Light Flex Secures Breakthrough Order in First Responder Category
Stockholm, February 13th, 2021
The regional police in the German State of Hessen invests in improving the safety of its officers by adding Light Flex active printed lights to new uniforms
Light Flex has received a breakthrough order to deliver a patented active printed light system to The Hessen State Police. The Hessen State Police (German: Hessische Polizei) numbers approximately 15,500 police officers.
The active printed light system will be integrated into the new police uniforms which will be produced by German manufacturer Ziegler Textil GmbH as part of its ZPROTECTION collection, designed especially for police and emergency personnel.
The order came a result of that Ziegler Textil had submitted a tender for new uniforms, featuring a jointly developed active light system. A tender is a common practice for businesses to win a government contract supplying goods or services to the public sector.
”We are delighted that Ziegler won this tender after having worked closely with them through our Custom Light Program to provide light panels to fit the qualifications and
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First responder-uniforms in Europe have to meet specific safety certifications which requires rigorous field testing in different weather-and light-conditions. Having gone through the certification process and passed the field tests in a key region in Germany represents a major breakthrough for Light Flex.
The market for similar active light safety systems in the first responder-category is expected to grow quickly over the coming years. In total there are over 1,5 million police officers in the European Union, according to official EU statistics.
Light Flex is now in discussions with several top safety garment manufacturers and OMEs across Europe to form strategic partnerships as they upgrade their safety garment collections to feature active printed light panels to meet future market demand.
“Having gone through the process and having our active printed light system accepted in the category opens up a whole new market for us. This development has the potential to save countless lives of first responders. We hope to be able to present more news about partnerships and orders in this category shortly” says Victoria Bäcksin, Cofounder and CEO, Light Flex.
The first uniforms featuring Light Flex active light panels are expected to be delivered by Ziegler Textil to the police force in the State of Hessen in the second half of 2021.