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Kimberly-Clark Professional bags Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award
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Jan '09
Based on its recent analysis of the U.S. protective gloves market, Frost & Sullivan presents Kimberly-Clark Professional with the 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation. The award is in recognition of the company's proactive development of new products developed to meet end-users' needs and its ability to be a change agent within the protective gloves industry.

Latex prices have been on the rise in recent years and are expected to continue to increase in the future. To bridge the gap between latex and nitrile, Kimberly-Clark Professional developed its proprietary Sterling Nitrile glove manufacturing technology. This manufacturing innovation allows the company to increase the tensile strength of nitrile, resulting in superior barrier protection and puncture resistance. The technology also reduces glove thickness, which means that less force is required to stretch the material. As a result, these latex-free gloves have the dexterity and sensitivity of natural rubber latex, without the associated latex allergy issues. The technology has also helped extend applications in laboratories, cleanrooms and other critical environments.

"Kimberly-Clark Professional continues to invest in its Sterling Nitrile glove technology, most recently adding a 12-inch laboratory glove, marketed under the Kimtech Science brand, and a new family of cleanroom gloves, marketed under the Kimtech Pure brand," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Marina Rosemberg. "These gloves are ideal for use in semiconductor, flat panel, electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturing."

The new Kimtech Pure G3 (for Class 10 cleanrooms) and G5 Sterling Nitrile Cleanroom Gloves (for Class 100 cleanrooms) are 3.9 mils thick and 12 inches long from fingertip to beaded cuff. The gloves provide environmental benefits because they are packaged with 50 percent more gloves per case. This gives users approximately 33 percent more storage space and allows them to reduce glove packaging waste by 45 percent.

Similarly, the new Kimtech Science Sterling Nitrile Xtra Exam Gloves provide added splash protection at the cuff, have textured fingertips that offer excellent tactile sensitivity for easy handling of delicate instruments, and are static dissipative in use. These gloves also enable packaging with 100 percent more gloves per case than traditional 12-inch gloves, helping labs and other workspaces reduce storage space and waste.

Kimberly-Clark Professional's glove innovation also extends to its industrial product line. Its KleenGuard G10 Grey Nitrile Gloves are a prime example. These gloves are a "green" alternative to latex, offering the protection of nitrile with the sensitivity of latex. They are thin, yet strong, with superior strength compared with competitive gloves, due to a proprietary manufacturing process. Because they are so thin and strong, users get 50 percent more gloves per case, resulting in less packaging waste and added space savings. KleenGuard G10 Grey Nitrile Gloves are designed for tasks requiring maximum dexterity such as small parts handling, electronics and precision assembly, food handling and manufacturing.

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