Protection & Health

Safety is the be-all and end-all


From facial tissues and care cloths to anti-viral finishes for COVID-19 masks, through to sports bras with shear thickening fluid technology. From fabric finishing to protection against insects (also highly effective vector protection) to the combination of several finishes for protective work clothing, through to military textiles with camouflage print – the products finished by AG Cilander cover a huge range as regards safety and health. Safety and absolutely reliability in performance is our top priority, even for extreme external conditions and the most stringent requirements.

Finishes requested for highly resistant protection include: Bleaching, mercerisation, printing, end finishing (camouflage clothing); pre-treatment, printing, coating (poncho/protection against cold/carrying system); laminate (hard shell); foam coating (soft shell)

Product range (extract)

  • Protection
    - Hard shell, soft shell with customised coatings, functionalisation for military/army use
    - Protective cases for ballistic applications
    - Modular carrying systems for use and field exercises
    - Clothing (including with a focus on camouflage, pressure, durability)
  • Health/well-being/cosmetics
    - Anti-viral and anti-bacterial finishing processes
    - Functionalisation/applications for cosmetic uses
    - Replacement of substances (textiles on the skin, e.g. vitamins/active ingredients)
    - Substances for well-being

requested for the following and more

  • Protection: Textile finishing for military/army use, splinter protection, protective clothing (flame-retardant, water and dirt-resistant)
  • Health/well-being/cosmetics: Facial care cloths, microfibre facial tissues, community masks, multi-vitamin shirts with encapsulation

AG Cilander's USP

  • Expertise for applications; access to broad range of functions
  • Army finishing:
    - Camouflage clothing: Very durable, high abrasion resistance, high tear resistance
    - Poncho/protection against cold: Low-noise, lightweight, max. hydrolysis resistance
    - Carrying systems: Waterproof, max. hydrolysis resistance
    - Hard shell: Breathable, waterproof, lightweight
    - Soft shell: Breathable, windproof, lightweight

Reebok PureMove Bra Motion Sense™

A unique sports bra with integrated shear thickening fluid technology Sub-heading

No such thing as "no can do"! In accordance with this motto, we do our utmost to implement our customers' needs and wishes – even if this requires us to think completely outside the box, take new paths, rethink our previous methods and, every so often, take a step backwards to ensure that we reach our goal at the end. This is how we developed the PureMove Bra Motion Sense™ for Reebok. The aim was to create a bra that adapts to the wearer's movements – in other words, it needs to react adaptively depending on the intensity of the activity the wearer is performing and, as an item of clothing designed for universal use, provide perfect support throughout the day. It needs to be perfect for any activity – from yoga to jogging, from ball games to martial arts.

Integrating a dilatant gel into the textile seemed to us to be the ideal solution. This was innovation in the truest sense of the word; nobody had ever succeeded in manufacturing a product with this mechanism of action. No wonder – a fluid that becomes solid when force is applied to it cannot be processed on a large scale. This task presented us with its fair share of significant challenges: From understanding the mechanism of action to adjusting our invention in the lab, then developing a process and functional recipe, and finally converting an entire system.

In the end, this led us to the use of shear thickening technology with a dilatant fluid. Another key factor in this decision was the fact that the function of this unique material is not affected by washing.

Our journey towards reaching this solution was long and complex – don't be fooled by how inconspicuous this solution appears to be at the end of the development process (after all, it is invisible). What drove us to keep going during this painstaking process? The knowledge that, at the end, we would create a product that changes the game and offers real added value. The market launch of the PureMove Bra Motion Sense™, accompanied by a high-profile campaign including an appearance by model Gigi Hadid, was a resounding success. Reebok had this to say: "There's only one company in the world able to make a request like ours a reality – AG Cilander!" The PureMove Motion Sense™ women's tights, which feature the same technology, are also available alongside the sports bra.

Products for the "Protection & Health" sector are finished at Cilander using the following processes