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A new feel for double donning,dry and wet industrial applications

21 October 2013, Brussels, Belgium – Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, announces four new single-use gloves for the EMEA life sciences industry. The ultra-thin TouchNTuff® 73-300 and 73-500 sensitive Neoprene gloves offer protection against both Type I and Type IV allergies and are intended for biotech, [sterile] pharmaceutical labs and medical device manufacturing. The premium “latex-feel” TouchNTuff® 83-300, the company’s first industrial polyisoprene glove, was developed for use in aseptic or clean environments. It also exists in a sterile version: TouchNTuff® 83-500. The new TouchNTuff® 93-300 nitrile gloves cater to electronics manufacturing.

Because workers in life sciences wear gloves all day, the composition of their gloves can actively contribute to the onset of allergies. "Our concern for protecting workers from the onset of dermatitis and occupational allergies is not limited to healthcare professionals," says Peter Dobbelsteijn, Senior Vice President and Regional Director for the Ansell EMEA region. “Ansell is proud to present its best disposable protection yet for workers in aseptic and clean environments within life sciences.”

The new TouchNTuff®73-300 (and sterile 73-500) glove is a thin, single-use glove offering best-in-class protection against both Type I and Type IV allergies. Latex-, accelerator- and powder-free, it offers excellent splash resistance to a broad range of chemicals including acids, bases, alcohol and disinfectant components. The thinnest Neoprene glove on the industrial market at 0.13 mm, TouchNTuff® 73-300/500 is as resistant to punctures as a surgical glove (AQL of 1.00 in needle prick test). Thanks to expertise gained in formulating Ansell Medical SENSOPRENE®, it was possible to make Neoprene gloves 30% thinner. This results in high sensitivity, superior fit and softness in single or double gloving..

Ansell’s first industrial polyisoprene glove, the TouchNTuff® 83-300/500, has a 100% synthetic formulation safe for latex-sensitive (Type I) manufacturing and laboratory professionals. The premium, “latex-like” TouchNTuff® 83-300 is a non-sterile version of the TouchNTuff® 83-500 sterile polyisoprene single use glove launched earlier this year. Remarkably thin at only 0.21mm, they are more flexible than Neoprene. Their exceptional tactility, comfort, and puncture resistance combined with a low particulate count makes them suitable for use in an ISO Class 5 environment or higher. The TouchNTuff® 83-300/500 offers good splash resistance for a variety of applications in bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturing and laboratory analysis. Usable alone or in double-donning, they are available in separate polybags for right and left hands.

Both the TouchNTuff® 73-300/500 and the 83-300/500 deliver a secure, ergonomic fit designed to reduce hand fatigue and increase adherence to safety protocols. An inner coating of synthetic polyurethane facilitates both dry and wet donning. The gloves successfully passed both Skin Irritation and Sensitization biocompatibility tests. Ideal for clean environments, their particle count is below 2500 per square centimeter. They are packed in a controlled environment, in cleanroom-compatible packaging material printed with IPA resistance ink. The Ansell SureFit Technology used in surgical gloves keeps the long beaded cuffs from rolling down, limiting accidental exposure.

The ambidextrous TouchNTuff® 93-300 bulk nitrile gloves were designed specifically for the electronics manufacturing industries, with very low ionic and particulate counts and adapted bulk packaging that will not generate sparks. Only 0.135 mm thick, the green gloves are more puncture-resistant than equivalent latex gloves. Offering a “dry” feel, they feature textured fingertips for a sure grip even on small objects. Made of high-quality nitrile, they offer protection against Type I allergies.

The newly launched TouchNTuff® gloves will be demonstrated at the A+A Safety, Security and Health at Work International Trade Fair (Ansell stand at Hall 6, J39) from 5-8 November 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The dynamic online catalogue, including the complete TouchNTuff® range, is now available on the Ansell website


About Ansell
Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well-being. With operations in North America, Latin America/Caribbean, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs more than 13,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the personal protective equipment and medical gloves market, as well as in the sexual health and well being category worldwide. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Specialty Markets and Sexual Wellness. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at

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For more information
Liesbeth Lievens - Ansell EMEA Media Relations
Tel: + 32 2 5287482

Frank Mantero, Ansell Ltd.
Tel: + 1 732 345 2128 or +1 908 770 3595

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