The UK’s leading workwear manufacturer has revealed details of a new €3 million deal to supply high visibility wet-weather jackets and trousers for a major Irish postal service provider. The deal will see Ballyclare Limited provide a total of 13,000 garment sets to the An Post delivery staff in two phases, and covers the period up until 2020.

“We’re delighted to have won this contract from An Post as it represents a major success for Ballyclare,” comments the company’s, Sales and Service Manager, Maggie Shaw. “It also demonstrates our ability to provide garments which suit a client’s individual specifications right down to the last detail.”

Ballyclare was invited to submit proposals to manufacture GORE-TEX® based jackets and trousers to provide full wet-weather protection for the delivery staff. However, the garments also had to combine hi-vis elements without compromising the An Post colours and branding which had traditionally appeared on the company’s workwear. “This required us to work closely with An Post and undertake some very careful design work to ensure we satisfied the brief,” adds Maggie. “We also had to meet the rigorous specification that An Post had laid down in terms of the quality and performance of the garments.”

This lead to a series of stringent tests to ensure that the garments met all the correct standards, including a particularly demanding rain tower test. “Rain tower tests are normally conducted for 1 hour to ensure compliance with EN 343,” says Maggie. “However, we pride ourselves in the quality of Ballyclare garments, and in this case, we subjected them to eight solid hours of rain tower testing, and they passed with flying colours. An Post were able to witness the testing and so they were confident that our offering was more than a match for their requirements.”

An Post is a major commercial organisation which provides a wide range of postal, communication, retail and financial services. For more information on Ballyclare, either, call +44 (0)844 493 2808, or email