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Lenzing supplies specialty fiber for US armed forces uniforms
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Feb '08
The Lenzing Group will supply flame retardant specialty fibers for the new generation of US armed forces combat wear.

The US president recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the financial year 2008, enabling the long-term supply of the US armed forces with TenCate Defender fabric for uniforms. The key component of this novel fabric is the heat protection fiber Lenzing FR.

Lenzing supplies the fibers to its US partner TenCate Protective Fabric (TenCate) from Austria. The company is the leading producer of flame retardant fabric for the US armed forces. By legislation, only fully US-made clothing may be provided to the US armed forces. The recent waiver permits Lenzing to supply the required volumes of the specialty fiber Lenzing FR for the next five years.

Lenzing FR advantages:
The new uniform fabric Defender M meets US soldiers' enhanced need for flame protection caused by the rise in attacks with improvised explosive devices. Unlike other fibers, Lenzing FR not only offers inherent FR properties but also active moisture management and excellent comfort of wear, and last but not least – fast and reliable delivery capability of sufficient quantity to an industrial scale.

The close cooperation of TenCate and Lenzing combines excellence in FR fabric development and production. TenCate Defenderm M fabric with Lenzing FR fiber offers superior protection and the high comfort of wear of conventional non-protective fabrics.

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