SATRA continues to reward innovation
Leaders in cutting edge design, innovation and ingenuity throughout the international workwear supply chain – from personal protective equipment (PPE) to safety garments and corporate uniforms – assembled for the second Professional Clothing Awards event, recently held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, UK.
The awards event was first staged two years ago when SATRA teamed up with event organiser, Yvette Ashby, to bring together the SATRA PPE Innovation Awards with the Business Manager and Supplier Awards, which grew out of the Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show.
Entries were received from all over the world at what is the only event in Europe solely dedicated to the professional clothing industry. The awards were divided into three sections, covering business managers, suppliers and PPE innovation, a category that was initiated by SATRA.
The SATRA award for Best Innovation in Safety Footwear was presented to Magnum UK for the company’s Armadillo HPI ‘hospital’ shoe. The winner of the evening’s main SATRA award – SATRA PPE Innovation of the Year – went to OutDry Technologies and Creative SRL for the Fire Flow firefighters’ glove, which features adaptive insulation. As well as a crystal trophy, the winner received a gold envelope from SATRA Chief Executive, Austin Simmons, containing the opportunity to undertake at SATRA research, testing and certification at 50 per cent discount to the value of £10,000. SATRA also offered the winner an opportunity to discuss working with SATRA to develop a product or products for commercial exploitation.
Another highlight of the evening was a lifetime achievement award presented to Frank van Wesel, founder and chairman of Hi-Tec Sports.
Photograph shows Hi-Tec Sports’ Frank van Wesel (left) with SATRA Chief Executive, Austin Simmons.
This article was originally published on page 15 of the May 2014 issue of SATRA Bulletin.