DSM Dyneema showcases latest Dyneema Anti Stab Technology
DSM Dyneema is showcasing its recently launched Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology at the 15th Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference 2016. Based on Dyneema®, the leading brand of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology is the latest patented anti-stab material for soft armor applications which can be combined with Dyneema® soft ballistic products to develop the next generation high performance, lightweight and comfortable multi-threat protection body armour.
A vest incorporating Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology provides outstanding protection against knives, blades and other sharp weapons. Compared to current market solutions made with aramid, it is up to 25% lighter and thinner, and its flexibility provides greater comfort and freedom of movement to the wearer without sacrificing protection.
“Over the years, the industry has been seeking significant improvements over existing anti stab protection solutions offered by aramids, composites and steel. Even in the Asia Pacific region, we received numerous requests from the market for an anti stab solution that carries the technological benefits that Dyneema® is known for in body armor protection; excellent protection at a lighter weight which personnel can use for extended operational periods with greater freedom of movement,” said Nicole Ng, Regional Business Manager, Asia Pacific, DSM Dyneema. “Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology was developed as part of our radical innovation platform to answer to these growing global needs including the Asia Pacific region, and to enhance the development of next generation multi-threat protection body armor.”
Multi-threat protection vests made with Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology and Dyneema® soft ballistic products deliver high performance stab and ballistic protection at a lighter weight with unmatched flexibility and comfort that meets the current and future needs of law enforcement officers who face hostile confrontations, as well as military personnel who are engaged in urban operations.
It meets rigorous and widely used international standards, including the commonly used standards in the Asia Pacific region such as the UK HOSDB KR1 and KR2 Body Armour Standards for stab protection, and NIJ0101.04 Level IIIA for ballistic protection against handgun ammunitions such as 9mm FMJ and .44 Magnum SJHP SPEER.
“Dyneema® represents the next generation armour technology and is the material of choice in many soldier modernization and law enforcement programs globally, including the Asia Pacific region. We remain highly committed to leading and raising industry benchmarks in both ballistic and stab protection, by bringing innovative technological dimensions that truly deliver significant advancements in meeting the current and future requirements of military and law enforcement personnel who serve to protect,” said Marcio Manique, Global Business Director, Life Protection, DSM Dyneema.
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fibre branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers, both on weight for weight basis. Dyneema® fibre floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. The applications are therefore more or less unlimited. Dyneema® is an important component in ropes, cables and nets in the fishing, shipping and offshore industries. Dyneema® is also used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and in fine yarns for applications in the medical sector. In addition, Dyneema® is also used in bullet resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel. Furthermore the new generation Dyneema® Fabrics offer next level innovations in denim, apparel, footwear, sports equipment and lightweight outdoor products and accessories.
UHMWPE products from DSM Dyneema are produced in Heerlen (The Netherlands), Greenville, North Carolina (U.S.A.) and Mesa, Arizona (U.S.A). DSM Dyneema is also a partner in a high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) manufacturing joint venture in Japan.