DSM Dyneema presents latest developments with multi award-winning Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology for personal and vehicle protection at Defense & Security 2015 exhibition
Impact Exhibition Center, Hall F, Booth No. F31-34, 2 - 5 November 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers is highlighting the latest developments in its Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology platform for personal and vehicle protection at Defense & Security 2015 exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is a breakthrough innovation platform from DSM Dyneema, delivering products with a unique combination of exceptional ballistic performance and the lightest weight of any ballistic material currently on the market.
“Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology was developed in response to growing demands for new material technologies that can deliver truly significant improvements in armor weight reduction without compromising ballistic protection in soldier modernization and vehicle armoring programs worldwide, including South East Asia,” says Nicole Ng, Regional Business Manager, Life Protection at DSM Dyneema.
The South East Asian region has seen steady growth in defense expenditure over the years, and the trend looks to continue with many countries focusing on upgrading to newer technologies, defense modernization and equipping. The region’s domestic defense industry is also increasingly growing in sophistication, looking for more innovative defense technologies including personal protection and armored vehicles. Specific needs include lighter armor, additional body area protection and higher levels of protection.
Enabling the development of new generation body armor
In line with global trends in soldier modernization programs, new generation personal armor can now be designed with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology, eliminating the traditional compromise between higher protection and lower weight.
Products made with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology are excellent for developing soft and hard ballistic protection applications such as vests, inserts and helmets for personal protection. Depending on the threat level, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce the weight of body armor by up to 30% without sacrificing ballistic protection, while enhancing comfort and agility with fewer layers of material and increased flexibility. Used in helmets, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology enables designs protecting against 9mm FMJ handgun ammunition and fragments to weigh as light as about 1kg.
Enhanced ballistic protection at a lighter weight for better vehicle operational performance
Products made with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology are also used for designing composite armor used in air, land and sea vehicles, enabling the introduction of much lighter and thinner armor concepts with enhanced ballistic protection levels. Depending on the protection level, armor made with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology offers weight reductions of up to 50% compared to glass and aramid armor concepts, and up to 90% compared to full steel vehicle armor standalone concepts — without sacrificing ballistic protection. Lighter and thinner armor gives vehicles better operational performance, greater range, agility and lower operation costs thanks to improved fuel efficiency, all at the same level of ballistic protection.
Global success: Innovating to protect and save lives
Since its introduction, top armor developers around the world, including in the Asia Pacific region, have been incorporating Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology into ballistic protection applications for defense programs like the Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System by the U.S. Army, as well as for law enforcement agencies such as the police departments of New York and Los Angeles, plus various elite European law enforcement units.
Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology has also earned DSM Dyneema multiple global awards for innovation and dedication to improvement in life protection. In November 2014, the company was awarded three ITMA Future Materials awards including Best Innovation for Industrial Textiles, which were launched by the World Textile Information Network to reward innovation in the technical textiles market. DSM Dyneema was also honored 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.
“Dyneema has been well-known in South East Asia for many years as the material of choice in many defense programs that call for higher ballistic protection at a lighter weight,” says Marcio Manique, Global Segment Director for Life Protection at DSM Dyneema. “With growing demand for more advanced ballistic protection solutions, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology will further enhance South East Asia’s defense industry with a new innovative dimension to meet current and future requirements and set new ballistic protection standards for personal and vehicle armor.”
On the first day of the exhibition, 2 November 2015, Dr. Alex Yong, Global Functional Lead (Application Development & Technical Service), High Performance Textiles & Life Protection at DSM Dyneema, will deliver a presentation on Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology – Revolutionizing Ballistic Protection at the IMPACT Exhibition Center as part of the exhibition’s seminar program at 14.00 hrs.