10/19/2005

Hevea B.V.

Hevea launches next generation Dunlop safety boots

One fatal accident at work every 15 seconds
Accidents and illnesses at work result in more victims than wars , with on average one fatal accident every 15 seconds. Over 30% of all injuries are caused by slips and trips. And ... most accidents are avoidable !

Solutions are often simple and cost effective. The use of suitable footwear is one such solution. Suitable for the working environment, safe and ergonomically justified. Indeed, the highest demands are made on personal protective equipment (PPE).

Purofort®, pure comfort
A lot of developments have taken place the last year in the footwear industry, both on quality and appearance. In the boots business the development of Purofort® boots was an unique innovation. These boots are not made from the traditional materials pvc and rubber, but from foamed polyurethane. This polyurethane foam consists of millions of air bubbles that give the boots remarkable properties. Purofort® boots are lightweight (35% lighter than traditional boots), flexible, cold insulating and extremely abrasion resistant. This results in outstandingly comfortable and safe boots. And in spite of all these advantages they are very cost effective because they are longer lasting. This does not take into account the hidden cost benefits of having staff who are less tired and more satisfied than ever before.

PUROFORT®+, the next generation Purofort® boots

Hevea started the production of Purofort® boots about 25 years ago. The past 25 years we got a lot of experience about the working environment and the requirements of the user. A complete range specifically developed for certain areas was the result.

All this knowledge and ability have been combined to introduce the next generation: PUROFORT®+. The advanced ergonomic design of PUROFORT®+ delivers increased safety, exceptional comfort and a level of style never seen before in protective footwear.

PUROFORT®+
+ strength + comfort + style

+ strength

PUROFORT®+ boots are very strong. The thickness of the material on several parts has been increased. This improves the abrasion resistance of the outsole and the tear resistance of the upper.
Another advantage of the use of more material is the better impact resistance at the metatarsal area and heel part. PUROFORT®+ boots are available with a steel toecap and midsole.

+ comfort
Comfort played a very important role at the design of this new PUROFORT®+ boot. All kind of features are added and improvements are made to achieve the exceptional wear comfort.

PUROFORT®+ boots have an improved fit by the anatomically shaped footbed. Some dimensions have changed to improve the instep and to prevent foot sliding inside the boot. The room in the toe area has also been increased. PUROFORT®+ boots are available from the small size 36 up to the exceptional large size 50 (3 - 14)!

Starting points for the design of the outsole was improvement of the grip, slip resistance, shock absorbance, thermal insulation and torsion control. The cleated pattern together with the short stripes at the front and back gives excellent grip in rough terrains. An additional red insert gives the boot extremely good slip resistance and exceptional ladder grip. The mixture of the compound in combination with the extra thickness of the material improves the shock absorbance, the thermal insulation and the torsion control. Finally the outsole is designed to make the boots dirt repellent and easy to clean.

The insole of the boot is very abrasion resistant. Industrial workers will also feel more comfortable with this insole by the improved moisture absorption and desorption.

+ style
This PUROFORT®+ boot has a contemporary design with vertical lines for a stylish and slender look.

PUROFORT+ complies to the new European Directive
PUROFORT®+ boots comply to the new European Directive (EN ISO 20347:2004.O4.CI and EN ISO 20345:2004.S5.CI). This new European Directive pays more attention to ergonomically requirements of boots and specific properties of the insole.