INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand behind the success of Croatian company Cateks
INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has played a central role in the recent success of Croatian company Cateks.

With a focus on the production of specialized fabrics for the military sector, Cateks is one of the oldest-established mills in Croatia – and one of our most important partners in Europe. The company has a long tradition of high quality, and their well-earned reputation has paid off with the winning of a major contract from the Ministry of Defence in their neighboring country of Slovenia.

Durability that decreases the total cost of ownership

The fabric, to be used in uniforms for Slovenia’s armed forces, is innovative CORDURA® NYCO. Originally developed specifically as a wear resistant, lightweight comfort solution for military combat uniforms, CORDURA® NYCO fabric is engineered with an intimate blend of INVISTA T420 nylon 6,6 staple fibre and cotton.

This results in significantly enhanced abrasion and tear resistance, delivering the exceptional level of durability demanded by garments destined to be worn in the toughest and most hostile environments. This high level of durability pays off in two ways: It means the uniforms can perform more effectively in action, while being more cost effective thanks to a longer life cycle.

At the same time, the high cotton content helps make the fabric easy and comfortable to wear over prolonged periods in action - an essential quality in uniforms for military and tactical wear.

More protection under fire

Another key factor of Cateks CORDURA® NYCO fabric produced for this military contract is how it reacts when ignited. The flame is slow to spread, and the charred fabric residue does not adhere to the skin. Added to other high-performance features, this characteristic helps to make Cateks CORDURA® NYCO fabric an optimum choice in the defence sector.

CORDURA® NYCO and Cateks. A growing military alliance.

In an interview with European online news stream, shown on Cateks website, director Davor Sabolic says:

“In addition to Slovenia, our company has so far manufactured fabrics for the armies of Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Kuwait, Montenegro. We are currently developing projects for the military, special forces units or police in the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, Estonia, Italy, the Nordic countries and others.”

Cateks is the largest manufacturer of specialized military CORDURA® NYCO fabric in Europe and will be supplying the Slovenian MOD with approximately 180,000 metres over a three-year contract, which the company says is valued at an estimated Euro 3 million.


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