What do we live for? A challenge.
Highland’s product engineering stands at the modern frontier of materials science, and our team loves nothing more than finding innovative solutions for our customers’ challenges. We have embraced these challenges, producing advanced materials to meet market demands and evolving application needs for more than 50 years—and we have no interest in slowing down now.
Working closely with our customers, we have developed technical fabrics for uses never before imagined, from deep in the earth to far into space and everywhere in between. Our research and development team, including the scientists in our state-of-the-art lab facilities in Kernersville, encompasses some of the brightest and most experienced experts in the industry.
Our experience with different formation techniques and a wide variety of finishing technologies allows our team to create fabrics and composite materials that can reliably and consistently perform in the most extreme conditions or to the most exacting standards. It also allows us to imagine and develop materials to replace and surpass existing solutions and address problems that have long stymied our customers.
Working with the military and NASA, Highland has created heat shields for rockets; lighter-weight, stronger materials for tents and flight jackets; safer, more comfortable linings for helmets and body armor for troops; and a host of other materials that save energy, reduce costs, prevent injuries and save lives.
Our passion for innovation extends from the most extreme challenges to the most mundane. Highland’s interest in producing a “ready-for-use” product for power transmission belts led to the invention of a process that creates a continuously-biased, splice-free, rubber-coated product using circular-knit fabric that produces stronger, longer-lasting belts that are ready for customer use.
And we also have been able to apply our know-how in intriguing new ways. With our partners in the global food industry, Highland developed a flexible, collapsible bladder to transport liquids. Strong and puncture resistant, the material also meets FDA standards for safety and can be readily sterilized without degrading. These reusable, lightweight fluid-transport bladders are now in early deployment carrying milk in Japan, and they are well-suited for carrying any food or non-food liquid for which carriers need a boost in flexibility and cost-efficiency.