Serge Ferrari contributes to success of EasyJet hangar at Gatwick Airport

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Serge Ferrari products were recently specified by Rubb Buildings Ltd for use in constructing EasyJet’s new top-flight hangar facility at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal.

The new facility is set to deliver 5,200 square metres of usable working floorspace, with a full LED lighting system, ventilation and LPG heating system. The twin span hangar measures 91.5m wide x 60m long, and features the very latest in innovative technology for the aviation industry.

Rubb Buildings Ltd specified both Précontraint 402 and 832 for use on the walls and roof of the hangar structure.

Précontraint 402 has many properties, which make it a smart choice for projects of this kind. These include excellent longevity and weldability, balancing weight with strength to make for the perfect material. Précontraint 402 is also flame retardant and is available in a range of colours and translucency ratings. Crucially, Précontraint 402 meets BS EN 15619:2014, which tells of its high quality.

Précontraint 832 also uses Serge Ferrari’s patented Précontraint technology, which gives it dimensional stability when used on projects of this kind. It also has a variety of other benefits over similar products, including thicker protection at the top of the yarn, which leads to higher longevity when faced with elements such as harsh UV rays and abrasive weather. It is also easy to clean in addition to meeting a range of important European Standards.

Ian Hindmoor, Managing Director at Rubb Buildings Ltd, said: “Rubb Buildings Ltd has a very proud history of providing high quality buildings for many applications. To maintain that trusted reputation, we were happy to use Serge Ferrari fabrics to help us deliver a first class working Rubb hangar system.”

This was a wise investment to ensure that the new Easyjet hangar lasts for maximum time into the future with low maintenance requirements.


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Serge Ferrari range for the industry & the environment

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Essentials represent Serge Ferrari’s traditional mid-range of quality materials developed since the company was founded in partnership with textile solution makers and installers.
Their Précontraint technological qualities ensure these classic materials meet functional demand for technical performance and make Serge Ferrari a reference on its many markets.

Specialities are product ranges that meet the standards, usages and required specific performance characteristics of certain professional sectors: agriculture, building, communities, industry, safety, etc. To accompany professionals in their day-to-day operations, Serge Ferrari offers a range of specific accessories: pre-cut strips, cord for boltropes, Silcord, adhesive, bobbin trolleys, etc.

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The exclusive advantages of Précontraint technology

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  • a woven base cloth of high tenacity polyester threads,
  • a coating with the membrane under constant tension in both the warp and weft directions throughout the entire manufacturing process
  • a high performance polymer surface layer with a constant and greater thickness over the top of the yarns,
  • a dirt-resistance surface treatment.
  • un traitement de surface anti-salissure

Controlled dimensional stability
Précontraint Serge Ferrari technology guarantees the material’s exceptional dimensional stability, which is almost identical in warp and weft directions. Deformation resistance in the weft direction exceeds that of conventional coated fabrics. This exclusive advantage is very important during textile tensioning.


Précontraint Serge Ferrari composite materials offer high resistance to stretching due to their very low absorbency.

In addition, due to the dual advantage exceptional stability and straight threads, Précontraint Serge Ferrari composite materials stretch three times less with the weft than conventional coated fabrics.


Longation in the weft direction under a 200 daN/m load over a period of 100 hours.
Then residual elongation without load.

Totally controlled uniformity
The bi-axial tension central to Précontraint Serge Ferrari technology ensures rigorous control of weft threads and absolute running thread compliance throughout all production batches.


Précontraint Serge Ferrari® membranes ensure total compliance along the thread, (identical throughout all production batches).

The weft threads of conventional coated fabrics deform significantly and variably depending on the production batches.




Enhanced durability
Material lightness during handling is an important criteria in facilitating making up and installation. Précontraint Serge Ferrari technology ensures this lightness, whilst guaranteeing a thicker coating layer at the top of the yarns. The polyester base cloth is therefore better protected against climatic conditions.




Thicker coating on the thread crests ensures that the physical properties of Précontraint Serge Ferrari membranes are preserved over time – a key factor in the durability of your projects.

Manufacturing expertise

Swiss made expertise

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swiss-madeSerge Ferrari’s Swiss production unit expertise is long-time recognised in the field of speciality products requiring “Swiss Made” top-of-the range quality, innovation and technology.

A multi-technical and multi-material approach

Serge Ferrari AG masters all the coating techniques :

• direct,
• by cylinder,
• by transfer,
• foam...

and has experience in different types of base cloth:

• non-woven fabrics,
• woven fabrics,
• knitted,
• glass material...

Original specialities

• Environmentally-friendly membranes: the benchmark in a fi eld where the quality and compliance with standards is irreproachable.
• Silicone membranes: an innovation, the fi rst applications of which concern textile architecture but also marine applications, a field in which Serge Ferrari textiles are increasingly successful.
• Transfer coating: a technology that enables the group to develop a full range of synthetic leather designed for commercial furniture applications.
• Infrared: expertise in anti-radar and protection techniques for security fabrics.
• Repositionable adhesive fabrics: a technology developed for the digital printing market.

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