In collaboration with DuPont and with financial support from the European Union, the Polish company Techplast developed technology to produce SAFER® pressurized cylinders for gas storage without using steel. Such cylinders are commonly used by firemen, paramedics and divers for oxygen storage.
Thanks to DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, Techplast achieved a drastic 65% reduction in the cylinders’ weight, which makes SAFER® an ideal choice for medical and emergency response services. To recognize this achievement, DuPont awarded Techplast with its Kevlar® Innovation Award 2012—the only company in Europe to receive the award this year.
“On behalf of Techplast, I would like to thank DuPont for this initiative,” said Adam Saferna, owner and director of Techplast. “It is another confirmation that our product is innovative. We are proud that SAFER® helps protect people in a better way. We strongly believe that the future of pressurized cylinders is linked with composite structures where DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber plays a significant role.”
Since its first commercial use in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in tires, Kevlar® has become one of the leading protection brands worldwide. It is especially known for its ability to protect people in law enforcement and the military, but it also provides strength and lightweight protection in aircraft, trains, or Formula 1 cars, being five times stronger than steel on an equal-weight basis.
“DuPont Protection Technologies in Poland has achieved significant sales growth as a result of local companies’ innovative applications of products like Kevlar®, Nomex® and Tyvek®,” said Adam Bartoszek, development leader for DuPont™ Kevlar ® in Poland. “Techplast is one such company.”