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3M Introduces Reflective Trims

St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Corp. is entering the segmented reflective trim market with its introduction of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material - Series 5500 Comfort Trim.

The trims, produced and marketed through a business relationship between 3M and St. Paul-based Safe Reflections Inc., include 5510 Segmented Home Wash Trim and 5530 Segmented Industrial Wash Trim. Safe Reflections is the exclusive converter of the new trims.

According to 3M, the new trims enhance visibility in a variety of conditions, and incorporate a unique design that offers increased moisture vapor transmission and flexibility — both properties that make garments containing the trim more comfortable to wear. In addition, both trims are certified to American National Standards Institute, Canadian Standards Association and other standards, and meet retro-reflective performance standards.

“With a growing interest in taking high-visibility safety apparel ‘beyond the vest’ to primary apparel, such as workwear and outerwear, an offering in this category is essential,” said Cory Erickson, market development manager, 3M Visibility and Insulation Solutions. “The improved drape and moisture vapor transmission of these segmented trims provides improvement in the comfort for apparel used in the occupational markets we serve.”

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