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DuPont has made available their Kevlar XP, a new patented technology that provides ballistic and trauma protection in a more comfortable body armour solution.
DuPont say that independent tests show that Kevlar XP consistently stops bullets within the first three layers of a vest designed with a total of 11 layers. The remaining layers of Kevlar XP absorb the energy of the bullet, resulting in less trauma, or backface deformation, to the vest wearer.
Kevlar XP initially will be available for body armour, but DuPont already is developing additional ballistic applications for the future, as well as products for other industries.
“In our experience, we have never seen a technology that works as effectively as Kevlar XP at stopping bullets and reducing body trauma in a lightweight solution. This is an exciting new ballistic technology platform and the latest example of continued innovation in personal protection products from DuPont,” said Thomas G. Powell, vice president and general manager — DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems. “Kevlar XP technology has been designed to provide end-users with higher performance body armour that is more comfortable, while meeting the most demanding requirements of current and pending global standards.”
DuPont also has committed additional resources toward meeting the growing demand for Kevlar by investing $500 million in a multi-phase production expansion to be completed in 2010 – the company’s fifth major investment in seven years.
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