Albarrie Ltd. Canada  

Barrie,  ON 
  • Booth: 2214

Albarrie partners with people to solve problems.

Albarrie is a team of engineers, designers, fabricators and technical support experts who envision a world where specialized industrial fabrics are the solution to environmental issues. Albarrie partners with clients to innovate fabric solutions by sharing their knowledge and passion for the environment. Albarrie is committed to needle punch nonwoven fabric innovation and offers the ability to run low minimums and fabric testing to avoid waste.

Brands: Affinity Filter Media Rolled Goods Alslide Fluidizing Fabric Defender Heat Felts

 Press Releases

  • KA Kaddy with Albarrie's Industrial Felt

    Necessity is the mother of invention is a modern-day idiom that communicates our need and desire to create. The idiom is taken from an ancient quote by Plato, “our need will be the real creator”. So, the love of baking bread and other goodies led Kelowna-based entrepreneur Don Drummond to invent his KA Caddy. This sleek and simple tray clicks into the base of a KitchenAid® mixer to make it easier to lift, carry and slide. The sliding function is made possible with Albarrie’ s customized industrial felt.

    “I needed it; prior to having it, my wife wouldn’t bake unless I was there to extract the mixer from our pantry,” says Drummond, “and my daughters and friends liked it.”

    Industrial Felt Application KA Kaddy

    Drummond designed and built his wooden prototype over 12 years ago. He decided it was time to take his idea to market after receiving encouragement from neighbors and friends. “For the record, I never embarked on this venture through a need to make money, but more curiosity, a challenge, and feeling that if I didn’t do it, I’d spend the rest of my life wondering what could have been, ” says Drummond.

    Drummond knew he needed a more streamlined design and an industrial felt material for the project. His initial wooden version used a felt-type material for the entire base. His research led him to Barrie-based textile manufacturer Albarrie Canada Ltd. “I hadn’t initially given much thought to the fabric for the underside of the base”, says Drummond, “So how difficult could it be?”


    Little did he know that industrial felt come in numerous shapes, sizes and colors, produced from various fibers and coatings. The selections made for the technical felt are crucial to the final product’s performance in its intended application. Drummond needed a felt that would peel and stick, easily slide across the counter and provide enough resistance to keep the KitchenAid® mixer in place while in operation.

    Neil Chappell, Albarrie’s Technical Sales Manager, worked with Drummond on the project. Neil recommended that the fabric only cover the caddy’s edges.  Drummond wasn’t initially receptive to this idea but it ended up being the best thing to do.

    “It all took a while, but in the end, we absolutely nailed it”, says Drummond. “The plastic fits the tilt-head KitchenAid® mixer exactly as it should; the industrial-grade fabric makes it easy to slide but with enough resistance that it doesn’t move while the KitchenAid® mixer is running.”

    KA Kaddy with KitchenAid Mixer KA Kaddy is made with Albarrie's Industrial Felt KA Kaddy with Albarrie's Industrial Felt

    After two years and four months working with manufacturing partners like Albarrie, Drummond’s product was finally ready to hit the market.

    “I was so pleased to find a company that produced their own fabric,” Drummond says. “And had a variety of different types and textures, many of which I tested. The fabric was equally as important as the plastic for the success of the product. My dealings with Albarrie were always very positive and very professional. From my first contact email, Neil immediately replied that ‘we serve all companies who have an interest in our product,’ and he offered to meet me in Langley, BC the next week. I was confident that I was dealing with a quality company.”

    KA Caddy officially hit the market on Feb 23, 2020. Anyone using a KitchenAid® Mixer who wants to lift, carry, slide and store it with ease can purchase it through the website

    Looking for an industrial fabric for your product idea? Albarrie produces technical felts for a wide range of industrial applications.  Our textile processing expertise and “hands on” approach is the foundation of our diverse product offering.

    Need help finding the right industrial fabric for your product idea? Contact our fabric specialists today to help bring your invention to life.

  • Stenter Frame at Albarrie Canada

    Spanning an impressive 2,400 square feet, the new Stenter Frame at Albarrie is scheduled to replace an aged machine on the factory floor. The new Stenter Frame’s state-of-the-art capability will allow Albarrie to heat set and dry materials to produce denser, higher quality fabrics than its predecessor. Fabrics can also be finished and sent on their way to consumers in a shorter amount of time.

    So, what exactly is a Stenter Frame and how is Albarrie utilizing its capabilities?

    Albarrie is a global manufacturer of industrial textiles, used in a variety of applications across industries. Many of the fabrics produced in the Morrow Road facility need to be heat set and dried before they can be used for their intended purpose. The Stenter Frame does just that, it operates at heats up to 232°C (450°F), finishing fabric to specifications required by end users.

    While finishing fabrics with a high heat process is not new for Albarrie, the Stenter Frame replaces a machine that is more than 50 years old, providing a much-needed upgrade for this established business.

    “This was a big investment for Albarrie, but it was an investment for the future, one that will ensure we have the capability to remain competitive in the fabricated textile market for years to come.” Says Executive Director Margaret Driscoll. 

    It took a crew of 12 skilled Millwrights, Electricians & Product Specialists to build the 11 Shipping Containers worth of machine in Albarrie’s production facility. The new Stenter Frame was originally scheduled to be fully operational in the Spring of 2020, but the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic meant that there were several delays during the start-up & commissioning process. Through the challenges of the pandemic, the team of German and American technologists, product specialists and Albarrie staff worked remotely across time zones in order to access and configure the machine to run it through a rigorous testing schedule prior to launch.

    Albarrie_Stenter Frame_April 2021 (18) Albarrie_Stenter Frame_April 2021 (9) Stenter Frame with Non-Woven NeedlePunch Fabric

    The Stenter Frame doesn’t just bring improved quality and faster capabilities to Albarrie’s production line; It also brings training and development opportunities for seasoned employees to learn new skills in the operation of this technology. Albarrie values continued education and personal development, and this technology investment is just one of many examples of how the organization strives to build an environment dedicated to developing its workforce.

    Today, the Stenter Frame has had its maiden voyage and is fully up and running, moving fabric through its high heat finishing process, solidifying Albarrie as one of the major players in the North American non-woven textile manufacturing industry.


  • Customized Technical Textiles
    Whether you're exploring new designs or getting competitive quotes, Albarrie produces unique customized nonwoven needle punch textiles using advanced technology. We offer low minimums, fabric trials, testing and produce quantities that fit your needs.

  • Our manufcturing capabilities include: 

    Research & Development: Albarrie has an in-house team of scientists dedicated to developing unique textile solutions for demanding applications such as industrial air filtration, secondary oil containment, high-heat conveyance, and more.

    Custom Needle Punch Felt Production: With several production lines available, Albarrie can produce technical felts from 6 to 120 ounces per square yard (oz/yd²), in narrow or wide width formats. Fiber blending, layering, and an assortment of finishing treatments such as heat setting, calendaring, singing are available.

    Spiral Needle punch Production: Using an advanced Rontex spiral needle loom, Albarrie can produce seamless felt tubes in a wide array of fiber combinations. Coupled with various finishing techniques, these seamless felt tubes are applicable for conveyor roller covers, protective packaging, insulation, and gaskets.

    Brand Name & High Heat Fibers: Albarrie uses the highest-quality fibers for their fabrics. Their fabric experts will advise you on fiber and fabric types to achieve best product performance.

  • Unique Finishings & Treatments
    For over 40 years, Albarrie has been committed to needle punch nonwoven fabric innovation and has partnered with hundreds of companies to develop technical fabric solutions for the most demanding processes worldwide....

  • Finishing & Treatment Capabilities: 

    Resin Impregnation: Albarrie’s unique process of resin impregnation ensures fibers are fully submerged and hardened for a durable product that withstands harsh environments. We turn soft fabric into hard boards.

    Film & Membrane Lamination: Improve your fabric's performance with our range of film and membrane lamination. We can create fire, oil and water repellant fabrics, and PTFE membrane or impregnation for non-stick, smooth finish.

    Customer Service & Technical Support: A trusted team of inside and outside technical sales representatives are dedicated to supporting every aspect of their valued customer relationship, from product selection and design to order fulfillment. They also offer free pre-qualification lab testing to ensure our services are suitable for your application.

    Our Finishes & Other Capabilities Include:

    • Heat Setting
    • Die Cutting
    • Calendaring
    • Singing
    • Sewing
    • Pressing
    • Slitting
    • CNC Machining