A new flame and heat resistant protective fabric is amongst the first products to be borne out of thread manufacturer Coats new Innovation Hubs. Being showcased at this week’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego, California, the new product is said to complement Coats’ existing range of flame-resistant sewing threads.

After Coats opened three dedicated R&D Innovation Hubs in North Carolina, USA; Shenzhen, China; and Bursa, Turkey, the company has announced that its latest product available on the market was brought from conceptualisation to commercialisation in the series of hubs.

Its new FlamePro Splash Protect is said to be durable, lightweight and have a feel resembling satin. Ultimately, though, the fabric’s ability to withstand temperatures of up to 760°C is what will endear itself to workers spanning industrial sectors.

Coats believes the fabric would be a perfect fit for aluminium, iron and steel workers due to the protection it offers. “FlamePro Splash Protect is a ground-breaking product for us which offers comfort, protection and complements our existing range of flame-resistant sewing threads,” said Richard Ridewood, Head Of Group Innovation at Coats.

“Coats is committed to developing innovative new products to help address the safety and performance requirements of the personal protection sector.” Coats and its new FlamePro Splash Protect product can be found at the NSC Congress and Expo until the 12th September. It can also be found at CAMX from 24-25th September, in Anaheim, California, and the IFAI Expo from 1-4 October in Orlando, Florida.