Narrowtex strapping and lashing at #appex2024

Narrowtex strapping and lashing at #appex2024


Excited to showcase our premium line of Narrowtex woven polyester strapping and lashing, composite strapping, and bonded/hotmelt strapping at #appex2024! Swing by booth G084 to meet our team. We can’t wait to connect with you! #Lashing #Strapping #Packaging #Narrowtex #Australia 🌟


Supporting Wildlife Conservation Through CROW Partnership

Supporting Wildlife Conservation Through CROW Partnership


Here at Narrowtex Pty Ltd, we believe in giving back to our community and environment. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife), a leading wildlife rehabilitation center based in Durban, South Africa.

Through this partnership, Narrowtex becomes a Corporate Sponsor to CROW, contributing funds towards the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of over 3000 – 4000 injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife that CROW admits each year. This support is vital for the continuation of CROW’s important work in providing our indigenous wildlife with a second chance at life in the wild.

Narrowtex wildlife support (CROW)

CROW remains Durban’s only registered and fully permitted wildlife rehabilitation center, including permits for TOPS (Threatened or Protected Species) and TOPS Marine species. Their dedicated team works tirelessly to care for a diverse range of animals, from mongoose to genets, monkeys to birds, and scrub hares to reptiles.

Through our partnership with CROW, Narrowtex is proud to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s wildlife heritage. We recognize the importance of preserving biodiversity and ensuring the survival of native species for future generations.

By supporting CROW, Narrowtex aims to make a positive impact on environmental conservation while fulfilling our corporate social responsibility. Together, we’re making a difference in protecting and nurturing our precious wildlife, ensuring they have a free, safe, and sustainable life in their natural habitat.

Join us in supporting CROW and their mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife in need. Together, we can create a better future for all inhabitants of our planet. #NarrowtexCares #WildlifeConservation #CROWPartnership

Through this partnership, Narrowtex Pty Ltd demonstrates its commitment to environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation, aligning with our values of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Ensuring Hydraulic Safety: The Critical Role of Webbing Products Protective Sleeving in Pinhole and Burst Suppression

Ensuring Hydraulic Safety: The Critical Role of Webbing Products Protective Sleeving in Pinhole and Burst Suppression


🌟 Hydraulic systems are the lifeblood of industries but can be hazardous when they fail. Best practice is for the installation of woven protective sleeving over the hydraulic hoses as a first line of defense. Our testing shows that many sleeves supplied into industry fail to offer the promised protection in pinhole and burst suppression.  If you want to ensure your employees’ safety and avoid the risk of legal liability for injuries, then ensure your sleeving does what the manufacturer says it will. Webbing Products rigorous in-house testing ensures our sleeving is top of class and what we sample is what you will get.  

🔍 Pinhole suppression is your first line of defense against those inconspicuous leaks that can wreak havoc, compromising efficiency and increasing maintenance costs.

⚠️ Pinhole leaks within hydraulic hoses are a hidden hazard, often going unnoticed until it’s too late. This can lead to serious consequences for operators.

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💥 Burst suppression is your last line of defense against catastrophic hose bursts, ensuring the safety of personnel and equipment.

🧐 While others make claims, our high-pressure tests prove the reliability of Webbing Products Protective Sleeving.

⚙️ Quality and integrity matter when it comes to protective sleeving. Regular inspections and investing in top-notch materials are non-negotiable for ensuring the safety and reliability of your hydraulic systems.

👷 Let’s prioritize safety in every hydraulic operation. The stakes are too high to ignore the importance of protective sleeving.

#Hydraulics #SafetyFirst #ProtectiveSleeving #ProtectiveSleeveWebbing #WebbingProducts 💼

Inspirational people of KwaZulu-Natal

Inspirational people of KwaZulu-Natal


Reflecting on the “Inspirational People of KwaZulu-Natal” interview conducted a few years ago featuring Mark Sykes, our General Manager at NBI. We take great pride in having a dedicated management team and employees who are deeply committed to their roles and their local community. 

Read the complete (updated) feature article below:

Currently I am the General Manager for National Braiding, which is based at Loskop in the Drakensberg area.  This is a very remote region and we provide employment for +/-100 local community members.  The only other manufacturer here is Bata Footwear behind us, so employment opportunities in the industrial sector are not abundant.

I grew up in Howick, so the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is in my blood.  My career path took me to Johannesburg for a while, but I returned to KwaZulu-Natal in 2001 and joined the SA Bias Group in Estcourt in 2003.  SA Bias is an international organisation with operations in South Africa, Europe and Australia.  Our head office is based in Cape Town.

Being firmly entrenched in this rural community for many years takes our role beyond just braiding. 

We have purchased the land next door and set up a creche for the children of our employees and those from Bata Footwear.  We have sponsored all costs and ad hoc requirements for this facility.  Through our sister company Narrowtex in Estcourt, the group has also built an extra classroom, with 25 PCs and software, to establish an IT facility at a local school.

Furthermore, we take in 10 to 15 young people on a one-year internship programme that provides them with a formal qualification in weaving and braiding.  We started out predominantly in the production of shoelaces for Bata Footwear, but we have expanded our range to include ropes and cords.  The group also exports to Australia and the African continent.  We are also exploring the production of new high-tech products.

My wife is a teacher and, together with our two children, we enjoy the tranquillity of the Midlands.  There is no hustle and bustle here, just a 20-minute scenic drive to and from work each day and the added pleasure of having the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains on our doorstep.

NBI Specialised IRATA membership

nbi Specialised IRATA membership


Exciting news! We’re delighted to share that we’ve achieved official associate membership status with the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). IRATA is a globally recognized organization dedicated to upholding industry standards and ensuring safety in the field of industrial rope access. At NBI Specialised, we’re proud to be affiliated with such a prestigious authority in our profession #IRATA #SafetyFirst #ProudMember #AccessRope

The manufacturing and testing of our seatbelt webbing​

The manufacturing and testing of our seatbelt webbing​

IATF 16949 certified seatbelt webbing

This video shares a glimpse into the manufacturing and testing processes of our IATF 16949 certified seatbelt webbing, also referred to as seatbelt strap or safety webbing.We supply to global original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket providers servicing the motor vehicle and aviation industries. We have technology agreements with international partners to ensure that we always stay abreast of international trends regarding safety critical components, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality and safety;For more information, visit #SafetyStrap #SeatbeltWebbing #SeatbeltStrap #IATF16949 #ISO9001 #ISO14001 #WebbingManufacturer #WebbingSouthAfrica #Narrowtex #WebbingExports #SeatbeltSupplier #SeatbeltManufacturer #Automotive #MotorVehicle #Aviation #GlobalSuppliers #SafetyFirst #QualityAssurance

Narrowtex’ Learnership and Apprenticeship Programs​

Narrowtex' Learnership and Apprenticeship Programs​

Every year, we prioritize empowering individuals, whether they’re currently employed or seeking employment, by offering a range of training programs. These programs include Bursaries, Learnerships, Apprenticeships, Internships, and Work-Integrated learning opportunities. Our goal is to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their respective fields.

For employed and unemployed graduate students, we provide various bursaries to support their academic pursuits. Additionally, our Learnership program offers a comprehensive learning experience that combines theoretical classroom training with practical on-the-job learning. By working alongside experienced mentors, participants gain valuable insights into their chosen profession, enhancing their employability and contributing to a skilled workforce.

Similarly, our Apprenticeship program focuses on hands-on training, allowing participants to develop specialized skills in specific trades. Through a combination of practical training and theoretical instruction, apprentices gain in-depth knowledge, paving the way for successful careers as narrow weaving technicians. After completing the theory and practical training the apprentice will be assessed by NAMB (National Artisans Moderator Body) for certification.

Furthermore, we provide graduate interns with valuable workplace experience, and occasionally collaborate with TVET Colleges to offer work experience placements to their students.

We believe that investing in the growth and development of individuals, regardless of their employment status and especially in Estcourt, where we are situated, is crucial for personal and economic advancement. Our aim is to empower individuals to reach their full potential and contribute to the overall prosperity of our community.

The importance of IATF 16949 compliance

The importance of IATF 16949 compliance​

IATF 16949 is a quality management standard specifically designed for the automotive industry. It is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system but incorporates additional automotive-specific requirements. For us at Narrowtex, as seatbelt webbing manufacturers, achieving and maintaining IATF 16949 compliance is highly important for several reasons:

  • IATF 16949 sets a framework for implementing and maintaining a robust quality management system (QMS). It helps us establish effective processes, identify and mitigate risks, and ensure consistency in product quality and performance. This helps avoid defects, increase customer satisfaction, and enhance overall operational efficiency.
  • Since any compromise in seatbelt webbing quality or performance can have severe consequences. IATF 16949 emphasizes risk management and our compliance guarantees clients of our processes to identify potential product safety issues and take appropriate preventive and corrective actions. 
  • IATF 16949 promotes our culture of continuous improvement within the organization, encouraging us to monitor and measure key performance indicators, analyze data, and implement actions for enhancing their processes and products. By continually striving for improvement, we can optimize our operations, reduce waste, and deliver better-quality seatbelts.
  • IATF 16949 emphasizes the importance of effective communication and collaboration, and we work closely with our clients to ensure the quality and conformity of our webbing and the materials used in our seatbelt webbing. By adhering to the standard, we establish strong partnerships, enhance supply chain efficiency, and mitigate risks associated with non-conforming parts.

Overall, IATF 16949 compliance helps us meet our customer requirements, ensure product safety, maintain high-quality standards, and drive continuous improvement. It has also helped us in establishing a solid foundation for our operations and our credibility within the automotive industry.




Initially provided to the market as a polyamide sleeve with full flame retardant and anti-static properties, the company has expanded its protective sleeving range to include a wider range of alternative solutions to meet differing customer requirements. 

The protective sleeving range now includes polyamide and polyester equivalents, available in full flame retardant and anti-static or flame retardant-only options. This allows the customer to select the option most suited to their application.

Our polyamide protective sleeving is manufactured using twisted continuous polyamide yarn, which is tightly woven to provide superior strength, impact resistance, and abrasion characteristics compared to other standard and texturised yarns. The polyamide, in combination with the construction method, provides the highest abrasion resistance of the two ranges. 

The recommended temperature working range for the protective sleeving is 40°C to 125°C with peaks of short duration up to 200°C for polyamide and 230°C for polyester.

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Cargo securement webbing manufacturing



Our cargo securement webbing (tie down/lashing) ranges are manufactured from ultra-high tenacity polyester yarns, utilising compact weave patterns to provide superior system strengths, while remaining durable and versatile.

Our specialist range of tie-down webbing commences at break strengths from 650kg up to 6 tons; differentiating break strengths are identified by the use of identity lines and colour coding to customer specifications.

Other lashing features include:
– Low elongation
– Superior strength factors
– High abrasion resistance
– UV resistance
– Low water absorption and chemical resistance
– Ease of use
– Cut resistant – certain products

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