Established in 1989, Industrial Textiles & Plastics Ltd is a leading producer of protective engineered textiles and chemical resistant membranes. The company’s expertise is in flame retardant and chemical resistant technologies. ITP’s products are woven fabrics, coated textiles, membranes and non-woven composites, with four ranges of use: ground and gas barrier membranes, building membranes, containment and weather protection systems, chemical protective materials. ITP has considerable technical expertise in producing complex composite materials for many different performance requirements. Principle markets are the construction, environmental protection, petrochemical, marine and offshore, military and civil defence. Protecting what matters to you in the UK and around the world.

Company details

Stillington Road, Easingwold , York , North Yorkshire YO61 3FA United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Textile
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1989

Protecting what matters to you in the UK and around the world

  • Scaffold Sheeting
  • Roofing and Building Membranes
  • Ground and Gas Barriers
  • Hydrocarbon and VOC Barriers
  • Site Branding Solutions
  • Chemical Protective Materials

As pioneers in the manufacture of engineered protective textiles, Industrial Textiles & Plastics Ltd has developed a global customer base through a strategy of investment in our people, products and processes.

The principles of quality and integrity underpin our strategy; demanding exacting standards of ourselves and our partners to guarantee excellence in product quality, customer service and technical support.

Our markets are diverse: construction, environmental protection, petrochemical, marine & offshore and defense, but are united by a common purpose - protection.

ITP’s products are sold worldwide and company staff members speak more than seven languages with exports accounting for up to 25% of their business.

Advanced manufacturing technology ensures consistent high standards and reliability, and ITP is registered to BS EN ISO 9001 for quality assurance. The company is active at an industry level, working closely with standards committees and trade associations.

The company’s growth and success is the result of its commitment to producing quality products and providing excellent customer service.  Product development work for customers with specific requirements is a key element of the business; materials are researched, developed and stringently tested to provide innovative solutions meeting performance requirements for challenging situations.

ITP’s products are sold worldwide and company staff members speak more than seven languages with exports accounting for up to 25% of their business.

Development and innovation

Industrial Textiles and Plastics Ltd was founded in 1989 and is based in Easingwold in North Yorkshire. Initially, ITP was the UK distributor for a new scaffold sheeting product made in Holland. The company then expanded into providing quality European roofing materials to the building trade in the UK.

In the 1990s, ITP developed a new barrier material for the Ministry of Defence to produce a new generation of COLPRO shelters resistant to chemical and biological warfare agents, which were subsequently used by British Forces during the Gulf War.  

In 2002, ITP responded to customers’ requirements for specific materials by moving into manufacturing, to provide engineered textiles and membranes designed to meet market demands. The product range has now grown to hundreds of materials in different sizes, specifications and uses. Included in this are innovative geomembranes for environmental protection in the construction industry using the technology developed with the MoD.

Expansion into the international market for began in 2003, with materials being created specifically for Scandinavian weather and containment protection systems. Growth was rapid and ITP acquired a warehouse in Gothenburg to provide next-day deliveries to the region.

Subsequently, ITP introduced an innovative range of breathable membranes with exceptional UV resistance, suitable for use on exposed installations behind wooden, steel mesh, glass, polycarbonate and fabric mesh. Conventional breather membranes cannot provide long-term UV stability, so Powerlon® UV and Powerlon® UV Colour, with their superior durability and high resistance to UV exposure, offer exciting new creative and stylish design opportunities for architects.

In 2013, the company launched Puraflex®, the next generation barrier membrane for protection against hydrocarbons and toxic industrial pollutants commonly found in contaminated land. This innovative material significantly outperforms traditional HDPE membranes; it was followed in late 2015 by Powerbase® VOC, which offers similar outstanding levels of protection against harmful gases such as radon, methane and carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Another innovation by ITP is the Powerbase® VOC app, a unique software application used by environmental engineers to provide site specific permeation information as part of contaminated land risk assessments.

In-house processing of materials include surface coating, finishing and either flexographic or digital printing. A newly acquired large-format digital machine is capable of full-colour printing up to 3.0 metres wide to virtually any length. This offers outstanding opportunities for corporate branding, promotion and advertising for customers.

An introduction to typical processes used in the manufacture of our products

Woven fabrics

Specific mechanical performance requirements are achieved by selecting appropriate yarns of varying type, polymer and strength. Woven fabrics are produced with monofilament, multifilament or tape yarns in different polymers depending upon tensile and tear strength requirements.

Non-woven fabrics

Non-woven fabrics are used in manufacturing breathable roofing membranes and as a supporting substrate for coated textiles including chemical resistant garment fabrics. Features including flame retardancy and anti-static characteristics can be included using specialist additives.

Coating and lamination

Our primary coating polymers are polyolefins which enable the materials to be heat-welded easily using conventional thermal welding equipment.  Other polymer coatings are also produced depending upon specific performance requirements.

Special films and membranes

Co-extruded films are developed to meet specific performance requirements. They can be reinforced by laminating to a woven scrim or non-woven fabric.

Composite materials

Composite materials incorporating multilayer constructions are a speciality. This involves laminating different combinations of fabrics, films, membranes, foams or other flexible materials into a finished product. Laminating is usually achieved by cast extrusion or hot-melt adhesion processes.

Converting & finishing

Converting, finishing and packaging to customer requirements. Materials can be slit and rerolled to specific widths and roll lengths.

Sheeting materials can be welded under factory-controlled conditions in prefabricated panels up to 60x65m in size.

Finishing with reinforced hems, eyelets and other assemblies is also undertaken.

Printing

Flexographic and full-colour wide-format printing of films and flexible sheeting materials. Full-scale digital printing technologies.

Laboratory testing

Testing & Quality Assurance Testing to International ISO, European EN, American ASTM and British BS Standards.

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Products manufactured by Industrial Textiles & Plastics are quality assured and certified to ISO 9001.

ISOQAR Certification to ISO 9001 is the best practice management framework used by millions of businesses worldwide as a tool to encourage best practice and improve business performance.

ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. These principles are explained in more detail in the pdf Quality Management Principles. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

It is the policy of ITP to provide products and services that fully and consistently meet the agreed requirements of our customers and to ensure that the products supplied are manufactured to defined standards of content and fitness for purpose.

To demonstrate to both customers and staff the Company commitment to quality, it is our policy to achieve and maintain recognition as a Company of assessed quality capability under the requirements of EN ISO 9001.

The Quality Policy is implemented through the operation of the Quality Management System.  The requirements of this system are mandatory for all Company personnel and no unauthorised alterations or deviations are permitted.

The only way to achieve and maintain this policy is for everyone, in whatever capacity, to perform his or her work to the highest standards at all times.

Our aim must be to get it right the first time and to strive for continuous improvements.