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First new protective vests for Dutch Law Enforcement

DSM Coating Resins : 27 June, 2006  (New Product)
The first of 25,000 new protective vests for Dutch Law Enforcement was
presented today to the Royal Dutch Police Services. The vests, manufactured by BSST GmbH of Germany in cooperation with Ten Cate Advanced Composites of The Netherlands, feature an innovative design incorporating Dyneema fiber and Dyneema Unidirectional sheet material from DSM Dyneema.
This event marks two milestones for Dutch law enforcers. First, the new vest delivers triple threat protection against bullets, knives, and needles. Second, this is the first instance of multiple law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands, including all local and national Dutch police forces, to jointly purchase a single vest design.

Jeroen Boks, Product Manager at Ten Cate Advanced Composites explains: “Our challenge was to meet the requisite ballistic, stab and needle protection performance levels, while also addressing comfort and flexibility for the wearer. Ten Cate's special high density fabric based on Dyneema fiber provides lightweight protection against specific bullet types that are very difficult to stop. An additional layer of a stab resistant material provides critical protection against knives and needles without any concession to weight or flexibility. Finally, combining these materials with Dyneema UD for ballistic protection leads to the vest design that was chosen by KLPD for their standard duty gear.”

“This is a great example of how Dyneema products can help our customers to meet particular end user demands,” says Adri van der Waals, marketing manager Personal Protection, DSM Dyneema. “The cooperation between BSST and Ten Cate has led to a vest design that provides unique protection at a level of comfort and freedom of movement that was previously unavailable.”

Under the supervision of KLPD, the vests will be distributed to all Dutch police forces, including local and national police and The Netherlands’ Military Constabulary and Judicial Institutions Service.
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