Army sailors use ropes made with Honeywell’s best-in-class, ultra-lightweight Spectra® fibre
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., December 6, 2016—Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today its sponsorship of Team Army, a United Kingdom-based charity that promotes sports within the military and the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. This is the fourth year Honeywell has sponsored Team Army.
Team Army athletes are soldiers injured in combat. These athletes will participate in 39 sea races throughout the year using sailing ropes that contain Honeywell’s high-strength and ultra-lightweight Spectra® fibre on the Team Army yacht British Soldier. Spectra-based ropes help reduce the weight of the boat to increase speed. These ropes are lighter than others and naturally buoyant, as they do not absorb water or deteriorate in water. This makes them ideal for use in and around the water in the pursuit of speed.
“Honeywell’s sponsorship of Team Army is part of the company’s continued commitment to militaries around the world,” said Gautam Nivarthy, global business leader for Honeywell Packaging and Composites in industrial applications. “We are proud to support an organisation that helps individuals who are injured in combat to rehabilitate themselves through competitive sports. The same high-performance Spectra fibre that is used in ballistic materials is used in yachting ropes to help Team Army win their races.”
Team Army is dedicated to promoting excellence and increasing opportunities for wounded warriors as they recuperate and rehabilitate after injuries. Competitive sports play a key role in this recovery process. Team Army financially supports a variety of U.K. Ministry of Defence sports teams including boxing, cricket, cycling, fencing, golf, rugby, squash, angling and sailing.
“We are grateful for Honeywell’s support of Team Army and its athletes throughout the United Kingdom,” said Lt. Col. Alan Flavell, secretary of the Army Sailing Association. “The donation of Spectra-based, state-of-the-art-equipment enables Army sailors to get the most out of their experiences on our teams.”
“Our crews like sailing with Spectra-based rope because it truly makes a difference in speed,” said Lt. Gen. James Bashall, commodore of the Army Sailing Association. “It’s a good rope that holds the sails in perfect shape, which makes the yachts go faster.”
In previous years, the Team Army angling teams have also used Spectra-based fishing line because it is thinner, more sensitive and more durable than lines made with other materials. Spectra fibre enables anglers to cast further, spend less time on broken lines and instantly feel the slightest fish movement.
In addition to sailing ropes and fishing line, the strength and light weight of Honeywell Spectra fibre make it ideal for a wide range of other applications including lifting and rescue ropes, and ropes used in adventure sports like kite-surfing and parachuting. Spectra fibre is also widely used in bullet-resistant body and vehicle armour.
Spectra fibre is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fibre and, pound for pound, it is 15 times stronger than steel but is light enough to float. Spectra fibre is used to create Spectra Shield, an advanced ballistic-resistant material. Spectra Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra as well as aramid fibre.
Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fibre and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information about Spectra fibre,
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