More than 65,000 visitors and 1,887 exhibitors from 57 countries came together at the 30th A+A trade fair, the world’s leading platform for manufacturers in the field of industrial and occupational health and safety. The biennial trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is therefore also the most important event for the uvex safety group. What did a visit to the trade fair hold in store? What innovations were presented there? And what impressions did visitors form at a trade fair like this? Read More
World market leader from Fürth with innovative product systems at the A+A Safety, Security and Health at Work Trade Fair
uvex is continuously expanding its strong position in the field of occupational health and safety. The consistent quality strategy of the Fürth based family company includes new processes, innovative technologies and a high level of environmental friendliness. In addition, the “Made in Germany” production is the basis for further internationalisation. At the world’s largest trade fair for safety, security and health at work, the A+A in Düsseldorf, the uvex safety group will be presenting over 70 innovations, including the innovative uvex i-performance product system. Following intensive development and test phases, the new products will be presented at the A+A from 5 to 8 November. The area of occupational health and safety is the mainstay of the uvex Group and accounts for 72% of its turnover.
”We want innovation and quality. The consequence is that we develop our products ourselves along with the required production processes,” says Stefan Brück, CEO of the sub-group uvex safety group, as he sums up the strategy of the world market leader in occupational health and safety. Investments in modern production facilities in Germany and Europe, productivity enhancement through innovative processes and highly qualified staff guarantee the consistent expansion of the occupational health and safety division. uvex safety performed well in the last financial year with sustained growth and achieved turnover of EUR 248 million, which corresponds to an increase year on year of 4%.
Growth rates are also due to internationalisation
The uvex safety group is planning further growth of 5% for the current financial year. At the same time, the focus of the family business will be on the continual internationalisation of the Group: “The global market offers us considerable opportunities. Therefore, regions outside Europe will continue to be at the core of our international growth strategy,” emphasises Michael Winter, Managing Partner of the uvex Group. A key market for health and safety at work is to be the Near and Middle East and, of course, Asia. Winter sums up by saying that Germany will remain a very strong innovation centre for uvex and, at the same time, the best export basis for internationalisation, as regards both its safety and sports divisions.
Protecting people – innovative, sustainable and “Made in Germany/Made in Europe”
The company uvex is committed to producing at German and European sites and extended production in the last financial year. As a result of a new flood cell at the Fürth site, a completely new manufacturing process has been introduced that will enable the production of new coating systems. Simultaneously, a new cooling system has been installed, with which the energy output, CO2 emissions and noise emissions will be substantially reduced. In Lüneburg uvex safety is extending the existing site by 15,000 m², in order to intensify the production of safety gloves. This will lead to around 50 new jobs in the medium term. uvex is the only manufacturer in this line of business that mainly produces in Germany and Europe.
Awards for innovative and modern products
The uvex safety glove division won the Top Innovator award 2013 for small and medium-sized businesses. According to the jury, the Lüneburg site is the “hidden champion” of the safety glove industry, which has established itself on the world market with its highly innovative “Made in Germany” products. Recently the uvex1 safety shoe model scooped three prizes, namely a “Focus in Silver” for outstanding design quality and a “Red Dot Design Award” for the perfect combination of work and leisure shoe. uvex1 has also been awarded the EU Ecolabel. This label assesses the whole of the materials value chain as well as the impact on the environment during production.
Technology and comfort: uvex i-performance protects and eases movement
“Modern occupational health and safety systems are having to do more and more. They are intended to protect people who are involved in intensive physical work, but, at the same time, not impose any additional strain and not restrict the user,” says uvex safety CEO Brück, outlining the challenges. And Michael Winter, Managing Partner of the Fürth based family company, explains that the uvex i-performance product system defines occupational health and safety in a new dimension. “Analogous to our guiding principle of protecting people, it offers the customary protection. However, at the same time, it gives wearers greater scope in their physiological processes. And we can prove it!”
uvex stands for unparalleled innovation in the industrial health and safety sector. uvex will be presenting its uvex i-performance product range at the A+A 2013 trade fair this year, and in doing so will define just what modern industrial health and safety products can achieve.
Like all great ideas, the uvex i-performance product range is effective in its simplicity: protective equipment is a must when performing intensive physical work, but it can often prove to be an additional burden on the wearer.
A new dimension in protection
With the uvex i-performance range, uvex has significantly improved the performance of its personal protective equipment (PPE): the products deliver uvex’s typically high standard of protection whilst being optimised to ensure the equipment inhibits the wearer as little as possible and even supports certain movements. Ultimately, this reduces fatigue and allows wearers greater freedom of movement than other PPE.
Technology and comfort
uvex i-performance is not just a technical triumph. It is the next stage of the uvex 3D philosophy. The products are also completely adaptable, and the resultant added value for the wearer is clearer now than ever before.
The uvex i-performance range epitomises everything uvex and its products stand for: high levels of protection, the best standard of design, optimum quality, durability and, last but not least, a constant striving for improvement with clear, quantifiable added value for uvex customers. uvex i-performance products form a complete protection system from head to toe.
A new generation of products with many benefits
The development team in the safety eyewear segment is inspired by the ergonomics and comfort specifications of uvex i-performance to create optimum glare protection: With an anti- reflective coating on both sides, the uvex i-3 AR achieves a transmission factor of more than 96.5% and thereby effectively prevents distracting reflections which occur from brightly lit displays.
uvex RX goggle: the first wide-vision goggles with prescription lenses. In contrast to standard solutions with overspecs or prescription inserts, the transmission factor of these goggles is up to 18% higher so optical aberrations are avoided.
The ingenious 360° ventilation of the uvex silv-Air eco respirator prevents fogging of eyewear on exhalation. Ergonomic design has also made hearing protection even better: uvex xact-band effectively prevents noise exposure. Sound absorbers integrated in the headband noticeably reduce potential sound interference that may result from the headband coming into contact with clothing.
Protection and Comfort through high tech materials
uvex 1 safety footwear is the perfect combination of protection, comfort and design: the consistent lightweight construction principle relieves strain for the wearer.
The background: every gram less reduces the negative impact on the entire musculoskeletal system and fatigue. This effect is reinforced by energy absorption in the heel being twice that required by EN ISO 20345. uvex 1 safety footwear is a winning design and was presented with the Red Dot design award 2013.
With the uvex phynomic XG, the safety gloves product group has developed a glove that offers natural touch sensation and the best oil grip in its class. This model is particularly suitable for precision work when handling slightly oily objects. It is extremely durable due to its abrasion resistance, which is eight times higher than the norm.
uvex i-performance: redefining performance
Through a new combination of materials, the weight of the uvex textreme performance multifunctional protective jacket is 30% lower than that of comparable products in this protection class.An ergonomic design ensures maximum freedom of movement. At the same time, the breathable material improves wearer comfort.
Additional innovations round off the uvex i-performance product range: uvex pheos antistatic is the first antistatic industrial safety helmet that is suitable for use in all danger zones whilst also providing optimal comfort.
The future starts now
Following an intensive development and testing phase, uvex i-performance products are being launched on the market to coincide with the A+A 2013. This range exemplifies what industrial safety products can achieve by pushing the boundaries of technical capabilities and putting the sole focus on making them work for the user. This is the start of protecting people in a new dimension.