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Björn Borg creates 'Thunderwear' to protect steel workers
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Jun '14
Björn Borg creates underwear together with bleeding edge space designers and the Swedish Steel industry. The goal is to provide steel workers with flame proof undies that can handle extreme heat and hard core environments like steel factories and space travel.
 
The Swedish Steel Producer association: Jernkontoret came with an intimate problem. Their steel workers use cotton underwear while at work - underneath their protective clothing the heat could ignite the fabric. No matter the temperature, Björn Borg thinks all people have a right to feel safe and comfortable down under.
 
Initiator of the project is Umbilical Design, representing Sweden in the European Space Agency (ESA) Technology Transfer Network, a company that... well, this is how they describe themselves: “Our core business is design for space and extreme environments and transfer of space technology to sustainable products and services that improve society and everyday life.”
 
That’s what it did. It got help from Umbilical Design to source a Space fabric used by European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and several other Space Agencies in Astronaut Suits. Today it has set up a brand new mini production of Thunderwear that can take up to 662 ºF (350 degrees Celcius) of scorching heat. The ladies and gentlemen of the Swedish steel industry will salute us! 
 
“When I heard about this problem I knew we could do some good.  Now we’ve created Thunderwear and I can’t wait to launch it and see what other kind of intimate problem-solving Björn Borg can get into!” 
 
Lina Söderqvist; Marketing Director, Björn Borg, said, We hope the initiative will make steel workers safer and comfortable while also deconstructing the image of working in extreme industrial settings as something strictly uncomfortable and rough.
 
ABOUT BJÖRN BORG: 
The Group owns the Björn Borg trademark and its core business is underwear. It also offers sportswear and fragrances as well as footwear, luggage & bags and eyewear through licensees. Björn Borg products are sold in around thirty markets, of which Sweden and the Netherlands are the largest. The Björn Borg Group has operations at every level from branding to consumer sales in its own Björn Borg stores. In total, there are 38 Björn Borg stores, of which 17 are operated in the Group. 
 

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