Setting the course for the future!

HB Schutzbekleidung will now be known as HB Protective Wear

Thalhausen, 3.7.2017 – HB is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. The past 65 years have had an abundance of formative phases and moments, from the company’s beginnings as a wholesale drapery business founded by Herbert Berthold (HB) in 1952, specialisation as a supplier of protective clothing in the early 1960s and construction of the state-of-the-art logistics centre in Thalhausen in 2002, right the way up to the introduction of the high-speed delivery service – 21 to wear – in 2013, accompanied by the company's rise to become the German market leader in the PPE industry. And who can forget the integration of the TEMPEX product categories – cold, heat and multifunctional protection – in early 2016, which has allowed the successful development of HB to gain momentum once more. 

These 65 years are a reason to celebrate in every respect. However, they also mark the right time for a turning point. HB has used its anniversary as an opportunity to make its successful development and leading market position fully visible to the outside world. In the redesign of its logo, HB has taken inspiration from the green sea turtle, which it has been supporting for many years through its environmental initiative for the conservation of the species and which is a symbol of reliable personal protection. Its logo now incorporates the name TEMPEX as an acknowledgement of how it has strengthened the brand, and it has adapted its entire corporate design to the new trademark – from sales equipment and trade show displays, right up to catalogue and advertising designs, everything is brand new. Most importantly, HB has also modified the company name: HB Schutzbekleidung will now be known as HB Protective Wear.

Klaus Berthold, company owner and son of founder Herbert Berthold, explains the reasoning behind these changes: “Our new corporate image highlights our aspiration to meet the needs of our (increasingly international) customers with an even more comprehensive and customised range of protective equipment. However, we won’t be losing sight of our established corporate values and our quality standards to which HB owes its continued strength throughout the past 65 years and which have formed the basis of its sustained growth.”

As a groundbreaking pioneer of the industry, HB plans to keep setting the standards when it comes to design, workmanship, protective function and wear comfort. Furthermore, the company will remain a medium-sized enterprise at heart and continue supporting its customers fairly with expert advice as they search for their ideal PPE product.

About HB Protective Wear

We develop and manufacture high quality PPE garments - offering maximum protection for people working at places with specific hazard profiles. High standards know-how, best manufacture and 65 years of experience characterise our portfolio. Our core competences are arc flash protection, warning clothing, welding safety, flame retardancy and ESD product protection. In 2016 we have strategically expanded our portfolio by adding TEMPEX® cold protection, metallised heat protection and multi-risk protection. We only use high performance, multi-standard safe and comfortable fabrics which exceed the defined minimum EN standards. As the market leader for protective clothing in Germany, we are setting trends and constantly reaffirming our customers’ trust through our innovative product developments. This is why our brand promise reads: “be safe. we care.”