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
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.
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
INFLATABLE MAINTENANCE SHELTERS
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.
WIND RESISTANT AIRCRAFT
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
EASILY INFLATED, TRANSPORTABLE SHELTERS
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
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
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:
We have pre-designed
models for each of the above applications and we also offer a
full range of accessories.
ULTRA FAST SET UP FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS
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
decals in bad weather
electronic devices in a non-metallic environment
Trench tents for
roller application of special concrete coatings
pumping concrete in frosty conditions
shelter for carnivals etc.
tiling, maintenance and cleaning
car wash stations
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
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.
ARCHITECTURAL MEMBRANE BASICS
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
We regularly manufacture bespoke products for
manufacturing industry including:
Colour coded covers for compressed gas
Anti-static bin liners
Cushioned and padded workstation areas
Waterproof covers for wash down areas
Clear covers for touch pad operated machinery
CUSTOM BUILT CANVAS
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.
MARINE CANVAS PRODUCTS
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.
FROM J B ROCHE
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
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.