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DSM Dyneema Wins 2014 WorldSafe Award for Development of Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology

Stanley, N.C., 13 November 2014 - DSM Dyneema, a world leader in life protection materials and high-performance fibers, has won the 2014 WorldSafe Safety Product Innovation Award from the Safe America Foundation™ for the development of Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

Safe America Foundation™ Chief Executive Officer Len Pagano said this groundbreaking platform "will dramatically improve both personal body armor and vehicle armor used by police and military personnel worldwide. The life-saving protection that Dyneema® has and continues to provide is incalculable.”

The award was presented to Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America, on Saturday, Nov. 8 during the Safety on the Home Front Gala at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology material delivers exceptional ballistic performance and the lightest weight and lowest profile for armor applications.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award for our Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology, which is making a meaningful difference in the safety of law enforcement officers and soldiers,” said Welsh. “This innovative material is already demonstrating its superior ballistic performance, ultra light weight and enhanced comfort in protective gear. We take pride in leading the life protection industry with visionary solutions that make a measurable difference in safeguarding those in harm’s way.”

Built on the company’s Radical Innovation Platform, Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE fiber technology and unique uni-directional engineering. This platform avoids the traditional compromise between ballistic protection and weight, offering top performance in both areas. Compared to body armor made from other materials, protective vests engineered with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 percent, while enhancing comfort and agility with fewer layers of material.

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