Seal­ing the deal

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Tex­tiles man­u­fac­turer Orvec is cut­ting the cost of pro­duc­tion with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new tech­nique that can seal fab­ric edges with­out hem­ming. Julie Bax­ter dis­cov­ers more

As a mar­ket leader in the de­sign, sup­ply and man­u­fac­ture of wo­ven and non-wo­ven prod­ucts to the air­lines, Orvec has a long track record in in­no­va­tion and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. But as it in­cor­po­rates a new Orvec Mid­dle East di­vi­sion and steps up the pro­mo­tion of its new Luna Linen range, the spot­light has turned to a new pro­duc­tion tech­nique set to cut costs and in­crease prod­uct life cy­cle.

Be­ing used on a range that in­cludes nap­kins, ta­ble cloths, pil­low cov­ers, blan­kets and du­vets, the new tech­niques seals fab­ric edges quickly and ef­fec­tively in a way that with­stands in­ten­sive in­dus­trial laun­dry pro­cesses and out­per­forms tra­di­tional hemmed edges.

An ef­fi­cient, au­to­mated process us­ing cut­ting-edge science re­duces costs of pro­duc­tion, pur­chase and long term own­er­ship, while at the same time en­sur­ing a min­i­mal­ist and sleek ap­pear­ance for the prod­uct with a lighter weight. It re­quires less fab­ric per item as there is no re­quire­ment for the usual hemmed edge, and it also sig­nif­i­cantly cuts labour costs. Rate of pro­duc­tion is 20 times as fast as the nor­mal hemmed man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Ex­ten­sive test­ing has shown the prod­uct will per­form bet­ter than tra­di­tional hemmed prod­ucts, par­tic­u­larly in the dry­ing process and when be­ing pressed as the whole sur­face is flat.

Orvec has al­ready had ini­tial orders and now has sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est from global car­ri­ers lo­cated in the UK and APAC re­gions. It has man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Hull (UK), Xi­a­men (China) and Char­lotte (USA), and most re­cently opened fa­cil­i­ties in Dubai (UAE).

Kevin Stamp, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “This unique fin­ish­ing process is some­thing we have been fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing for some years. Our goal is to keep evolv­ing the prod­uct and ser­vice we of­fer, gain­ing in­spi­ra­tion from our on­go­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and in­vest­ing fur­ther in our in house man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally in­vest­ing in our man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties with a longer term strat­egy to have ef­fi­cient and cost ef­fec­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties at each of our strate­gic lo­ca­tions around the world.“

Ex­ten­sive test­ing has shown the prod­uct will per­form bet­ter

than tra­di­tional hemmed prod­ucts

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