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Two new personal protective equipment materials are set to be launched this month at the upcoming A+A 2013 international trade fair.

The materials will allow for the production of protective clothing that is much more wearable than before. Extremely comfortable, the protective knit fibres are ideal for corporate polo shirts and other such leisure garments.

The unique characteristics of the woven fabric mean it may be better than other synthetics on the market. It is also claimed that the knits dry a lot faster than natural cotton alternatives.

Similarly, the material is resilient to washing in industrial settings.

One of the materials, a laminated fabric, is also set to be launched at the Dusseldorf event. Designed to be used when flame-resistant PPE clothing is needed, the new concept is ideal for industry.

Most particularly, the material will be great for clothing used in hazardous environments; for example, the oil and gas, petrochemical and utility industries are expected to benefit.

As well as this high degree of comfort for the wearer, the fabric’s sweat-wicking design improves the experience even further, and it is likewise said to be resilient to the worst of the British weather – be it rain, wind or snow.

As the need for protective clothing increases, and employers and employees alike demand greater levels of comfort, new materials are being developed all the time.

With constantly shifting regulations for business and a changing legal landscape for all matters health and safety, innovation in protective equipment is desperately needed according to some observers.

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