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Serge Ferrari's legacy lives on with new composite fabrics

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2016, 5:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 March, 2016, 5:18pm

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In the early 1970s, budding French manufacturing company Serge Ferrari invented a superstrong but lightweight composite membrane using its breakthrough Précontraint manufacturing technology. Still one-of-a-kind in the world, the invention has been the cornerstone of the company's creations and reputation. When used as stadium roofing, sunshade or a building facade, the membrane could last more than 20 years without warping, fading or corroding.

"Serge Ferrari's composite materials are specified by major architects, engineers and subcontractors in China and worldwide. Clients appreciate our exceptional and long-lasting dimensional stability and compliance with the most demanding environmental standards," says Sébastien Ferrari, CEO and chairman. "We share our products by selling through local commercial teams in more than 80 countries."

These materials provide high performance in many different applications, from tensile architecture, such as roofs and facades for stadiums and shopping malls, to solar protection, such as awnings and blinds. The membranes also feature noise-reduction systems and are similarly used as modular structures such as tents and covers for biogas or water-treatment facilities. The innovation is an ideal material for outdoor terrace equipment, such as sun beds, sail shades and retractable blinds, and for cushions, Bimini tops and dodgers for yachts.

Through its Texyloop programme, the company has also recycled more than 7 million square metres of fabric, transforming the textile into other valuable raw materials.

Present in five major cities in China, Serge Ferrari boasts prestigious references, with its membranes used in many renowned shopping malls and sporting venues. These include the Century Lotus Stadium in Foshan, Guiyang Olympic Sports Center, Qingdao Sports Center and Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

"We've been in China for more than 20 years, and we see even greater potential ahead," Ferrari says. "We'd like to move into the premium consumer market by working with companies that can incorporate our fabrics into products for greenhouses, luxury homes, yachts and signature furniture."


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