Kimberly-Clark Professional Strengthens Commitment to Welding Safety With Extension of Jackson Safety Line

  Kimberly-Clark Professional Strengthens Commitment to Welding Safety With
                       Extension of Jackson Safety Line

ADF Helmets with Innovative Balder Technology Provide Best-in-Class Optical
Clarity to Aid Welder Comfort and Productivity

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FABTECH -- Kimberly-Clark
Professional is expanding the Jackson Safety line of welding helmets with two
offerings: the Jackson Safety W-70 BH3 and the Jackson Safety Balder W-40
SmarTIGer, both of which deliver the highest standards of optical clarity that
can be achieved when using an auto-darkening filter (ADF).


The Jackson Safety Balder W-70 BH3 ADF helmet provides a uniform shade level
over the entire viewing area, without noticeable and annoying brightening at
the edges of the filter, which creates a murky and hazy weld pool. The
proprietary, best-in-class technology of the W-70 BH3 decreases angular
dependence to virtually undetectable levels, increasing welder comfort and

"No matter how welders looks through the BH3 ADF – whether it's left or right,
up or down – they'll see a consistent shade so they won't experience eye
fatigue, discomfort or distraction," said Kristy Giebe, product manager,
welding and head protection, Kimberly-Clark Professional. "These are benefits
that align with our goal of creating Exceptional Workplaces to help keep
workers healthier, safer and more productive."

The technology enhancements were achieved through the recent Kimberly-Clark
Professional acquisition of Balder, a company renowned for its work in
developing state-of-the-art welding helmets and filters. Balder is affiliated
with the Josef Stefan Institute, a scientific research institute in Slovenia.

The new Jackson Safety ADF welding helmets with Balder technology underscore
the Kimberly-Clark Professional commitment to welding innovation and to the
category as a whole.

"The Balder and Jackson Safety acquisitions as well as a recent best product
award for our Jackson Safety Truesight ADF helmet are further evidence of our
pledge to deliver the highest-quality, most innovative products for welders,"
Giebe added. "When it comes to welding our focus is clear – delivering the
best helmet technology on the market today."

New Welding Helmets Available Worldwide
The new Jackson Safety Balder W-70 BH3 and Jackson Safety W-40 SmarTIGer ADF
welding helmets are being launched in North America as well as globally. Both
provide improved visibility in the clear state and better color recognition.
They also meet the ANSI Z87.1 high impact 2010 standards, are lightweight
(1.24 lbs. and 1.2 lbs., respectively) and solar-powered.

In addition, the helmets offer:

  oA smooth, rounded perimeter around the entire edge for increased comfort
  oAn aerodynamic shell designed for better fume deflection
  oBetter protection of the mouth and nose area for reduced CO2 accumulation
    compared to HSL-100
  oBetter protection of the face, ears and throat as compared to HSL-100
  oA curved front plate that offers reduced heat buildup, reflections and
    fogging as compared to HSL-100
  oQuick and easy replacement of safety plates
  oUV/IR protection up to shade 13

For more information about the Jackson Safety Balder W-70 BH3 and Jackson
Safety Balder W-40 SmarTIGer ADF helmets, visit or call
1-888-GOKC (4652).

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional
Workplaces for their employees and patrons. KCP helps transform workplaces
making them healthier, safer and more productive. Key brands in this segment
include: Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety. Kimberly-Clark
Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's
four business segments and can be visited on the web at

About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of
life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the
world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to
enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex,
Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or
No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C
news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation,


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