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Next generation flame-retardant protective wear

23 April 2012

Waxman Fibres has launched Protal, a ground-breaking new flame retardant fabric solution that offers unrivalled comfort and breathability for the global protective clothing market. 

The company has been working with partners to supply flame retardant protective wear based on Protex modacrylic fibres for well over a decade. Now, in response to a global requirement for next generation protective garments that do not compromise on comfort, safety or cost effectiveness, Protal is being launched. It is available in four levels of protection, based on different end use criteria.

Greg Cluskey, managing director of Waxman Fibres, said: “After three years of intensive research and development, we are delighted to bring to market such an innovation. Not only does Protal offer extremely high levels of multi-hazard protection, it is also comfortable for the wearer and thanks to its unique breathability properties, is ideal for people working in hot climates, as very lightweight fabrics are available.”

The patent pending blend of performance fibres provides a much higher level of protection than previously available. 

Greg said: “Specifiers and procurement personnel can be assured that the Protal range offers a wide choice of fabric options to cover the increasingly complex and ever-changing global compliance laws and world safety standards.”
Protal fabrics are available in a variety of weights and colours, including high-visibility. The inherent flame retardant properties do not deteriorate as they are ‘built in’ to the fabric. As well as eliminating the need for costly re-treatment and unpleasant odours, this gives Protal the edge in practical comfort. It is suitable for woven, knitted or non-woven protective workwear and is designed for use as next to skin, liner, inter-liner and outer fabric. 

End users include major utilities, civil engineering, construction and petrochemical sectors. 

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