Safety Components was awarded a U.S. patent for its WeatherMAX 80 technical fabric.
WeatherMAX 80 is used in a broad range of industries, and the company already held a Canadian patent on the fabric.
WeatherMAX 80 is made using 100 percent pigment solution-dyed SaturaMAX for maximum color retention. Its water resistance comes from Safety Components' proprietary HydroMax finish and the fabric’s construction, so there’s no need for a coating.
"With WeatherMAX, we've created an entirely new category of outdoor fabric," said John Pierce, WeatherMAX product manager, in a statement. "It has proven that a textile can be strong without added weight, breathable yet highly resistant to water, and rugged while still providing the beautiful, rich appearance that today's consumer expects. This U.S. patent shows just how unique this material is."
It's used on boats, awnings and canopies, as well as outdoor furniture and umbrellas.
Safety Components manufactures marine, outdoor, fire, military, aerospace and auto air bag fabrics.