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Dutch super fiber takes central stage for safety of military staff

6 June 2012

Minister Hillen pays working visit to Teijin Aramid

Emmen, June 4, 2012 – During a tour of the Teijin Aramid plant in Emmen, Minister of Defense Hans Hillen was informed about the latest innovations in safety and ballistic protection. The Ministry of Defense is exploring possibilities for the VOSS (Improved Operational Soldier System) project. The working visit was initiated by the Chamber of Commerce North Netherlands.

The main objective of the VOSS project is the development of a new smart vest and head protection for the military. Through a variety of consortia, Teijin Aramid, formerly a division of AkzoNobel, has been an international player and supplier to various governments within NATO. Minister Hillen: “I’m very impressed with the innovation and professionalism within this company. Teijin Aramid makes outstanding products for the protection of our military.” With Teijin’s aramid fiber Twaron, among others, the Netherlands has played a dominant role in the global production of super fibers and ballistic protection for years now.

The governments of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg recently signed a cooperation agreement for safer soldier systems. One component of such a system is an antiballistic smart vest. The Netherlands has agreed to conclude the contracts for these vests. The Minister will notify Parliament in the second half of this year.

The Japanese company Teijin is one of the largest investors in the Dutch economy. The latest investment was in 2011, when Teijin invested several tens of millions of euros in a new plant in Emmen for the production of the high performance polyethylene, Endumax.

The high-quality products Twaron and Endumax are manufactured in the Netherlands. In close cooperation with international governments and customers, the company innovates the super fibers for the international antiballistic market in its three plants and research institute.

Teijin Aramid is the world’s first company to deliver both aramid fibers and high performance polyethylene (HP-PE), both of which are used in the antiballistic market.

Saskia VerhoevenManager Corporate & Marketing Communication
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