New Marine Fabric Stays Flexible in Harsh Conditions

Marine fabrics are held to high standards: they must resist mold and mildew, retain their color, and stand up to wear and tear despite constant outdoor exposure. On top of this, sustained fabric flexibility has been a desirable, but elusive attribute with coated fabrics. Safety Components Fabric Technologies now has the answer with Breakwater X™. This new interpolymer alloy remains soft in punishing environments and is backed by a 10-year warranty.

Traditional PVC fabrics, an inherently stiff material, are enhanced with plasticizers to create the pliancy necessary for use on tops and enclosures. Over time, these plasticizers migrate to the fabric’s surface and dissipate through evaporation or extraction. This stiffens the PVC, leaving it prone to cracking and flaking.

Breakwater X from Safety Components is a premium interpolymer alloy fabric that does not rely on plasticizers to remain soft and pliable. At only 13.1 oz. per sq. yd., it retains all the advantages of a lightweight fabric and offers maximum resistance to prolonged exposure to salt water, heat and UV rays.

In testing, Breakwater X meets exacting ASTM standards for abrasion resistance, strength and the ability to withstand temperature extremes. It delivers significantly better tear resistance than comparable fabrics. Like all Safety Components outdoor performance fabrics, Breakwater X resists mildew and mold and offers excellent weldability. It is covered by a 10-year warranty, double the five-year warranty period offered by other companies on competitive fabrics.

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Safety Components is a global market leader in the production of high performance fabrics. In addition to its marine and outdoor products, it serves firefighting, automobile safety and military markets.

Contact WeatherMax by Safety Components, 40 Emery St., Greenville, SC 29605. 864-240-2712; Fax: 864-240-5947. www.weathermax.net.