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Honeywell Spectra Shield® Ballistic Materials Help Protect Military And Law Enforcement In Asia Pacific

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today its Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials will be used to protect soldiers and law enforcement officers serving across the Asia Pacific region.

Craig International Ballistics (CIB), the leading Australian manufacturer of combat-proven body armor systems, is leveraging Spectra Shield technology to provide next-generation ballistic protection for vests and armor plates. CIB will manufacture approximately 20,000 sets of body armor for use in training and combat operations. CIB will also use next-generation Spectra Shield products for its R&D efforts.

"Our cutting edge research and development team is committed to producing innovative, operationally useful equipment," said James Craig, CEO of Craig International Ballistics. "We are excited to partner with Honeywell to use state-of-the-art Spectra Shield composites to help protect the brave men and women from the Asia Pacific region who are serving in the military and law enforcement."

The use of Spectra Shield allows the body armor worn by personnel to be lightweight, flexible and bullet-resistant. It also improves mobility and comfort, reduces trauma and increases survivability. Vests containing Honeywell ballistic materials are up to 10 percent lighter than vests made from woven products, yet meet the same ballistic performance levels. Combined with CIB designs, which enable the armor to be tailorable, this new product suite provides unique protection against a range of potential threats.

"Militaries and law enforcement officers around the world use Honeywell Spectra Shield® composite materials for breakthrough armor systems that consistently meet some of the highest global performance standards for protection," said Tim Swinger, business director for armor at Honeywell Packaging and Composites. "Pound for pound, Spectra is 15 times stronger than steel but is light enough to float. Honeywell is proud to work with innovative technology companies like Craig International Ballistics to support the creation of next-generation armor systems."

Spectra® fiber is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fiber. Spectra fiber is used to create Spectra Shield, an advanced ballistic-resistant material. Spectra Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra as well as aramid fiber.

Spectra Shield® 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 performance are critical.

Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information about Spectra fiber, visit and check out this video.

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Josh Byerly
Performance Materials and Technologies