Flock is a newly discovered technology
The history of flocking originates from the ancient times. Even before the final formation of written language the Chinese discovered a technology that preceded flocking. As adhesive they applied gum on textile goods, and then scattered natural fibres. The tendency to decorate clothes and to increase the sale prices for everyday products became the main reason for the development of flocking.
In such a way they flocked in the medieval Europe
In the 12th century monks of the Nuremberg monastery used a technology similar to the ancient Chinese one. As adhesive they applied varnish through wooden patterns. Pestled natural fibres served as a flock prototype. As well as the ancient Chinese, they used flocking, first of all, to decorate cult, religious accessories. The «flocked» material was also used for walls' decoration.
The era of industrial revolutions came nearer
During hundreds years «flocking art» was buried in oblivion. Only in the 19th century French people recollected about flocking again. Even today many castles on the Loire can brag of the royal «exclusive items» in the interior decoration. American, and later also European engineers, got down to the development of flock-technology in the first half of the 20-th century. The modernization of equipment, adhesive systems, and the discovery of new materials for flocking have provided an opportunity to turn to the series fabrication.
Since that it has developed successfully
In the late forties of the XX-th century the manufacture of electrostatic flock-machines was also started in Germany. With their market appearance, the industrial production of flocked goods for technical and household purposes began to develop in the most active way.
The power is in the unity.
1981 is the year of the European Flock-Association foundation. The leading manufacturers of equipment, flock, adhesive and, actually, ready flocked production became its members.
There are no borders in flock applications nowadays. It is possible to flock almost everything: metal, wood, ceramics, textile, paper, plastic.