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Nomex® Flame Resistant Fiber Turns 50 Years Old and OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics is Celebrating Right Along with Dupont, its Inventor!

​Every day at OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Inc. our looms are weaving Nomex and Kevlar fibers into protective narrow fabrics for dozens of different uses in Fire Fighting, Aerospace, Oil & Gas and so many more environments requiring protective gear.

DuPont invented Nomex 50 years ago and DuPont™ Protection Solutions has announced that it is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of DuPont™ Nomex®, an inherently heat- and flame-resistant fiber. Throughout the year, a series of celebratory events and activities will be held to mark this major milestone.

"During the past 50 years, Nomex® has helped keep people safe while they drilled beneath the earth's core, rocketed to outer space and tackled countless other challenges that were once considered impossible," said John Richard, DuPont™ Nomex® global business director. 

Here at OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, we are marking this landmark anniversary as well! We are innovating new ways to weave Nomex® and Nomex®/Kevlar® for the most demanding industries. Nomex® brand fiber is used across a diverse range of applications, but it is perhaps best known as a critical component in protective apparel.

Nomex® is also used in apparel worn by military pilots and combat vehicle crew; auto racing drivers, pit crew members and track officials; and industrial workers at risk from flash fire and electric arc hazards.

The OTEX Fabric Innovation Lab works with Nomex® Kevlar® and other advanced aramids to innovate and develop new products for our clients.

Nomex® and OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Inc. - A Winning Combination!

OTEX products utilize Nomex® in multiple engineered narrow fabrics such as webbing, tapes, ropes and binding. OTEX products comprised of Nomex® and Nomex®/Kevlar® blends are a critical component in protective apparel.

Today, more than 3 million firefighters around the world are protected by turnout gear, station wear and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) made of Nomex® due to its unique combination of flame protection, durability and mobility.

At OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics Inc., we are proud to protect those who protect us!

Visit Us at the Shot Show Supplier Showcase

Visit OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Inc at the Shot Show Supplier Showcase. Meet the Otex team at Booth S1427

Let us introduce ourselves and our capabilities. OTEX engineers and manufactures high-performance, innovative narrow fabric textiles that are used in numerous critical situations.

WHEN:- Monday, January 16th, 20179:00 am-5:00 pm

WHERE:- Palazzo Ballroom, 5th floor Venetian Hotel Meeting Rooms, Las Vegas.

Download our poster here.

Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics® changes name to OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics®

Bernardsville NJ and Watsontown PA: Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics® has changed its name to OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics®.

"I am proud of our family weaving legacy that spans an astonishing 14 generations. But where once our family designed and manufactured decorative ribbons that brought joy to people's lives; today we innovate and weave advanced fibers into narrow fabrics that save lives." said company owner and CEO Denise Offray."With a nod to our past ,we kept our family initial "O"."TEX" represents our textile heritage. Our new name represents the advanced manufacturer we have become. We serve the Aerospace, First Responder, Medical, Military, Tactical, and Transportation industries with advanced narrow textiles."

In 2002, Claude V. Offray, Jr. sold the assets of his ribbon business along with its brand. He retained sole ownership of Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics and after her 40 year successful tenure working with and for her father; put his daughter Denise Offray in charge in 2008. Denise Offray has been sole owner and CEO since 2012. She remains proud of her company's 30 year legacy in service to the Fire and Safety industry. She is focused on continuous growth for the enterprise through strategic planning, the addition of leading textile experts to her Innovation Team and aggressive expansion into new markets.

The advanced fabric industry has acknowledged the results of her work. OTEX is an inaugural member of AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America ). A consortium housed at MIT that is funded with $75 million by the Department of Defense and $240 million from private enterprise. AFFOA brings together universities, government and private enterprises ranging from fabric manufacturers, to software and nanotechnology developers to develop the next generation of technical textiles.

"It is my objective to prepare OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics® to thrive for the next 14 generations. Our name change is a timely and fitting acknowledgement of our efforts to address markets that require advanced narrow fabrics manufactured to the highest standards and toughest industry specifications" said Offray.

OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics® is an advanced manufacturer of high performance narrow fabrics offering a full portfolio of products woven to the highest standards, as well as comprehensive custom product development services. OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics® weaves a variety of advanced fibers including but not limited to, Aromatic Polyamids (Aramids), Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (Dyneema®, Spectra®), as well as unique elastics that include the OTEX branded Sentry FR® collection.

Sentry FR® is a registered trademark of OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics®