This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.;2714294;369307;211;0/?ft_width=1&ft_height=1&url=16151650

Men in manufacturing 'get fat faster than anybody else in business'

23 August 2012

Men’s waistlines in the manufacturing industry are expanding more rapidly than people working in any other business sector, according to workwear specialists Alexandra.

The company, which provides construction and manual labour workwear, has reported a growing demand for larger clothing, after the average chest size order has increased by five inches over recent years.

According to data sourced by Alexandra in the UK, the chest size of workers in the sector has continued to expand over recent years with the purchase of larger size boiler suits showing the greatest increase. Whilst this may be attributed to increased weight lifting, longer lunch breaks or more snacking on the job, Alexandra offers boiler suit chest-sizes from 36 to 55 inches to accommodate this need.

David Harmer, Category Manager at Alexandra comments on the challenges that face clothing companies when catering for a changing market:

“The needs of our clients are constantly changing, and we consistently adapt our products to fit our clients’ specifications. We’ve added new features to our boiler suits and other workwear that will provide added benefits and comfort to all our users, whether they are wearing the smallest or the largest size available.”

Such design features include side elastication to allow for additional comfort, and ease of movement. These have been introduced across all sizes and have been designed to benefit workers within all manual industries, be it mechanical, agricultural, factory-based, or for engineers.

“Providing clients with accuracy of sizing is a key issue for us in fulfilling the needs of current and future markets. Manual industries recognise the importance of maintaining a professional image, and to enable this we shall continue to provide well-fitting, safe and comfortable workwear solutions to all our customers.”

Julie Aughton, Marketing Manager at Snickers workwear, added: “Over the past 10 years an increase in individuals size and weight has been well documented in the UK and to a certain extent this has been evident in the workwear market.

“As part of our design ethos we look at workwear as a solutions based item, from this perspective we have increased the generosity of fit to accommodate workers while retaining effective ergonomic design and practicality.”

Alexandra provides workwear for a number of sectors including healthcare, agriculture, hospitality and many others. More information about Alexandra can be found at

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image 'A safer way to keep in touch'

Recent studies show drivers using hands-free phones are as likely to have a crash as those using handhelds. From 30 March, Arco employees were banned from using mobiles while driving on business to ensure their safety. Full Story...

Gloves off in battle for waste cuts

A Hull-based family business, which supplies safety clothing and equipment, has worked with the food industry to cut wastefulness. David Strydom went to its exhibition to find out howFull Story...


Article image Getting the best out of PLCs

PLCs are something of an industry giant, so why is there still apprehension when engineering issues arise? Food Processing investigates.Full Story...

Article image Anheuser-Busch InBev’s distribution strategy model

Over the past 10 years Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev) has grown its global distribution network using a strategy which goes against the grain for traditional brewery specifications. In place of cost and time intensive permanent structures, it has adopted a design-driven approach in partnership with Herchenbach, a manufacturer of temporary buildings and semi-permanent warehouses. Full Story...

What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?

Gently does it

Hygienic drainage for food safety