DuPont Protection Technologies today announced the winners of the 2014 DuPont™ Kevlar® Glove Innovation Awards in conjunction with the 2014 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego, Calif. The awards are designed to recognize innovative glove designs from DuPont™ Kevlar® licensees who are meeting evolving marketplace needs. Winning glove entries were chosen based on designs that utilized Kevlar® fiber in the glove construction, were unique and groundbreaking in their approach, and challenged the boundaries of conventional cut protection. Winners recognized in this year’s Innovation Awards include: Ansell gloves 97-100 and 46-111 made by Ansell; Memphis 9178NF from MCR Safety; Dexterity® S13KFGPU and Dexterity® S18KGFN from Superior Glove Works Ltd; and the FR Waterproof Ultimate Lined with Kevlar® from Youngstown Glove Company.
“We were very impressed with the entries and selecting the winners was a difficult task,” said Dave Buzzelli, North American marketing manager, Kevlar® Cut Protection. “The winners best demonstrated true innovation by using this advanced material in different and exciting ways, exemplifying a Dare Bigger™ approach with DuPont™ Kevlar®.”
Dare Bigger™ is the new brand platform for DuPont™ Kevlar®. It represents inspiration for those who rely on the safety and performance of Kevlar® brand fiber. The science behind the advanced material, coupled with its strength and durability, allows us to push boundaries, defy limits and challenge the conventional. From athletes to astronauts, first responders to industrial workers, Kevlar® enables anyone with an imagination and a job to do to Dare Bigger™.
Entries were judged on a set of criteria based on excellence in the areas of innovation, protection and collaboration. Submissions were broad and varied, with end uses in navy ship yards, prisons, manufacturing facilities, and oil field service applications. Benefits to the wearer include enhanced protection, increased dexterity, wind and water proofing, and durability – all critical to safety and performance in extreme conditions.
The breadth and versatility of the Kevlar® technology platform helps enable customers to design products that make a difference when performance and safety are crucial. Best known for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armor, Kevlar® has helped to save the lives of thousands of people around the world. The use of Kevlar® has been extended to everything from fire fighter and industrial protective clothing to vehicles, fiber optic cables to commercial aircraft and city roads. Kevlar® fiber also is used in many consumer products such as mobile phones, tires, and high performance sporting apparel and equipment. DuPont™ Kevlar® is a proud sponsor of the ESPN X Games. Athletes Dare Bigger™ with Kevlar® in high-performance sporting equipment to help them perform at their peak, just as Kevlar® can help enable peak performance in a variety of applications.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.