Sports & Leisure

Itac have manufactured technical adhesives and coatings for the sports and leisure sector for more than 20 years

Sports & Leisure

Coatings and adhesives for high performance products

There are few sectors that push the boundaries of product performance and durability like the sports and leisure sector does. Furthermore, with such a diverse range of activities within the industry, required performance attributes can be equally as diverse and these are often critical to the end user’s experience of the product and associated activity or interest. 

 

Strong, waterproof, and light might come to mind when someone thinks of tent fabric. Angry, frustrated, and wet might come to mind if the tent leaks or collapses whilst in the middle of nowhere!

 

What we do

Itac have manufactured top quality technical adhesives and coatings for the sports and leisure sector for more than 20 years. These silicone or polyurethane based adhesives and coatings have been specially formulated to meet customised needs based on the product substrate, application technique, and its end use.

 

Whether it be for safety, appearance, comfort, or longevity, Itac’s solutions have enabled manufacturers to develop products that perform and delight their customers rather than disappoint. From waterproof fabric coatings for outdoor clothing to lamination adhesives for dart flights, our high-performance adhesives and coatings are as diverse at our customer’s and the end user’s needs.

The ITAC Effect

Together, we’ll make it happen!

Itac provides real value to the production of new products and the improvement of existing ones. Whether it be maintaining brand image through applying a UV protective coating on an outdoor sign; or applying a light deactivated adhesive for ease and comfort in the removal of medical dressings, Itac can make it happen!

Permeability

Promoting the right levels of fabric airtightness and waterproofing to meet specific requirements.

 

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Permeability

  • Waterproofing – Waterproofing is the process by which an object is made to resist the ingress of water and is a common requirement in construction coatings and fabric coatings. 
  • Air Tightness – Air Tightness is the ability of a fabric (or fabric coating) to allow the passage of air (or other gas). 
  • Anti-Corrosion – Anti corrosion refers to the protection of metal surfaces from corrosion in certain environments.

 

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Surface properties

Enhancing performance, capability, and purpose through key formulations.

 

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Surface properties

  • Abrasion Resistance – The degree of abrasion resistance of a coating will be a function of the physical properties of the polymeric species used in that coating.
  • Clarity & Colour – ITAC can offer a wide range of polymers for use in their coatings and adhesive from highly opaque to optically clear.
  • Surface Energy – The surface energy of a coating can be modified by the inclusion of certain materials into the coating.

 

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Durability

Fixing, enhancing, protecting, and preserving for long term performance, reliability, and dependability.

 

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Durability

  • UV Resistance – When ultraviolet (UV) light shines on adhesives and coatings they are always subject to a degree of deterioration with time. 
  • Abrasion Resistance – The degree of abrasion resistance of a coating will be a function of the physical properties of the polymeric species used in that coating. 
  • Anti-Corrosion – Anti corrosion refers to the protection of metal surfaces from corrosion in certain environments

 

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How we do it

Itac understand that applications in the sports and leisure industry are extremely diverse so we work hand-in-glove with our partners to align the chemistry with the right application. Whereas some companies have standardised their offerings to meet very broad market demands and high volumes, Itac pay special attention to every enquiry. We are always prepared to listen, give time, and respond in a way that takes our customers one step closer to making it happen!  This often enables our clients to be more responsive to their market and is where Itac provide real added value to the partnership. 

 

 

Products and applications

Silicone and Polyurethane based coatings
Polyurethane based lamination adhesive and polyester resin

Outdoor clothing and fabrics including tents and ground sheets

• Waterproofing
• Hydrolysis resistance – can be washed without affecting the waterproof coating
• UV resistance and colourfastness
• Abrasion resistance – protects fabric from becoming worn away and maintains texture and feel

Hot air balloon fabric – silicone-based coating

• Air tightness – to reduce the passage of gaseous media through the fabric, effectively keeping hot air in the balloon and allowing it to rise
 • UV resistance – bright colours maintained 
• Waterproofing – water runs off fabric so not to make the fabric heavier and balloon unable to fly

Water sports life jackets – polyurethane-based coating
• Waterproofing
• Hydrolysis resistance – can be washed without affecting the waterproof coating
• UV resistance and colourfastness

Dart flights

• High bond strength
• High clarity – adhesive does not interfere with the graphics printed on the flights

Find out how we can help you with the development of your sports and leisure products

We would be delighted to learn more about your product and project ideas.  Complete this simple form or call us on 01204 573736.  

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