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Fibres for protection


High performance of protective clothing is required by fire brigades and emergency medical teams, as well as by police forces or workers in metallurgical plants and foundries. In these business areas, normal fabrics are simply not enough as they do not offer the same level of protection as special fabrics provided by Fritsche.

“We manufacture speciality fabrics made of brand-name fibres. For instance, we make use of high-quality yarns from DuPont, the manufacturer of first-class fibres, like the patented NOMEX meta-aramid fibre,” stresses Managing Director Rüdiger Classen. “I have to point out that the manufacture of these fabrics demands great care and precision. We are certified according to ISO 9001/2000 and have the latest production technology at our disposal. This provides the customer with products he can rely on even under the harshest conditions.”

Fritsche has been able to safeguard its high quality throughout the decades. The company was founded in 1949 and has been focusing on special fabrics ever since. “The fabrics show a high fire resistance, they are durable and comfortable to wear and are even resistant to aggressive gases, acids and leaches,” says Mr. Classen.

All fabrics manufactured at the production site in Helmbrechts are customised solutions made to meet exact customer specifications. In its specialised market segment, Fritsche has become market leader in Europe and has been known as a true innovator in the field of high-tech fabrics.

“We have built up a high level of technological competence and deliver products that are high above standard solutions,” points out Mr. Classen. The focus of Fritsche’s activities is on the European market. “We export about 30% of our production to our key markets in Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and to Eastern Europe and Russia. We predict that the demand for our special fabrics will grow continuously within the next years because safety requirements will be increased considerably, for instance for policemen and firemen,” says Mr. Classen.

The market will continue to grow, and even in new markets like Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, the demand for special fabrics for protective clothing will increase. Consequently, Fritsche is very optimistic about its future business development.

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