Based on its recent analysis of the industrial hand protection market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. Ansell has raised the bar once again in providing cut-protection solutions with its INTERCEPT Technology yarns. By weaving this technology into its flagship brand, HyFlex, one of the most recognized industrial brands for hand protection globally; Ansell has built on its brand position in spite of operating in a highly fragmented market.
Ansell introduced its INTERCEPT Technology as a product development platform to manage current and future cut-protection innovations. It is a proprietary cut-resistant yarn technology providing the ideal balance of comfort, protection and dexterity, which, in turn, improves compliance. Moreover, the special-knit construction creates a soft, comfortable yarn optimizing the gloves’ fit and feel, while providing European Standard (EN) cut-protection levels of 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Ansell launched the INTERCEPT Technology with a suite of eight light-and medium-duty gloves under the HyFlex portfolio. The gloves provide cut protection, abrasion resistance, grip, tactility and dexterity, and are designed to lower injury expense without compromising productivity or quality.
“The INTERCEPT Technology incorporates end-user insights and combines superior design with efficient manufacturing to create breakthrough products,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Alisha Basha. “For instance, the HyFlex gloves are tailored using their ZONZ™ Comfort Fit Technology of open-weave zones and knit designs. This technology is used around the knuckles and areas of high stress to enhance hand comfort.”
The INTERCEPT Technology also coats the light-duty gloves with nitrile or polyurethane using the proprietary FORTIX™ Abrasion Resistance technology. This coating formulation offers the gloves eight times more durability than similar lightweight gloves; in addition, the coatings are silicone free. This is particularly beneficial in the automotive industry, as it protects the wearer from hazardous substances during the painting process. The gloves also incorporate Ansell’s patented, gripping-surface technology, minimizing the force required to grip wet and oily surfaces, thereby reducing hand fatigue.
The INTERCEPT program is grounded in market intelligence regarding global industry demands for more comprehensive cut protection solutions. The program targets high-volume applications in key vertical markets where cut risks are known to drive product selection. The gloves with INTERCEPT Technology are designed for the core-work processes of the automotive, machinery and equipment, and metal fabrication industries. They also find application in aerospace, glass manufacturing, transport, construction and other manufacturing sectors.
“The patent-pending INTERCEPT Technology has also created significant opportunities for Ansell through supply-chain simplification,” noted Alisha. “The backward integration in yarn technology has provided Ansell with the chance to re-engineer other cut protection gloves using its own proprietary yarns.”
For its dedication to customer needs, Frost & Sullivan is proud to present Ansell with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership in the industrial hand protection market.
“Ansell is truly honored to receive this designation from such a respected organization as Frost & Sullivan,” says Scott Corriveau, President& GM, Industrial Solutions at Ansell. “Ansell continuously pioneers exciting breakthroughs in the industrial hand protection market, and with each new innovation, the Company further displays its commitment to workplace safety and customer satisfaction.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications. The award lauds the high R&D spend toward innovation, its relevance to the industry, and the positive impact on brand perception.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
Ansell (ansell.com) is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well-being.
With operations in North America, Latin America/Caribbean, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs nearly 15,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the personal protective equipment and medical gloves market, as well as in the sexual health and well-being category worldwide. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical, Industrial, Single Use and Sexual Wellness.
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