DuPont Protection Technologies (DPT) recently announced the winners of the DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards, which showcase ideas, methods, technologies, applications, products and services using DuPont™ Kevlar® brand fiber in a new way.
The U.S. awards were bestowed in three categories: innovation, protection and collaboration. The winners are QinetiQ North America, TYR Tactical and UNEQUAL Technologies. They gathered for a celebration at the AUSA Winter Tradeshow in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
“We’re excited to announce the winners of these awards, which recognize not only incredible ingenuity in the uses for DuPont™ Kevlar®, but our partners’ commitment to industry collaboration to help make the world a better, safer place,” said Bill Weber, vice president ─ DPT, North America. “DuPont™ Kevlar® is most commonly known for ballistic protection, but its light-weight strength is used for a myriad of other purposes. These award winners showcase some of the best of the wide range of innovative uses of DuPont™ Kevlar® in the industry.”
Innovation award criteria focused on the use of DuPont™ Kevlar® with new materials and/or new processing technologies, creativity in the use of DuPont™ Kevlar® in new applications and general uniqueness or impressiveness of the product. The protection award was based on the best demonstration of an innovation that enhances protection of people, processes or the environment using DuPont™ Kevlar®. The collaboration award was given to the entry that best demonstrated ways in which the company worked with DuPont or other organizations to develop a product using Kevlar® that provides commercial significance and benefit to others.
QinetiQ North America’s rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection solution, Q-Net™, is the winner in the innovation category. The system offers an innovative solution to vehicle light-weighting and performance challenges, as reducing weight decreases the overall wear and tear of vehicle operating systems and fuel consumption.
TYR Tactical is honored with the protection award for its PVTM Nylon, a hybrid laminate that is significantly stronger and lighter-weight than standard nylon. This provides the market with a much needed solution for longer-wearing, more resistant and lighter-weight armor.
The collaboration award goes to UNEQUAL Technologies for its EXO® pads, which offer body protection to soldiers and athletes. UNEQUAL worked with DuPont to incorporate DuPont™ Kevlar® brand fiber into its layered pad systems, yielding the first multi-threat, all-fabric solution that reduced fabric thickness, weight and cost.