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Teijin Introduces Twaron® 550f1000

Teijin Aramid BV, the Netherlands, reports its Twaron 550f1000 aramid yarn offers improved ballistic protection in body armor for police, military and law enforcement officers.

According to the company, the new yarn, which comprises 1,000 filaments and is the finest-filament aramid-based yarn available, has the highest tenacity combined with breaking strength of all the yarns in its porfolio — offering improved resistance to the blast effects of roadside bombs, good fragment resistance, and enhanced bullet protection. The yarn will be used primarily in soft antiballistic products for the police, military and law enforcement markets; but may also be used in a woven fabric for antiballistic and anti-stab products.

"This new yarn is our response to the demand for lightweight ballistic protection, which itself is the result of the increasing threat of violence in society," said Karl Henke, business manager, Ballistic, Teijin Aramid. "Police officers, soldiers and even private citizens who require protection will start wearing a bulletproof vest earlier when the weight and comfort is even better than nowadays."

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