Here you will find an overview of the materials used in our products - incl. a short explanation to every material.
Airlaid is made of cellulose and binders. It is very voluminous, nearly lint-free, tear resistant and highly absorbent.
Cotton feels pleasantly soft to the touch and is particularly skin-friendly (thanks to its textured fibre surface which is similar to the layers of an onion). In addition to that, cotton is tear-resistant and abrasion-resistant, which makes it particularly suitable for hard-wearing garments, e.g. work clothes. Cotton is very air permeable. It does not have an insulating effect against heat and is resistant to sweat and alkalis or lyes. Moreover, cotton does not retain any electrostatic charge and is not eaten by moths. Cotton textiles can easily be machine-washed, using the standard washing program at 30-40°C. Cotton garments which are colorfast or white are usually boil-proof, which is a big advantage from a hygienic point of view. Very light colours should not be washed together with very dark colours. Red and black garments in particular tend to bleed. These pieces of clothing are marked accordingly with an indication on the care label and should be washed with similar colours. They can be ironed at very high temperatures of up to 200°C.
The mix of cotton and nylon is a robust high-performance material. It is very comfortable to wear. A cotton-nylon blend therefore ensures optimum handling for packaging, processing and assembly jobs.
Canvas is a very tear-resistant and hard-wearing cotton fabric woven in the sailcloth style.
CPE stands for cast Polyethylene.
DMF is a substance that is mixed into the polyurethane. DMF must not come into contact with foodstuffs.
Stainless steel is the number one material when it comes to hygiene. Wall mounts and wall-mounted dispensers made of stainless steel save space – and above all they are a very clean solution which meets all hygiene rules. The reason is that stainless steel has an extremely smooth and hard surface. It even withstands high temperatures and chemicals which are used during disinfection, cleaning or sterilisation. Stainless steel does not become rough or cracked. So bacteria and fungi do not have a chance to stick to the surface. The dispensers will be permanently free of rust and germs – unbeatable from a hygienic point of view. The ideal material for kitchens, food production as well as medical and care supplies.
Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is a plastic which has excellent thermal stability and heat resistance as well as high ageing resistance.
Doubled gloves have two layers of fabric which are sewn one on top of the other, which provides better protection for the hands when touching hot objects.
The powder makes the gloves more comfortable to wear and easier to put on, especially with wet hands.
Fourchettes are narrow strips of material joining the front and back sections of the fingers of gloves. This serves to improve the gloves’ ergonomic fit and makes them more comfortable to wear.
Latex is a natural product that is made from natural rubber. It offers outstanding elasticity and tear resistance. In addition to that, it is liqid repellent, very abrasion-resistant and provides excellent tactile properties and grip. Latex is used to withstand high mechanical stress.
Lorica is a robust material which is flexible, soft and lightweight. It is appreciated above all for its water and dirt repellent properties and is often used because it is weatherproof and low-maintenance. Optically, its surface imitates natural leather. Lorica is very easy to clean: Just wipe it with a damp cloth or some warm soapy water. It provides an excellent combination of good wear comfort and high durability.
Neoprene is a synthetic rubber which is very stable, highly elastic, impermeable to water and has excellent thermal insulation properties.
Nitrile provides very good abrasion and puncture resistance. It is liquid-repellent and resistant against oils and greases. It offers excellent protection and very good tactile sensitivity. Nitrile is a perfect choice for the food industry.
Nomex provides permanent protection against flames and is very resistant to acids, bases and many chemicals. It is very lightweight, comfortable to wear and exceptionally robust.
Nylon is the original name for polyamide.
Polyamide (PA) is the second most important synthetic chemical fibre produced by melt spinning. Polyamide is a very lightweight and very fine material that adapts to the body. It is highly resistant to tear and abrasion, and also photostable and weatherproof. Polyamide is characterized by low moisture absorption and is prone to greying unless it contains optical brighteners. It does not rot as it is resistant to mold, fungus and rot bacteria. In addition to that, polyamide is highly antistatic. As polyamide fibres are very elastic, the material does not crease and can even be washed at 60°C. Lower washing temperatures are advisable, though. Very dirty spots should be pre-treated. Polyamide textiles should only be ironed at very low temperatures.
Polyester (PES) is the most important synthetic chemical fibre produced by melt spinning. It feels pleasantly soft and smooth to the touch. As it is highly resistant to tear and abrasion, it is often used for work clothes. Polyester is very air permeable, photostable and weatherproof, very absorbent and does not provide thermal insulation. It does not rot as it is resistant to mold, fungus and rot bacteria. Polyester fibres have the highest temperature resistance. Polyester is highly antistatic. Textiles made of polyester are very elastic and therefore do not crease easily. The washing temperature should not be higher than 60°C. Some synthetic fibres should be washed at even lower temperatures in order to avoid creases. Textiles made of polyester are largely non-iron, but they can be ironed at low temperatures. Polyester has a softening point of 235°C.
Polyethylene (PE) is a plastic that is colourless in its basic form and can be dyed in any shade. Polyethylene is resistant against water, many acids, bases and saline solutions als well as against oils, fuels and organic solvents. It is almost odourless and neutral in taste. Polyethylene is ideally suited for the food industry. It is very stable and tough and hardly absorbs any moisture. In addition to that, it is environmentally friendly: Polyethylene can be incinerated without creating any problems and it is groundwater-neutral at landfill sites. There are four different types: TPE (Thermoplastic PE) feels almost like vinyl, but is much cheaper. LDPE (low-density polyethylene or soft PE) is soft and particularly flexible. HDPE (high-density polyethylene or hard PE) is more rigid, more abrasion-resistant and more cold-resistant than LDPE. MDPE (medium-density polyethylene or medium PE) is twice as strong as LDPE, but not as rigid as HDPE, and therefore extremely tearproof and puncture resistant.
Polypropylene nonwoven (PP) is a standard material for basic protection clothing. It is produced by combining fibres to form a single layer of breathable material that looks like woven material. This process makes it very economical. It is comfortable and offers a minor degree of protection against liquids.
Polyurethane (PU) is a synthetic material. It is a high-grade product that is waterproof, durable and stays flexible even at low temperatures. Its abrasion resistance is very high.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is resistant against most chemicals, bases, oils, greases, alcohols and petrol. It is highly fire-resistant, hardly absorbs any moisture and is a good thermal insulator.
Powder-free gloves are particularly suited for allergy sufferers.
A sophisticated mix of materials which provides pleasant and effective protection from heat during baking and cooking. The flexible and slip-resistant silicone guarantees a secure grip around hot cooking utensils (hand protection) and at the same time protects delicate surfaces. The cotton ensures good wearing comfort. Silicone is hygienic, food-safe and easy-care.
SMS is a 3-ply material. It consists of one layer of meltblown and two layers of Polypropylene Nonwoven nonwoven. It is robust, protects against liquids and is breathable. It offers protection and comfort and is therefore suited for prolonged wearing times with low-to-moderate contact with liquids.
Spectra fibres are special fibres which are very dimensionally stable and tearproof. In addition to that, they are resistant against mechanical stress.
Spunlace consists of viscose fibres with a high absorption rate. Its texture resembles fabric and it is characterized by high wet strength.
Thermoplastic elastomers are a new class of materials with silicone-like qualities. The most important raw material for the production of elastomers is natural or synthetic rubber, which is then combined with the functional properties of a plastic. This material, which resembles skin, is odourless, does not contain plasticizers (phthalates) or silicone, has good elasticity and strength and is UV resistant.
Protective work clothing made of vinyl is latex-free and is therefore suitable for people who suffer from a latex allergy. It is very chemically stable and exceptionally sturdy. In addition to that, it is very well tolerated by the skin and hypoallergenic.
Viscose is the most "natural" of all chemical fibres. It is obtained from regenerated cellulose to produce lightweight, soft flowing fabrics. Viscose can absorb moisture very well, store it temporarily and pass it on to the next layer in a controlled manner. This prevents moisture build-up and creates a pleasant body climate. Viscose, the all-rounder derived from nature, is breathable and temperature-regulating.