GREENWEAR AND K-FLAME PROTAGONISTS OF THE KLOPMAN PRODUCTS RANGE AT TECHTEXTIL 2019. THE COMPANY PRODUCES MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION METRES OF SUSTAINABLE FABRIC AND IS AMONG THE OFFICIAL “GREEN” EXHIBITORS OF THE FAIR
New tests on K-Flame flame-retardant fabric demonstrate incomparable performances in terms of breathability and body moisture absorption, making them the ideal choice for hot and humid climates.
Frosinone 29 April– Sustainability and quality are the keywords characterising the range being featured by Klopman, a leading European company in workwear fabrics, at TECHTEXTIL 2019 in Frankfurt.
The Greenwear range is a concrete expression of the company’s attention to the environment and the investment in production that makes Klopman a pioneer in the production of sustainable fabrics for workwear. Techtextil is the ideal occasion for the company to announce the 1.5 million meters of green fabric it produced in 2018, with significant growth forecasts for the coming years.
Klopman has also been included in the special list of exhibitors officially recognised as sustainable by the fair’s special jury, which has examined the applications presented by the companies on the basis of a specific questionnaire. All the official Techtextil communications linked to the project will contain references to Klopman and visitors will find information on this theme both on the Klopman stand and the fair’s own official stand.
To further emphasise its vocation as a sustainable company and to promote a virtuous attitude among its customers, Klopman will give its visitors flower seeds as part of the #Beethechange initiative. A symbolic gift to remind participants of the importance of protecting bees, whose number is drastically reduced from year to year. Without them, 60% of fruit and vegetables would disappear, as would about 25,000 kinds of flowering plants. Planting a flower is a small and symbolic contribution to safeguard species and the environment that surrounds us.
At Techtextil, Klopman will also exhibit the K-Flame range, flame-retardant fabrics designed to offer resistance to heat, flames and welding as well as giving antistatic and electric arc protection. The K-Flame range has recently undergone further studies by certification bodies, which have decreed the excellent performance of the fabric in terms of breathability and absorption of body moisture. In fact, the K-Flame PRO 175 fabric, with a modacrylic base, has proved to be the most breathable product compared to its competitors and ensures a greater feeling of freshness to the wearer.
Likewise, K-Flame XTRA 165 is the ultimate choice for warm, humid environments, as it has proven to be softer and more comfortable than other fabrics because it does not stick to the skin. The fabric also limits the risk of skin irritations reaching the highest values in working conditions and quickly absorbs sweat like no other in its category.
THE GREENWEAR RANGE, PRODUCED WITH POLYESTER OBTAINED FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES AND WITH SUSTAINABLE COTTON
In a dramatic demonstration of production capacity and Klopman’s constant attention to 360-degree sustainability, Klopman sustainable fabrics combine respect for people and the environment with the highest standards of comfort and the quality and durability typical of the company’s products.
The production is based on raw materials that respect the environment and people: polyester made from recycled plastic bottles, wood pulp, cotton certified according to the Fairtrade and BCI standards (Better Cotton Initiative) which take into account the conditions of the producers in developing countries and organic cotton, cultivated in the absence of chemical substances. A very important feature, since cotton uses 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land but consumes 16% of pesticides. Using ecological polyester also means giving new life to a plastic bottle that would take over 1000 years to decompose, saving 45% of energy, 20% of water and 30% of emissions compared to normal polyester.
THE NEW K-FLAME, INHERENTLY FLAME RETARDANT
The K-Flame displays one of the highlights of Klopman’s fabrics, thanks to its performance and market success, and is designed to offer resistance to heat, flames and welds as well as antistatic and electric arc protection. The product is designed specifically for the needs of the petrochemical, chemical and metallurgical mining industry. The characteristics of the fabric: a special inherent flame-retardant fibre, guarantee prolonged resistance, without compromising on comfort and breathability even in the hottest climates.
The K-Flame range of fabrics is available in two compositions: the K-Flame Pro, made with modacrylic fibre to combine maximum efficiency and performance, available in different weights: 175, 265 and 320 g/m2 (in addition to to the laminate and softshell versions) and the K-Flame Xtra. The latter is made with aramid fibres and guarantees an extremely high level of safety for workers, available in five different weights: 165, 180, 245 (in addition to the laminate and softshell versions). The composition of the material allows optimal moisture management combined with an extraordinary feeling of comfort, particularly in tropical climates.
Klopman International – Company profile
Klopman International s.r.l. has been a European leader in the production and marketing of technical fabrics for workwear for over 50 years, with three business areas dedicated to the different fields of application: Workwear, Protectivewear and Corporatewear. The company was the first to introduce the use of polyester/cotton, gaining a third of the European market in some sectors and producing fabrics in over 130 styles and different colour shades, some even designed ad hoc for the individual customer. Advanced technologies and centralised process control, which monitors and simultaneously corrects 3,800 machine stitches, are just some of the advantages that make Klopman an industrial jewel and that make its fabrics more resistant to wear shrinkage and colour alterations.
Klopman has its headquarters and production site in Frosinone, Italy, with a plant covering 70,000 square metres, approximately 400 employees, annual production of 42 million metres of fabric and a turnover of 138 million euro. The CEO, Alfonso Marra, recently launched a global expansion plan which saw the company, which has commercial branch offices in Dusseldorf, Lyon, Moscow, Borås (Sweden), Dubai and Bangkok, opening another production site in Jakarta to serve the Asian market directly.
In addition to the ISO 9001:2008 certification, Klopman International works in compliance with European quality management standards and is BS EN ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certified.
KLOPMAN and the commitment to sustainability
Klopman also recently obtained the maximum level (class 3) of the STeP – Sustainable Textile Production certification.
Klopman fabrics are certified Oeko-Tex 100. The Oeko-Tex 100 standards regulate and control the use of harmful substances in textile production. Approval under this standard ensures fabric poses no risk to human health and will provide skin-friendly clothing, even for babies with Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1.
Klopman fabrics can be produced with Fairtrade-certified cotton: Blended fabrics using 100% Fairtrade certified cotton meet Fairtrade standards validated by Fairtrade (as audited by FLOCERT). Buying products made from Fairtrade-certified cotton ensures that the farmers receive a fair and stable price for their cotton, guaranteeing a better livelihood for their families.
Klopman supports the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), a no-profit association responsible for ensuring the cotton used by the partners of the initiative is produced with constant attention to the environment, to farming communities and the economies of cotton.
Klopman also offers its customers the possibility of using recycled polyester rather than virgin polyester. The yarn is made with PET water bottles. The recycled polyester is applicable to all Klopman product ranges, guaranteeing the customer Klopman’s high quality standards in terms of comfort, image and durability, while increasing sustainability and respect for the environment.
Klopman’s packaging is made of recyclable cardboard, and all paper materials used for communication are printed on FSC paper in order to support the promotion of a global forest management approach that is adequate from an environmental point of view, and advantageous from a social and economically viable point of view.
The best way to respect the environment is to produce products that last over time. Klopman fabrics are designed to offer long durability, ensuring that the wearer always looks professional.