Durex

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For the adhesive tape called Durex, see 3M.
Durex
Durex logo.svg
Condom box durex.jpg
A box of Durex Fetherlite condoms
Owner Reckitt Benckiser
Country United Kingdom
Introduced 1915
Previous owners SSL International
Website Durex.com

Durex is the trademarked name for a range of condoms that used to be made by British company, SSL International. This company was sold to Reckitt Benckiser in July 2010.

History[edit]

The name, which the London Rubber Company trademarked in 1929, is an abbreviation of "Durability, Reliability, and Excellence", though some people mistake it as being "Durable Latex".[1]

Durex condoms represent around one quarter of the global market for prophylactic sheaths, manufacturing around one billion units per year in 17 factories worldwide.[citation needed] The Durex range includes nine varieties of latex condom, including the Sheik and Ramses brands popular for decades in North America,[2] and the Avanti condom, the first male condom made from polyurethane. Polyurethane condoms do not suffer from "latex rot", and are suited for users who have a latex allergy.

Durex condoms was declared the runner-up of the most account sales of condoms in the United States, with Trojan condoms being no. 1.[3]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Although they are not an official sponsor of the Olympic Games, Durex provided 150,000 free condoms to more than 10,000 athletes that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Durex". Durex, the Most Popular Condom Brand in the World. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "First plastic condom for men becomes available next year". 14 October 1993. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "What's the best-selling condom in America?". By Brendan I. Koerner - Slate Magazine. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Boyle, Matthew. "Top Secret: Durex's Olympic Condoms" Bloomberg Businessweek Retrieved on 20 April 2012

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