KILRISH, Ireland — May 24, 2011 — Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has announced the launch of the
Coretech™ barrier membrane technology platform, which enables the engineering of versatile and
lightweight chemical- and biological-protective composites.
Coretech™ barrier membranes are highly innovative solutions that improve product performance
and cost-effectiveness. The technology has already been demonstrated in a range of applications
such as ONESuit® Pro hazmat suits which offer maximum protection against the permeation of chemical
and biological substances in both liquid and vapour form; Coretech™ ShelterGuard, which is a
lightweight, single-skin barrier fabric to reduce set-up and tear-down times for protective
shelters, military expedition tents and medical treatment units; Coretech™ HydroGuard, which is
used for CamelBak® chemically and biologically stable hydration solutions for potable water
supplies and, Coretech EnviroGuard™, which is used in protective containers and membranes for the
handling and storage of petro-chemicals.
Developed through Saint-Gobain’s expertise in fluoropolymer (PTFE) films and fabrics,
Coretech™ represents a range of new customised composite membranes to meet the toughest barrier
requirements. These barrier membranes are made by combining different polymers, elastomers and
woven and non-woven substrates to achieve unique combinations of properties which will reliably
deliver the required performance levels. Each Coretech™ barrier membrane has been engineered to
deliver key performance benefits such as permeation resistance to more than 100 chemicals including
biological and chemical warfare agents. Other benefits include durability and robustness,
non-combustibility and fire resistance, as well as flexible and lightweight structure for comfort
and portability. Suitable for use with a wide range of fabrication methods such as welding or
stitch and over-tape, Coretech™ membranes facilitate the development of engineered solutions to a
whole range of barrier and containment challenges.
“At Techtextil 2011, Saint-Gobain will showcase a range of materials developed using patented
Coretech™ technology that resist the permeation of a wide range of hazardous chemical, warfare, and
biological substances in both liquid and vapour form,” said Ian Hutcheson, Market Manager,
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “The Coretech™ technology is key to the development of our range
of barrier and containment solutions and meeting our customers’ toughest requirements.”
The technology platform is being showcased at Techtextil 2011, in Frankfurt, Germany, 24-26
May 2011 at the Saint-Gobain booth D11, Hall 4.1.
Posted on May 24, 2011
Source: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics