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May 2018

Colour Matching at IFG Drake – The Barney Tennis Court

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We pride ourselves on the colour matching capabilities here at IFG Drake. Our specialised colourist team, headed up by Alec Radin, have exceptional eyesight and colour matching capabilities which allow them to match anything our clients (or their clients) require.

One of the perhaps oddest requests we have ever received, was to match the purple of Barney the Dinosaur, for a client who wanted to build a bespoke all-weather tennis court for his wife.
Never ones to shy away from a challenge, we dutifully researched the exact tone and colour of Barney, to provide the shipment of colour-matched polypropylene, along with our UV stabilisation package, to send to the all-weather surface manufacturer. We are yet to receive the invitation for a set or match!

At IFG Drake, we can satisfy a huge range of customer requirements, in small and large quantities. Across our two sites, we have an annual capacity of over 37,000 tonnes, which are shipped worldwide, and can be precisely matched to the most exacting of customer requirements.

Not only do we match to highly specific colour requirements, but all our colours and titres are manufactured to exacting quality standards, registered to ISO 9001 and overseen by our specialist in-house technical support team. Our range of production equipment allows us to produce both staple and short-cut fibres, as well as continuous filament yarns.

Reservoir and Landfill Geotextile Use

850 475 megja

Geotextiles are used globally in a variety of commercial construction projects, and here at IFG Drake we produce the high quality, polypropylene fibres used to manufacture these. Polypropylene fibres have a variety of physical qualities which make them ideal to be used in the production of geotextiles, including for containment purposes in landfills and reservoirs.

In reservoir construction, geotextiles are used as a barrier between the soil and waterproof membrane because of their durability and toughness. Installing a geotextile below the membrane separates it from the soil and acts as protection against perforation from rocks, roots, and debris. This ensures that the membrane is unaffected by potential punctures and produces a reinforced layer above the soil to protect the system from rot and perforations.

IFG Drake choose to produce polypropylene fibres because they add chemical resistance to geotextiles. This is particularly useful in landfill construction where a layer of geotextile is laid in the landfill site to separate the soil from the waste. The chemical resistance of the fibres stabilises the geotextile and protects it from deteriorating in chemically rich soils and prevents leaching of chemicals from the site.

Separation is also important to ensure the long-term durability of a landfill site. When used as an overlayer, geotextiles help to control odour, blowing litter, and fire. Using a geotextile, as opposed to commonly used soil, has many benefits; soil is expensive to transport, consumes landfill space and poses issues to the waste when wet. Using a geotextile means that the overlying layer is reusable, cost effective, easy to remove and install, while easing the impact precipitation has on waste decomposition.

We take pride in our high-quality polypropylene fibres which are used in the manufacturing of needle-punched geotextiles to help control reservoirs and landfills, for a long-term, durable solution.

Staple Fibre vs. Multifilament Yarn

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Here at IFG Drake we supply polypropylene fibres and yarns to a variety of global markets, including automotive industries, geotextile businesses, and utility markets. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products, producing fibres for a variety of uses, and so whatever your needs, we can find a fibre solution for you with our polypropylene products.

Staple Fibre
Staple fibres are fibres that have been cut to a standardised length and we manufacture these in a wide range of titres. Due to our advanced colour matching system we can also produce these fibres in a vast array of colours, as we can match virtually any shade within 24 hours. We cater for client requests accurately, designing our staple fibre with the customer and end-use in mind making our PP staple fibres suitable for a variety of markets, for example geotextiles, sports surfaces and automotive parts such as parcel shelves.

Multifilament Yarn
Multifilament yarn is ideal for the manufacturing of high quality products such as filtration products, vertical window blinds and upholstery. The yarn is made of very fine fibres, either constructed in round or delta cross-sections (which are ideal for direct weaving or knitting) or constructed flat for texturising and twisting. The multifilament yarn is ideal for air jet and traditional weaving, as well as all types of knitting processes and can be manufactured to be fire retardant if required.

Both products are manufactured for a variety of uses and, because they are made from polypropylene, have a variety of unique physical qualities. We take pride in our products being anti-bacterial, stain resistant, rot proof, alongside having many more physical qualities , subsequently making polypropylene fibres a versatile, cost-effective solution, suitable for a variety of uses in the global marketplace.