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CarbonX® Launches Defender Masks to Address Industrial PPE Shortage

For workers who require protection from COVID-19 while working in dangerous areas with threats of fire or arc flash, the CarbonX® Defender Masks provide a safe solution for both.

At Tex Tech Industries, we’ve added CarbonX® Defender Masks to our line of flame-resistant (FR) PPE to provide the protection industrial workers need. These masks are reusable, comfortable, washable, and offer superior protection against most common industrial hazards.

The CarbonX® Defender Mask

At CarbonX®, we strive to do our part to provide protection in applications where safety is of the utmost importance. Our FR Defender Masks are created from breathable, non-flammable CarbonX® fabric front covering backed with a non-woven filter made from polyester. All masks are customizable with your company logo. We offer two different mask varieties:

CarbonX® Defender Mask 1

The CarbonX® Defender Mask 1 offers the following features:

  • High breathability at 50 cfm
  • Captures 65% of particulates larger than 0.3 microns (±10%)
  • Three-layer construction: Two layers of non-flammable CarbonX® TK-60 knit (front and back covering) and a single layer of 6 oz polyester non-woven filter media (middle layer)
  • Machine washable, hand washing recommended with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Air drying recommended

CarbonX® Defender Mask 2

The CarbonX® Defender Mask 2 provides the following:

  • Breathability at 37 cfm
  • Captures 75% of particulates larger than 0.3 microns (±10%)
  • Three-layer construction: Single layer of non-flammable CarbonX® 6 oz non-woven (front covering), single layer of 6 oz polyester non-woven filter media (middle layer), single layer of 3.5 oz 100% hypoallergenic cotton (back covering)
  • NAFTA/USMCA compliant
  • Hand washable with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Air drying recommended

For comparison purposes, the N95 mask offers 95% particulate filtration and breathability of 32 cfm. Of note, the Defender masks are designed for industrial and commercial use and are non-medical grade. The above statistics are the result of in-house testing by Tex Tech and have not yet been verified by an independent third-party.

Wear and Care Instructions for CarbonX®
FR Defender Masks

While wearing a face mask may feel uncomfortable, your own health and the safety of others paramount. In an effort to ensure the proper and safe use of our protective masks, we’ve provided the following wear and care guidelines below.

Wear Instructions:

  1. Make sure the mask covers your nose almost to the bridge. There is a moldable nosebar. Press it into shape over the bridge of your nose. This will be very helpful for glasses wearers, as it helps to prevent fogging of your lenses.
  2. Place the top elastic near the crown of your head and then tighten the toggle of the bottom elastic behind your neck. This should create a good amount of snugness. If you have long hair, a ponytail will also help with fit.
  3. Keep your mask on! This is important as it prevents contamination of your mask. Excessive handling of your mask increases risk of germ spread.

Washing Instructions:

  1. Thoroughly spray both sides of the mask with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and hang to dry, OR
  2. Soak your mask in warm water and antibacterial soap or dish soap. Rinse well. Place between layers of a clean towel to remove excess water (DO NOT twist or wring), and hang to air dry.
  3. Store mask in an airtight resealable bag between uses. For best performance, limit hand washing of a mask to no more than 10 times, then discard and replace.

Your mask has been carefully packed and does not need to be washed prior to wearing. The CarbonX® Defender Mask 1 is machine washable, but hand washing is recommended. DO NOT machine dry. DO NOT machine wash or dry the CarbonX® Defender Mask 2.

Flame-Resistant Personal Protective Equipment From CarbonX® by Tex Tech

At CarbonX®, we specialize in the fabrication of high-performance, flame-resistant PPE for use in even the harshest environments. CarbonX® products are designed not only for maximum protection, but maximum comfort. Our lightweight, flexible fabrics dry quickly and are soft to the touch, which is highly important for masks intended to be worn for long periods. We hope that our line of FR Defender Masks will help to keep industrial workers safe during this trying time.

For more information about CarbonX® Defender Masks, please contact Adam Mitchell at For more information about CarbonX® or our products and services, please contact us.

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Tex Tech Industries, a Portfolio Company of Arlington Capital, Closes the Acquisition of Highland Industries’ Coating, Laminating and Defense Business

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 2, 2019–Tex Tech Industries, Inc. (“Tex Tech” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington Capital”), successfully completed the acquisition of the coating and laminating operations (“Coating Business”) and U.S. defense-related operations (“Defense Business”) of Highland Industries, Inc. The acquired businesses will be renamed Tex Tech Coatings, LLC (“Tex Tech Coatings”) and will operate as a division of Tex Tech.

Tex Tech Coatings, headquartered in Kernersville, NC, is a leading supplier of coated and laminated products across a variety of end markets including aerospace & defense, industrial, and medical. Acquiring Tex Tech Coatings will enhance Tex Tech’s capability set to include differentiated formulations and processes to address the most demanding heat, strength and chemical performance needs of its clients. Tex Tech Coatings will continue to provide the same superior service that they have provided for existing customers for over 30 years. Tex Tech Coatings will be led by the existing management team, including Scott Burkhart as President of Coatings, Kelly Moore as VP of Finance, and Justin Barnett as Director of Coatings Sales.

“We are excited to welcome Scott and his team into the Tex Tech family. Over the past 30 years, Tex Tech has continually innovated and invested in world-class R&D capabilities to remain on the cutting edge of industry innovation and technology to best service our customer needs. The acquisition of Tex Tech Coatings is an extremely exciting opportunity for the Company and fits squarely into our strategic roadmap of adding high value-add manufacturing capabilities,” said Ciaran Lynch, CEO of Tex Tech.

Peter Manos, a Managing Partner at Arlington Capital, said, “We are extremely excited to begin our partnership with Scott and the entire Tex Tech Coatings team. Acquiring coating and laminating capabilities has been Tex Tech’s top priority since Arlington Capital’s initial investment as it allows the Company to vertically integrate its manufacturing processes and become an end-to-end materials science supplier. We plan to continue to augment Tex Tech’s portfolio of capabilities through both organic investments and strategic acquisitions.”

Erica Son, a Vice President at Arlington Capital said, “As an industry leader for decades, Tex Tech Coatings possesses proprietary and difficult-to-replicate manufacturing processes and entrenched customer relationships that span over 30 years. Going forward, we are very excited to enhance these strong customer relationships through the combination of Tex Tech’s world-class R&D capabilities and Tex Tech Coatings’ differentiated manufacturing processes and new development pipeline.”

About Arlington Capital Partners

Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-area private equity firm that has managed $2.2 billion of committed capital via four investment funds. Arlington Capital focuses on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries, including: aerospace/defense, government services and technology, healthcare, and business services and software. The firm’s professionals and network have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enable Arlington Capital to be a value-added investor. Arlington Capital invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their companies’ position as leading competitors in their field. To learn more about Arlington Capital Partners please visit

About Tex Tech

Tex Tech is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-performance, specialty materials for diverse and niche customer applications. The Company manufactures and provides mission-critical materials and products to various OEMs and end users across four primary end markets including aerospace & defense, personal protection, high performance, and sporting applications.


Belcotex Products by Tex Tech

Belcotex manufactures sustainable, environmentally friendly fibers that deliver reliability and versatility in numerous applications. These noncombustible fibers are designed for use with high operating temperatures up to 1050° C. Belcotex’s fibrous materials provide protection, insulation, sealing, filtering, and strengthening.

Tex Tech Industries utilizes Belcotex fibers in our high-end, woven, and nonwoven textiles, selected for the distinct advantages they deliver in a broad range of applications. Our proprietary Tex Tech Woven Style 10089 is composed of Belcotex fibers, providing unmatched benefits in the applications they serve.

About Tex Tech Woven Style 10089

Tex Tech Woven Style 10089 is a high-performance fabric that features quality construction with the following specifications:

  • 100% Belcotex fibers, free from organic binders
  • Shot-free (Fiber Index 100)
  • Non-respirable
  • 2×2 basket weave
  • 30×15 warp/picks per inch

Tex Tech Woven Style 10089 features superior thermal properties, with a melting range greater than 1500° C. This fiber is designed for long-term continuous use at temperatures up to 1050° C, making it an ideal selection for a range of high-temperature operations and purposes. Mechanical properties of the Tex Tech Woven Style 10089 include:

  • Weight of 15.7 OPSY
  • 04” thickness
  • 2% shrinkage at 475° F over two hours
  • MD breaking strength of 121.67 lbs.
  • CMD breaking strength of 62 lbs.
  • 7 Mullen burst (lbs./in²)
  • Superior drapability
  • Very soft hand

Woven fibers are available for combination with non-woven fibers. Virtually any woven fiber can be used, including popular options such as:

  • Pre-ox pan
  • Para-aramids
  • Meta-aramids
  • SiO2 fibers
  • Pre-ox pan and para-aramid spunlace

Applications & Benefits

Tex Tech’s Woven Style 10089 is ideally suited for use in high stakes industries such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Automotive
  • Industrial/construction

With the use of Belcotex fibers, the Tex Tech Woven Style 10089 delivers distinctive benefits and capabilities.

  • Protection

Belcotex fibers are used to protect people, capital goods, and the environment. You’ll find these fibers in non-toxic, life-saving systems; fireproof endothermic acoustic insulation and fire blocker; as well as passenger seats on airplanes; efficient automobile emission control; and heat shields and insulation within passenger vehicles.

  • Insulation

Belcotex fibers are used as insulating materials for the purposes of saving energy and other resources while reducing emissions, supporting efficient emission control within the automotive industry, and in a range of industrial applications.

  • Sealing

For heat and fire safety, Belcotex fibers deliver high-temperature heat sealing. These fibers are trusted in airplane passenger cabins, automobiles, and in a wide range of industrial applications.

  • Filtration

Belcotex fibers are used to filter gases and fluids used in life-supporting systems, such as those found in passenger aircraft.

  • Strengthening

Belcotex’s lightweight construction technologies and fiber-reinforced composites provide strength to improve the durability and reliability of the products and components in which these fibers are used.

Learn More About Belcotex Products from Tex Tech

Belcotex fibers offer superior qualities that allow Tex Tech to produce high-performance, reliable materials for clients, serving a range of industries and applications. These superior fibers can be combined with other fiber material to create custom solutions offering the properties required to meet the needs of any application.

Learn more about how Tex Tech Industries uses Belcotex non-woven fibers to create superior textile options for a wide range of industries. Contact us today.

Tex Tech Acquired by Arlington Capital Partners

Tex Tech Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce our recent acquisition by the Washington D.C.-based private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners.

Arlington Capital Partners has managed more than $2 billion of committed capital through four investment funds since 1999, including their most recent fund, valued at more than $700 million.

Focusing on middle-market investments in several high-growth industries — including aerospace and defense, health care, government services, technology, and business services and software — Arlington aims to significantly increase the scale of Tex Tech, which will allow us to better serve our clients’ diverse needs. Arlington Capital Partners’ focus on experienced management teams with high-level capabilities and opportunities for growth in many end markets makes this an ideal fit.

Following this takeover, Tex Tech will continue to manufacture high-performance materials, offering fire-resistant solutions, 3D-woven components, and more for a wide range of industries, including transportation, aerospace, and manufacturing. Priding ourselves on our research and development (R&D)-focused business structure and unique approach to material design and manufacture — part of what attracted Arlington in the first place — we remain committed to constant improvement in everything we do. Our team of expert material scientists work closely with clients throughout all processes, from research, design, and development to testing and manufacture. And to ensure reliable material safety and performance, our team can perform ballistics testing and quality assurance testing to a variety of standards, including ASTM, FAR, ISO, and EN.

An industry leader since 1904, our technical and R&D centers are headquartered at our cutting-edge, 260,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Maine, and we also have auxiliary facilities in Thailand and the United Kingdom. As innovators in the high-performance material industry, Tex Tech has acquired several companies over the years, including Chapman Innovations, CarbonX, and Universal Carbon Fibres, as well as 3D weaving technology from Saertex.

To learn more about our mission, product offerings, our involvement in various industries, or, to discuss our recent acquisition and learn how we can help with your high-performance material needs, contact the Tex Tech team today. We’re here to answer any questions you may have.