17 Oct 2011
LIGHTER AND MORE COMFORTABLE BODY ARMOR FROM BSST GMBH USING DYNEEMA® SB71 FROM DSM DYNEEMA ACHIEVES TOUGH PROTECTION CERTIFICATION
The Netherlands, October 17, 2011 - SB71, a new and innovative ballistic material from DSM Dyneema, is a uni-directional (UD) grade made of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber which demonstrates improved performance. This ultimately is reflected in a lower weight protection system that meets current requirements in North America and Germany.
BSST GmbH, based in Nellingen Germany, is the supplier of choice for a number of police, customs, military and security services throughout Europe that demand the highest standards, quality and reliability for the protection of their personnel. BSST has a wide range of tactical and concealed protective vests and were looking for the lowest weight system that would meet the German Schutzklasse edition Oct 2008, protection level 1 (SK1). With SB71, this protection level was certified at the German Mellrichstadt laboratory at the very low weight of 4.2 kg/m2, while traditional solutions without SB71 are typically in the range of 4.5 - 5.0 kg/m2.
Wolfgang Schulz, Managing Director of BSST GmbH stated; “With SB71 we are able to deliver a solution that has good potential. The SK1 vest with Dyneema we introduce at Milipol offers outstanding and unique properties. We are now moving in a direction of high performance at low weight that has not previously been available.”
Next to the SK1 certification, BSST also certified a vest design with SB71, which complies with NIJ Standard 0101.06 Level IIIA (3A). This design was certified at TNO in the Netherlands which is the first ballistic laboratory in Europe with this capability.
SB71 can be used to design vests that can meet a wide range of international specifications and has the advantage of remaining thin and light.
Dirk Louwers, Marketing Manager Life Protection at DSM Dyneema added; “SB71 complements our portfolio of Dyneema® UD products and it has been used by BSST to achieve a vest solution that offers the ultimate in protection and comfort. Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™ provides lighter protection than non PE fibers and maintains excellent ballistic properties over time. At the same time it offers the advantages of being resistant to UV rays, moisture and chemicals making it suitable for use in a wide range of environments.”
Both the German SK1 vest, and the NIJ06 3A vest are on display at the BSST and DSM Dyneema stand at Milipol. BSST booth number 1H 139; DSM Dyneema booth number 3B 124.
Notes for editors
BSST develops, produces and distributes ballistic protection solutions for Government Agencies, Military and Industry, concentrating on the European market. The German company was founded as a privately owned company in 1994 and remains so to this day. The BSST headquarters are located in Nellingen/Alb, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, the leading region in Europe for innovation.
With their unique solution for the personalisation of personal protection, BSST produces individually adjusted soft ballistic protection, from customer specific prototypes through to large scale serial production. The modular protection concept is complemented by their innovative hard ballistic solutions for protection against higher level threats. These are also developed and manufactured in house. The product portfolio is rounded off with functional underwear, matched to the ballistic solutions.
About DSM Dyneema
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is an Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fiber that 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. Further information on DSM Dyneema is available at www.dyneema.com and www.lifeprotection.dyneema.com.
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