African Tarpaulins is a tarpaulin manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of tarpaulins for different applications and also for all types of truck trailers. ATS is the biggest manufacturer of PVC products in Africa and supply most of Africa’s leading Blue Chip transport, logistics, civil, industrial and construction companies.
Tarpaulins have multiple uses, including as shelter from the elements, i.e., wind, rain, or sunlight, a ground sheet or a fly in camping, a drop sheet for painting, for protecting the pitch of cricket field, and for protecting objects, such as unenclosed road or rail goods carrying vehicles or wood piles.
It is also used on outdoor market stalls to provide some protection from the elements of nature. Tarpaulins are also used for advertisement printing, most notably for billboards. Perforated tarpaulins are typically used for large-medium advertising, or for protection on scaffoldings, the aim of the perforations (from 20% to 70%) is to reduce wind vulnerability
Polyethylene tarpaulins have also proven to be a popular source when an inexpensive, water resistant fabric is needed.
Tarps can be classified based on a diversity of factors, such as material type (polyethylene, canvas, vinyl, etc.), thickness, which is generally measured in millimeters or generalized into categories (such as "regular duty", "heavy duty", "super-heavy duty", etc.), and grommet strength (simple vs. reinforced), among others.
Tarps can also be classified by size—a common determining factor for consumers in acquiring tarps—and measured in width by length. Actual tarp sizes are generally about three to five percent smaller than the advertised size. (Thus, a tarp advertised as 20 ft. × 20 ft. will actually measure about 19 ft. × 19 ft.) Some other factors that may influence a purchase decision include color (often they come in blue, green, black, or silver), grommet type (aluminum, stainless steel, etc.), and grommet-to-grommet distance.
Tarpaulins are manufactured in a wide variety of colours and from PVC, and various thicknesses are available for different applications. Various thicknesses are 550 gram, 700 gram and 800 gram. 550 gram means it weighs 550 grams per square meter and is generally used for flat deck trucks, agricultural and industrial goods or products and to cover these goods to protect it from the weather. The 550 gram tarps are also used by companies that cannot store certain products in storage areas due to space limitations and also for swimming pool covers, lapa and patio and outdoor blinds.550 gram material is also used to manufacture dam liners and outdoor furniture covers.
700 gram material means it weighs 700 grams per square meter and is used for flat deck trucks transporting steel and is 27% stronger and heavier than the 550 gram material. 700 gram material is also used for general coverage of goods with sharper edges. Dam liners are also manufactured from the 700 gram material. 800 gram material means it weighs 800 grams per square meter and is used tipper and taut liner trailers. The 800 gram material is 14% stronger and heavier than the 700 gram material.
Tarpaulins are manufactured according to customer specification and come with eyelets or grommets spaced 1 meter apart and with 1 meter of 7mm thick ski rope per eyelet or grommet. The eyelets or grommets are stainless steel and designed for outdoor use and cannot rust.
The PVC we utilize in the manufacturing process comes with a standard 2 year warranty against UV and is 100% Waterproof.