Recognizing Advances in Protective Gloves Made with DuPont™ Kevlar®
GENEVA, Oct. 29, 2018 – DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont) announced the winners of its third annual DuPont™ Kevlar® Glove Innovation Awards in Europe. There were multiple entries from manufacturers all across Europe, showcasing the diverse innovative ways Kevlar® fiber can be utilized for hand protection in gloves. One entry took innovation with Kevlar® beyond hand protection and designed a cut protective shirt with Kevlar®.
“This is the third year we have held these awards and each year the manufactures continue to impress us with their innovations using Kevlar®, positioning these products on the forefront of protective technology for worker safety,” said Joel DeNardis, Mechanical Protection Global Marketing Manager, DuPont. “We are proud to celebrate with these innovators as they push the limits of what’s possible with Kevlar® to make worker protection more comfortable, more durable and more protective.”
European 2018 DuPont™ Kevlar® Glove Innovation Award Winners
Winning entries were chosen based on designs that utilized Kevlar® in unique and groundbreaking ways in their approach and challenged the boundaries of conventional cut protection. Entries were judged on a set of criteria based on excellence in the areas of innovation and benefits to the wearer, including enhanced protection, increased dexterity, comfort and durability – all critical to safety and performance in the toughest industrial environments.
The winners are:
● Protective Industrial Products, Inc. – G-Tek Kev 09-K1640
These gloves have a distinctive enhanced visibility red liner made with Kevlar®, touch screen compatibility, while being able to take seamless knit gloves to the next level in not only cut performance but fit, feel and look. Kevlar® adds its strength, inherent heat properties and comfort.
● SEIZ® Gripper HE BND
This rescue glove is made of 100 percent Kevlar® with steel wire (Inox) insertion and has its palm and fingertips with a slip proof hydro repellent coating. The glove withstands contact heat up to 100˚C and scores the best dexterity. The glove obtains high performance per EN388: 2016 achieving cut level F and puncture level 3, qualifying for the demanding tasks of fire brigade and rescue services. It is the first rescue glove with the highest cut level F.
● Superior Glove® – Dexterity® S18KGDNE
These flame-resistant arc flash gloves with composite filament fiber shell made of Kevlar® and neoprene palms are one of the thinnest (18 gauge) and most comfortable on the market. Arc flash testing placed these gloves at level 3, with an arc thermal performance value (ATPV) of 25cal/cm².
● W+R KinetiXx X-BLADE
The cut protection glove KinetiXx X-BLADE has excellent fit due to the very fine 15-gauge 3D knit. The use of Kevlar® makes it very thin for a cut protection glove with very good breathability and also offers heat protection. The black yarn made of Kevlar® makes the glove very dirt-resistant. The glove can be washed at 30°C in a gentle cycle at home and can therefore be used many times by the user. Furthermore, the glove is touch screen capable.
● JS Gloves – ROKCL
The glove model, ROKCL belongs to the group of clean (dust-free) gloves and does not leave any traces on objects which they come into contact. They are made with 100 percent Kevlar®, ensuring protection against mechanical, as well as thermal hazards. The ROKCL model is an exceptionally lightweight gauge 15 glove, guaranteeing perfect feel and very good dexterity.
● Fuchshuber Techno-Tex GmbH – Cutex® Barbados Round Neck Shirt
Our special Kevlar® award goes to the Cutex® round neck shirt which is a lightweight knit that combines cut protection with heat and flame protection. Based on an engineered yarn made with black Kevlar®, it has an extremely smooth and pleasant feel with high breathable characteristics guaranteeing a high level of wearer comfort combined with excellent protective properties.
DuPont™ Kevlar® aramid fiber is used to make a variety of clothing, accessories and equipment safe and cut resistant. It’s lightweight, durable and extraordinarily strong. Invented over 50 years ago, DuPont™ Kevlar® continues to take on new challenges, with our scientists continuously innovating and working on a range of new opportunities through collaborations with communities, industrial manufacturers and governments. Together we’re bringing the strength, durability and performance of Kevlar® to new frontiers. Kevlar® aramid fiber is pushing boundaries and defying obstacles every day.