What is REACH ?

European Regulation N° : 1907/2006

REACH means Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. This European directive concerns all chemical substances produced or imported in Europe which must be registered,  evaluated and controlled.

The REACH program concerns the most dangerous products, using them can be restricted even forbidden.

Control and penalty

Only items in accordance with the REACH regulation can be sold.
Controls are made by customs, in the market or within companies by competent authorities. Importing or using a noncompliant items exposes you to considerable financial or penalty sanctions.

Our initiatives

As a user of chemical products, Dickson PTL checks that all products purchased are registered and authorised for our use.

This is a continuous process for improvement and we constantly monitor products that undergo a status change, to ensure the lowest impact on our own products.

In accordance with REACH

All chemical products used by Dickson PTL are registered. Our products do not contain noncompliant substances or contain them only in rates inferior to authorised limits (0,1%).

Your actions

As coating fabrics buyers, you have to check that products are in accordance with REACH.

For more information, you can consult the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) on line: www.echa.europa.eu

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What does ATEX mean ?

Directive 94/9/CE

ATEX means « EXplosive ATmosphere ».
It comes from the European directive 94/9/CE or ATEX 137 for machines and systems designed for ATEX areas, which must be in accordance with « surface resistivity » critera. [§ 7.4.3, a), norm EN 13463-1 (September 2002)]


This directive informs companies with ATEX areas how to control risks from explosions.

It recommends protective systems for explosive atmospheres thus preventing electrical, fire and explosion risks.

How to recognize an ATEX product?

The CE logo can be written only on the final product and by the final manufacturer, using this pictogram:
ATEX picto

Who is responsible?

Manufacturer, user, repairer
They must conform to the European directives

Explosive atmospheres concerned:
  • Flammable liquid vapours: ethanol, acetone, toluene, kerosene, petrol, etc.
  • Flammable gases: natural gases, propane, butane, hydrogen sulphur, etc.
  • Explosive dusts: corn, flour, organic powders, etc.
  • Flammable liquid vapours: aerosol, etc.
Article Specifications Conformity
4203 ICON ICON 1 PES - 725 +/- 25g/m² [≈ 21,4 oz/yd²] antistatic, conductive and explosion-proof fabrics Test carried out by the LCIE Laboratory : Surface resistivity inferior to ATEX requirements : < to 1GΩ

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What is the difference between PVC, Polyurethane and Silicone coatings?

PVC Polyurethane Silicone
Temperature resistance (mini/maxi tested) -30°C to +70°C -50°C to + 180°C -60°C to + 200°C
Assembly Hot air and high frequency welding Gluing, stitching and welding (hot air and high frequency for some references) Gluing, stitching
Flame retardancy M1 possible on fibreglass basecloth Up to M0 on fibreglass M1 on fibreglass basecloth. Halogen-free.
Chemical resistance (please consult us) Good resistance to acids and alkalis Hydrocarbons Tested for hydraulic oils (Skydrol 500B4 and LD 4), Oil ASTM-1, Diesel…
Strong Points Suppleness and weldability Abrasion resistance Extreme temperature resistance, supple, non-stick. Electrical and di-electrical insulation.
Dickson PTL fabrics Ventilation ducting and Protective Bellows Ventilation Ducting, Protective Bellows (we now offer a fabric with M1 FR, temperature resistance up to 180°С and weldable!)and some tire liners. Machine cowling, high frequency welding release mats, electrode protection, and asphalt dump truck covers…

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What is the difference between Polyester, Fibreglass and Aramid basecloths?

Polyester (high tenacity) Fibreglass Aramid (para-aramid)
Good mechanical resistance and dimensional stability up to 180°C. Good UV resistance. Little elongation. Does not burn. Dimensionally stable up to +500°C. Melts at 800/900°C. Sensitive to hydrolysis but does not rot. Fragile to bending and vibrations (not to be used outside). Excellent flatness. Flame retardant and resists high temperatures. Good resistance to acids and alkalis. Produces very little toxic gases at temperatures approaching carbonisation. Absorbs little humidity and resists wicking. Very high tenacity. Resists temperatures up to +400°C. High tensile strength even after exposure to flames and heat.

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