Interschutz sets five-year challenge

The Hainsworth Protectives team has been extremely busy following up on all the interest generated by our stand at Interschutz.

This prestigious international trade fair for rescue services, fire prevention, disaster relief, safety and security only comes around once every five years, which gives an indication of its importance in the industry.

During the course of six hectic yet fulfilling days, we spent time with old and new from across the world, including Australia, the United States, the Middle East, Far East, South America and Southern, Western and Northern Europe.

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No other industry event has the same global reach as Interschutz. That is why we were in Hannover in mid-June and why we will return to Hannover for Interschutz 2020.

The show provided a number of important opportunities for a company such as ours.

On the one hand, it allowed us to showcase our own innovation and product developments. This included the roll-out of TITAN 1260 – which complements the existing 1220 and 1250 systems by adding flexibility after flashover with the fabric remaining flexible with minimal carbonisation, this ensures that the garment remains intact and does not break open after exposure to flame and cooling down.

TITAN 1260 has successfully undergone a number of trials which have demonstrated its enhanced breathability, durability and protection. One exciting area for TITAN 1260 is the Middle East where we currently have a number of trials underway in conjunction with our partner Bristol Uniforms.

Another important launch for us was the range of new colours for TITAN and ECO-DRY.

Our ECO-DRY Shield has already proved popular with wildland firefighters in the likes of Australia. They like the product’s lightweight single layer construction because it gives them the mobility, comfort, flexibility and, above all else, protection they demand. At Interschutz, we were able to announce that ECO-DRY Shield is now available in the new colours of emerald green, forest green, orange and navy. It is now also suitable for station wear as well as wildland.

Away from product launches, Interschutz also provides an opportunity to gauge the mood of the industry and to share ideas and thoughts around the key issues driving the sector which, in turn, must drive the future innovation and product development at companies like Hainsworth.

Our team came away encouraged that a number of the big issues under discussion in Hannover were issues we were already addressing as a business and with our partners in industry.

We, along with our partners, are excited at what can be achieved before our industry comes together again for Interschutz 2020.