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Participating Companies

Featured Illinois Manufacturer:
Advanced Flexible Composites
About Company   Lake in the Hills, IL

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Advanced Flexible Composites (AFC) makes diverse products possible. This innovative manufacturer of high temperature, non-stick composite materials has risen to the forefront of the PTFE- and silicone-coated market. Whether it be fabric, conveyor belting, or pressure sensitive adhesive tape, AFC has solutions for a variety of industries. Common markets include food processing, packaging, plastics, composite bonding, can manufacturing, textiles, and vinyl windows, among others. While primarily known for their Dura line of industrial products, AFC also operates a Food Products Group. This business segment (DuraChef) partners with major quick service restaurants such as Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, Burger King, and Starbucks to provide consistent consumer goods. DuraChef also carries a line of cooking and baking products that will outlast and outperform what is currently in your kitchen. As a manufacturer, AFC understands its obligation to encourage sustainable practices. This can be found in AFC Renewables, which has developed the ability to fully recycle laminated paper products (NoWaste Technology) and provide a truly gluten-free food preparation option. Collaboration, innovation, and diversity drives their business.


Some of their top products include: DuraFab, DuraFlow, DuraSil, DuraLam, DuraStick, DuraChef, Chef Pack, and NoWaste Technology.

Some of their special capabilities include: PTFE coating, Silicone coating, high performance fabrics and laminates, high temperature, nonstick, flexible smallwares, Conveyor belt fabrication, Pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, and more.


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Contact Information:

Chris Thomas



From earth moving equipment to automobiles; medical devices to consumer products, Illinois is home to 20,000 manufacturers employing nearly 600,000 people. 

IMEC, along with our strategic partners, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and other friends of manufacturing, have launched this on-line resource to showcase the diversity of products made here and celebrate the companies that manufacture them. In towns from Chicago to Carbondale, manufacturing is the engine that powers the Illinois economy.