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New Composites Shin-Guard

13 April 2001


3TEX, Inc and BRINE, Inc. are to launch a ground-breaking new protective sports product line. BRINE, Inc. is developing a revolutionary new soccer shinguard using 3TEX's patented PROTEXAL(TM) technology.

The new shinguard will be available this Summer and is designed to be lighter, stronger, and more impact resistant than current products. BRINE will market the shinguard through its North American retail outlets and internationally through its website. BRINE is reviewing other PROTEXAL(TM) protective product applications and PROTEXAL (TM) will be used in a wide variety of new products designed and developed through 3TEX.

""Through our strategic alliance with BRINE, we are launching a product line that will further revolutionize the rapidly advancing plastics and composites industry,"" said Brad Lienhart, CEO of 3TEX. ""BRINE is a leader in their market and we are eager to work with them in developing additional protective products for their global customer base.""

Earlier this month, 3TEX introduced TheHARDHAT(TM) - a flexible, lightweight winter and water sports protective helmet and the first 3TEX product within the PROTEXAL(TM) product line. Eagerly anticipated, TheHARDHAT(TM) was unveiled in early March at the Snow Sports Industry Association's trade show in Las Vegas, NV. 3TEX is currently exploring strategic partnerships and license agreements to manufacture and market TheHARDHAT(TM) in numerous sports categories, as well as within the commercial industrial and police protective markets.

PROTEXAL(TM) products are commercially produced on 3TEX's high-speed 3WEAVE(TM) machines and have application uses ranging from year-round sporting helmets to next generation canoes and kayaks. PROTEXAL(TM) products can be made from any fiber or a combination of fibers using 3TEX's 3D patented 3WEAVE(TM) Z Factor Advantage. The 3WEAVE(TM) process integrates several layers of straight, non-crimped fibers in a 3D orthogonal structure that cannot delaminate and is easily consolidated in an environmentally friendly, resin infusion process or can be thermoformed into shaped products. PROTEXTAL(TM) products are claimed to be lighter, stronger, more energy absorbent, and have greater impact resistance than sheet molding compounds, short fiber reinforced plastics, and laminated 2D fabrics.






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