ATLANTA — April 19, 2011 — TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas, the market leader in the field of
inherently flame-resistant (FR) fabrics, expands the TenCate Tecasafe™ Plus product portfolio with
the introduction of TenCate Tecasafe™ Plus 580, a lighter weight option for industrial safety
apparel. This family of products has reached an international sales of over three million yards
since its introduction.
Elliad Granger, Director of Marketing at TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas states: ‘Since
its initial introduction three years ago, TenCate Tecasafe® Plus has become a force in the
industrial flame-resistant fabric market. And now its reach is expanding. Engineered as a lighter
weight option for industrial workers, electrical linemen and petroleum and gas workers, the new
TenCate Tecasafe® Plus 580 delivers durability, safety and, above all, comfort’.
At 5.8 ounces per square yard, TenCate Tecasafe® Plus 580 is ideal for shirts and coveralls.
The innovative cellulosic blend provides comfort superior to traditional FR fabric options. Granger
adds: ‘TenCate Tecasafe® Plus 580 combines its soft hand feel with excellent moisture management to
keep the wearer cool and dry. The fabric design and durability will provide a long garment life
that stands up to multiple launderings. It is also inherently FR to ensure the fabric’s heat and
flame protection will never wash or wear out’.
Excellent and certified protection
TenCate Tecasafe® Plus 580 is certified to NFPA 2112 and is NFPA 70E HRC 1 compliant. This
ensures excellent protection against flash fire and electric arc flash hazards. The protective
fabric can be dyed in a variety of colors such as light blue, khaki and royal blue.
Elliad Granger states: ‘This remarkable fabric is suited for use in industrial safety
protective apparel, wildlands and firefighting garments and as station wear for structural
firefighters and first responders. Leveraging the technology and success of TenCate Tecasafe® Plus
700 and 850, TenCate Tecasafe® Plus 580 is positioned to become a leading choice in the field. The
product portfolio of FR woven fabrics is available in three weights: 5.8, 7.0, and 8.5 ounces per
square yard. At a low initial cost, and lower cost per wear than FR treated cotton, TenCate
Tecasafe® Plus not only offers greater value, but it is commercially available in all three weights
today. Potentially fatal workplace accidents do not wait, and in the face of the current shortage
of FR treated cotton, TenCate Tecasafe® Plus is the obvious choice for workers who need affordable
and comfortable protection now’.
TenCate Protective Fabrics North America has joined forces with its channel partners to fill
the gap left by FR treated cotton, and to meet the upsurge in demand for FR clothing. Cooperation
within the value chain leads to maximum quality control by all parties involved in the development
process, resulting in integral quality assurance. This is fully in line with the system approach
advocated by TenCate.
Posted on May 3, 2011
Source: TenCate Protective Fabrics North America