3M Takes Reflective Material Products to Next Generation

Wed September 12, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

3M has introduced its 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material — Series 5500 Comfort Trim. This series is composed of 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material — 5510 Segmented Home Wash Trim and 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material — 5530 Segmented, Industrial Wash Trim, and represents the next generation in a line of reflective products that enhance visibility in a variety of conditions.

“With a growing interest in taking high-visibility safety apparel ’beyond the vest’ to primary apparel, such as work wear and outerwear, an offering in this category is essential,” said Cory Erickson, market development manager, 3M Visibility and Insulation Solutions. “The improved drape and moisture vapor transmission of these segmented trims provides improvement in the comfort for apparel used in the occupational markets we serve.”

The design of the segmented trim provides improved moisture vapor transmission so workers can stay dryer and cooler, while the increased flexibility makes garments more comfortable to move in, according to the manufacturer.

Scotchlite reflective material — 5510 segmented home wash trim and Scotchlite reflective material — 5530 segmented industrial wash trim are designed for improved wash durability, which can contribute to a longer garment life. Both meet retroreflective performance standards and are certified to ANSI, CSA and other standards.

The segmented trims are being produced and marketed through a business relationship between 3M and Safe Reflections Inc. Safe Reflections, owners of the Airex trademark, is the exclusive converter of these products for 3M.

“Working with 3M will broaden customized applications of Scotchlite reflective material to meet a unique and growing need in the marketplace,” said Bob Koppes, owner of Safe Reflections. “We are very excited to be expanding our relationship with them to better serve the occupational industry.”

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