DuPont Personal Protection recognised the latest in Nomex design ingenuity during the 2022 Nomex Innovation Awards at Interschutz, a leading trade fair for fire and rescue services, civil protection and safety and security sectors. The seventh annual award ceremony was held in Hannover, Germany on June 21, 2022, and highlighted collaboration between European Nomex partners and DuPont in developing solutions made with Nomex in applications that help provide enhanced end-user safety.
Alfons Held, Global Marketing Manager for Emergency Response, DuPont, announced the winners during a recognition ceremony.
“The Nomex Innovation Awards spotlight product developments that help make a positive impact on worker safety,” Held said. “These awards recognise the ongoing commitment to technology, leadership and innovation of our Nomex partners, the power of our joint collaboration and underscores the proven performance of Nomex across a range of applications.”
The 2022 Nomex Innovation Awards included four main categories, including a new category, Nomex Xtreme Performance; in addition to Sustainability; Comfort; and Other Innovations.
Earlier this year, DuPont launched Nomex Xtreme Performance—a product category offering ease of selection of innovative personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions for structural and nonstructural firefighting gear. Solutions in the new Nomex Xtreme Performance category combine the superior benefits of DuPont Nomex, DuPont Kevlar and high-performance materials such as PBO, Nomex Nano and Nomex Nano Flex to help provide firefighters with superior thermal protection and moisture management, along with protection from heat, flame, chemicals, cuts and hazardous particulates.
This year’s category applications included structural firefighting and wildland firefighting.
Winners in the structural firefighting category included:
SCANTEX Crossfire, Outer layer built with DuPont Nomex 3DP Plus and DuPont Kevlar. This new outershell solution in the Nomex Xtreme Performance category provides superior durability and comfort; built-in heat and flame resistance; and unmatched mechanical strength.
S-GARD, SWISSGARD 2.0, Outer layer built with DuPont Nomex RSK, Inner layer built with DuPont Nomex Comfort. This garment is optimised for greater mobility and enhanced comfort.
Winners in the wildland firefighting category included:
SIOEN, Oxylus NYO wildland firefighting gear, garment made of a three-layer laminate, built with DuPont Nomex Comfort Ripstop, particulate barrier built with DuPont Nomex Nano, Inner layer built with DuPont Nomex Knit. This solution in the Nomex Xtreme Performance category is the first wildland gear with a particulate barrier to be introduced to the wildland firefighting market.
Heinrich Vorndamme O.H.G., Fire Fox Twin, Outer layer built with DuPont Nomex VRW. This gear is an innovative combination of layers designed to meet the requirements of both wildland firefighting and technical rescue. One layer of this solution can be worn by itself for wildland firefighting; the other layer can be worn by itself for technical rescue; and when both layers are worn together, it is a dual-purpose garment.
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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
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