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Fire resistant and thermostable fabrics available from Colan Products

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Colan Products weaves inherently fire resistant and thermostable fabrics from a range of fibres, including aromatic polyamide, generically known as aramid. Garments made from aramid fabrics present the optimum solution for protection against fire and a variety of chemicals, providing extra seconds protection that could save lives.

Colan’s Research and Development and sales teams work in co-ordination with its garment manufacturing partners to make available effective products to the Australian and International marketplace.

Aramid fibres can be woven to make 100% aramid fabrics or blended with other fire resistant materials. This allows the possibility of creating fabric blends specially designed to cater for specific tasks. Fabric weight and construction may vary depending on the end-use.

Colan weaves an array of aramid blends. Fabric blends are constructed in specific ratios and weight tailor-made for protection against specific hazards and climates. The percentage of aramid may vary depending on the required performance level needed. Common users of Fire Resistant Fabric are fire fighters, Oil and Gas Industry employees, Electrical utilities personnel, Military forces and Police Special Forces.

Garments made from fabrics derived from aramid offer the following advantages:

  • Inherently flame resistant
  • Thermostable
  • Does not melt, does not form molten droplets
  • Good protection against heat
  • Mechanical strength of aramid fibre
  • Good abrasion resistance
  • Solution dyed: Good colourfastness to light and laundering
  • Good resistance against chemicals
  • Easy to blend with other fire retardant fibres
  • Low pilling (good appearance over time)
  • Easy care
  • Good softness

Fibre types

Different fibres and fabric styles for different applications.

  • Para aramid for bullet proof vests - lightness and flexibility for personal protection vests provide high level of comfort.
  • Para aramid for military helmets - lightweight, good ballistic performance gives optimum protection.
  • S-2 glass - Lower cost, laminated panels for vehicle ballistic protection at similar weight to para aramid.
  • E glass - low cost laminated panels for bank panels or shipboard protection where weight is not a consideration.

Joint development policy

Colan Products is continuously developing ballistic systems for specific applications.

Colan Products’ weaves the fabric, makes the test panels and carry out shooting tests, all in Australia, to match the ballistic properties to those required.


  • Bullet proof vests
  • Military helmets
  • Military fragmentation vests
  • Spall liners for military vehicles and ships
  • Protection of ship board ordnance magazines
  • Bullet proof panels for
  • Military vehicles
  • Aircraft
  • Ships
  • Money carrying vehicles
  • VIP vehicles
  • Banks or money handling premises

Recent Projects using Colan Ballistic Systems

  • Combat helmets for Australian Army
  • Fragmentation vests for Australian Air Force
  • Spall liners for M113 personnel carriers
  • Fragmentation vests for Australian Army
  • Protection of ordnance magazine on Huon class Minehunters. Colan also supplied the woven fibreglass from which the hulls were fabricated.
  • Bullet proof vests, both tactical and covert to Police Services in Australia and overseas.

Colan Products is an internationally recognised manufacturer of industrial textiles. A privately owned Australian Company, Colan Products has over 40 years experience in the area of engineered textiles. The company headquarters, incorporating its production and management centre are located in Sydney.

Colan has offices and warehouses in Melbourne and Perth, whilst in Brisbane we have a sales office. Additionally a network of authorised sales agents throughout the world ensure that both international and domestic customers are provided with qualified technical sales support.

Colan Products is committed to the concept of Quality Assurance. Stringent quality control is exercised at all stages of production ensuring that only good quality fabrics are supplied to Colan’s customers. Colan Products continuously invests in modern weaving equipment, including narrow-width looms for tapes, Rapier looms and Multiaxial stitching machines. Colan weaves fabrics primarily using Fibreglass, Aramid, Carbon, as well as other industrial hybrid and blended fibres.

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