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Ansell Ltd. September 17, 2012


WILMINGTON, DE and ISELIN, NJ -- DuPont and Ansell, providers of protection technologies, have collaborated on Ansell’s newest ultra-lightweight and highly cut-resistant gloves that feature DuPont’s Kevlar yarns, some with reinforced stainless steel. The new gloves are part of Ansell’s ActivArmr portfolio.

Its range of new products include an 18-gauge lightweight cut-resistant glove, hybrid cut-resistant padded protection gloves and ergonomic durable general purpose gloves that will revolutionize the way gloves are viewed.

The “Best in Class” gloves are available globally for construction workers and are specifically suited for specialty trade, such as HVAC, plumbing, heavy labor sectors and general contractors. Other gloves in the portfolio are targeted specifically for use by the military.

“The uses of DuPont Kevlar continue to grow in new, innovative ways. Our collaboration with Ansell is a great example of how Kevlar can be spun with other materials to make another series of superior products to better protect people around the world,” said Thomas G. Powell, president, DuPont Protection Technologies. “This collaboration combined DuPont’s fiber and yarn technology with Ansell’s innovative glove design, tailored for specific applications. In this case, we developed a new manufacturing process to specifically produce ultra-lightweight steel-containing yarn, used in concert with our decades of experience in nylon, spandex and Kevlar fibers.”

“We understand that workers in each sector face unique challenges to hand protection, and so each Ansell glove design is backed by months of end-user testing to determine the specific features workers need to protect their hands without compromising productivity,” said Thomas Draskovics, president and general manager, Ansell Specialty Markets.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Labor study, injuries to fingers and hands rank highest in workplace accidents (at 27 percent), and hand and finger accidents rank No. 1 in preventable injuries. A recent OSHA study stated that more than 70 percent of arm and hand injuries could have been prevented with personal protection equipment (PPE), specifically safety gloves. DuPont and Ansell estimate the global construction market for gloves at more than $800 million annually.

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