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Hardwire Finalises Agreements with DSM and FIDIA

07 October 2007

DSM Dyneema will support the commercialization of Hardwire’s advanced armour products and FIDIA will distribute Hardwire products to Italy and the surrounding regions.

The multiyear agreement with DSM Dyneema, finalized in August, will allow for close cooperation in the further development and commercialization of advanced armour based on Dyneema UD products. These products are currently utilized in Hardwire’s HD vehicle armour solutions.

“This is an important step forward for Hardwire in commercializing and protecting the advanced armour technologies that Hardwire has developed over the last three years,” said George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire. “We have been through extensive testing, including the Army's Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) requirements for advanced armour solutions for application on the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet, and continue to develop robust and proven solutions against emerging threats, such as the newer mine threats and EFPs (explosively formed projectiles). Hardwire’s advanced armour (Hardwire HD) is available today to the OEM truck manufacturer’s for testing and evaluation, and in production quantities.”

David Cordova, Vice President New Business Development Life Protection Americas - DSM Dyneema LLC, said ""We congratulate Hardwire on their recent breakthrough success. We are glad that DSM Dyneema has been able to contribute by fostering the light armour solution with Dyneema HB26, our state-of-the-art vehicle protection grade. DSM Dyneema and Hardwire LLC have strong synergies in innovation and the drive to meet customer needs.”

Hardwire and DSM Dyneema will be demonstrating the Hardwire HD Armor at the 2007 AUSA Conference in Exhibition, to be held Oct. 8-10 in Washington, DC.

FIDIA is an Italian engineering company specialized in consulting and distributing innovative and advanced technological materials and solutions for the retrofit, restoration, protection and conservation of historic buildings, civil engineering structures and infrastructures. The agreement enables FIDIA to distribute Hardwire products to Italy and the surrounding regions. The products will be used to support European companies in their strengthening efforts of historic structures. This is Hardwire's first exclusive stocking point agreement for distribution in Europe.

""We were quite impressed with the innovative work that has been performed by FIDIA in Italy,” stated John Hammond, Hardwire’s Vice President for Business Development. “Hardwire has been working with the principals for some time, making this a logical fit for our rapidly-growing business in both strengthening and security applications. Further, we expect this relationship to benefit contractors with expanded solutions.”





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