MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 6, 2008 Honeywell
announced today it has expanded its line of Spectra Shield
II ballistic material for body and vehicle armor.The new offering, called Spectra Shield II SR-3130, incorporates a proprietary resin system which provides added rigidity. At the same time, the new offering delivers the same high level of ballistic performance as other Spectra Shield II materials, which Honeywell introduced last year."The addition of Spectra Shield II SR-3130 is yet another example of the continued investment Honeywell is making to save lives, leading the industry as a true innovator of high performance ballistic materials," said Joe Gelo, business director for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. "We are very encouraged by the industry's immediate response to SR-3130; we have received several orders within weeks of sampling and it is being considered for numerous programs."This combination of rigidity and performance makes it an ideal material forhelmet, vehicle, and other hard armor applications where structural rigidityand performance are required.In the past, hard armor customers had to choose between rigidity andperformance of various ballistic materials. If the ballistic material does notcontribute to the necessary amount of rigidity for the end product, manufacturers need to use other materials for that purpose, increasing weightand limiting use.Spectra Shield II has demonstrated up to 20 percent greater ballisticperformance than Honeywell's original Spectra Shield product line. It uses oneof the strongest man-made fibers in commercial use today, which is pound-for-pound 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float.Spectra Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed tooptimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra fiber. ExistingSpectra Shield II products (including SR-3124, SA-3113, and SA-3118) have been widely adopted and proven for the most advanced armor applications globally,from bullet-resistant vests, breastplates, and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft where lightweight solutions and durability are critical. This latest Spectra fiber-based material, like Honeywell's existing products, is transparent to radar.The foundation for Honeywell's Spectra Shield II is its Spectra fiber which is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. The fiber exhibits high resistance to chemicals, water, and ultraviolet light. It has excellent vibration damping, flex fatigue and internal fiber-friction characteristics. It has up to 60 percent greater specific strength than alternate aramid fiber.Honeywell has completed upgrades of several production lines to manufacturethe fiber used for Spectra Shield II products and plans to make additionalinvestments to meet the growing need.Honeywell Specialty Materials, based in Morristown, N.J., is a $4.9 billion, global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advancedfibers and composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materialsand chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.Honeywell International is a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township,N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit
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