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Honeywell Expands Line of Ballistic Materials for Hard Armor Applications

October 25, 2010

Honeywell Expands Line of Ballistic Materials for Hard Armor Applications

New Spectra Shield ® II composites provide lightweight bullet resistance for a wide range of body and vehicle armor.MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 25, 2010 Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has expanded its Spectra Shield II line of ballistic materials for hard armor applications, including breast plates, helmets and vehicles that are lighter, work effectively in high temperatures and keep military personnel safer.The new products, Spectra Shield II SR 3136 and SR 3137, absorb 2 to 6 times more energy than earlier-generation Spectra Shield hard armor products, reduce impact trauma by 10 percent, and have improved ballistic performance at high temperatures.These new materials also enable lighter, more protective armor. They can lighten the load of both the soldier and the vehicles that transport them, and, when utilized as a key component of advanced armor systems, can help withstand a variety of threats, including armor-piercing rounds, improvised explosive devices and explosively formed projectiles."Honeywell's new Spectra Shield II ballistic products demonstrate our focus on developing tougher, lighter weight ballistic materials that can protect against increasingly lethal threats to military and law enforcement personnel," said Phil Wojcik, global business director for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. "This is another example of Honeywell's commitment to developing advanced materials to help protect men and women who serve in militaries and law enforcement agencies around the world."Each of the new products has been tested at high temperatures and, when compared to current Spectra Shield products, can offer up to a 10 percent improvement in backface signature performance, minimizing the depressions caused by projectile impact. The new materials also showed a 5 percent improvement in ballistic performance when tested under these conditions.Spectra Shield II is a composite material that incorporates Honeywell's super-strength Spectra ® fiber, which, pound for pound, is 15 times stronger than steel yet light enough to float. Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra, as well as aramid, fiber.Spectra fiber 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.Spectra Shield II products have been widely adopted and proven for the most advanced armor applications globally from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates, and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft where lightweight solutions and durability are critical.Honeywell Specialty Materials is a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 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 more news and information on Honeywell, please visit release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements.