Technical textiles manufacturer automates processes

Investment in new equipment enables new product launch and business growth

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The Company

Capatex Ltd manufacture and supply technical textiles, custom converted components and finished products for a wide range of industries and applications. Medical products form a significant part of their output and they have their own brand. They also supply to several transport equipment manufacturing sectors with 5-10% of their business being in automotive.

What they do

Capatex manufacture and supply:

  • single use medical products for a wide range of applications including drainage, washable incontinence products, airway management, orthopaedics, occupational therapy, burns units, oncology & ICU.
  • fasteners including woven hook & loop, mushroom, knitted loops, elastics, self-engaging fasteners and extruded hooks with a range of fixing methods including high performance pressure sensitive adhesive coatings, HF weldable and solvent reactivable coatings
  • industrial & technical textiles including elastics, cords, webbing, spacer fabrics, laminates, debris & scaffold netting/sheeting as well as plastic & metal fittings and reflective materials.
  • straps, automotive trim & interior components, bags, pouches, agro & geo-textiles.

The Challenge

Capatex was working on a project to design and manufacture new components for use on car seats. Previous solutions used engineered metal fastenings. This new solution would use textile-based parts.

They had produced initial prototypes using manual processes and needed to invest in equipment that would allow them to develop the production prototype using automated processes. The automation would enable them to scale-up production to the required levels whilst maintaining finish quality.

This required two different types of cutting machines and two different types of sewing machines.

If successful, the opportunity had the potential to add £0.5million to their turnover before the end of 2016.

The Solution

Capatex applied to The iNet for grant funding to support the purchase of equipment required to produce the production prototypes. They received support through the Catalysing Growth through Transport Equipment Manufacturing project.

The Outcome

The investment in new processes and technology allowed Capatex to win additional business from new and existing customers. In particular, they won an order worth £400k per year for the new product and have further opportunities in the pipeline The resulting growth has increased the company’s turnover and enabled the company to take on new staff and safeguard existing employees .

“Without the iNet support this growth may not have been possible”

Gabriel Strauss, Director, Capatex Ltd
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Capatex

Capatex Ltd
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