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Dutch police suit up with Dyneema vests

The Netherlands may not be known for a particularly high rate of violent crime, but no doubt the Royal Dutch Police Services would rather be safe than sorry -- which is why the organization recently o...

February 1, 2007   Canadian Plastics



The Netherlands may not be known for a particularly high rate of violent crime, but no doubt the Royal Dutch Police Services would rather be safe than sorry — which is why the organization recently ordered 25,000 new protective vests, made from an innovative design incorporating Dyneema fibre and Dyneema Unidirectional (UD) sheet materials from DSM Dyneema, as standard gear for all local and national Dutch police officers.

A polyethylene (PE) fibre that is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel, Dyneema offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight, according to the company, which is headquartered in Geleen, The Netherlands.

The vests were produced by body armour manufacturer BSST GmbH of Nellingen, Germany, in cooperation with Almelo, The Netherlands-based Ten Cate Advanced Composites. “The special high density fabric based on Dyneema fibre [and] Dyneema UD for ballistic protection provides lightweight protection against bullet types that are very difficult to stop,” Jeroen Boks, product manager at Ten Cate, said.

DSM Dyneema

(Geleen, The Netherlands);

www.dyneema.com;

+31 46 4767989


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