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Tom Paolella
Tom Paolella October 17, 2018

ANSELL CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF PROTECTION & INNOVATION

Your safety, our legacy

17 October, 2018 - Iselin, NJ - Ansell, a global leader in safety solutions, today announces its 125th business anniversary, a milestone shared with only a handful of companies currently traded on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

For over a century, Ansell has delivered the most advanced protection solutions to millions of people at work, at home and in harm’s way. Our story started in 1893 when John Boyd Dunlop established the Australian branch of the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company to manufacture bicycles in Melbourne, Australia. In 1905, Eric Norman Ansell, a hard-working young man employed by Dunlop, recognized an opportunity when his employer was looking to dispose some manufacturing equipment. With the discarded machinery, Eric founded what would become the Ansell Rubber Company, initially a balloon & condom company that eventually re-merged with the Dunlop “parent” and then accelerated its global expansion into surgical, household and work gloves.

The Ansell Rubber Company eventually became the Ansell safety solutions company of today, contributing industry-changing innovations including: the first automated glove machine, the first gamma irradiated/sterile surgical glove under the brand GAMMEX®, the first knit and dip platform to replace leather gloves under the HyFlex® brand, the first high performance chemical protection glove under the Solvex® brand, and the first ergonomically certified gloves under the MICROFLEX® brand to name a few. Ansell has grown to serve 25 global industries in 120 countries to provide hand and body protection for improved safety and peace of mind worldwide.

"For 125 years, millions of people have come to rely on Ansell’s innovative products and safety solutions to protect them at home or on the job,” says Magnus Nicolin, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Ansell. “We’re not interested in the status quo. We continue to look at things differently, grow our capabilities and innovate for improved protection, enhanced comfort and injury prevention. The same dedication to quality and innovation that started with Eric Ansell continues today in ways that shape and protect our modern world.”

As part of our celebrations to honor our 125th birthday at all our Ansell locations around the world, Ansell developed an interactive online quiz to mark “125 Years of Safety”. For each question answered correctly, $1 is donated to Direct Relief®, a long-time, global charitable partner who provides humanitarian aid across the world. Play the “125 Years of Safety” quiz by visiting 125.ansell.com. Be sure to share the quiz with colleagues, friends and family to help Ansell reach its maximum donation and goal of $35,000 to Direct Relief® (https://www.directrelief.org/).