Autumn is traditionally the busiest time of the year for the workwear and PPE market as companies plan ahead for the inevitable cold weather and look for ways to ensure workers are warm and protected.
FPS and Portwest are constantly striving to improve and develop styles and ranges for end users. Several of the Portwest ranges have recently been developed to conform to EN342 for protection against the cold. Furthermore, new technologies are already being tried and tested. In general, the UK workwear and PPE market is buoyant and predicted to continue to grow at the rate of 3.3% per year until 2016.
There are extensive opportunities and new developments in workwear fabrics and PPE and more thought than ever is now being given to design, style and ergonomics.
The market is continuously under review, with legislation and worker safety becoming ever more important. Portwest product specialists strive to develop products that exceed requirements set by industry experts and work full-time with companies on wearer trials, product selection and providing solutions that are fit for purpose.
FPS are now stocking many of the new lines that Portwest has introduced as part of the Winter 2014 collection and of particular interest will be the Portwest thermal base layer garments, including the B131 base layer legging and B133 thermal base layer top. These products are made of 93% wicking polyester and 7% spandex. The fabric is further coated with a permanent anti-bacterial Silver Ion treatment to combat odour and increase longevity.The new and unique fabric technology locks in the body’s warmth to create a thermal barrier, which is then regulated during exerting conditions. The fabric enables enhanced performance for the wearer by rapidly wicking excess moisture away from the skin. This allows the wearer to keep dry, warm and comfortable in extreme cold.
The glove protection range, offers a solution for most working environments. The range includes mechanics style, thermal protection, drivers and riggers, welding, chemical protection and cut resistant gloves. There is also a wide range of general handling gloves made from latex, string knits, PU and nitrile. FPS are now stocking the cut resistant glove range, which is specifically developed to provide protection against cuts, sharp objects and mechanical risks.
FPS also supplies a wide range of certified safety footwear, including composite and steel toe choices. The Compositelite is a leading brand of footwear, which is lightweight, flexible and metal free. Compositelite footwear contains non-metallic protective toecaps and/or non-metallic protective midsoles.
All of the Portwest ranges, available via FPS, are extensively tested by independent world-renowned testing institutions. The products carry full CE markings, along with EN certification, NFPA/ANSI certification and GO/ST Russian standards. Portwest has a consistent quality of products, as is expected from a premium European manufacturer. They place a high value on worker safety, product durability and user comfort, all of which is evident throughout their extensive product range.
For more information, please contact your local FPS Representative.