Many other industrial sectors use flexible materials. Each material has specific challenges. Leather is one of the most difficult to manipulate.
Technical textiles (for example PVC, insulating foam, coated fabric) require special treatment adapted to their thickness, weight and composition. Composite materials (for example fiberglass, carbon fiber) prohibit any defects.
They have many applications, from plane and boat seats and interiors, helicopter and wind turbine blades, to parachutes, sports’ equipment and the covers of mobile telephones.