Mehler Texnologies® and Printable Technical Textiles join forces for the first sustainable side curtain

Mehler Texnologies and Printable Technical Textiles are proud to announce their collaboration on the first sustainable side curtain, the POLYMAR® 8556 ECO CF. It is crafted with fabric composed of yarns derived from recycled PET bottles and features a coating of recyclates from processed coated textiles. This new tarpaulin delivers on a commitment to innovate the tarpaulin market and develop forward-looking business approaches designed for the circular economy.

Brand owners and transportation companies are increasingly focusing on sustainability to improve their footprint, and using trucks as an effective out-of-home advertising outlet to promote their brands. Mehler Texnologies and Printable Technical Textiles developed a ground-breaking solution designed to meet both requirements.

POLYMAR® 8556 ECO CF with SolidskinTec provides exceptional durability and a vivid print quality. The uniqueness of the material results from a share of up to 50% recycled raw materials, divided into a share of up to 25% recycled raw materials in the coating mass and 100% r-PES yarns. SolidskinTec, applied by Printable Technical Textiles, gives the truck side curtain an unrivalled print quality with a UV protection that guarantees its colour intensity for at least 5 years. Thanks to SolidskinTec’s quality, 50% less truck washing is required compared to other truck tarpaulins.


“For many years we have been advocating that tarpaulins printed with SolidskinTec last longer and are therefore a better option for brand owners and transportation companies, both from a cost as well as an exposure point of view. With the eco panama fabric from Mehler Texnologies, we can now also focus on the actual sustainability impact of a well-printed truck side curtain,” Steven Huisman, Product Sales Manager at Printable Technical Textiles, said.

Hugo Schoute, Sales Manager for Mehler Texnologies added: “This is just the start of a journey, definitely not the end game. By working with partners like Printable Technical Textiles, we are not only able to provide a tarpaulin that has a better environmental footprint, but we are also proposing a printed solution with added value.”

Huckelhoven, Germany / Barneveld, The Netherlands, February 22, 2023