Semperit has won the Fast Forward Award

12.09.2012 (Press information)

Vienna, September 12, 2012 - Semperit and the Polymer Competence Center in Leoben won the ”Fast Forward Award“ on September 11, 2012.

The “Fast Forward Award“, a business prize granted by the Federal Province of Styria, is the most successful innovation prize bestowed in Austria. In line with the motto “Growth Through Innovation”, a platform is offered to talented young researchers to present their ideas. On the basis of a preliminary scientific evaluation of all entries, 18 out of the 123 participating companies and research institutions were nominated by a jury of experts.

In cooperation with the Polymer Competence Center, Semperit has developed a new production process to manufacture more skin-friendly medical gloves. Different allergies arise again and again in the health care sector, where the use of disposable gloves is almost indispensable as a means of protection and as a hygienic measure.

Allergies can be caused by the chemicals (so-called accelerators) used for production purposes. A new production process enables gloves to be manufactured without these chemicals, which can be particularly harmful to people suffering from so-called Type IV allergies. This is achieved by cross-linking the coating on the medical gloves with ultraviolet light. The industrial process also stands out due to its low energy costs and high throughput rates. The process has already been patented by Semperit and is scheduled to be launched on the market in 2013.

About the Semperit Group

The publicly listed company Semperit AG Holding is an internationally oriented corporate group, which develops, produces and markets highly specialised products made of rubber and plastics (examination and surgical gloves, hydraulic and industrial hoses, conveyor belts, escalator handrails, building construction profiles, cable car rings and railway superstructure products) in the Medical and Industrial Sectors. The headquarters of this traditional Austrian company whose roots date back to 1824 are located in Vienna, whereas the global R&D centre is at the Wimpassing, Lower Austria site. Semperit employs a work force of about 8,100 people worldwide, of whom more than 700 work in Austria. The Group encompasses 21 production facilities as well as numerous sales offices in Europe, Asia and Americas. In the 2011 fiscal year the Group generated revenue of EUR 820.0 million and an EBIT of EUR 83.1 million.

The Sempermed segment produces and markets a broad product portfolio of surgical and examination gloves. Research and development work as well as the production of surgical gloves is carried out at the competence center in Wimpassing. The production of examination gloves takes place at two plants located in Thailand.

For further information:

Semperit AG Holding
Ms. Martina Büchele
Head of Group Communications
Tel.: +43 676 8715 8621


Monika Riedel
Director Group Brand Management, Corporate Spokesperson
T +43 1 79777-620