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Frost & Sullivan: JSP's Commitment to Providing Outstanding Head Protection Equipment Keeps it at the Top of the PPE Leaderboard.

-- Strong brand image and a wide product portfolio that caters to a broad range of end-user applications and industries

LONDON, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the head protection market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes JSP with the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award for capturing the highest market share within its industry. JSP has outpaced the overall personal protection equipment (PPE) market to maintain its hold on the market leadership position in the head protection market. It has achieved this distinction through intense innovation, which has resulted in new products and designs that enhance end-user comfort and safety.

JSP's significant investments in R&D and manufacturing have yielded market-leading hard hat designs, especially the Mk8 Evolution helmet, which is the only industrial helmet in the world that meets and exceeds the stringent EN14052 standard. The EN14052 standard requires the helmet to withstand 100 Joules of crown impact and side impact of 50 Joules to an angle of up to 60 degrees from vertical in a 360 degree radius around the shell.

As comfort is a key factor in the head protection market, the weight of a hard hat is crucial. Keeping this in mind, JSP developed the EVOLite hard hat, which weighs approximately 285g and is considered the lightest safety helmet in its class. EVOLite helps increase compliance rates among end users and still meets the specifications of the EN397 standard (withstand impact of 49 Joules).

The Evo3 hard hat, introduced in 2011, takes much of its design from the Mk8 Evolution helmet, making it the best performing EN397 helmet in the market. It is designed to operate across multiple end-user sectors, in temperature conditions ranging from -50A C to +50A C. JSP also launched the Skyworker(TM) EN12492 Mountaineering Helmet, which gives enhanced crown and side impact protection. Its other notable products include Evo 6100 Full Brim hard hat, which is used especially in hotter conditions, and the Hard Cap A1+(TM), which is the most protective baseball style EN812 bump cap in the market.

"Recognizing that product quality is a key differentiating factor in the highly competitive European head protection market, the company does not outsource its research or product development," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shray Sharma. "JSP maintains a constant focus on using new materials and manufacturing technologies. It has also acknowledged the rising trend of sustainability by developing hard hats made from fully recyclable, UV-stabilised, high-density polyethylene."

JSP has a wide breadth of head protection hard hats and cover more standards than its rival companies. It has focused on developing its Evolution hard hat line by adding new features and specifications that enhance product value. A key selling point of the new Evolution range is the harness that comes with 3D Precision Fitting. This enables a perfect fit to the end user by regulating not only circumference but also depth of the harness fit giving excellent retention and stability.

JSP operates in the middle and higher tier segment of the market, and its hard hats are renowned for their quality and comfort. To combat the threat of counterfeits, it implemented a unique coding system for each of its hard hats, wherein its online JSPCHECK(TM) system helps establish the validity of the product.

Furthermore, to help users choose the right kind of hat, JSP introduced the 'JSP Star Guide', which rates the hats for the level of protection they provide. Alongside the rating is a list of standards to which the product conforms and the industry vertical markets where that specific hard hat is typically used.

JSP has also integrated several products to enhance the value customers derive from its products. For instance, the EVOLite and EVO3 hard hats can be customised to be used with EVOSpec safety eyewear. The company has a wide range of cap lamps and introduced an anti-rust, stainless steel lamp bracket for mining hard hats.

Similarly, the InterGP(TM) and InterEx(TM) range of hearing protection attachments provide integrated hearing protection, while the Surefit(TM) visor carrier system enables polycarbonate, acetate and forestry visor shields to be mounted onto the helmet. It also offers a range of helmet liners, which provide warmth at low temperatures and a sun protector, which shields the end user's neck from prolonged exposures to sunlight. Additionally, JSP has pioneered the use of CR2 reflective stickers on hard hats.

"Owing to the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities, JSP currently operates in over 90 countries across the globe and is the largest head protection manufacturer in Europe," noted Sharma. "By structuring itself to increase manufacturing, invest in R&D and enhance supply chain efficiency, JSP has addressed key unmet needs in the head protection market."

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About JSP

Established in 1964, JSP is Europe's leading independent manufacturer of "above the neck" Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and acknowledged leader in industrial head protection. With its Headquarters and PPE Innovation Centre in Oxford, JSP manufactures on three continents and exports to over 90 countries.

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Contact: Lucy Hearnden - JSP Ltd Customer Services Administrator Lucy.Hearnden@jsp.co.uk P: +44 1993 824000

Melanie Parkinson - Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Melanie.Parkinson@frost.com P: +44 (0)20 7915 7867
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