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As the European Union and other regions transition to lighter weight law enforcement gear, new Centurion™ materials can lighten products by up to 40 percent
PARIS, November 21, 2017—Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today at the Milipol 2017 tradeshow in Paris that it is expanding its manufacturing capabilities for its Centurion™ composite material to meet increased demand from the global law enforcement market. Centurion is the latest performance fabric made from Honeywell Spectra® fiber, and is designed to make law enforcement apparel and equipment up to 40 percent lighter. It is available in six colors and designs, providing diverse options for end products that can be made with the fabric.
The increased supply helps meet growing global demand—including the European market—for law enforcement clothing and gear that is lightweight and comfortable. Agencies around the world are transitioning to new standards that lighten the load officers must carry. Centurion is designed with these standards in mind. For example, Centurion-made tactical vests can be 35 to 40 percent lighter because they do not require extra fabric or webbing. The Centurion fabric is laser-cut according to user preference, resulting in slits along the vests from which officers can attach gear as needed. Since straps such as traditional MOLLE straps do not need be sewn into these vests, they are lighter and more comfortable for officers to wear.
“For more than 25 years, Honeywell has worked to reduce the weight burden on law enforcement officers through advancements in our Spectra-based ballistics products,” said Greg Davis, global business manager for body protection, Honeywell Packaging and Composites. “Extending our Spectra fiber into a high-performance fabric application designed for tactical vests and plate carriers was a perfect fit. Centurion’s fabric design can substantially reduce the weight and bulk of a vest, making the apparel lighter for officers, while at the same time making it easier for vest manufacturers to produce the vests using laser-cutting technologies. We look forward to collaborating with designers to use the new Centurion offerings to create innovative products that continue to reduce the weight burden on law enforcement officers.”
Pound for pound, Spectra is 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fiber. Spectra fiber’s strength enables Centurion-made vests, plates carriers and other products to not only be lighter, but also resistant to cuts, abrasion and water, making them suitable for many tough environments.
Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. It is used to create Spectra Shield®, an advanced ballistic-resistant composite material. Honeywell’s Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra, as well as aramid fiber in Gold Shield® materials.
Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products have been widely adopted and proven for the most advanced armor applications globally, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft – all which require lightweight solutions and superior performance.
Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information about Spectra fiber, visit www.packagingcomposites-honeywell.com/spectra.
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