics that answer the market’s needs for a lightweight, re-usable, strong and breathable material applied in thermal clothing.

On the one hand, we can achieve this goal through products with integrated flame protection that cannot be washed out and through non-flammable materials (to the use as coating carrier).

Thanks to the combination of our internal technology know-how we succeeded in developing our unique Norafin Komanda® technology, which gives unique performance characteristics to our nonwovens.

End Uses:

  • industrial FR work wear
  • arc flash protective clothing
  • motorsports, fire departments, industry

Performance Characteristics of our Products:

  • excellent flame resistance
    • protection against heat and flame according to EN 11612
    • protection fpr welders according to EN 11611
    • protection according to EN IEC 61482-1-2 (single-layered material)
      • class 1 below 165 g/m², class 2 below 300 g/m²
    • protection according to NFPA 2112 (double-layered material)
      • class 2 below 113 g/m²
  • arc flash protection according to NFPA 70 E – cat. 4
  • lightweight
  • strong FR protection for multi-layer and single-layer solutions
  • durability to washing (resistance of 100 industrial washes without any performance loss)
  • soft and drapable
  • superior breathability

Possible Product Modifications:

  • various colors available
  • chemical resistant, high-visibility or antistatic
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Norafin Komanda® - Performance Engineered Fabrics for Protective Clothing

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Your Contact Persons
Norafin Jos van Hattum

Jos van Hattum
Business Unit Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 414
M:jos.van-hattum@norafin.com
Norafin Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith
Business Unit Manager Norafin (Americas) Inc.

T:+1 828 545 1396
M:stuart.smith@norafin.com
Norafin Andy Schuffenhauer

Andy Schuffenhauer
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 240
M:andy.schuffenhauer@norafin.com

Rainwear Protection

Our specialty nonwovens offer reliable protection against weather conditions such as rain, splash water, or wind as well as wet working environments to industrial workers combined with a high protection against flames and arc flash. Adapted to the requirements of our customers, we develop long-lasting, individual solutions for safe protective apparel with high wearing comfort.

End Uses:

Protective apparel for:

  • electricity and gas suppliers
  • pipeline works
  • works in the field of petrochemistry

Performance Characteristics of our Products:

  • windproof and water repellent thanks to special finishing
  • durable materials
  • chemical resistance against acids, oils, alcohol, salts and alkalis
  • weldable
  • high-visibility effect for excellent daytime visibility
    • use according to EN ISO 20471 respectively ANSI/ISEA 107
  • flame retardant, protection against flash fire
    • use according to EN ISO 14116 respectively ASTM F2733
  • protection against arc flash
  • enhanced wearing comfort through lightweight materials
  • good processing attributes for tailoring

Possible Product Modifications:

  • basis material made of different fibers, including FR fibers
  • individual weights: basis material from 40 g/m²
  • different structures, e.g. flat, apertured, Norafin 3D Performance®
  • high-visibility in yellow and orange
  • colored material solutions
  • double-sided material constructions
  • different aftertreatment options, e.g. coating or water repellent
Your Contact Persons
Norafin Jos van Hattum

Jos van Hattum
Business Unit Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 414
M:jos.van-hattum@norafin.com
Norafin Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith
Business Unit Manager Norafin (Americas) Inc.

T:+1 828 545 1396
M:stuart.smith@norafin.com
Norafin Andy Schuffenhauer

Andy Schuffenhauer
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 240
M:andy.schuffenhauer@norafin.com