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Ansell and Burcu Cetinkaya to join forces in promoting high performance hand protection solutions

Turkish rally champion and leader in hand protection solutions start educational track during Subconist exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey


Brussels, 4 April 2008 – From April 10 to 13 next, Ansell Healthcare, the global leader in hand protection solutions, will be presenting its comprehensive product portfolio at Subconist 2008, the 7th International Subcontracting Exhibition in the Turkish city of Istanbul. During the event, Ansell customers will have the opportunity to meet Mrs Burcu Cetinkaya, the young and talented Turkish rally driver whom Ansell has decided to support throughout the 2008 season.
The Ansell stand is in Hall 4, Stand Number C202/D101.

Raising awareness on hand protection

Ansell started its adventure in the sport of stage rallying in 2007, with the sponsoring of the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy in Belgium – a unique initiative to make rallying more accessible to up-and-coming young talent. The philosophy behind the Trophy fits perfectly with Ansell’s vision of wanting to attract, coach and nurture talent and guide them to become top performers.

Supporting this initiative, Ansell also wants to raise awareness on the importance of hand protection in rallying circles, and amongst automotive maintenance staff in general. Studies have shown that over 85% of the maintenance teams at regional or national rally championships don’t wear protective gloves. This is due to ‘time pressures’ or the misconception that gloves are uncomfortable. “We hope to remove these misconceptions regarding hand protection and we want to tell the world clearly that Ansell gloves do provide optimal protection without compromising comfort”, sai Yves Lonnevill, Business Unit Manager for Ansell Healthcare Europe in the Mediterranean region.

One step further in the rallying world

In partnering with the ambitious Burcu Cetinkaya, Ansell is expanding its efforts to support the Ford Fiesta Rally cup. Mrs Cetinkaya is competing in several championships in Europe, including all six World Championship Rally races. Only active since three years in the sport, Burcu Cetinkaya can already boast some impressive results. For example, she became the Turkish Ladies Champion in 2006 and in 2007. Last year, she finished 3rd in the Class N3 event and started her international rally career. She finished 1st in the IRC leg of the Barum Rally in the Czech Republic, and 2nd in the mixed category Class N3. During the Fiesta Sporting Trophy Belgium, she got in touch with Ansell.

“There I learned about the strong presence and great success of Ansell in the Turkish market. I am very happy to be able to work with Ansell for the 2008 Fiesta Sporting Trophy WRC,” she explained. “It is a great honour for me to have a world-leading company as my sponsor, and I hope I can be of help to Ansell in convincing the rallying community that using appropriate hand protection conduces to more success.”


About Ansell
:

Ansell Limited is a global leader in barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Ansell employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying condoms and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at http://www.ansell.eu


For more information, please contact:

Wouter Piepers

Global Communications Director, Ansell Healthcare

Tel: +32 (0)2 528 75 68; Cell. +32 (0)478 33 56 32

E-mail: wpiepers@eu.ansell.com




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