About PBI


PBI fabrics are renowned for their unique combination of flame resistance, durability and comfort, which is why they are the first choice in protection for the most extreme conditions, from NASA’a astronauts, to emergency responders, the military and formula one drivers.

Since opening for business in 1984, in Charlotte, North Carolina, PBI Performance Fabrics has created a legacy of protection that is recognised all over the world.

Today, the company is a major force in personal protection in USA, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australasia. 


Did You Know?

PBI is the trade name for polybenzimidazole.

PBI Performance Products, Inc. is the sole producer of PBI fiber in the world.

All PBI fiber is made in America, in our plant in Rock Hill, SC.

PBI fabrics have been used in the fire service for over 30 years and continue to be used in other markets such as industrial/electrical, aerospace, military, and motorsports.

From the time PBI was introduced to NASA for the Apollo missions in the late 1960s, it has been regarded as the best protection available for high-heat and flame applications.


H.Vogel and C.S Marvel first synthesised PBI and discovered its ability to maintain exceptional thermal and oxidative stability.
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Apollo 1 crew killed in pre launch test fire prompts NASA to look for flame resistant material for flight suits
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NASA starts using PBI fiber to protect its astronauts, marking the first time that PBI was used to offer protection from fire.
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PBI Plant starts commercial production
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PBI starts International Sales from the UK
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German Sales office opened his door
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The InterTech Group Inc purchased the company
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