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W.L. Gore invests in Canada's LifeBooster to launch smart workwear

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Sep '21
Pic: LifeBooster
Pic: LifeBooster
W.L. Gore has announced an investment in LifeBooster to forge a new era in smart safety apparel for industrial workers worldwide. W.L. Gore will embark on a multi-year plan with LifeBooster to introduce a line of co-branded smart workwear products that takes the assessment of injury risk and worker protection to a new level of form, function, and value.

The investment will enable LifeBooster to extend their lead in connected worker risk analytics technology. Both companies bring unique qualities and capabilities to their collaboration. LifeBooster’s extensible cloud platform can assess multiple injury risks to workers in industrial environments simultaneously (motion, posture, thermal stress, and vibration), and further is able to process data from most any sensor-based source. W.L. Gore’s world-class Gore-Tex brand and expertise in high performance apparel, including workwear, is widely respected and well known, LifeBooster said in a press release.

Industry analysts are uniform in their assessment for growth in the smart apparel or e-textiles business, estimates range from a 19-29 per cent CAGR through 2030. Smart apparel aligns to the trend toward the digital enterprise and offers ease of operation advantages over traditional wearable attachment methods. LifeBooster and W.L. Gore will announce their first product to market soon.

“Our continued pursuit of smart apparel, which is a high-growth area of our business, is accelerated by this collaboration with LifeBooster. The company’s vision, experience, capabilities, and values are a great match for W.L. Gore, and we are confident the products we bring to market will make a meaningful impact on reducing workplace injuries,” David Dillon, a leader of W.L. Gore’s smart apparel opportunity said in a statement.

“This investment and collaboration with Gore represents a major milestone in the development of LifeBooster; it validates the work and commitment our team has made to improve the health and safety of billions of workers worldwide. The LifeBooster team knows that we could not have engaged a better partner for this exciting new stage of our journey. Together with Gore, we'll deliver the very best safety products and services to market and strengthen our core mission of ensuring workers get home safe every day,” Bryan Statham, co-founder and CEO of LifeBooster said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)

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