Company that invented hard hat acquires Swiss-based safety tech leader
Bullard, an innovative global leader in the personal protective equipment market, announced today the acquisition of Switzerland-based Darix™, an award-winning spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne focusing on improving the situational awareness of professionals in critical environments.
Darix, founded in 2017, is comprised of a team of specialists in image processing and software, user experience and design, micro-electronics and rapid prototyping, and is a frontrunner on smart-glasses for industrial and commercial safety and emergency responder applications.
“Bullard is committed to bringing to market life-saving equipment that allows our customers to go home safely at the end of the day,” said Wells Bullard, Chief Executive Officer of Bullard. “We are delighted to welcome the Darix team into the Bullard family to deliver new, innovative solutions to advance human safety around the world.”
Martjin Bosch, Chief Executive Officer of Darix, added, “Four years ago, we started with a simple mission to help firefighters save lives by allowing them to see through smoke. Today this dream has come a big step closer as we are joining a fantastic and like-minded team.”
Darix, currently in Lausanne, Switzerland, will continue to reside there and become the Bullard Technology Center, focused on developing leading technology to enhance worker safety.
Peter Lugo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bullard, said, “We are excited to join forces with the amazing talent at Darix to leverage augmented technology that will power our core and new product solutions to continue to solve our customers’ most critical safety-related challenges.”
Bullard is a global leader in personal protective equipment and systems designed to help save lives. Founded in 1898, Bullard protects workers in the Industrial Health & Safety and Emergency Responder markets. Headquartered in Kentucky, Bullard is a fifth-generation family-owned global company with offices and facilities in the U.S., Germany and Singapore. For more information, visit Bullard’s website at www.bullard.com or call Bullard Customer Service at 877-BULLARD or +1-859-234-6616.