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DSM Dyneema® Force Multiplier Tech. to be Utilized by FBI in Alpha Elite™ Body Armor System

Published on 2014-11-07. Author : SpecialChem

The Netherlands -- DSM Dyneema recently announced that protective vests based on the company’s Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology recently were selected for an exclusive United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contract for protecting Bureau personnel.

The contract, awarded to a partnership of Point Blank Enterprises and Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (TSSi), will provide FBI personnel with the Alpha Elite™ body armor system. Selection criteria included evaluations of performance, weight, flexibility and comfort. The Alpha Elite™ system, designed by Point Blank, uses Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology material to deliver high performance protection in the lightest weight vests currently on the market.

“The selection of Alpha Elite™ to protect FBI personnel serves as yet another confirmation that Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology’s enhanced ballistics protection makes never before possible armor designs now realistic,” said Shitij Chabba, global business segment director, life protection, DSM Dyneema. “Industry leading armor manufacturers can utilize this revolutionary material technology to create lighter and thinner designs that provide the superior protection necessary to keep law enforcement personnel safe.”

Point Blank and TSSi will supply protective vests in configurations certified to meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) level II and level IIIA standards, depending on individual agents’ duties and unique needs. Systems were tailored to unique FBI specifications, and will be offered in concealable and tactical designs and with or without plate carrier capabilities.

“This contract builds on our core business within the U.S. federal market and is testament to our leadership position in providing unparalleled protective solutions across the board to our federal, state and local enforcement agencies,” said Michael Foreman, executive vice president, international business development, federal sales and marketing, Point Blank Enterprises. “We will continue to focus on driving innovation and improving performance to support all officers in their missions. Protecting lives remains our #1 priority.”

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 law enforcement officers’ comfort and agility with fewer layers of material and increased flexibility. Built on DSM Dyneema’s Radical Innovation Platform, this technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation UHMwPE fiber technology and unique uni-directional engineering. The innovative material is produced in the United States at DSM Dyneema’s Greenville, N.C. manufacturing facility.

About DSM Dyneema
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fiber 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® fiber 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 sporting goods and the medical sector. In addition, Dyneema® is also used in bullet resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel. UHMWPE fiber from DSM Dyneema is produced in Heerlen (The Netherlands) and in Greenville, North Carolina (U.S.A.). DSM Dyneema is also a partner in a high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) manufacturing joint venture in Japan.

About DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living.™
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 24,500 employees deliver annual net sales of around €10 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.
Dyneema® and Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™ are trademarks of DSM. Use of these trademarks is prohibited unless strictly authorized.

About Point Blank Enterprises
Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. is a provider of high-performance protective solutions, including bullet, fragmentation, and stab resistant apparel and related accessories through its key brands: Point Blank Body Armor, Protective Apparel Corporation of America (PACA), Protective Products and Paraclete.

About Tactical & Survival Specialties
TSSI is a certified and verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been providing specialized operational equipment and logistics support around the world for nearly 35 years. Their mission is to provide mission-focused, time-sensitive, value-added equipment and logistics services solutions, delivered with uncompromising integrity – anytime, anywhere.

Source: DSM

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