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.

Why choose the SolidskinTec printing process?

By applying our SolidskinTec printing process to the technical textile used for these wagons, not only unique eye-catchers on the track have been created, but the material (and the print!) can also withstand the heavy mechanical stresses typical for this application.

After all, the coated prints are flexible, colorfast for years, and dirt-repellent. Because of this, even graffiti can be easily removed…something that is, unfortunately, a common concern with rail transportation.

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.

The quality of the SolidskinTec printing process and the varnishing effect of the polyurethane varnish deliver deep and rich images that fit the brand. For the marketing team, the importance of these ‘driving billboards’ is high, and the proven fact that the curtains stay beautiful after years on the road under harsh conditions is key in choosing for side curtains printed with SolidskinTec.

For the TSA Transports management, a long-lasting appearance is essential. The extended lifetime and the substantial reduction of the cleaning frequency through its unique coating were also of significant importance when the choice for SolidskinTec side curtains was made.

The trailers with curtain sets were delivered by Bretagnes Industrie (BHD Group), who advised them in selecting the SolidskinTec quality. Over 200 sets of Brasserie Goudale side curtains are already driving through Europe. In the future, all trailers still equipped with other curtains will be replaced by SolidskinTec side curtains.

Old curtains (without SolidskinTec)

SolidskinTec printed side curtains

Curtain siders
Curtain siders
Truck curtain sider
Curtain siders

With a fleet of over 1000 electric vehicles, the successful online supermarket Picnic won the hearts and minds of the Dutch consumer. Picnic is the fastest-growing company in the Netherlands with a competitive and sustainable proposition, and they recently started to expand to France and Germany. 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.

Dutch sailmaker Albers Zeilmakerij BV produces the printed sidecurtains for all Picnic’s electric vans, and we’re happy and proud they chose our printed side curtains with SolidskinTec. As a consumer brand, Picnic needs to balance brand image and sustainability. Our printed side curtains add to this aim. They stay in pristine condition for years, maintaining the brand’s reputation and adding to its sustainability. The long durability significantly reduces the need for the short-term replacement of the curtains.

Benefits of printed sidecurtains with SolidskinTec

Another significant advantage is achieved by the a-polar characteristics of our SolidskinTec fusion process. This creates a self-cleaning effect since dirt can not attach to the printed side curtains and will be easily rinsed off with water through rainfall or cleaned in the shop with only water. This reduces the cleaning frequency; moreover, no aggressive cleaning agents are needed. The SolidskinTec process with polyurethane varnish enhances its resistance to UV radiation. UV radiation can break down the ink pigment molecules, causing discoloration. Our polyurethane varnish ensures that the pigments cannot be affected, and the print will therefore look the same even after many years. SolidskinTec adds a 5-year warranty to your printed side curtains, which applies to the retention of color intensity, flex-resistance, and the dirt-repellent effect.
printed side curtains
printed side curtains
printed side curtains

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

According to Erik Zandbergen, director and fleet manager, the curtainsiders printed with SolidskinTec offers an unrivaled quality. “We have tested various suppliers of printed curtainsiders in the field. We noticed a considerable difference in quality between the different producers. The unique coating of tarpaulins printed with SolidskinTec passed all tests with flying colors, resulting in a substantial reduction of the cleaning frequency.”

The differences were also visible. Zandbergen and Ambrosius are proud of their identities and want their trailers to look equally beautiful and professional, even after years on the road. “The colors on Solidskin curtainsiders do not fade. Red stays bright and powerful, and the typical dark grey color in Zandbergen’s identity is the same in different productions.” After these extensive field tests,  Zandbergen and Ambrosius made their choice for curtainsiders printed with SolidskinTec. In the time to come, all trailers that are still equipped with other curtainsiders will be replaced.

Printed truck side curtains with SolidskinTec

Over 4000 new sets of  SolidskinTec printed truck sidecurtains hit the road yearly. Almost all major trailer en tarpaulin manufacturers use our printing process for their premium-grade printed sidecurtains. Many major logistic companies know from experience that no other printed truck-side curtains meet their requirements in terms of durability, wear resistance, and quality of appearance. They know from experience that no other printed side curtain meets their needs regarding durability, resistance to wear and tear, and appearance.

curtainsiders
curtainsiders
Printable solidskin schuifzeilen
Printed side curtains for trailers

Another SolidskinTec application. This time it’s running on the rail! The above picture is from a Bombardier locomotive with flex panels HSL Benelux.

Why choose the SolidskinTec printing process?

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.

Some other examples our work for the railway sector

In 2010 Smurfit Kappa, a specialist in packaging started to equip their fleet with truck curtains printed and protected wit. SolidskinTec. Seven years later, more than 200 of these trailer 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 SolidskinTec printed truck side curtains.

SolidskinTec comes with a 5-year warranty. This warranty applies to the retention of color intensity, flex resistance, and the dirt-repellent effect of the side curtains.

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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Picnic delivery vans with SolidskinTec printed side curtains

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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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By far the most significant activity of Houweling Transport is volume transport. Trucks drive six days a week throughout the Netherlands and to places in Germany, Belgium, and France. Van Houweling Transport has been on the road with SolidskinTec printed curtain siders for many years. SolidskinTec was the obvious choice for their truck side curtains since their design uses a lot of imagery, and part of the colors need to match the truck’s body. Van Houweling Transport recognizes the importance of their car park’s appearance as a reputation management tool. With Solidskin printed curtain sider, they can easily maintain their high-quality appearance for years to come.

Houweling Transport - Schuifzeil - side curtain - Solidskin

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.

They have been tried and tested on the road under extreme weather conditions. They are faced with polluted environments. They can withstand countries with intense UV radiation, and they can handle heavy mechanical stress. We repeatedly prove that your side curtain printed with our SolidskinTec stay beautiful well beyond our warranty. Traditional printed truck side curtains look faded and start to show permanent staining after a short while on the road. They become too dirty to be cleaned thoroughly after a short period. A SolidksinTec printed side curtain has a 5-year warranty on color intensity, adhesion of inks and coating, flex-resistance, and the dirt-repellent surface.

50% Reduced cleaning and maintenance

The unique SolidskinTec printing process adds a dirt-repellent effect to the technical textile. In addition to the reduction in cleaning costs, the cleaning process is more environmentally friendly since aggressive and expensive cleaning agents are no longer required. As a result, your printed truck side curtains can be easily cleaned using only water or rain. And because dirt, moisture, and mold particles cannot adhere to the technical textile, the textile remains flexible and the printed truck side curtains will remain easy to handle over time.

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.

Schuifzeil bier - curtain sider beer - Solidskin - Estrella Galicia