The choice of brands
When developing the special production techniques for Solidskin, the focus lay on producing optimum image quality. This is why some of the strongest brands across Europe have chosen Solidskin Curtainsiders to promote their brand: high-quality appearance, our ability to match any colour and the long-term preservation of appearance for curtain trailers in use.
Unrivalled image quality
The characteristic Solidskin coating enhances colour intensity and delivers a high-gloss finish to your side curtain. The unique PU-coating protects your print, making it dirt-repellent and resistant to cleaning and mechanical stress.
Looking good, guaranteed!
After a short while on the road, traditional side curtains quickly start to look faded, and show permanent staining, especially between the vertical ribs. They soon become too dirty to be cleaned fully. Solidskin guarantees 5 years on appearance, colour intensity, adherence of coating, flex-resistance and the dirt-repellent surface of curtainsiders.
Contour markings that stick around
Our side curtains come with Orafol Oralite R1331 Reflective Marking Tape, a technology that was developed for our Solidskin Curtainsiders to have a maximum adherence. They are CE compliant and have outstanding long distance night time visibility.
Same investment, better appearance
Traditional truck curtainsiders come in a limited range of colours. Moreover, pasted or painted graphics on the tarpaulin attract dirt and grime. Bearing in mind a Solidskin side curtain lasts 5 times longer than a standard one, the investment in a Solidskin is the same, but the result in terms of image quality is very different!
50% Reduced cleaning and maintenance
The unique Solidskin coating has a dirt-repellent effect that is resistant to both cleaning and mechanical stress. In addition to the reduction in cleaning costs of curtain trailers, the cleaning process itself is more environmentally friendly, since aggressive and expensive cleaning agents are no longer required.
5-year warranty on appearance
Solidskin side curtains come with a 5-year warranty. This warranty applies to the retention of colour intensity, adherence of the coating, flex-resistance and the dirt-repellent effect of the side curtains.
The proof of the longer lifespan of Solidskin solutions can be found on the road! Some trucks have been driving for over 10 years with a Solidskin side curtain and still have a brilliant appearance. But don’t just take our word for it: Solidskin has also been independently tested by TÜV-TNO and COT, based on the actual real-life conditions, and our products are ISO 105-A02 / ISO 11507 certified. The results clearly show that Solidskin side curtains deliver the highest possible quality.
Looking for a Solidskin tarpaulin producer?
Leading truck-curtain manufacturers throughout Europe choose Solidskin quality. Solidskin side curtains offer the highest quality and warrantee for your tarpaulins. Represented in over 10+ countries in Europe by more than 30+ manufacturers. You can be sure direct communication lines, competitive pricing and tailored solutions to your needs.
The Solidskin canvas is treated using a unique production process. A Solidskin side curtain can be fully printed in any colour or design of your choice, following which the protective lacquer is applied. The result is a clean surface that will maintain its appearance for years to come.
The exposure of materials on trains require extreme robustness. Besides the hard conditions the textiles are exposed to, such as rain, wind and UV-radiation, it must also withstand the copper deposit created by the grinding of the train current collector against the overhead contact line. To remove this deposit from the materials, very aggressive cleaning methodes are needed. Our coating is dirt resistant and does not break in this challenging cleaning regime.
It is not often that side-curtain technology is used on reefer trucks. However since the introduction of the Traxx™ system in 2006 we see an increasing demand for our printed products for this type of trailers. A good application example are the 280 trailers of the Carrefour fleet operated by the Jost Group. For this fleet we have printed the banners on a Frontlit material to be used in the system.
With more than 30 delivery trucks, Royal Roofing Materials is a common sight on the road. Being the second most important contact point with clients, after the website, it is no wonder that Royal Roofing materials has chosen the high quality Solidskin side-curtains. These side-curtains are the only full colour trailer curtains that will expose photography to the max: colours won't fade and dirt wont permanently affect the curtain.
We love the paintings of Sebastian Krüger. These amazing paintings of famous people that are larger than life - and breathtaking to see in this size on the road. This Beatles version is the second trailer equipped with his paintings (the other one was the Rolling Stones, see below) and you can really see the amount of detail and work put in each of them.
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 Solidskin curtainsiders, other brands trailer curtains have been on the road to test their quality and sustainability.According to Erik Zandbergen, director and fleetmanager, Solidskin offers an unrivalled quality.
Van Houweling Transport recognizes the importance of the appearance of their car park as a tool for their reputation management. With Solidskin they can easily maintain their high quality appearance for years to come.
With a fleet of over 50 trailers, FLO Palettes - Groupement FLO chooses Solidskin curtainsiders. For over many years these trucks are a well known sight in France.
Some pictures from our partner TOLDOS URCA, S.L (Spain) for Estrella Galicia on this Kögel Trailer GmbH. The design is printed on our Solidskin curtainsider substrate. Solidskin 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.
We are super happy with the production of this curtainsider by Van Horssen Zeilmakerij for Prewelcon and Van de Sandt Construction BV. A very bright a colorful design. A perfect match for our high-quality appearance, our ability to match any colour and the long-term preservation of appearance when in use.
Grupo Logístico Arnedo is the leading national transportation company in Spain. With their Solidskin curtain siders fitted by Toldos Urca, their fleet of 240 trucks is well 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 curtainsiders.
In 2010 Smurfit Kappa started driving with Solidskin side curtains. 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.
We love our neighbours 🙂 Van Reenen in Barneveld is using our Solidskin curtainsiders. Over a hundred trucks have been equipped with our curtains for around 7 years now: a solid proof of quality. UV, rain, cold and mechanical stress haven’t influenced the colours. They still exactly match the truck's body paint colours. The subtle yellow hasn't faded and the curtains are clean and look fresh. And we guarantee that they will remain to do so for years to come!
It is an impressive sight to see them roll. ‘Stilleven met bloemen in een glazen vaas’ (Still life with flowers) by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, The Nightwatch of Rembrandt or 'Children of the sea' by Jozef Israëls. Since last year we have been releasing side curtains with famous masterpieces of the Dutch Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands.
After more than 8 years, SkyClean ordered new sets of side curtains. It was not really necessary but because of the fact that they changed their corporate identity and had an expansion of their fleet, SkyClean required the same proven quality which they are familiar with for so many years. As you can see, the white shows no dirt and is still clear in comparison to other side curtains that would not even make it through one year without visible and permanent wear and tear. Solidskin offers an unrivalled quality and this reference proves once again that we practice what we preach.
Producers of full-colour curtainsides for curtainsider or tautliner trucks regularly say that using UV ink is better for the environment, repeating without question the claims of their ink suppliers who play up the odourless nature of the ink. By doing so, they are manipulating the market with this deceptive (and illegal) information. The small print in the ink safety instructions states “Causes skin and eye damage[CL1] . May damage fertility or the unborn child”. As if the impact on humans doesn’t matter.
In 2010 the Fetim Group started driving with 70 sets of Solidskin side curtains. Seven years later these curtains are still driving and look great with their high-gloss finish and deep black appearance. Fetim embraces the sturdy quality and cost reducing low maintenance of a Solidskin truck curtain.
A full-colour curtain side is a perfect way to profile a product or service to the public. In order to create a convincing message and utilise the opportunities to their fullest, there are a few things to take into consideration when coming up with the design. Here are 8 points to consider when designing curtain sides for lorries.