New locally made DCR safety footwear a first for Africa

31 May 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914616


SAFETY footwear manufacturer Bova has released its latest safety footwear offering, featuring dual compound rubber (DCR) soling technology that it says will better address the specific safety needs of extreme and demanding environments.

Peter Gerbrands, Group Marketing Manager at BBF Safety Group, which manufactures and distributes the Bova brand said that different personnel within the same industry often require very different levels of protection and, therefore, different specifications.

Up until now, those working in extreme and hazardous conditions, relied on footwear comprising either a single density Vulcanised Rubber sole, Nitrile Rubber sole or a dual density Polyurethane/Rubber (Pu/Rubber) sole.

While single density Rubber soles provide the wearer with the necessary protection in these harsh consitions, they cause discomfort due to their heavy nature and lack of a midsole.

PU/Rubber soles have answered the demand for a lighter boot with improved comfort, through the inclusion of Polyurethane in the mid-sole, but this has simultaneously compromised the durability of the products in the face of extreme environments.

“The challenge for us, was to find a way to bring together the benefits offered by both these soling technologies, whilst eliminating their short-comings,” Gerbrands said.

The solution the company came up with was DCR, which utilises two different layers of rubber where the soles are directly injected onto the uppers for a superior bond, increasing the longevity of the product.

“By removing polyurethane from the PU/Rubber product offering, and replacing it with a light-weight rubber, we have eliminated the destructive effects caused by hydrolysis in the face of fluctuating temperatures and damp, harsh conditions. This increases its durability to the level of nitrile rubber sole footwear whilst maintaining the comfort that dual density soling products offer.

“Due to the complexity of the sole injection, this technology is only available through a handful of manufacturers around the world and, until now, has not been manufactured on the African continent, resulting in an imported boot with an expensive price tag,” Gerbrands said.

DCR soling technology offers a variety of benefits, including 300° C direct and radiant heat resistance, a 100% water proof sole, resistance to acids, oils and chemicals, superior slip resistance, enhanced penetration resistance, superior abrasion resistance and shock absorbency on impact.

This footwear is specifically targeted at those who work in extreme environments, such as tarmac and asphalt, mining, oil and gas, heavy construction and engineering.

The launch phase will consist of a six-inch boot, two eight-inch boots, one shoe and one Chelsea Boot. The second phase will include specialist boots for extreme risk associated with specialist applications.

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