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.”

March/April 2012