Metal Equipped, ME, was founded in 1952 under the name Trico – as a textile company focusing on providing socks and specialised items of clothing for the domestic market. The focus of the company changed in 80´s to producing protective footwear following the growing presence of metal smelting industries in Iceland – especially aluminium smelting.

The smelting industry in Iceland is built on the abundant renewable, carbon free energy on the Island – stemming both from volcanic thermal heat and hydroelectric power from glacier waterfalls. This industry sets high standards for both environmental and work safety.

During the nineties Metal Equipped pioneered the development of heat resistant protective socks under the leadership Mr. Vidar Magnusson, the owner and managing director – winning a number of awards. His innovation was to use designed blend of fabrics (Kermel, Viscose FR and Wool) to deliver maximum amount of heat resistance while maintaining comfort and flexibility. Mr. Vidar Magnusson´s socks have until this day been produced and sold under the name of Vidar and Tyr.

In early 2000 there was a generational shift in Metal Equipped as Vidar’s daughter – Ms. Helga Vidarsdottir took over as a managing director. Helga shifted the focus of the company towards international sales – marketing the well tested Icelandic socks to wider world.

Ms. Vidarsdottir is also a member of the European Committee for Standardization, Technical Committee 162 / WG2. The scope of CEN/TC162 is to prepare European Standards (requirements and testing) in the field of clothing to protect against physical and chemical hazards.

ME brings over sixty years of experience to the PPE market and our expert knowledge of specialist textiles continues to grow.

TESTS - APPROVED ACCORDING TO EN ISO 11612 RESULT REQUIREMENT
Limited flame spread: EN 15025-A1-A2 Pass Pass
Convective heat: EN 9151 B3 B1
Radiant heat: EN 6942 C3 C1
Electrostatic test: EN 1149-5 D3 D1

VIDAR TEST RESULTS

TEST RESULT REQUIREMENT
Limited flame spread: EN 15025-A1-A2 Pass Pass
Convective heat: EN 9151 B3 B1
Radiant heat: EN 6942 C3 C1
Electrostatic test: EN 1149-5 D3 D1