Bharat Textile and Proofing Industries at Chennai, India

Providing PVC-free solutions to the signage industry

Bharat Textiles and Proofing Industries
Coating machine.

Bharat Textiles and Proofing Industries have been manufacturing PVC-free banners and tarpaulins since 1972, with its first fully automated production unit for canvas fabric and tarpaulins at Gummidipoondi Chennai.

The company extended its manufacturing unit to include a new factory in TADA, near Chennai, that produces coated textiles up to 3.2 metres wide (10 feet). Digitally printable fabric, acrylic textile coating on the fabric, artistic canvas, primed canvas, block out fabric, block out curtains, and various other materials or substrates for print are the company’s major manufacturing emphasis.

Bharat Textiles and Proofing Industries
Sectional Warping machine.

When one hears fabric, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely clothes or upholstery. The company’s print medium consists of a polyester or cotton canvas foundation with an acrylic finish. Although this is a legitimate fabric application, most of the latest digital textile technology is used to print pictures and graphics on signs and banners.

The company’s flagship goods are sold under ‘Ecofab,’ which combines the benefits of branding with environmental concerns. Particularly in the new and youthful India, where we are aware of the recent and impending reign of Indian entrepreneurs striving to be India’s future greats, there is a strong need for environmental sustainability.

Bharat Textiles and Proofing Industries
Dornier Air Jet looms.

Ecofab is a sustainable solution for businesses wishing to replace PVC flex and vinyl media for signage applications which are very toxic and causes grade one pollution when not disposed of correctly. It features a variety of indoor and outdoor advertising applications and its USP of being PVC-free, which has been verified and certified by reputable laboratories like CIPET and SGS.

State bans on plastic use

It was unsurprising that the Maharashtra government, following the lead of the other four states – Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Chhattisgarh – inadvertently increased the strain on indigenous flex manufacturers in 2019. The reasons given were not novel but rather aimed at creating a sustainable, plastic-free environment. 

The Karnataka High Court lifted the ban with some restrictions on the size and location of signage installations in February 2019, bringing a sigh of relief to these manufacturers. However, the relief gained was only temporary, as the court issued an order restoring the previous day’s ban until further notice the following day.

Printable textiles are specifically intended to handle all types of existing printing techniques, such as latex, UV, solvent, and eco-solvent, that are currently utilized in printing PVC flex banners. As a result, printers do not need to replace or modify their machines to use fabric media to substitute for PVC flex and vinyl.

Fabric banners provide a few significant advantages over other materials, including a more appealing look. The displays offer the benefits of being durable with increased tensile strength, and are lightweight. While on the subject of looks, the fabric’s ink is permanently attached to the polyester fibres. Because the colors are not reproduced as separate dots, the realistic images look more natural. A direct benefit of employing a cloth banner is the crisper and brighter picture. Other advantages to the user include the total elimination of glare or scratched finishes damaging the banner’s overall look.

Polyester and cotton cloth are highly realistic options for getting the most return on your investment due to their durability and recyclable usage. A fabric banner is simple to transport, can be kept in stock for a long time, and is nearly maintenance-free. As a result, it’s an excellent substitute for PVC flex and plastic-based products.

Cloth is an excellent choice for interior presentations because of its enhanced color and texture. The fabric appears better than flex, according to most sign manufacturers. The cloth banner may be utilized in several outdoor and indoor media advertising applications without losing quality or picture accuracy. Fabric is significantly more durable, recyclable, and environmentally beneficial in the long term, and it can also print very intricate images with high-quality prints.

Bharat Textiles and Proofing Industries
Inspection machine.

Bharat Textile and Proofing have 12 Dornier Ari jet looms, sectional warping, compressor, knife coating, and calendaring equipment. This facility is capable of weaving and coating various types of industrial fabrics.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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