This year’s Interschutz proved to be Bristol’s most successful in recent times, with a particularly optimistic feel to the main exhibition halls. Innovation was very much in evidence as fabric and PPE manufacturers brought their latest developments to show to emergency services visitors from across Europe and beyond. The show attracted a record number of visitors. Over 30 of Bristol’s global network of distributors visited their stand during the week, together representing over 45 countries and coming from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Chile.
New products were very much front and centre of the stand, which had been designed and built specially to provide the space and layout to exhibit the major additions to their PPE ranges. A new service was provided in the form of a series of technical workshops to which distributors were invited and, over a two-day period, Bristol’s technical manager held individual briefings and training for representatives from the West Indies, Japan, India, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Israel and Spain.
Over the past 12 months, a number of innovative PPE garments have been introduced to meet the needs of a changing emergency services environment both in the UK as well as in many advanced and developing countries. Drawing the most attention was Bristol’s LayerFlex™, believed to be the first layered PPE construction to meet all the performance and standards requirements for structural, technical rescue and wildland firefighting in just three garments. Already adopted, and deployed, by one of the UK’s largest fire & rescue services, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue, LayerFlex™ was the most popular subject for discussion amongst visitors to the stand which has recently been supplemented by the addition of a new model using Nomex Pro Viz and 3DP. Other products attracting attention were XFlex™, structural fire kit; RescueFlex™, technical rescue garments; a new range of structural fire gloves and a new structural garment incorporating the Gore Parallon system.
Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director, said after the exhibition closed, “On behalf of the team with me during the week of the show, I would like to thank all our distributors who took time out to visit our stand and for introducing such a good level of potential new business. There was a real buzz about the place and for me, personally, it was a great opportunity to talk business and to have the opportunity to meet potential new distributors keen to promote the Bristol brand. I was also particularly pleased to see so many customers from the UK visiting the show and taking a real interest in our new product developments”.
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