The unique 2,000 m2 facade artwork ‘The Conversation’ has ascended in the trendy neighborhood of Assembly Row in Somerville, near Boston, USA. Commissioned by Design Communications Ltd, Printable Technical Textiles printed the facade textile with their SolidskinTec printing process on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh fabric.

What’s phenomenal about this textile facade – and at the same time a public art project – is that three silhouette-shaped LED screens in the facade display digital art by local artists. Puma North Americas HQ is the proud occupant of the property.

This contract was awarded to Printable Technical Textiles by Design Communications Ltd following a successful collaboration for the Project ‘Partners Healthcare Parking Garage‘ in Assembly Row. Everyone is delighted with how the printed substrate for the facade has retained its color and appearance under extreme weather conditions. The endless creative possibilities of a printed sustainable facade cladding are expressed symbiotically in ‘The Conversation.’

Architects’ choice. Printed with SolidskinTec

Architects are applying printed textile facades architecture because it is an innovative solution and offers exciting possibilities. Architects can emphasize their signature and unique design, easily connect with the surroundings or create surprising effects to make an impact and generate stopping power. Textile facades offer low costs and quick implementation. SolidskinTec proves to be the only solution for printed technical textiles that must remain durable in public areas. Your technical textile printed with SolidskinTec is guaranteed to stay beautiful during its extended lifetime.

Project Description
Year 2021
Project Assembly Row – HQ Puma North America
Location USA-02145 Somerville MA
Substrate Serge Ferrari Frontside View 381
Quantity 2000 m2
Contractor Design Communications Ltd

Why are facade textiles printed with SolidskinTec unique?

  • 10 years guarantee on color retention
  • 10 years guarantee on dirt repellence
  • 10 years guarantee on adhesion of ink and varnish
  • 10 years guarantee on crack initiation of inks

In 2020 the University of Maastricht opened the doors of their new location: the Tapijnkazerne. The building houses the school of Business and Economics, UMIO and the library of the university. This historic site, that was build in 1916, had previously being used as a military base barracks and retired in 2010.

The building was redesigned to make it a green environment, while keeping some of the buildings’ characteristics. The main entrance under the park of the historic buildings was transformed to become an underground building that connects the old barracks. The glass facade offers a great opportunity to make a unique appearance, but it also requires protection against the direct sunlight, both for practical and energy savings reasons. Therefore, a series of printed zipscreens was installed by Schellekens & Schellenkens, using a grey Helioscreen textile.

Maastricht University commissioned the renowned and award winning photographer Robin de Puy to create an artwork for these screens. The images used for the sunscreens show humanity in different settings. Each printed zipscreen has its own photo and obviously, these beautiful photos deserved a print quality to the highest standards. The artwork is called “Screening Diversity”.

The challenge: inks ‘falling off’ the screen

Printable Technical Textiles was approached to create a technical solution for the printed zipscreens after previous printing tests had failed. The experience of Printable Technical Textiles was necessary to make the selected Helioscreen screening fabric receptive to our unique SolidskinTec printing process. To apply our formula on this screen, which is key to achieving high-quality standards, we needed to change the structure of the textile so that our PU-coating would do what it should do.

SolidskinTec is a unique printing process that fuses the inks and pu-varnish with the technical textile. This process adds new properties to the technical textile in terms of color intensity, color retention, flexibility, and dirt resistance. These added properties enable us to provide unique guarantees to technical textiles they did not have before our processing with our technology. The result: Beautiful printed outdoor blinds with an unlimited guarantee on appearance for 5 years.

 

Project Description
Project Tapijnkazerne
Location NL-6211ME Maastricht
Substrate Helioscreen Sergé 3% 117117
Quantity 125 m2
Year 2020
Contractor Schellekens & Schellekens

Reinventing the process

About the project:

In 2020 the University of Maastricht openend the doors of their new location: the Tapijnkazerne. The building houses the school of Business and Economics, UMIO and the library of the university. This historic site, that was build in 1916, had previously being used as a military base barracks and retired in 2010.

The building was redesigned to make it a green environment, while keeping some of the buildings’ characteristics. The main entrance under the park of the historic buildings was transformed to become an underground building that connects the old barracks. The glass facade offers a great opportunity to make a unique appearance, but it also requires protection against the direct sunlight, both for practical and energy savings reasons. Therefore, a series of zipscreens was installed by Schellekens & Schellenkens, using a grey Helioscreen textile.

Maastricht University commissioned the renowned and award winning photographer Robin de Puy to create an artwork for these printed outdoor blinds. The images used for the sunscreens show humanity in different settings. Each printed outdoor blinds has its own photo and obviously, these beautiful photos deserved a print quality to the highest standards. The artwork is called “Screening Diversity”.

We work with carefully selected fabrics from renowned technical textile manufacturers.

All textiles have been thoroughly tested, based on the actual real-life conditions and compared to equivalents. This is how we safeguard the long-term suitability of our products for each application and offer unique guarantees.

Printed outdoor blinds
Sunscreens
Printed sunscreens
Printed outdoor blinds

Printable Technical Textiles was involved in the world’s first Nitrogen Oxide absorbing facade (NOx), installed in Hamburg, Germany. This innovation truly fits our passion for printed technical textiles for long-term use

This project was initiated by ECE, German market leader for customized real estate concepts and a pioneer in sustainable solutions in the development sector. Under the scientific supervision of RWTH Aachen University, the world’s first textile facade that filters harmful nitrogen oxides from the air on an office building was installed at ECE’s corporate campus in Hamburg.

Printable Technical Textiles was approached by Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau to produce the printed mesh fabric with the SolidskinTec printing process. This ensured both a protected durable print and thanks to our PU-varnish also a base layer for an additional coating with nano-titanium oxide. This coating binds the harmful nitrogen oxides that pollute the air through car emissions.

The Nitrogen Oxide absorbing facade not only binds nitrogen oxides but also helps to reduce the CO2 emission of the 22-year-old ECE office building: Studies have shown that this new mesh fabric building envelope can reduce up to 78 percent of the solar cooling loads of buildings in summer.

This Nitrogen Oxide absorbing facade pilot aims to test new solutions for sustainable building envelopes and to test the innovative textile facade under experimental conditions. Therefore complex digital measurement technology is installed. The Institute for Textile Technology Aachen (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University supports the project. It was part of a research project by architect Jan Serode, which started in 2016 and is carried out closely with industry and health organizations.

Project Description
Project ECE Hamburg
Location DE-22391 Hamburg
Substrate Serge Ferrari Frontside View 381
Quantity 75 m2
Year 2020
Contractor Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau

nitrogen oxide absorbing architecture
Deichmann Flagship Store facade

In 2018, Koch Membranen was challenged by the Deichmann Group to create a new fabric facade consisting of as many as five shades of green from the shoe chain’s corporate identity. It was a logical wish from the architect but a difficult task for the installer. After all, the specified technical textile from Serge Ferrari (Frontside View 381 mesh) was not standardly available in these shades of green. The required quantity of each color did not come close to the required minimum for custom production.

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The unique 2,000 m2 facade artwork ‘The Conversation’ has ascended in the trendy neighborhood of Assembly Row in Somerville, near Boston, USA. Commissioned by Design Communications Ltd, Printable Technical Textiles printed the facade textile with their SolidskinTec printing process on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh fabric.

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Schüco produces high-end solutions for windows, doors, and facades around the globe. For their head office in Germany, Printable Technical Textiles printed the technical textile for the textile facade mounted on their “FACID” façade system. The result is not only an eye-catching facelift of their office building but also an excellent reference for how the FACID extrusions can be applied. To promote this system, Schüco demanded the highest quality.

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Textile facade for Zuiver Media

For the new office building of Zuiver Media, Poly-Ned installed a sun-resistant textile cladding, resulting in this clean corporate image. The printed facade membrane provides solar protection for the building, favouring energy savings and reducing operating costs. It also ensures the privacy of the occupants of the premises, while maintaining a good vision to the outside. Poly-Ned chose Printable to print the textile with our unique printing and PU coating technique. 

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Beyond the sustainable facade

A PES/PVC fabric facade as a flexible second skin around a building is one of the most cost-effective solutions, as it can retain up to 80% of the heat from the sun. It’s a low-cost solution compared to other facade claddings, and it offers a higher degree of customization as the fabrics can be printed with any pattern or design. They are characterized by their lightweight, high durability, flexibility, and resistance to different weather conditions.

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Tensile architecture for Otto Fuchs KG in Germany

The company Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau approached us to print this 1325 m2 tensile architecture fabric facade on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh with our unique SolidskinTec print en polyurethane fusion process. SolidskinTec makes the print and textile resistant to weather influences such as UV radiation, wind, and rain.

Read more
Textile facade for PIA Automation Headquarters

PIA Automation opened their new plant in Bad Neustadt. A key visual aspect of the new building complex is the branded facade. The frontage showing the corporate identity and slogan 'We Automate Your World' on an 1.000 square meter mesh material that will be visible from a huge distance.

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Facade cladding for NEC Birmingham

For the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (NEC), Base Structures delivered a 3-Dimensional fabric facade cladding and printed over-cladding that are part of the revitalization and redevelopment of the center. The new design has 37 translucent pyramid structures with especially sandwiched panels between the pyramids as a series of vibrant color panels. These colors were carefully designed and also used in the corporate identity. As part of the permanent installation, the perseverance of color is essential to NEC. The unlimited 10 years warranty ensures it will stay in perfect condition for years to come.

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The central railway station of the city of Almere is one of the main hubs of the region. It will become even more important in the coming years, as Almere is growing and the regional public transport will be extended. ProRail contracted Buitink Technology to replace a great part of the hood with printed textiles. Printable Technical Textiles was asked by Buitink Technology to produce the printed textiles for this project.

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Textile facade branding for AD Delhaize, Merelbeke

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Read more
Technical textiles printed in RAL colors

Printable Technical Textiles offers an answer for architectural substrates needed in custom solid colors. Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.

Read more
Large format banners for Partners Healthcare Parking Garage

Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based non-profit hospital and physicians network that includes Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation's most prestigious teaching institutions. After many years of being scattered across more than a dozen offices in and around Boston, Partners HealthCare’s administrative employees are coming together under one roof and that needed a huge parking garage. Printable Technical Textiles was asked to deliver the large format banners for the facade based on the proof of durability in appearance and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

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Textile facade for Chateau de la Barbinière

Château de la Barbinière in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre is where design and refinement meet in an unspoilt countryside. The park of 13 hectares deploys its architecture in a natural and calm environment. Attached to the main building, ACS Production made this expansion with a textile facade. The design is in line with its surrounding. It is a clever solution to hide the technical/work area to visitors and keep the area looking pristine.

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Facade architecture for Cheops Technology

Printable Technical Textiles delivered the printed substrate of the textile facade for Cheops Technology located in the periphery of Bordeaux

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Textile Architecture for Charleroi Danse Theatre

The Charleroi Danse Theatre was installed in 2014 and these shots were made in 2018. The facade architecture textile is characterised by its printed surface. Printed on-demand, our substrates achieve the best hard-wearing resistance combined with freedom of choice in design and ideas this is the reason The Ateliers Jean Nouvel and MDW architecture chose for our membrame.

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Building wrap - Sense City

A good example of our facade fabric. The Sense City climate chamber @ Université Paris-Est. Sense-City is a climate chamber that can cover two 400m² areas. On each of these areas, a portion of territory is built on, called a Mini-City, equipped with many sensors to study the performance of facilities and urban materials, monitor the city of tomorrow by sending appropriate information, study air, water and soil pollution

Read more
Textile facade for Fricke and Saphir

The Fricke - Saphir Building in Bockel, Germany was renewed in 2013 and holds a retail shop for their products. The vulnerability and the exposure to nature were key in this project. Long time relationships between printer, confectioner and producer of the technical textile, lead to the right solution.

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Textile architecture for Cité internationale de la tapisserie

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Not only trucks use our SolidskinTec print solution to preserve appearance during transportation.

Also, Clarijs uses our SolidskinTec printing process for their (cycle)bags and bakfiets covers. Like trucks, these bags are subject to excessive use and weather conditions and must withstand the test of time. Printable technical textiles deliver their custom printed and printed series productions with outstanding quality. Clarijs also creates bags from our leftover materials to create a more sustainable bag with a surprisingly funny result.

About Clarijs.

Although initially a saddlery company founded by the brothers Clarijs in 1948. The company started to focus more on processing sail canvas and related products. The company evolved and has passed on to the sons and grandchildren and has grown into production work of (cycle)bags and bakfiets covers in recent years. Clarijs products are sold in more than 12 countries, including the USA and Canada. Please visit their website if you want to know about Clarijs or order one of these indestructible bags.

When new buildings are designed and built, architects and constructors must consider the future in terms of climate change. They have a crucial responsibility to design sustainable facades, and energy-efficient structures, and to take active measures that are thoroughly low-carbon (and ideally carbon-neutral). These measures have to take into account the building process, but also, and more important in terms of impact, the use of the building.

Our love for glass in architecture is a clear example. Not too long ago, architects chose fully glass facades as the solution. Simple, elegant, and cost-effective, glass was the first choice for a lot of buildings. But it renders inefficiency in energy use. Full-height glazing lets in a substantial amount of light, but also a great deal of heat, which then requires air-conditioning -itself a generator of heat- to correct this problem.

Nowadays, architects are changing their approach to this matter. New energy-saving sources of light (LED) are reducing the need for attracting as much light as needed into the building, saving a lot of heat buildup. But we still would like to see our world from our building. Through shading constructions, a sustainable facade can prevent a lot of heat from entering the building, reducing the strain on the climate control systems in the building.

sustainable facades

80% heat reduction from solar effects with fabric facades.

A PES/PVC fabric sustainable facade as a flexible second skin around a building is one of the most cost-effective solutions, as it can retain up to 80% of the heat from the sun. It’s a low-cost solution compared to other facade claddings, and it offers a higher degree of customization as the fabrics can be printed with any pattern or design. They are characterized by their lightweight, high durability, flexibility, and resistance to different weather conditions.

Thanks to a shallow ecological footprint, fabric facades are an ideal application to make the building and renovation industry more sustainable. The idea that PVC-containing materials should be excluded in the search for sustainable materials in the construction industry does not apply in the case of polyester/PVC facade mesh. This material has a technical lifespan of 18-30 years. Producers offer recycling programs to process waste and replacement materials fully. And thanks to the temperature control and lighter substructure required, energy and costs are saved. As such, fabric sustainable facade actively contributes to achieving environmental certifications in the construction sector. Think of LEED, HQE, and BREEAM.

More benefits from fabric sustainable facades.

As mentioned above the flexibility offered by fabric facade systems. Depending on the design, the facade mesh fulfills various primary functions, like noise reduction, windshields, and heat shields. But also visual functions as a branding or communication tool. Collaborations with (local) artists that can be applied by print both to the inside and outside of the facade.

Next-generation is taking Nitrogen out of the environment.

At this moment, a pilot project is done by RWTH Aachen University supported by the Institute for Textile Technology Aachen (ITA) on a facade of an ECE office building in Hamburg. This textile sustainable facade has been treated with an additional coating with nano-titanium oxide. The coating binds the harmful nitrogen oxides that pollute the air through car emissions. The act not only binds nitrogen oxides but also helps to reduce the CO2 emission of the 22-year-old building: Studies have shown that this new mesh fabric building envelope can reduce up to 78 percent of the solar cooling loads of buildings in summer.

Textile architecture

Textile Facades

Textile facades printed with our SolidskinTec printing process are the ideal durable fabric facade solution. Our process adds protective properties to the fabric, so your printed product looks great for years to come.

Read more
Deichmann Flagship Store facade

In 2018, Koch Membranen was challenged by the Deichmann Group to create a new fabric facade consisting of as many as five shades of green from the shoe chain’s corporate identity. It was a logical wish from the architect but a difficult task for the installer. After all, the specified technical textile from Serge Ferrari (Frontside View 381 mesh) was not standardly available in these shades of green. The required quantity of each color did not come close to the required minimum for custom production.

Read more
Centre International de Tennis

Printable Technical Textiles was asked by its French partner ACS Production to apply a durable print to the fabric for the front and side walls of the hall, which gives it a unique look with a print that is guaranteed to last at least 10 years!

Read more
Facade artwork for Puma Headquarters

The unique 2,000 m2 facade artwork ‘The Conversation’ has ascended in the trendy neighborhood of Assembly Row in Somerville, near Boston, USA. Commissioned by Design Communications Ltd, Printable Technical Textiles printed the facade textile with their SolidskinTec printing process on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh fabric.

Read more
Nitrogen oxide absorbing facade

Printable Technical Textiles was involved in the world’s first Nitrogen Oxide absorbing facade (NOx), installed in Hamburg, Germany. This innovation truly fits our passion for printed technical textiles for long-term use.

Read more
Building wrap for KU13 Sneakerbox

The KU13-Store in Kulmbach opened in September 2018. Printed on our open weave substrates. This interior lights create a playful mix with the graphic designs on the textile facade.

Read more
Textile facade for Schüco International KG

Schüco produces high-end solutions for windows, doors, and facades around the globe. For their head office in Germany, Printable Technical Textiles printed the technical textile for the textile facade mounted on their “FACID” façade system. The result is not only an eye-catching facelift of their office building but also an excellent reference for how the FACID extrusions can be applied. To promote this system, Schüco demanded the highest quality.

Read more
Textile facade for Zuiver Media

For the new office building of Zuiver Media, Poly-Ned installed a sun-resistant textile cladding, resulting in this clean corporate image. The printed facade membrane provides solar protection for the building, favouring energy savings and reducing operating costs. It also ensures the privacy of the occupants of the premises, while maintaining a good vision to the outside. Poly-Ned chose Printable to print the textile with our unique printing and PU coating technique. 

Read more
Curtains for Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Restaurant Schillings

What can printed textile bring to interior architecture? Get inspired by the out-of-the-box thinking of the designers at Inside Outside. This interior design agency, owned by Petra Blaisse, is famous for their creative use of materials in interior design. Their preferred material to work with is soft and pliable to create movement and ever-changing effects. For the brand new build Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf, they created these beautiful custom curtains in the theatre's Restaurant Schillings.

Read more
Tensile architecture for Otto Fuchs KG in Germany

The company Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau approached us to print this 1325 m2 tensile architecture fabric facade on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh with our unique SolidskinTec print en polyurethane fusion process. SolidskinTec makes the print and textile resistant to weather influences such as UV radiation, wind, and rain.

Read more
Textile facade for PIA Automation Headquarters

PIA Automation opened their new plant in Bad Neustadt. A key visual aspect of the new building complex is the branded facade. The frontage showing the corporate identity and slogan 'We Automate Your World' on an 1.000 square meter mesh material that will be visible from a huge distance.

Read more
Facade cladding for NEC Birmingham

For the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (NEC), Base Structures delivered a 3-Dimensional fabric facade cladding and printed over-cladding that are part of the revitalization and redevelopment of the center. The new design has 37 translucent pyramid structures with especially sandwiched panels between the pyramids as a series of vibrant color panels. These colors were carefully designed and also used in the corporate identity. As part of the permanent installation, the perseverance of color is essential to NEC. The unlimited 10 years warranty ensures it will stay in perfect condition for years to come.

Read more
Parking textile facade for City-parkhaus Delmenhorst

Parking garages are enormous buildings built efficiently and with low-cost structures in mind. Often placed in central areas in town, architects struggle to balance cost against the appearance of the construction from the street. More and more, we see that parking textile facade structures solve this dilemma.

Read more
Almere Centrum Railway Station

The central railway station of the city of Almere is one of the main hubs of the region. It will become even more important in the coming years, as Almere is growing and the regional public transport will be extended. ProRail contracted Buitink Technology to replace a great part of the hood with printed textiles. Printable Technical Textiles was asked by Buitink Technology to produce the printed textiles for this project.

Read more
Textile facade branding for AD Delhaize, Merelbeke

AD Delhaize in Merelbeke (Belgium) is an excellent reference regarding the use of architectural substrates for textile facade branding that are needed in custom solid colors (with additional graphics if required). Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.

Read more
Technical textiles printed in RAL colors

Printable Technical Textiles offers an answer for architectural substrates needed in custom solid colors. Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.

Read more
Large format banners for Partners Healthcare Parking Garage

Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based non-profit hospital and physicians network that includes Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation's most prestigious teaching institutions. After many years of being scattered across more than a dozen offices in and around Boston, Partners HealthCare’s administrative employees are coming together under one roof and that needed a huge parking garage. Printable Technical Textiles was asked to deliver the large format banners for the facade based on the proof of durability in appearance and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

Read more
Textile facade for Chateau de la Barbinière

Château de la Barbinière in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre is where design and refinement meet in an unspoilt countryside. The park of 13 hectares deploys its architecture in a natural and calm environment. Attached to the main building, ACS Production made this expansion with a textile facade. The design is in line with its surrounding. It is a clever solution to hide the technical/work area to visitors and keep the area looking pristine.

Read more
Facade architecture for Cheops Technology

Printable Technical Textiles delivered the printed substrate of the textile facade for Cheops Technology located in the periphery of Bordeaux

Read more
Textile Architecture for Charleroi Danse Theatre

The Charleroi Danse Theatre was installed in 2014 and these shots were made in 2018. The facade architecture textile is characterised by its printed surface. Printed on-demand, our substrates achieve the best hard-wearing resistance combined with freedom of choice in design and ideas this is the reason The Ateliers Jean Nouvel and MDW architecture chose for our membrame.

Read more
Building wrap - Sense City

A good example of our facade fabric. The Sense City climate chamber @ Université Paris-Est. Sense-City is a climate chamber that can cover two 400m² areas. On each of these areas, a portion of territory is built on, called a Mini-City, equipped with many sensors to study the performance of facilities and urban materials, monitor the city of tomorrow by sending appropriate information, study air, water and soil pollution

Read more
Textile facade for Fricke and Saphir

The Fricke - Saphir Building in Bockel, Germany was renewed in 2013 and holds a retail shop for their products. The vulnerability and the exposure to nature were key in this project. Long time relationships between printer, confectioner and producer of the technical textile, lead to the right solution.

Read more
Textile architecture for Cité internationale de la tapisserie

We can hardly think of a better reference than being selected for our textiles for facade architecture of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie (Museum of Aubusson tapestry). Located halfway between Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges, this major centre for artistic craft and a skill dating back to the Middle Ages, the Aubusson tapestry was listed as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

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Isn’t it beautiful? The matching colors of the printed curtain sider and the cabin color make for a unique and impressive identifying image. However, what will it look like in a year after UV radiation and other harsh weather conditions have shown their forces? Well, just as beautiful as it looks now!

Our polyurethane fusion process makes the difference. Whereas most printed side curtains will lose their color intensity within two years, resulting in a disbalance between cabin and curtain, side curtains printed with SolidskinTec are not influenced by the harsh conditions that trucks are exposed to. The SolidskinTec printing process provides a unique degree of gloss. This gloss ensures that the shine on the side curtain is the same as that of metallic bodywork. Our printers are capable of matching any color standard, including automotive paints. The matching colors of the printed truck side curtains and the color of the cabins make for a unique and impressive identifying image. With a truck side curtain printed with SolidskinTec, you are sure the color match will stay accurate for over 5 years.

printed truck side curtains

Printed side curtains for trucks

Printable Technical Textiles began printing and coating side curtains for trucks 20 years ago. Today, our SolidskinTec printing process has become a household name in this market, with many truck side curtains hitting the road every year. Europe’s major trailer and tarpaulin manufacturers rely on our SolidskinTec printing process for their premium printed side curtains.

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SolidskinTec hits the rail again with Shimms

With rail transportation rapidly gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to road transportation, the demand for (technically) durable rail vehicles is also growing. So too, are these so-called "Shimmns" for steel coil transport.

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Brasserie Goudale and TSA Transports choose curtainsiders printed with SolidskinTec

Brasserie Goudale (Arques, France) distributes its beer brands with TSA Transports in Calais. Over the past years, both brewer and transporter agreed that they would change their side-curtains to the high-quality standard that our SolidskinTec printing process provides, improving their marketing appearance and durability on the road.

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Picnic delivery vans with SolidskinTec printed side curtains

With a fleet of over 1000 electric vehicles, the successful online supermarket Picnic won the hearts and minds of the Dutch consumer. The eye-catching electric vans with printed sidecurtains with SolidskinTec, address a fundamental flaw in online grocery shopping and delivery; its impact on carbon emissions. We’re happy and proud they chose our printed side curtains with SolidskinTec.

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Test for different curtainsiders of Zandbergen and Ambrosius

Since the introduction of the new corporate identities of Zandbergen and Ambrosius in 2015, about two hundred trucks have been equipped with Solidskin side curtains. A conscious choice: besides SolidskinTec printed curtainsiders, other types of printed truck side curtains have been on the road to test their quality and sustainability. According to Erik Zandbergen, director and fleetmanager, Solidskin offers an unrivaled quality.

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SolidskinTec on the rail

The exposure of materials on trains requires extreme robustness. Besides the challenging conditions the textiles are exposed to, such as rain, wind, and UV-radiation, they must also withstand the copper deposit created by the grinding of the current train collector against the overhead contact line. Very aggressive cleaning methods are needed to remove this deposit from the materials. Our printing technology is dirt resistant and does not break in this challenging cleaning regime.

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Smurfit Kappa with printed SolidskinTec sidecurtains

In 2010 Smurfit Kappa started driving with side curtains printed and protected with SolidskinTec. Seven years later more than 200 of these curtains are (still) driving and look great with their high-gloss finish and deep black appearance. Smurfit Kappa embraces the sturdy quality and cost-reducing low maintenance of a Solidskin truck curtain.

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Van Houweling Transport drives sidecurtains printed with SolidskinTec

Van Houweling Transport recognizes the importance of the appearance of their car park as a tool for their reputation management. With side curtains printed with SolidskinTec, they can easily maintain their high-quality appearance for years to come.

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FLO Palettes with printed SolidskinTec sidecurtains

With a fleet of over 50 trailers, FLO Palettes - Groupement FLO chose to print their curtainsiders with SolidskinTec. For many years, these trucks have been a well-known sight in France.

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Estrella Galicia with printed SolidskinTec sidecurtains

Some pictures from our partner TOLDOS URCA, S.L (Spain) for Estrella Galicia on this Kögel Trailer GmbH. The design is printed with our SolidskinTec printing process and is the choice of the strongest brands across Europe. The high-quality print and deep blacks and varnishing effect really make the design stand out and it will for years to come.

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Grupo Logístico Arnedo with printed SolidskinTec side curtains

Grupo Logístico Arnedo is the leading national transportation company in Spain. With printed SolidskinTec side curtains fitted by Toldos Urca, their fleet of 240 trucks is protected against the harsh Spanish sun and heavy roads. The dirt-repellent characteristics also mean that the company can reduce the cleaning program of the curtain-siders.

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Truck side curtains. 8 tips for designers

A full-color truck side curtains are a perfect way to profile a product or service to the public. To create a compelling message and utilize the opportunities to their fullest, there are a few things to consider when coming up with the design. Here are 8 points to consider when designing curtain sides for lorries.

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