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Heathcoat Fabrics launches new flame retardant range at Première Vision Fabrics

The Heathcoat 1808 brand of dress nets, tulles and costume fabrics incorporates the company’s innovative Flare-Free technology.

17th February 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Tiverton

Clothing/​Footwear, Protective

Heathcoat Fabrics, the leading British textile manufacturer, has launched its new range of flame retardant dress fabrics at the prestigious Première Vision Fabrics show that is taking place in Paris this week.

The Heathcoat 1808 brand of dress nets, tulles and costume fabrics incorporates the company’s innovative Flare-Free technology that has been independently tested to conform to EN71 part 2 standard. The Flare-Free fabrics are also said to exceed the much tougher flammability requirements of the nightwear standard BS5722.

Safety and awareness

In a demonstration of the products’ fire retardant properties a video has been released comparing the burn time of a child’s tutu purchased in the UK with a similar tutu in Flare-Free dress net. The video shows that a typical child’s costume offers no protection to flame and will fully combust in a matter of seconds, while the Flare-Free equivalent will not burn.

Philip Wignall, Business Manager for Heathcoat Fabrics, believes that the current European EN71 regulations for safety requirements in toys which covers flammability are not adequate to protect people’s safety, especially children.

“The video demonstrates that there is a definite need for more stringent controls over flame spread. Other than our Flare-Free fabrics, all alternative dress nets available for children’s costumes will simply combust in seconds, offering no protection,” he commented. “The Federation of British Retailers has proposed recommendations to modify EN71, but it would be good to see more stringent legislation specifically relating to apparel, similar to BS5722.”

No detectable formaldehyde

Heathcoat 1808 has gone a step further with Flare-Free and is also making a range of these fabrics available under their Zero4 brand. This technology has been eight years in development to create fabrics with less than 20 parts per million of formaldehyde, which is a non-detectable level, the manufacturer reports.

“While formaldehyde has been used for decades in washing powders and clothing, it is flammable, emits carbon monoxide when heated, and has been found to be toxic and corrosive. In 2014 it was classified as a Carcinogen Category 1B in the European REACH framework. While the risks from apparel are low we have invested in developing our Zero4 brand, giving consumers more choice in what they wear,” said Philip Wignall.


Heathcoat Fabrics is showcasing its trend colours for Spring/Summer 17 at the Première Vision Fabrics show, alongside existing colour inspirations for Autumn/Winter.

Included in the new product offering, are the new zero formaldehyde soft dress net for children's clothes; stiffer Flare-Free tulles for bridal gown, prom dresses and tutu; dance and fashion dress nets; locknits, textures and technical fabrics, including their own-brand 3D spacetec fabrics in a range of new colour and surface combinations.

The company provides a wide range of own-branded, patented high performance product solutions. It operates a total end-to-end high service with in-house research and development, design, testing and on-site manufacturing facilities that include quality-controlled yarn texturising, warping weaving and knitting plant and the latest advanced specialist dyeing, textile enhancement treatments and finishing.

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