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DuPont™ Tyvek® coveralls chosen by ETİ Bakır

Posted: Wednesday 7th August 2019

DuPont has announced details of the widespread use of its Tyvek® brand coveralls at the Eti Bakır A.Ş Küre plant in Turkey – the biggest underground copper mine in the country.

The Küre plant is a mechanized underground metal-mining operation that produces 1.45 million tons of raw copper ore, 170,000 tons of copper concentrate and 400,000 tons of pyrite concentrate per year. The Küre mine is an underground system that runs 960 meters below the surface and has up to 40km-long tunnels. These extensive tunnels see workers carrying out their tasks alongside the operation of heavy mining equipment.

To help ensure occupational safety for its workers, Eti Bakır choses DuPont™ Tyvek® 500 HV coverall. “Eti Bakır has made health and safety its number one priority and has always quickly adopted the latest solutions in regard of its workers’ health, safety and comfort,” said Kazım Küçükateş, Design and Underground Mine Manager at Eti Bakır A.Ş. “The Küre plant is a heavily mechanised one – we can have as many as 80 pieces of mining equipment in operation at any one time and this level of mechanisation means that the high visibility of workers is absolutely crucial.”

Küçükateş continued: “The use of fluorescent fabrics and highly reflective tapes in our underground workwear is vital, and thanks to the Tyvek® 500 HV coverall from DuPont, which we have been using for the past three years, we have ensured that our workers have extremely high visibility and can be easily spotted by machine operators. In addition, the use of disposable coveralls offers significant price advantage as they are more affordable than normal coveralls in oily, dirty and chemical environments.”

Invented and manufactured by DuPont, Tyvek® is a highly versatile material that has been used for more than 50 years to protect people, processes and equipment. Offering protection, comfort and durability, the material is used in diverse applications and market sectors, including personal protection equipment, construction, medical packaging and in agriculture.

“Tyvek® fabric is widely used in personal protective coveralls, forming a barrier against dust and various chemicals and also delivering considerable advantages in comfort and ergonomics due to lightness and breathability,” said Figen Ersezer, Sales Manager, DuPont Chemical and Thermal Protection in Turkey and Israel. “In addition, the Tyvek® 500 HV coveralls which is used at the Küre mine, also offers high visibility enabling users to operate safely in situations without compromising on comfort and protection.”
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