ATG refurbishes the Base Hospital

The Base Hospital in Wathupitawela is located within close proximity to our knitting factory, which is approximately 40 km from the city. This hospital was established in 1910 and caters to many villages around the vicinity. Our team selected some of the wards which required to be refurbished and dedicated their time to see this being a success.

Ward n° 1, which is the maternity ward, caters to 42 beds. The ward was given a facelift and the floor was tiled giving a better ambience to the mothers just about to give birth. In addition other needs required for the ward were provided to welcome the new born into the world.

In 1948 ward n° 7 was built and is allocated as a general ward for males. Daily admissions, accidents and other general admissions are treated here. The ward and the toilets were in a dilapidated state and were refurbished giving a great uplift. Further step taken by ATG is to take responsibility of maintaining the ward which caters to 31 beds as an ongoing community service project.  The maintenance is done on an annual basis and as required by our team in order to keep the ward up to standard as this is the hospital’s most visited ward where many patients are being treated.

In addition the OPD consultation rooms and the blood bank were uplifted with the required facilities to comfort the patient, giving the comfort of a Maxiflex.

How to find the glove you need

7 out of 10 people use the wrong glove

It can be exceedingly confusing to search for the right type of glove on the internet, by reviewing catalogues or visiting exhibitions. Globally there are 11 key glove suppliers who collectively offer just over 3.000 gloves. To look at it another way: that’s 272 gloves per manufacturer. It’s arguably too many gloves. These product ranges have been developed more from tactical battles between manufacturers instead of developing product ranges around customer needs. Simply put, if one manufacturer develops and launches a product the other manufacturers follow suit with a similar product. In addition, each country will also have local manufacturers and numerous distributors in addition to the 11 key suppliers.

And let’s add some more facts. Under the EU directive 89/686/EEC each and every glove has to, as a minimum, satisfy EN420 requirements before being tested to EN 388. Once tested for abrasion, cut, tear and puncture these test results have to be published. Four test results on 3000 gloves makes 12,000 data points. Easily within a country there will be 20,000 data points from test results that need to be considered. There are of course other tests for heat (EN407), chemical (EN374), cold (EN511) and protection from ionising radiation and radioactive contamination (EN421), which will add to the 20.000 data points.

Three thousand gloves plus local manufacturers/suppliers, 20.000 data points from EN test results and when defining the need thousands of possible combinations. Is it reasonable to ask safety officers to have expert knowledge on thousands of products?

What are a customer’s needs?

  • Comfort
  • Grip
  • Mechanical protection
  • Heat protection
  • Resistance to chemical and liquids.

Of the five general areas that a safety officer has to consider three are well covered by the 89/686/EEC directive: mechanical and heat protection along with resistance to chemical and liquids. There are two key areas missing relating to grip and the most critical selection criteria, comfort.

How to choose and introduce a new glove?

There are six straight-forward steps:

  1. What are the the hazard(s) at the workstation/application?
  2. What is the level of risk associated with the hazard? Experienced workers are more informed and adapted to the risk versus new or temporary staff.
  3. What are possible alternatives available in the market?
  4. Can we test them on comfort, grip, mechanical protection, heat protection and resistance to chemicals and liquids? Test the potential gloves to ensure they satisfy worker, safety and quality requirements.
  5. Is everyone on board? Ensure everyone understands the need for change and buys in. Buy-in with an ok glove can be better than no commitment with the ideal glove.
  6. Who will monitor the change process to new gloves? Implement and manage the change process making corrective actions if needed.

Who has a say in the decision?

  • Purchasing will view this as an opportunity to look at rationalizing the number of suppliers and references. They need to be guided to focus on the overall yearly spend versus unit price and sometimes educated as to why they need to buy more expensive items.
  • Quality managers will need reassurance that the new gloves will not create quality problems. It has happened that new gloves leave traces on, for example, car panels which doesn’t allow paint to be applied without blemishes. Additional costs are incurred to take the car off line to be prepped and repainted. It could be avoided by ensuring gloves are silicone-free.
  • Production is always looking to run the production lines at an optimal speed. The more forward thinking companies invest in gloves with high levels of dexterity so workers can work quicker and the lines run faster.

What seemed simple is starting to look complex. On one side there are needs and the on the other side a lot of products. Matching gloves to the need requires extensive research.

ATG’s Rubber Plantation Project

With the view of enabling sustenance to the civilians and elders affected due to the war in Sri Lanka, ATG sponsored a Rubber Plantation Project in Vavuniya, a village in the North Part of the Country. This project was lead by Mr Damitha Abeykoon & Mr Ranjan Dilantha to its success.

The families were direct victims of the war who require an income to sustain and provide for their families. Some of them were in permanent disability whilst others have suffered the terrible loss of family members.

As a initial step 2500 hybrid rubber plants were presented to 50 families along with fertilizers sufficient for a period of a year. Since rubber plantation’s have been one of the main exports of Sri Lanka, these families are able to foresee a livelihood within a short period of time by extracting latex from these rubber trees and generate a permanent income for them.

Bas in Dakar III: from Iquique to Buenos Aires

Tuesday, January 13th
Iquique – Calama
538 km

Bas really could not enjoy this stage of the race: there were cobblestones, fesh fesh, and cars that sped up to overtake the motorcyclists. Dangerous, and surely unpleasant. Luckily there were fans alongside the route; sometimes they were surprisingly local citizens who support the BAS-team whole-heartedly.

Wednesday, January 14th
Calama – Salta
891 km

Back to Argentina and over the Andes. Around half of all motorcycle racers disappeared, but the BAS team is stronger than what the statistics indicate: only one of the five fell out. A late start meant that the BAS-team ended up between the cars today. This caused one of the team members to have problems with the injector, and more snow is yet to come to the mountains. There were more than 5 hours of delay because of technical problems (actually 3 broken injectors). Only just after midnight, after a ride of more than 11 hours, and in terrible weather, they arrived at camp with no technical help and no truck. So it was a night of sleeping on the floor and gritting their teeth.

Thursday, January 15th
Salta – Termas Rio Hondo
547 km

Finally, an easier trip. No technical problems, but an hour of rain, and the more they descended, the warmer it got. Above all, Bas felt he was given lots of heart-warming support and encouragement from the Argentinians who were standing along the side. This day ended with an early arrival; there was still daylight this time. Bas was already at camp by 8pm.

Friday, January 16th
Termas Rio Hondo – Rosario
1024 km

The first part of this stage was technically challenging: narrower paths, rivers crossings, … but it was also a pretty quiet road. Nothing to see along the way, except a pig and a turtle. And for once, very few cars tried to pass us. After all the hardships from the last weeks, the organizer gave the remaining participants a surprise: for the last boring 500 kilometers (a terribly long, straight stretch), the motorcycles could stay in the truck and the racers could be brought to the finish that way. Everyone is looking forward to the end of the race now.

Saturday, January 17th
Rosario – Buenos Aires
388 km

Everyone left in a delightful mood for this last stretch. The route was muddy because of the rain (and because hundreds of vehicles rode over it during the first stage, but then in the other direction). Traditionally, the starting order is reversed in this last stage: the lower ones from the ranking first, the fastest last. In this 13th stage, things still went wrong for Bas. Bas’s rear wheel suddenly broke in a water puddle. He fell hard, luckily without any other consequence. Progress was slow because of the bad weather, and also with a difficult-to-handle steering wheel. The organizer had to change a route again, and the tour (in which all rally racers want to speed up, of course) was more dangerous because of the harsh weather. Finally, Bas got his medal on stage. “In the past days, I have often thought that I would never do this again. But don’t be surprised if you find me standing here again next year.”

Bas in Dakar II: from Copiapo to Uyuni

Thursday, January 8th
Copiapo – Antofagasta
697 km

“Fesh fesh” was the greatest challenge on this route. It’s super fine dust and sand that can be blinding as fog, slippery as ice, dreadful as quicksand. On paper, it seemed like a quick route through a long, hardened path, but the fesh fesh made sure that all racers—who were riding an average of 100 km/h—had to be extra careful, sometimes with a bit of hope and luck. This was absolutely not an easy route, but Bas rode through a beautiful valley today … and he didn’t realize the panic among those caravan followers behind him. According to the radar, two of his team members dropped out of the race, but it appeared to be technical reasons because the entire team crossed the finish once again.

Friday, January 9th
Antofagasta – Iquique
688 km

Rally cars and motorcycles raced on different routes today. But it was slightly more tough and adventurous for the bikers: to pass the dunes, the bikers had to try again and again to get over them. Above all, Bas lost an hour because of a missed waypoint and a loose chain. A bit of fiddling with it, and the problem was solved.

Saturday, January 10th
Iquique
rest day

Teambuilding in a luxurious hotel was part of the day’s program. But Bas got a heat stroke yesterday, so he was dead sick in bed. Luckily, he got better with the right medication.

Sunday, January 11th
Iquique – Uyuni
688 km

It was hell of a wet and icy cold day. What a difference with the first days of the rally when everyone had to survive the extremely high temperatures. Along the way, Bas tried to help his team mate Jan who was stranded in a deep puddle, and water got in the motor of his bike. Even though Bas had a spark plug wrench with him, he couldn’t get it to start. While Jan waited for more technical help, Bas continued with his journey in a setting full of happy, cheerful, and colorful Bolivians. He reached the finish in time. But Jan unfortunately didn’t …

Monday, January 12th
Iquique – Uyuni
805 km

The first part of today’s challenge was cancelled because of bad weather conditions. Then the Bas riders passed a huge salt lake. Although it was at a great height (above 3600 meters), misty, very slippery, ice cold, … they were riding at 150 km/h. Spectacular ride indeed, but heavy for the bikers and their motorcycles. Many had to fix some parts along the way. Only a few participants had to be picked up by helicopter because they became hypothermic. Bas and the remaining team members made the finish, but they were completely exhausted.

 

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Bas in Dakar I: from Buenos Aires to Copiapo

Sunday, January 4th
Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz
838 km

Bas’s alarm clock went off at 4am. By 8am, the engines of the motorcycles are started. Bas wears number 64 in the race. He slowed down so he could ride together with the BAS-team. After all, as an experienced Dakar-racer, it is his job to stay close to them during the rally. The route consisted of long, straight paths with a lot of hard, dried-up tracks. Quite dangerous because of all the dust. And when a motorcyclist surged past him against the plain, he was able to test the alarm button on his dashboard (from which a rescue team arrived quickly to the site). Since Bas wore a camera on his helmet (for Eurosport, among other broadcasters), you can see the images from this. Bas did not find this to be a nice route, but it was a good one for warming up in the start. Riding through 663 km of asphalt can get under your skin, so spending the first night in the BAS-truck surely felt good.

Monday, January 5th
Villa Carlos Paz – San Juan
625 km

An early phone call woke up Bas. The story about the meeting between Bas and the “missing” countryman had reached the Dutch press. Reporters wanted further explanation about it, of course. But the most exciting part of the day is yet to come. Out of the five BAS Dakar-racers, only Jan van Gerven rode the second Dakar 2015 test all the way, but he was completely knackered. Caspar and Sjors van Heertum, Caspar Schellekens, and Bas were pulled out from the desert by the organizers, leaving dozens of other riders only 80 km left before the finish. The extreme heat was too dangerous because it was just too exhausting. The participants were escorted by the police to the San Juan camp site.

Tuesday, January 6th
San Juan – Chilecito
657 km

Today was a short but surely exhausting ride. There were many large stones, creating lots of obstacles. That screws you up in the long run, and just like last year, Bas got neck pain from the acrobatic maneuvers. The weather was just like yesterday: very hot. The electronics on Bas’s steering system gave up and at one point, he missed a “waypoint”. He assessed that it was too dangerous to ride back, so he chose to take the time penalty that he would be sanctioned with.

Wednesday, January 7th
Chilecito – Copiapo
909 km

The participants crossed the Andes, very high into the mountains. From the extreme heat to the cold, and the chance of getting altitude sickness. Bas found this to be a breathtaking ride, literally and figuratively. The test began on hard paths, and everyone rode over the high sand dunes in the last 100 km around Copiapo. The participants took off in the dark, and Bas was not so keen about it. In the first kilometers, two motorcyclists already slid. Afterwards Bas’s GPS went berserk: it indicated that Bas was in France. Bas could not understand the manual, and he couldn’t reach the organizers by phone because of bad reception. Luckily, the crew was able to put him in contact with the organizers. When the GPS problem was solved, he picked up again, but ended up between the cars and trucks in the dunes. He kept his cool and made the finish just before dark.

ATG sponsors Bas Nijen Twilhaar in the Dakar 2015

ATG participates in the famed Dakar rally race as sponsor of Dutch motorcyclist Bas Nijen Twilhaar—the motivated, talented, and persevering 36-year-old of the five-man BAS team.

* What does Bas do when he’s not racing in the Dakar rally?
Bas lives in the Czech Republic since 18 years ago, and together with his girlfriend, they run the Country Hill Enduro Guesthouse. It’s a true motorcross hangout with a unique concept: comfortable accommodation, delicious food, cozy drinks by the campfire, relaxation in the sauna…and only a few motorbike rides away from the Czech mountains. The guesthouse can accommodate up to 18 guests.

* As a sportsman, was motorcyling his first love?
Not his first, but definitely his greatest. Bas is a fanatic sportsman, and he started his athletic career as a skier. He took part in many ski competitions throughout Europe. But his passion for motorcycling defeated his love for skiing.

* How did his motocycling career start?
He got his first motorcycle, a small-wheeled Suzuki 80cc, from the boys who lived next door to him. They loved to start it up and noticed how Bas was completely fascinated by it. Bas went over to their place often, but only to show them how to use certain parts properly.

* Is Bas good with his hands?
Bas studied metalworking and automotive engineering. He was even enrolled in maritime studies. He enjoys working with his hands and has built his own house in the Czech Republic in three years’ time. MaxiFlex gloves are therefore perfect for him.

* What is his biggest dream?
Bas has always wanted to travel around the world since he was a kid. He is still chasing after this dream and has realized parts of it: he went backpacking in Australia, he lives in the Czech Republic, he races in the Dakar Rally, … His biggest dream is still a trip around the world on his motorcycle.

* What is the best invention ever, according to him?
According to Bas, the best invention ever is the motorcycle. He can use it with everything he loves: sport, adventure, travelling, mechanics, visiting friends, …

* Is Bas afraid of anything?
If there is one thing Bas is afraid of, it is the extreme heat during the Dakar Rally. This can go up to 50 degrees Celsius in the South American desert while he’s wearing motorcycle gear and clothing, and not a t-shirt and shorts. The heat also causes many rally racers to give up.

* Who inspires Bas?
Marc Coma is his Dakar hero: a fast and smart and, most importantly, sympathetic rider.

* What is his goal in the Dakar Rally 2015?
His goal in the Dakar Rally 2015 is not to win the race, but rather to finish it together with his teammates and to enjoy the beautiful nature surroundings and the friendly people. He is also one of the very few racers with a GoPro camera on his helmet. With this, everyone can capture Bas’s experience as a Dakar racer from his point of view.

Bas Nijen Twilhaar with MaxiFlex in Dakar

Follow Bas’s stories about Dakar 2015 here and on ATG’s Facebook page.

For more info about Bas, visit www.dakarbas.nl and on https://www.facebook.com/bastiaan.nijentwilhaar.

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ATG Awarded in Recognition of Environmental Friendly Production

Tariq Thassim, Group Project Manager, receiving the Silver  Award from Hon. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa at  the National Green Awards 2012.

 

 

 

ATG Group, a Personal Protection Equipment Manufacturer producing a wide range of industrial hand protection gloves in Sri Lanka received the Silver Award for being an Environmental Friendly Manufacturer at the National Green Awards 2012.

The National Green Awards, inspired by the Mahinda Chinthanaya under the patronage of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a program initiated by the Central Environmental Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Sri Lanka. This is with a view to giving recognition to industrialist who has shown high importance & commitment towards the environment.

ATG producing a wide range of specialized gloves from Cut protection, Chemical Protection, Oil Repellent & General Purpose work gloves which gives unparallel comfort, Excellent grip, Ergonomics & Reducing strain, Exports to the Americas, Europe, Oceania and Middle-East & Africa Regions.

Mr Fazal Abdeen, Director Operations, said; “The Environmental policy factor at ATG is built-in as part of their production related operational activities on a daily basis, further being awarded the ISO 14001:2001 International standard based Environmental Management System, This synergy of combining Environment & Production has proven to be a great achievement towards going green & optimizing resources in an environmental friendly process & moving towards cleaner production initiatives”

Mr Damitha Abeykoon, Group Manager Process Control, Mr Tariq Thassim, Group Manager – Projects &  Mr Razneen Razzak said; “The commitment towards Environmental at ATG is driven from the Board of Directors where the concept of Green is being drilled into the workforce at every level of the corporate structure on a daily basis & this award shows the collaborative team  effort from the Group

Managers, Factory Managers, The Staff & The workforce at ATG, where their supportive actions & thoughts towards Green has enabled us to reach new heights especially in the Rubber & Rubber Based Product Sector.”

ATG Group Investments into the green concept is currently at US$ 3 Million while further research is underway in saving water & other resources for the environment. The green concept pipe line goes further at ATG with the Reverse Osmosis plant scheduled to be in operation in early 2013.

ATG Awarded the Silver Medal, in contrast, placed at the highest in Rubber & Rubber Based Products Sector at the National Green Awards 2012 for its environmental concerned manufacturing process, is committed as a Social Responsible Corporate Citizen, inculcating into each & every employee the importance of the “Green concept” with the prime intention of protecting mother-nature.

 

 

ATG® professional work gloves awarded dermatological accreditation

ATG® has become the first glove company to achieve the Skin Health Alliance (SHA) dermatological accreditation.

Glove cleanliness is something ATG® takes very seriously. Committed to the environment, employee and consumer safety ATG® has invested a significant amount of time, money and resource to ensure all aspects of their supply chain operates to the best practices, latest standards and/or newest regulations. Examples, which formed part of the SHA submission, include the compliance to the new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use within all their factories (REACH — EC 1907/2006) and the Oeko-Tex (confidence in textiles) accreditation.

Speaking of the newly awarded SHA accreditation Director of Global Marketing, David Staniforth explained: “ATG® is thrilled to have been awarded the Skin Health Alliance dermatological accreditation. Our product quality, comfort and industry leading performance has become well known and commonly accepted world-wide. The Skin Health Alliance seal will give, for the first time in safety industry, professional glove users the confidence that they our full range of gloves is “dermatologically safe” and the science and research behind them is robust.

For further information about the ATG® range of skin safe gloves please visit www.atg-glovesolutions.com or contact Laetitia De Nys by email at laetitia@atg-glovesolutions.com or visit the Skin Health Alliance website at www.skinhealthalliance.org/approved-products/.