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Body armor with Dyneema to serve during 2008 Olympics in Beijing

Jun '07
Bullet-resistant vests and helmets made with Dyneema combine maximum ballistic performance with minimum weight for Chinese Police during 2008 Summer Olympics.

Bullet-resistant vests and helmets made with ultra-strong, light weight Dyneema unidirectional (UD) from DSM for personnel security will help China create a safer environment for the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. A vest design manufactured by Zhong Tian Feng Protection Products Technology Company Ltd. (ZTF), which features Dyneema SB21, won a highly competitive and prestigious tender from the Beijing Bureau of Public Security.

In addition to ordering more than 3,000 vests, the Beijing Bureau of Public Security has selected ZTF's bullet-resistant helmets made with Dyneema HB25. Dyneema offers maximum ballistic performance combined with lowest weight for maneuverability and comfort. “With the 2008 Olympic Games approaching rapidly the Beijing Bureau of Public Security is looking for the best possible protective equipment.

The exceptional properties of Dyneema UD were a critical factor in our successful bid to provide them with bullet-resistant vests” said Mr. Yang Zhi Dong, General Manager of ZTF. “By providing their ultra-strong, light weight Dyneema UD, DSM Dyneema is helping our business to stand out from the competition and secure important contracts for protective equipment used by law enforcement and security personnel.”

“We are pleased that our ongoing focus on the needs of the Chinese market has resulted in the Beijing Bureau of Public Security's selection of bullet resistant vests and helmets from ZTF made with our Dyneema UD, now that the 2008 Olympics are just around the corner,” said Josse Kunst, vice president Life Protection APAC for DSM Dyneema. “Partners such as ZTF are finding many advantages to designing and manufacturing products made with Dyneema, which provide a proven and tested combination of low weight and high strength. The strong focus on quality and innovation of DSM fits perfectly with the strategy of ZTF and the desire of the Chinese end users to have top quality body armor”.

Dyneema is a superstrong polyethylene fiber produced using a patented gel spinning process. This remarkable fiber is up to 15 times stronger than steel and, weight-for-weight, is 40% stronger than competing aramid fibers. It has high energy absorption and low elongation.


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