In March 2010, NPL performed laboratory and field-based tests for UK wetsuit manufacturer, Spartan, to help further their knowledge of how wetsuits keep people warm.
A comment from Spartan's owner Mark Minter:
The independent, proven validation gives us tremendous professional credibility. It has also helped us understand more how wetsuits work with the body. The work with NPL enables us to make informed decisions about the most appropriate materials.”
That was brought home recently when Spartan was encouraged to make a wetsuit from a new, but more expensive fabric.
“We might have been tempted to go ahead, but we were able to test it at NPL and it just wasn’t warm enough. That data has saved us £100,000, as it would have taken a £179 suit to more than £300 and potentially even damaged our reputation. Our China factory was really impressed" says Minter.
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