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Humberside safety-clothing firm opens new test facility

Posted by Mark
October 3, 2014 in Industrial

Hull-based Arco, a personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer, has officially launched its new product testing laboratory.

Built at a cost of £500,000, the firm is already using the facility to test its range of safety workwear, and it will become part of its national distribution centre (NDC).

Arco, which celebrates its 130th year in 2014, will also offer the testing lab to rival manufacturers, as well as use it for quality control of its own gloves, footwear and fire-resistant apparel.

The co-managing director of the firm, Thomas Martin, commented that the site will help the firm influence standards across the sector and change them for the better.

With the state-of-the-art warehouse floors and warehouse racking in the NDC able to be optimised for different uses, the site was formerly opened by former health secretary and Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

Speaking about the essential nature of the PPE that will be tested at the facility, located in the Hessle area of the Yorkshire town, Johnson said:

“The work Arco does in developing products that meet the highest safety standards helps to save the lives of workers worldwide.”

The creation of the facility, thought to be the first of its kind for an industry provider, has also created jobs for the local area. SATRA, a global authority on the testing of PPE and health and safety law in the workplace, has also given it its accreditation.

This means that Arco will be able to benefit from the support of scientists in the industry, while manufacturing experts will also contribute through the SATRA process.

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