Borealis Belgium: working in comfort
Bel-Confect has received an order to develop and supply clothing based on TenCate Tecasafe® Plus XL 9300 for employees of Borealis in Belgium. The order, which was acquired in 2013 and runs for five years, is for approximately 5,000 articles of clothing for some 700 employees at the three Borealis sites in this country.
According to Christ Segers, business manager of Bel-Confect, this is the first time that Borealis
has gone in for standardized flame-retardant clothing. Until recently the staff had simple cotton clothing that offered scant protection in the workplace. Initially the employees were somewhat reticent regarding the new clothing, fearing a decline in wearer comfort. So not only did the new clothing have to satisfy all safety aspects relating to the business risks, but comfort and sustainability also ranked high on the wish list in the tender.
Extensive tests were carried out with various flame-retardant fabrics, and a wearer trial also took place during the production process. Industrial washing tests were conducted by the CWS-Boco laundry to see whether the clothing performed well in terms of shrinkage and colour fastness. The results revealed that TenCate Tecasafe® Plus was the best in the field. Whereas clothing based on other materials quickly began to look shabby and shoddy after several cycles of industrial washing, the fabric from TenCate fully retained its appearance and comfort. What’s more it emerged as the best option from a pricewise perspective. Because of visibility at the location, demands were also set regarding colour: a part of the clothing had to be in high-visibility yellow. ‘And TenCate Tecasafe® Plus fitted the bill perfectly.’
TenCate is no stranger to Bel-Confect, a workwear manufacturer based in Dottignies (Dottenijs, Belgium). ‘We work together regularly,’ continues Christ Segers, ‘and our company is keen to make use of the wide range of TenCate materials for applications in such sectors as logistics, transport and construction, and metal, petrochemical and utility companies.’