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DSM Dyneema launches Dyneema® Force Multiplier technology for life protection in Latin America at LAAD 2015

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 April 2015 - Highly successful life protection solution is setting a new global standard for weight reduction, comfort and ballistic performance.




DSM Dyneema is bringing its award-winning Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology for life protection to the defense and law enforcement communities in Latin America today at LAAD Defence & Security 2015 (stand K.40). Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber technology and unique uni-directional engineering to deliver up to 25 percent higher ballistic protection while reducing weight by up to 30 percent

The exceptional capabilities of this technology already are being leveraged by leading manufacturers in Europe and the United States to create next-generation personal protection and vehicle armor designs.

“Leading armor manufacturers are rapidly adopting Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology to take advantage of its compelling benefits, including its light weight, thin profile and extreme ballistic protection,” said Carlos Leao Leutewiler, sales director South America, DSM Dyneema.“We are confident that Latin American manufacturers will also find great success using our technology as the foundation for new products. By eliminating the need to choose between higher protection and lower weight, Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology can empower Latin America’s life protection industry to address new requirements and new threats.”

Application Success Stories

The world’s top armor manufacturers are using Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology in vests, inserts, helmets and extremity protection, and in hard armor for helicopters, patrol boats and land vehicles. For example, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and New York Police Department (NYPD) recently selected the Alpha Elite™ body armor system, which is based on Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology and manufactured by Point Blank Enterprises. The selection criteria included evaluations of performance, weight, flexibility and comfort, to deliver high-performance protection in the lightest weight vests currently on the market.

Point Blank also designed the advanced ballistics package incorporated in the Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System (SPCS) using Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology. The SPCS, the lightest soft armor system ever to be fielded by the U.S. Army, maximizes mobility and provides superior protection.

Leading Technology Composites (LTC), based in Wichita, Kan., applied its XPS2 system of advanced processing to Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology materials to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in ballistic armor systems, at significantly lower areal densities. The company has provided customers with weight savings of 25-45 percent in vehicle platforms vs. legacy systems, and weight reductions of 10-20 percent for personal protection products such as body armor inserts, vs. traditional options.

Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection GmbH has developed and certified multiple armor systems with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology. These include very light weight protective inserts designed to stop 7.62 x 39mm AK47 (MSC) and 7.62 x 51 mm NATO (Ball). These panels currently are being used by various elite EU Law Enforcement units. Rheinmetall also has utilized Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology in development of several naval armor systems.

Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology material also has been used to provide ballistics protection in helicopter armor systems developed by TenCate Advanced Armor.

Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology has earned DSM Dyneema multiple awards for innovation and dedication to improvement in life protection. In November, 2014, the company was awarded three ITMA Future Materials awards, which were launched by the World Textile Information Network to reward innovation in the technical textiles market. DSM Dyneema was recognized for its innovation in textiles, its successful platform launch strategy and its industry leadership. DSM Dyneema also was honored in November by the Safe American Foundation™ with the 2014 WorldSafe Safety Product Innovation Award for the development of Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology. This award is given to individuals and organizations for their contributions to safety on the global stage.

Compared to body armor made from traditional materials such as aramid, 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 and increased flexibility. Anti-ballistic benefits include outstanding multiple hit performance and superior protection against angle and edge shots, as well as fragments from improvised explosive devices.

A variety of product applications will be on display at DSM Dyneema’s stand K.40 and company experts will be available to discuss how Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology can be used to enhance personal and vehicle protection to help manufacturers stay ahead of changes in the field. DSM Dyneema representatives also can connect 2015 LAAD attendees with armor manufacturers attending or exhibiting at the expo who can discuss their successful armor programs relying on Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology for game-changing ballistics protection performance.

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