Newsletter | Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics

ECF Healthcare & Medical Quarterly

Quarter 1 2020


The COVID-19 outbreak is having a huge impact globally. We are following local government advice at our Engineered Coated Fabrics facility locations in the UK and US to keep our staff safe and to maintain critical supplies to our healthcare & medical customers. We are currently operating 'business as usual' and we will keep you informed of any developments as they arise.

However, there have been some happier times this quarter; we’ve been celebrating key milestones for long standing staff members in the UK, while over in the US we were delighted to win a poster prize at the NPIAP Conference. Make sure you are specifying genuine Dartex® fabrics, especially now we are ISO14001 certified. Do you like our new-look newsletter?

With warm regards


Mark Jones
General Manager

Practical advice for infection control

At Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics we wanted to reassure and remind our customers about how the properties of your Dartex® support surface fabric provide the optimal barrier to prevent the spread of infection:

•    Impermeable to bacteria, viruses and fluid ingress – polyurethane is a fluid-proof, breathable barrier
•    Safe for skin contact
•    Reliable – designed for purpose and to maximise the life of the support surface

We always recommend that you Protect, Rinse and Dry your support surface in line with BHTA guidance and we remind customers that normal healthcare cleaning regimes are effective at removing bacteria and viruses.

Download our cleaning brochure for further information on acceptable cleaning agents but do remember to always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when cleaning your support surface. 

If you have any concerns around cleaning, get in touch with our Customer Service Team via email or call +44 (0)115 983 7676

Out and About

Award-winning research presented at NPIAP

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) Conference was the location for our latest Poster Presentation on Base Ticking materials in Houston, TX USA. We were delighted to win a poster prize. Click here to read more… You can download the paper here.

We also attended MD&M West in Anaheim, CA USA where key medical device manufacturers go to check out the latest innovations and technologies.

Accept no substitutions – choose Dartex® for your cover


We undertake in-house testing to compare how Dartex® performs against the competition.

Always check these 5 key criteria to make sure that your support suface fabric is genuine Dartex®.

Send in your samples to our technical team to test… And if in doubt – ask!

Longstanding staff members celebrate centuries of service


Six production personnel at Trelleborg’s engineered coated fabrics facility in Long Eaton, Nottingham are celebrating key employment milestones this year.

With 188 years served between them, the employees have seen many changes during their time with the business, which started life as the polyurethane coating division of Courtaulds textile mill in the 1970’s and was ultimately acquired by Trelleborg Group in 2018.

New Finance Manager appointed at Trelleborg Long Eaton

Graham Pollard has been appointed as Finance Manager at Trelleborg Long Eaton.

Graham is a Chartered Accountant, with over 25 years’ experience working in finance across multiple sectors, including retail and the beverage industry. Welcome Graham!

ISO14001 Achievement for Trelleborg Long Eaton

We’re delighted that Trelleborg Long Eaton has been awarded ISO14001 status. This is an important recognition of our commitment to maintaining high environmental standards across our manufacturing facility.

A big thank you to QHSE Manager Darren Parkin for his hard work in achieving the accreditation!

Did you know we do… more than mattress covers?

If you have a requirement for direct-coated fabrics, keep our Engineered Coated Fabrics team in mind. Super strong and highly weldable, we manufacture a range of fabrics for a wide range of medical applications, including:

  • Air cells
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Compression / vacuum chambers
  • And more…

Visit our website for more information about the whole Healthcare & Medical range