Case Study: Weartek Customised Rescue Coveralls

Project Summary

The client contacted Weartek to supply heavy-duty, code compliant rescue coveralls for distribution to an emergency rescue team in mining operations. Due to the nature of the industry, the coveralls needed to prioritise worker safety and be flexible and comfortable for emergency personnel to wear in high-pressure situations.

Project challenges

  • Compliant to AS/NZS 4602.1.2011 Class D/N
  • Compliant to AS/NZS 4602.1.2011 Class N
  • Compliant to AS/NZS 1906.4.2010 Class NF

The Weartek Solution

Our team could have quickly supplied the client with industry-standard workwear, however we felt there was more we could do to better meet their needs. We set up end user interviews to fully understand their day-to-day requirements, as well as spoke with the client’s sales reps to hear what feedback they had been getting with similar products. We then pitched the idea of a totally new design with industry leading fabrics and completely new design features. The client was very interested but concerned about costs & gave us a clear understanding of our price target. This meant we needed to be as smart as possible with the way we implemented them on a production scale. The next step was to prototype designs and fabrics with a view to having them site tested. This enabled a clear fabric winner very quickly which then allowed us to focus on design aspects and refinement. We ended up with near perfect site test evaluations and a massive green light to proceed to bulk production manufacturing.

Project Outcome

The client was overwhelmed with the high-quality solution we were able to produce on such a small budget. As evidence of their satisfaction, the client now offers our custom rescue coveralls as an in-house brand staple, allowing us to continue supplying to them for over 3 years. It is now regarded as the leading Rescue Coverall in the industry.

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