Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex has made significant strides this year in the supply of its South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) approved D59 product range to the local market, says Dromex CEO Stel Stylianou.
“The D59 acid and flame workwear range remains one of Dromex’s fastest sellers,” Stylianou says, noting that the company intro-duced the range to the market in July last year.
While the acid-resistant and flame-retardant garments, which include thermal jackets, are mostly supplied to the petrochemicals industry and service providers, the garments have become a generic name in the industry, with certain industries increasingly using and specifying the Dromex garments, sales and marketing manager Bruce Johnson says.
He adds that the company’s current key focus remains the supply of the D59 range to industry through its distributor network.
The D59 flame-retardant and acid-resistant workwear is a 100% cotton SABS fabric, with flame retardant that lasts the life of the garment. The fabric is also treated with an acid-resistant finish.
Other garments in the D59 range include the flame-retardant suit, also made from a 100% cotton SABS satin weave that has a tensile strength of more than 500 N, which is higher than the SABS specification for this workwear fabric.
The fabric is also SABS 1423-1/1987, BS EN 531, BS EN 533 and BS EN 470 compliant.
Meanwhile, Stylianou attributes the increase in sales of the D59 range to its advanced quality, price competitiveness and, most significantly, Dromex’s ability to supply products “off the shelf” from its warehouse.
“Several workwear suppliers on the market provide made-to-order products, resulting in end-users having to wait a considerable lead time, sometimes up to six or eight weeks. However, Dromex can reduce the lead time by supplying products from its 30 000 m2 Durban-based warehouse in two to three days,” he stresses.
Stylianou further predicts a possible doubling in business from the D59 range next year, adding that significant opportunity for supply into neighbouring countries exists, as Dromex has supplied products to Mozambique, as well as other countries.
The company also supplies workwear using science company DuPont fire-retardant Nomex fabrics, as well as other polycotton fabrics.
Other company supplies comprise a comprehensive range of PPE, which includes advanced technology gloves called Taeki from its state-of-the-art knitting and dipping facility that uses a fully automated production line, while its in-house laboratory is equipped with a professional testing centre for various mechanical, thermal and chemical tests, which adhere to standards, such as the International Organisation for Standardisation and the American National Standards Institute.
The company launched several new ranges of its Dromex gloves at the Electra Mining Africa expo last month.