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Globe Manufacturing wins International Achievement Award

The company was recognised with the Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles for its new ATHLETIX turnout gear.

25th October 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Pittsfield, NH

Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

The company was recognised with the Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles for its new ATHLETIX turnout gear, which is “unlike any firefighter turnout gear today”, according to the manufacturer.

Supplier partners

Globe collaborated with three supplier partners on the development of the new materials that enable this all-new design. Firstly, KOMBAT STRETCH PBI/KEVLAR fabric, manufactured by TenCate Protective Fabrics, aims to allow closer, less bulky fit with unprecedented range of motion and more flexibility while providing premium thermal break open protection.

Secondly, NOMEX NANO thermal barrier material, manufactured by DuPont Protection Solutions, is designed to be thinner, lighter, more flexible, more breathable, and quicker drying; and finally, 3M SCOTCHLITE COMFORT TRIM reflective material, manufactured by 3M Company, is segmented and heat sealed to be lighter, more flexible, and breathable without sacrificing visibility.

Recognition for innovation

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting innovative work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. IFAI’s goal is to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications in the growing, US$ 130 billion-plus dollar global fabrics marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 296 entries from 10 countries in 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness, and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators, and design professionals.

“At Globe, we are proud of our long history of innovation. It’s in our DNA,” said Rob Freese, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “Our new ATHLETIX turnout gear was inspired by interviews with hundreds of firefighters and made possible through collaboration with our suppliers who take the same Voice of the Customer approach to product development and share our passion for firefighter safety.”


Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at the maximum of their ability, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters.

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