Understanding Flame retardant fabrics – Nomex, Cantex and Proban


The structure of fibres in flame retardant fabrics save livesNomex®, Cantex® or Proban®?

When choosing your protective clothing there are three major types of fabric* that you will need to consider. Each of these brands has a different manufacturing process and a variety of different beneficial properties. This means that each is more applicable depending on the industry and therefore the situations the wearer may encounter.


Nomex® is the trademarked name for a type of fire retardant clothing that was developed and then marketed by the DuPont Company in the early 1960s. It is a meta-aramid material, related to nylon it has excellent thermal, chemical and radiation resistance.  The fibre and sheet forms of the material are used in a vast number of applications, from the canopies of concert halls to the wings of the space shuttle. When applied to clothing the honeycomb structures are saturated with Phenolic resin to further increase…

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