EN 1149-5:2008
EN 13034:2005 + A1:2009
EN ISO 11611:2007
EN ISO 11612:2008
IEC 61482-2:2009
Kermel Nordic

All of the ROOTS fabrics are own developments. These own developments derive from the mission statement where ROOTS states that ‘ROOTS at all times will have the health and safety of the wearer at heart and in mind’. Basically, ROOTS is under the impression that most Flame Retardant fabrics on offer are simply not good enough.

With Kermel however, the other major player in the aramid market, the above is not the case. Kermel produces outstanding FR fibers of which superb inherent fabrics are being constructed. 

Kermel offers an unknown comfort to that in comparison of other leading

inherent aramid fabric manufacturers. Other important properties from Kermel are in relation to electric arc flash with very good results.

It is a common known fact that aramids shrink dramatically during a flash fire situation. This means that the fabric comes tight against the skin or under garments which causes relatively high body burns. Independent results prove that the shrinkage of the Kermel Alpha is minimal. 

Alongside are the body burn prediction characteristics.

Although the body burn prediction is much higher than for example, the ROOTS Flamebuster, you must keep in mind that the weight of the Kermel is only 240 gram. From that perspective the outcome is actually very good in like for like comparison. ROOTS strongly recommends to wear Flame retardant underwear (page 82 – 84) underneath the Kermel Alpha range.

Other good Kermel properties include the pilling resistance and the color fastness due to the fibers being solution dyed.

What is very remarkable is that the ATPV CAL rating of the Kermel Alpha 240 reaches 8.2, which is very good.

KERMEL is a responsible company regarding the protection of the environment:

• For many years now, KERMEL has been sorting its waste in order to optimise collections and recycling through established organisations.

• KERMEL has set up a partnership arrangement to collect up and recycle its waste products from the manufacturing process.

• In 2004, with the support of the Alsace Region, KERMEL made Clean Technology investments to handle VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in order to maintain air quality.

  • Pain 20.4%
  • 1st° Burn 0.9%
  • 2nd° Burn 2.7%
  • 3rd° Burn 9.7%
  • 2nd° + 3rd° Burn 23.9%
  • ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value) rating 8.2 cal/cm2
  • HAF (Heat Attenuation Factor Factor) 72.3%