21 Jul 2020


In order to meet the new ECE Reg 118.03, English company, Camira - makers, designers and manufacturers of textiles and fabrics for the contract sector - developed two new fabrics enhanced with additional flame retardants which enable these to pass both a vertical flammability test, as well as a horizontal test. Super Trim Plus and Premier Trim Plus are lightweight non-woven products used for roof linings, wall sides, seat backs and luggage compartments in transport applications like buses and coaches.

This new ECE Regulation 118.03 becomes mandatory for first registrations of all Class II and Class III vehicles within the M3 category from 26th July. The new fabrics Super Trim Plus and Premier Trim Plus are designed to coordinate with plush moquettes, flat cloths and other ancilliary trims, they are both available in a choice of 12 colourways and are available from stock in Anthracite, Smoke and Silver. Other colours are available with Minimum Order Quantities of 250 metres.

Noting this regulatory change in the bus and coach sector, Head of Camira's European Transport Sales, Peter Daly, comments: “Knowing how popular our standard non FR trim products are with our customers, we hope that we have solved a problem for many operators and manufacturers working on first registrations of all vehicles affected.”

In order to improve vehicle safety, the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) have extended Reg 118.00(EC/95/28) through Reg118.01/Reg118.02 and lately Reg118.03. These new regulations see a change to under what conditions the horizontal burning rate and vertical burning rate of materials is tested.

Camira, headquartered in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, England, is a privately-owned UK textile group founded in 1974 under the name Camborne Fabrics, but its heritage goes back to 1783 through various acquisitions. Today, Camira produced around 8 million metres of fabric for sale in over 80 countries.

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