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J B Roche (MFG) Ltd, based in Cork, Ireland, manufacture canvas products including tents, tensile membrane structures, inflatable maintenance shelters and custom built canvas products for Aviation, Architectural, Emergency Services, Military, Marine and general Industrial applications. They hold worldwide patent protection on their range of Inflatable Shelters for Aircraft maintenance.

In the area of industrial fabric fabrication, J B Roche's capabilities include: High-speed automated cutting, High-Frequency welding, Ultrasonic welding, Hot-Air welding, Hot-Wedge welding, Impulse sealing, Sewing and Hot-Taping together with other proprietary seaming methods.


Hospital Shelter by J B Roche Architectural Membrane by J B Roche Boeing 737 inflatable maintenance shelter by J B Roche

We specialise in short-run production products and are happy to quote for product design, development and building of prototypes. The company is ISO-9001 certified and employ cutting-edge design and manufacturing equipment in their production processes.



An A330 inflatable maintenance shelter by J B Roche

J B Roche (MFG) Ltd pioneered the concept of inflatable maintenance shelters in 1999. The primary appeal of our unique design is that the entire structure of the shelter is made of fabric. 

This means that, unlike using any type of semi-rigid framed structure, it is virtually impossible to damage the aircraft in any way when deploying the shelter. Whether you are a Military or Civilian operator, maintaining a single-seat fighter or a four-hundred seat giant, we can build a shelter to suit your needs.



Our unique patented shelters are used by airlines and MROs throughout the world to get their aircraft airborne again in the most difficult weather conditions. Whilst our shelters cannot offer the comfort and safety of a regular hangar, they can make the difference between getting the job done or otherwise facing many days of costly delays with added inconvenience to passengers or freight customers.


All of our patented shelters work, using the same principal: A fan (which operates continuously while the shelter is inflated) blows air through a series of interconnected fabric tubes, thereby causing them to inflate. The tubes, which are pressurised to a level slightly higher than ambient pressure, form the framework of the shelter.

This fabric framework is engineered to envelop a portion of the Nacelle or wing profile. This unique design effectively docks the shelter to the aircraft - making it extremely stable even in very windy conditions.

All Shelters are designed to be easily transportable for aircraft recovery and they can be inflated by two operatives in less than five minutes.

An inflatable maintenance shelter from J B Roche being used for propeller maintenance

A series of fan types are available, depending on the applications envisaged - from an inexpensive 110V/220V blower for ramp-based work to a 110V 400Hz unit for aircraft recovery operations.

Air conditioning cart inlets are incorporated into the shelter for more demanding climates - these ports may be zippered shut when not in use.

The huge benefit of the inflatable shelter concept is that it is air-supported - meaning that it cannot damage either the aircraft or the personnel using it, and it is designed to be a hand-in-glove fit for every aircraft in your fleet.

Our inflatable shelters which are inexpensive and offer a truly unique solution to the age-old problem of protecting people and equipment from the elements, are used throughout the world by military establishments and airlines large and small.



J B Roche design and build several different types of shelter for Emergency Response teams as follows:


  • Command Posts

  • Crash Sites

  • Field Hospitals

  • Morgues

  • Decontamination Tents

  • Temporary Dwellings

  • Triage

  • Information Centres

  • Forensic Exams

  Emergency Shelters by J B Roche


We have pre-designed models for each of the above applications and we also offer a full range of accessories.


Some of our Shelter systems can be deployed in as little as 90 seconds. Typically it takes just two people to erect a standard unit. As we are aware that rescue volunteers may not always be trained, we design our units so that they may be pitched with no previous experience.




  • Truck & Car cleaning, painting and servicing

  • Application of decals in bad weather

  • Concealment for product launches

  • Pipe Jointing

  • Splicing of fibre-optic cables

  • Testing electronic devices in a non-metallic environment

  • Trench tents for ground works

  • Manhole covers

  • Spraying and roller application of special concrete coatings

  • Pouring and pumping concrete in frosty conditions

  • Quick set-up shelter for carnivals etc.

  • Swimming pool tiling, maintenance and cleaning

  • Hi-visibility car wash stations

  Paint Spraying booth from J B Roche




Architectural Membranes from J B Roche used here in a covered walkway

J B Roche offer architects, engineers and property developers a full architectural membrane design service. These membranes look like elaborate canopies or awnings at first glance. They are, however, structural building elements that can last 15-20 years depending on fabric selection.

A typical membrane design job generally involves the project architect providing us with an outline & for what is envisaged. We can then develop product proposals from these early plans.

As tensile membranes are a specialised area, we never expect our potential clients to be knowledgeable in this area and we welcome enquiries from architects who have not previously designed such structures.

Architectural Membranes create particularly eye-catching features and enable freeform and artistic shapes to be created both indoors and outdoors.


The most popular fabrics used in membrane manufacture are PVC coated polyester or PTFE coated fibreglass. PVC fabrics which incorporate a PVDF lacquered top coat can now last between 12 and 15 years and the fabrics are designed to comply with all building fire regulations. Curved panels of this fabric are typically joined together by high-frequency welding to produce a very strong and watertight seam. PTFE coated fibreglass exhibits even better fire characteristics and this fabric can last up to 20 years.




We regularly manufacture bespoke products for manufacturing industry including:

  • Colour coded covers for compressed gas cylinders

  • Anti-static bin liners

  • Cushioned and padded workstation areas

  • Waterproof covers for wash down areas

  • Clear covers for touch pad operated machinery



From inflatable Race marks for yacht and powerboat racing to navigation Day marks - from Gun covers for Navy vessels to huge Windbreakers on oil drilling platforms, (and a lot more besides), we have over 20 years experience in the design and building of once-off products and short-run production items to customer specifications.

If you are looking to have a product designed and or fabricated we would be delighted to hear from you.


Example projects:

  • Water Tank Covers

  • Oil/Water Booms

  • Flexible Tanks

  • Ballast Bags

  • Bimini Tops

  • Shade Structures

  • Bandstand/Stage Covers

  • Shipping Covers for Computer Mainframes

  • Windbreakers

  • Exhibition Displays

  • Welding Screens/Booths

  • Machinery Covers

  • Temporary Roofing

  • Acoustic Panels

  • Concrete Curing Blankets



Canvas and upholstery parts for the marine trade from J B Roche

We have been manufacturing canvas and upholstery parts for the European marine trade for almost 20 years. Regardless of the type of vessels you manufacture, we can act as a "one-stop-shop" for all of your sewn product needs.

From the design stage, through to the final finish of your product, we utilise the most modern computerised equipment available to ensure that our customers are getting a top quality product every time. If you are manufacturing your plugs with the aid of a five-axis router, we can build a 3D model of the proposed design on top of your CAD file.

Alternatively, if you are using more traditional manufacturing methods, we use our 3D Digitizer to create a computerised model of your deck. If you would like some more information on our range or marine products, please let us know. We will be happy to put you in contact with our existing customers if required.


If you are considering having your boats manufactured in a low cost location, or if you have already made that move, you can still avail of our design, prototype and master-patterning service. For a set price per model, we will be happy to design a complete canvas package, together with cutting patterns, hardware, bow-bending and sewing instructions.

J B Roche (MFG) Ltd are an ISO 9001-2000 registered company and have been manufacturing specialised canvas products for the more than 20 years.

From the design stage, through to the final finish of your product, J B Roche utilise the most modern computerised equipment available to ensure that their customers are getting a top quality product every time.


Unit 11 Centrepoint
Centre Park Road

Tel: +353 21 4320 320

Fax: +353 21 4320 323



Contact: Mr Ian Nagle (Managing Director)

Products/Services :

  • Emergency Housing
  • Emergency Relief Shelters
  • Field Hospitals
  • Field Kitchens
  • Hangars
  • Inflatable Aircraft Maintenence Shelters
  • Inflatable Aircraft Shelters
  • Inflatable Shelters
  • Medical Shelters
  • Military Field Hospitals
  • Military Shelters
  • Mobile Field Hospitals
  • Shelters
  • Temporary Aircraft Hangers
  • Temporary Buildings
  • Temporary Classrooms and Offices
  • Temporary Housing
  • Temporary Living Quarters
  • Temporary Offices
  • Temporary Recreational Areas
  • Temporary Storage
  • Temporary Structures
  • Temporary Warehousing
  • Temporary Workshops
  • Tents
  • Workshops
  • Workspace Solutions

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