A broad term for fabrics used for non-apparel and non-decorative uses. They fall into the following classes:

  • Fabrics employed in industrial processes (e.g. filtration, polishing, and absorption).
  • Fabrics combined with other materials to form a different material (e.g. rubberized fabric for hose, belting, tires, timing gears, bearings, and electrical parts).
  • Fabrics impregnated with an adhesive and dielectric compounds.
  • Fabrics incorporated directly in a finished product (e.g. sales, tarps, tents, awnings, and specialty belts for agricultural machinery, airplanes, and conveyers).

Fabrics developed for industrial use cover a wide variety of widths, weights, and construction. In many cases, they have been painstakingly developed to meet a specific application.