bob koppesCreated by an innovator and entrepreneur driven to help people.

While volunteering as an EMT at his local fire department, Safe Reflections founder and 3M chemical engineer Bob Koppes discovered there was insufficient reflective material on garments worn by his fellow first responders. After developing some new adhesives to allow reflective trims to adhere to work uniformed he quickly realized the widespread need for highly visible garments across many industries.

In 1993 he opened Safe Reflections Inc., to provide a higher level of visibility to people who work, play or defend in nighttime and low-light conditions. From this small beginning, Safe Reflections has developed many breakthrough technologies and proprietary products, supplying the garment industry with custom reflective trims, graphic transfer Logos and reflective rolled goods.

Today, as the global industry leader, Safe Reflections daily continues to innovate, energize and drive the visibility industry.

1993

Safe Reflections is founded by former 3M inventor Bob Koppes to provide reflective materials increase worker visibility.

1995

Launched full line of Tribondex adhesives for reflective heat transfers.

2002

Safe Reflections granted a U.S. Patent for Airex®, the first breathable, segmented reflective trim.

2005

Introduction of Eclipse digital reflective heat transfers.

2007

3M launches Scotchlite Reflective Material - Series 5500 Comfort Trim manufactured by Safe Reflections using our patented Airex® technology.

2009

Safe Reflections invents the first wash-durable, high brightness color reflective material

2010

Asia sales office opens in Taiwan to support our global customers.

2013

Safe Reflections granted U.S. Patent for Brilliant® Color Reflective.

2014

Introduced Brilliant® Color Stretch

2016

Opened Asia converting facility in Taipei, Taiwan.

Launched Brilliant® Reflective Strips – selling reflective in retail to runners, bikers and families.

Safe Reflections granted German Patent for Brilliant® Color Reflective.

Introduced Brilliant® 4000 Textured Reflective Material.

Introduced Brilliant® DWR Reflective Material – first reflective designed for DWR fabrics.

2017

Formed Safe Reflections GmbH and opened first sales office in Germany

2018

Introduced Eclipse 1231 Full-width Reflective Pattern Fabric.

Introduced Iridescent Stretch Reflective Material.

Launched full line of Brilliant® Color Reflective fabrics.

2019

Opens new stand-alone manufacturing facility in Taiwan to serve our regional factories and brands.