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Working Out
Plan your visit to expoprotection
Feature: 24/9/2008

Working Out

Portwest Clothing Stand C65

Expoprotection is of major importance to Portwest Clothing’s European customer base according to sales and marketing manager Richard Jones: “The French market has grown extensively for Portwest Clothing over the past five years. Expoprotection gives us a chance to showcase all of the new styles in our brochure, as well the chance to launch a French language catalogue.”

The 2008/2009 brochure contains 76 new styles of workwear and brings together their entire range for the first time – including leading industry brands such as HiVisTex, Buildtex, Steelite, Bizweld and Sealte. “We understand the need of distributors,” Richard says. “Throughout our product range, we have improved the features and specifications on existing lines while also enhancing the ‘Specials Service’ we can offer.”

Some of the new EN products that Portwest is hoping will do well in the French market is their Hi-Vis 7-in-1 Traffic Jacket, which the company says is adaptable for any situation that may arise. Certified to EN471 and EN343, the jacket’s multiple features include storage space, a concealed hood and fleece-lined collar. New to the market is Portwest’s Hi-Vis Action Trousers and the Hi-Vis Jacket with Reflexite Red Braces, which increase visual recognition for those working on public highways. Both products also meet with EN471 requirements.


CAT Apparel/Bond Safety
Stand D82

Bond Safety – European distributors for CAT workwear, safety eyewear, gloves and toolbelt accessories – will be launching a new Advanced Technology range of performance workwear at the show. Managing director Paul Bond, who describes Expoprotection as ‘the launch pad for all of Europe’, says: “All of the Advanced Technology garments feature the 3XDRY moisture management system, which keeps you cool and dry all day long.”


Shoes for Crews Stand C125

International manufacturer of slip resistant footwear, Shoes for Crews provides smart, casual and athletic wear in both soft-toe and steel-toe boots and shoes for a variety of industry sectors. At the show, the company will be promoting its composite toe range, which launched this summer.

The lightweight styles incorporate strong as steel, but light composite toe-caps and mid-soles for enhanced wearer comfort, and all meet the standards of EN 20345. The three styles are black and grey lightweight composite-toe shoes for use in all industrial areas but mainly hospitals, hotels and kitchens; and lightweight composite-toe boots and trainers for logistics and industrial manufacturing areas.

Other features included in the new footwear styles are puncture resistant mid-soles, antistatic qualities, soft padding around the tongues and collars and water resistant leathers. The current ranges will also soon have the new formula SFC 1V sole with enhanced grip, which Shoes for Crews says increases the duration of wear and increases the slip performance by about 15-20%.

orkwear is expected to make a triumphant return to Expoprotection, the biennial exhibition for risk management. Despite only premiering in 2006, the Workwear section already looks set to become as important to the exhibition as the more traditional sections of Security/Safety, Fire Fighting, and Health and Safety at Work. At the last show, over a third of the 24,500 unique visitors who attended the event declared that they were mainly interested in the Workwear and Occupational Risks sections. And this year, the number of workwear exhibitors has leapt from 95 to 123 companies.


Visitors to the event, which runs from 4th to 7th November, will witness two new sectors – Natural Risks and Industrial and Technological Risks – as well as an Ergonomic Village with products and services for the workplace. The tradeshow has also devised a varied program of events, including a risk management forum and more than 50 conference and workshop sessions led by experts on comprehensive risk management and social and economic challenges.


The piece de resistance, however, promises to be the Innovation Zone, situated at the heart of the exhibition area, and displaying over a hundred new products that visitors will be able to test out. These will include the entries for the Innovation Awards, which will also be awarded here on the first day of the show.


To help you plan your visit to the exhibition, here is a taste of what some of the exhibitors have to offer in the Workwear section in Hall 5:


Klopman International
Stand C76 and
INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand Stand C77


What better way to celebrate your 40th birthday and to demonstrate your ongoing commitment to the European textile sector than with a range of innovative new fabrics? That’s the thinking behind Klopman International’s presence at the show. They’ve teamed up with INVISTA to launch Klopman Vantage fabric featuring CORDURA® brand technology. The fabric exploits the benefits of CORDURA® fabric, which is well-known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs.


It gives you a 50/50 intimate blend of INVISTATM T420 nylon 6.6 and combed cotton in a twill construction weighing 250g/m2, and Klopman says: “The new fabric offers the optimum combination of exceptional abrasion resistance, comfort and style and is ideal for use in full garments such as trousers, jackets and coveralls.”


Meanwhile, new additions to Klopman’s protectivewear range of fabrics include a heavyweight 470g/m2 100% cotton flame retardant fabric accredited to EN ISO 11611, ISO/DIS 11612 and IEC 61482-2 (Electric Arc) and an EN 471 accredited 275g/m2 60% cotton 40% polyester high-visibility fabric, with luminosity characteristics and superior comfort.


Two new fabrics in Klopman’s Bioguard range of antimicrobial fabrics will also be on display. Harnessing the antibacterial properties of silver technology, these fabrics – based on bestselling styles Bravo and Superbandmaster – offer antimicrobial protection and are specifically designed to meet the requirements of critical hygiene applications, such as in healthcare and the food industry. Klopman will also be introducing the first fabric in its range to be made with Fairtrade Certified Cotton.


Lenzing Fibres Stand G77


One half of Lenzing’s stand will focus on Lenzing FR® – a high performance flame resistant fibre used in fabrics for protection against heat from liquid molten metal splash, electric arc, flash fire, flammable liquids, welding sparks and radiant heat. Protective clothing made of Lenzing FR® is inherently flame resistant, and this results in permanent protection for the lifetime of the garment.


Lenzing says that the fibre also offers comfort, flexibility, moisture management properties and unique body climate control: “The secret is in the fibre itself. Lenzing FR® does not store the heat – it feels immediately cool, even after severe flame and heat exposure.”

At the exhibition, Lenzing will demonstrate the fibre’s versatility through a new clothing concept that combines Lenzing FR® fibres with high visibility protection in high visibility yellow. The fibre can also be blended with other high performance fibres, such as Aramid fibres for fire fighting applications or wool for molten aluminium protection, resulting in a head to toe concept.

The other half of the stand will focus on the company’s TENCEL® lyocell fibre, which is derived from Eucalyptus wood grown in sustainable, managed forests. Although it’s been available on the high street for some time, it’s still relatively new to the workwear and corporate clothing sectors, and Lenzing is keen to promote its built-in moisture management, smooth surface and natural cooling properties in hospital gowns and corporate shirts.


Microgard® Stand B72


Microgard®, a manufacturer of chemical protective clothing, will be launching its new and improved Microchem® 4000 coverall at the exhibition. The product, which will feature alongside their standard range at the show, offers the company’s highest level of chemical protection yet.

“Microchem® 4000 features a unique barrier fabric, which is renowned for being lightweight, yet robust,” business development manager Paul Bryce says. “It offers an exceptional barrier against organic and inorganic chemicals, chemical warfare agents and biological agents.”
The improved coverall, however, has a new barrier layer to increase chemical repellence and provide anti-static for critical areas. Ultrasonically welded seams and a new seam taping method also ensure liquid tight protection. It’s available in various design options, including attached socks and gloves and fully encapsulated suits.

Paul says: “The aim of our presence at the exhibition is both to increase the brand awareness of Microgard in France and internationally, and to generate contacts with end users and distributors for whom our products could offer attractive new alternatives in short life workwear.”


HPC Healthline Stand C67

Sticking with short life solutions, HPC Healthline will present its range of PPE for protection against infections and epidemics. Among these will be its most recent addition, Biohazard Containment Kits, which gather together, and keep to hand, essential PPE products for rapid response to emergency situations.

HPC Healthline says that they’re suitable for a variety of markets should an outbreak occur, including the emergency services, the police and the army, as well as for workplace and personal home use. The products in the kits include nitrile gloves, a category 3 coverall, FFP mask, overshoes, a yellow clinical waste sack, anti-viral wipes and protective goggles.

Valerie Geraud from the company says: “HPC Healthline thrives in bringing in new products to answer market needs. Our aim is to offer protection from head to foot and a single source of supply to a variety of markets. We operate a European wide network of appointed distributors and are looking for new appointments in several countries.”

The company’s full product range includes polythene bags, polythene aprons and disposable clothing as well as examination, industrial and surgical gloves under the well known brands Shield®, Handsafe®/Fine Touch®, Aloecare® and Trusty®.


Author: Catherine Christie
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