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BMW Collaborate with Leatt on Carbon/Kevlar Neck Brace

04 November 2005

BMW and KTM are collaborating with the Leatt Corporation, developer of the Leatt-Brace system, a composite cervical spine protection system for the sports motorcyclist.

The braces are designed, tested and manufactured by the Nevada based Leatt Corporation, headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. The company develops, sells and distributes the Leatt-Brace, a Neck Brace system designed to help prevent potentially devastating motor sport injuries to the cervical spine (neck).

The Leatt-Brace is a composite neck protection system made of Carbon Fibrw/Glass Fibre/Kevlar construction which was designed and developed by Dr. Chris Leatt, MB ChB (UCT), a then neurosurgical resident, to prevent potentially devastating motorsport injuries to the cervical spine (neck).

BMW Motorrad and KTM, an Australian based high performance motorcycle manufacturer, are seeking to develop an adequate system of protection for the neck, the cervical spine, the spinal cord and the collarbone in the event of a serious motorcycle fall.

Leatt-Brace prototypes made from Kevlar and carbon fibre have undergone extensive testing at BMW’s testing facility in Munich, Germany. The Leatt Corporation believes that a neck protection system of this kind will benefit not only the enduro motorcyclist and rally biker, but also the motorcyclist in everyday traffic situations, and will represent a great step forward in the area of passive safety. According to BMW Motorrad, testing of the brace has produced excellent results. Consequently, experts at BMW Motorrad Accident Research regard the prototype as having a huge safety potential.

Leatt-Brace System

“Motorcycle sport should be safer and we wish to make a contribution in achieving this”, explains Dr. Herbert Diess, Head of BMW Motorrad, while commenting on the decision to dedicate a substantial degree of attention to this subject. He continues: “The concept is extremely promising. If this system continues to live up to our expectations, I can well envisage us putting it into production.”

“I am very pleased with the relationship that is developing between BMW, KTM and the Leatt Corporation, the global distributor of the Leatt-Brace,” said, Dr. Leatt, C.E.O. of the Leatt Corporation. He added: “With all of us working together collectively, I feel that the brace will find its way into the market much faster and I have hope that lives will be saved sooner, rather than later, as a direct result of this collaboration.”

There can be no assurances that the foregoing testing will lead to any formal business relationship between BMW/BMW Mottorrad and the Leatt Corporation or between KTM and the Leatt Corporation, or that the developments described herein will produce any revenues or profits for the Leatt Corporation.

The impetus for the project came from Dr. Chris Leatt’s medical knowledge, his history as a motorcycle racer and the many neck injuries he has witnessed. The product not only has motor sport applications, but the Company believes that it can be used by anyone wearing a crash helmet as a form of protection. The inventor of the brace, Dr. Chris Leatt, is the President of the Leatt Corporation and is responsible for executing the Company’s global strategy.

 






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