Bullard® First to Introduce Industrial Faceshield Made With Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester
High-impact, chemical-resistant faceshield revealed at National Safety Council Congress & Expo 2010
OCTOBER 4, 2010 – KINGSPORT, TN – As the first manufacturer in the face protection market to leverage the inherent strength, chemical resistance and clarity of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, Bullard® today introduced a high-impact faceshield application at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo 2010 in San Diego. The hard-hat-mounted faceshield made with Tritan will be used for industrial operations where debris can come in contact with a faceshield, such as in grinding applications, refineries and laboratories.
“Collaborating with Eastman and participating in this launch of a new material for use in face protection is exciting for Bullard and the industry,” said Wells Bullard, product manager, head protection, Bullard. “We’re seeing a growing interest in a need for high-impact faceshields that are chemical-resistant. Our company has a reputation for providing high-quality products to ensure end-user safety, and we are proud to be the first in the industry to meet market demands by introducing a faceshield made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester.”
The faceshield made of Spartech ULTRATUF™ FS sheet, which is made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, enables end users to meet all face protection needs in one product. By combining the impact resistance of polycarbonate (PC) applications with added chemical resistance, faceshields made of Tritan allow users to benefit from greater protection in a single solution.
The faceshield complements an existing line of Bullard PC faceshields used for high-impact applications. The impact resistance of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester allows the faceshield to meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Industrial Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Z87+ standards for eye and face protection devices. In addition, Tritan offers improved durability and clarity compared with other materials, creating faceshields that are resistant to vision-impairing scratches that can be caused by flying debris.
Committed to providing customers with American-made and -tested products, Bullard valued that Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is manufactured in the United States. In addition, Spartech ULTRATUF™ FS sheet made with Tritan was seamlessly incorporated into Bullard’s production process, providing similar manufacturing properties to PC.
“We’re confident that working with Eastman and utilizing Tritan will positively impact our position as a leader in safety and innovation,” said Bullard.
The Bullard faceshield of Spartech ULTRATUF™ FS sheet made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester will be available through distributors nationwide by the end of 2010.
Since the 2007 introduction of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, it has been used in the medical, reusable sports water bottle, infant care, small appliance, housewares, sign and bulk water markets.
About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman’s chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2009 sales of $5 billion.
For more information about Eastman and its products, visit www.eastman.com.
Founded in 1898, Bullard is a leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment and systems worldwide. Product lines include thermal imagers, firefighter and rescue helmets, respiratory protection devices, and hard hats. Bullard is headquartered in Cynthiana, Kentucky. For more information on Bullard products, contact us or call Bullard Customer Service at 877-BULLARD or visit www.bullard.com.
Tritan™ is a Trademark of Eastman Chemical Company.