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Expert Opinions about Hand Protection

What trends are hand protection experts seeing for 2017-2018 and what styles and protection are popular with their customers?

With as many as 1 million hand injuries occurring in U.S. workplaces each year, hand protection is an important topic. Manufacturers continuously strive to improve the technology found in hand protection products, materials and construction, while staying on top of trends in the market.

We recently polled representatives from companies involved in the hand protection market to find the answers to these three questions:

  • What trends are you seeing in hand protection for 2017-2018?
  • What types/styles of hand protection are popular with your customers?
  • Have you seen an increase in orders for hand protection? If so, do you think this signifies an increase in employment or production in manufacturing or construction?

Here are their answers…

Larry Garner, chief marketing officer, MCR Safety

What trends are you seeing in hand protection for 2017-2018? Trends in hand protection for 2017-2018 will continue to progress by providing consumers with more application-specific and safer glove options. Our industry is seeing growth with more consumer-friendly materials that provide higher levels of abrasion and cut resistance when combined with polymers. This combination of materials and advanced polymers are encouraging use of gloves and enhancing productivity. Coated, seamless knits are experiencing the most significant growth in popularity.

What types/styles of hand protection are popular with your customers? Traditional materials such as leather still represent a significant portion of the glove market and are experiencing growth when combined with today’s cut-resistant materials and advanced tanning techniques. Back-of-hand and impact-resistant materials also are growing in options for injury reduction.

Have you seen an increase in orders for hand protection? If so, do you think this signifies an increase in employment or production in manufacturing or construction? While the manufacturing industry has experienced job reduction since the 1960’s, safety awareness has grown significantly. Today’s employers must provide safe environments and distinguish themselves with low injury rates. Glove technology is making it possible to contribute to employee productivity as well as their safety.