Global Business Di­rec­tor, Life Pro­tec­tion, DSM Dyneema

DSM Dyneema re­mains highly com­mit­ted to bring­ing new tech­no­log­i­cal di­men­sions to sup­port In­dia’s evolv­ing needs for life pro­tec­tion, states Marico Manique, Global Business Di­rec­tor, Life Pro­tec­tion, DSM Dyneema, in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view.

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SP’s Land Forces (SP’s): How was De­f­expo 2016 held in Goa for your com­pany in terms of business? Would you pre­fer New Delhi to Goa for De­f­expo?

Mar­cio Manique (Manique): In­dia has al­ways been one of our key mar­kets in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion. De­f­expo is the key de­fence and se­cu­rity ex­hi­bi­tion in In­dia where we are able to en­gage end-users, and also con­nect and col­lab­o­rate with our In­dian cus­tomers.

Sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous years, we were able to ful­fil our ob­jec­tives and show­case our lat­est in­no­va­tions for the In­dian mar­ket at De­f­expo 2016.

De­f­expo 2016 be­ing or­gan­ised in Goa was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one and the key el­e­ment is to en­sure that it al­ways re­mains a qual­ity plat­form that al­lows global ex­hibitors like us to con­tin­u­ously en­gage and con­nect closely with our In­dian cus­tomers and end-users.

SP’s: What prod­ucts at­tracted at­ten­tion in Goa and the rea­sons for it?

Manique: Amongst our di­verse range of prod­ucts and so­lu­tions, we con­tinue to re­ceive much in­ter­est from the In­dian mar­ket in our multi award-win­ning Dyneema® Force Mul­ti­plier Tech­nol­ogy.

Glob­ally, in­clud­ing the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, Dyneema® Force Mul­ti­plier Tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to set new stan­dards in bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion and has gar­nered many achieve­ments. These in­clude be­ing used by top ar­mour devel­op­ers from around the world in many pres­ti­gious, high-pro­file soft and hard ar­mour sys­tems that re­quire high per­for­mance bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion at a lighter weight, and win­ning mul­ti­ple awards for in­no­va­tion.

In body ar­mour, Dyneema® Force Mul­ti­plier Tech­nol­ogy can re­duce the weight by up to 30 per cent with­out sac­ri­fic­ing bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion, while en­hanc­ing com­fort and agility with fewer lay­ers of ma­te­rial and in­creased flex­i­bil­ity. Used in hel­mets, Dyneema® Force Mul­ti­plier Tech­nol­ogy en­ables de­signs pro­tect­ing against 9mm FMJ hand­gun am­mu­ni­tion and frag­ments to weigh as light as about 1 kg.

Over the years, In­dia has been pro­gress­ing with its sol­dier mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme and has also set high stan­dards in the area of bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion in body ar­mour. A huge fo­cus is placed on higher threat level pro­tec­tion, more body area pro­tec­tion, and at the same time sig­nif­i­cant body ar­mour weight re­duc­tion and en­sur­ing ro­bust­ness.

It will be chal­leng­ing to bal­ance these re­quire­ments which are fo­cused on higher pro­tec­tion at a lighter weight by us­ing tra­di­tional so­lu­tions like steel and aramids.

Dyneema® rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion ar­mour tech­nol­ogy that of­fers high per­for­mance bal­lis­tic and multi-threat pro­tec­tion at a lighter weight, with greater user com­fort and free­dom of move­ment.

SP’s: You men­tioned about the com­pany in­tro­duc­ing the Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy. Could you give de­tails of the same, and how fool­proof is it? Manique: Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy is the lat­est patented anti-stab ma­te­rial for soft ar­mour ap­pli­ca­tions that an­swers the in­dus­try’s need for in­no­va­tive and sig­nifi- cant ad­vance­ments in stab pro­tec­tion.

A vest man­u­fac­tured with Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy pro­vides out­stand­ing pro­tec­tion against knives, blades and other sharp weapons in ac­cor­dance to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards like the UK HOSDB Body Ar­mour Stan­dard. It is up to 25 per cent lighter and thin­ner than cur­rent mar­ket so­lu­tions made with aramid with­out sac­ri­fic­ing pro­tec­tion, and its flex­i­bil­ity pro­vides greater com­fort and mo­bil­ity to the wearer.

In ad­di­tion, Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy can be com­bined with Dyneema® soft bal­lis­tic prod­ucts to de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of high per­for­mance, light­weight multi-threat pro­tec­tive gear that meets the spe­cific needs of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who face hos­tile con­fronta­tions, as well as mil­i­tary per­son­nel en­gaged in ur­ban op­er­a­tions.

It meets rig­or­ous and widely used in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, in­clud­ing the com­monly used stan­dards in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion such as the UK HOSDB KR1 and KR2 Body Ar­mour Stan­dards for stab pro­tec­tion, and NIJ0101.04 Level IIIA for bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion against hand­gun am­mu­ni­tions such as 9mm FMJ and .44 Mag­num SJHP SPEER.

With Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy, we are pre­sent­ing the In­dian mar­ket with an­other in­no­va­tive plat­form that will set new stan­dards in multi-threat pro­tec­tion, and pro­vide an­other tech­no­log­i­cal di­men­sion to meet cur­rent and fu­ture needs against evolv­ing threats.

SP’s: How im­por­tant is In­dia as a mar­ket for you? Presently the In­dian Army is look­ing for bul­let proof jack­ets. Are you part of the field tri­als?

Manique: In­dia has al­ways been a key mar­ket for DSM Dyneema® and we con­tinue to be highly en­gaged and ac­tive with our key cus­tomers and end-users.

Dyneema® is well known since the 1990s as the ma­te­rial of choice in many de­fence and law en­force­ment pro­grammes which re­quire higher bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion at a lighter weight for both per­sonal and ve­hi­cle ar­mour.

DSM Dyneema® re­mains highly com­mit­ted to bring­ing new tech­no­log­i­cal di­men­sions to sup­port In­dia’s evolv­ing needs for life pro­tec­tion with our ever-ex­pand­ing port­fo­lio of in­no­va­tive Dyneema® tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions.

(we are un­able to of­fi­cially com­ment on cur­rent pro­grams where there are no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ments of the out­come)

SP’s: Are you mak­ing a pitch to non-army out­fits in In­dia, to po­lice, para­mil­i­tary forces, why would they need anti-stab tech­nol­ogy?

Manique: Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy was launched in Novem­ber 2015 as part of DSM Dyneema’s rad­i­cal in­no­va­tion plat­form and it is now avail­able to the In­dian mar­ket.

With threats con­stantly evolv­ing es­pe­cially in ur­ban area op­er­a­tions, there is a need for more ad­vanced multi-threat pro­tec­tion.

Even in Asia-Pa­cific, in­clud­ing In­dia where own­er­ship of firearms are con­trolled, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and mil­i­tary per­son­nel en­gaged in ur­ban op­er­a­tions may still face hos­tile con­fronta­tions in­volv­ing firearms and also threats which come in the form of knives, blades and sharp ob­jects.

These op­er­a­tional per­son­nel who may just have a split se­cond to re­act need to feel con­fi­dent that they have full pro­tec­tion to han­dle any sit­u­a­tion.

Multi-threat pro­tec­tion vests made with Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy and Dyneema® Soft Bal­lis­tic prod­ucts de­liver high per­for­mance stab and bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion at a lighter weight com­pared to tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like aramid and steel.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing lighter, Dyneema® pro­vides greater flex­i­bil­ity en­abling per­son­nel to feel more com­fort­able es­pe­cially dur­ing ex­tended de­ploy­ment pe­ri­ods and bet­ter free­dom of move­ment when sit­u­a­tion calls.

SP’s: With anti-stab tech­nol­ogy, will the cost of ac­qui­si­tion go up and if yes by how much?

Manique: De­pend­ing on the pro­tec­tion level, Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy is up to 25 per cent lighter and thin­ner than cur­rent es­tab­lished aramid so­lu­tions.

This also means lesser ma­te­rial can be used to achieve ex­ist­ing pro­tec­tion lev­els or the same amount of weight can achieve up to 25 per cent higher pro­tec­tion per­for­mance.

Fur­ther­more, Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy of­fers greater en­hance­ments in user com­fort and free­dom of move­ment as it is more flex­i­ble than cur­rent so­lu­tions made with steel, aramids or other com­pos­ites.

(Due to pric­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity, we are un­able to openly dis­close pric­ing and cost of own­er­ship)

SP’s: Bul­let proof to anti-stab tech­nol­ogy, is there any weight dif­fer­ence?

Manique: There is some­times a mis­con­cep­tion that a body ar­mour that pro­tects against bul­lets can also ef­fec­tively pro­tect against stabs from knifes, blades. They are two dif­fer­ent so­lu­tion plat­forms.

Tra­di­tion­ally, to fac­tor in stab pro­tec­tion to a vest that of­fers bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion in­volves adding an­other so­lu­tion such as steel, aramids or other com­pos­ites. This

can add to the bulk and also weight by up to 40 per cent, de­pend­ing on the so­lu­tion and threat pro­tec­tion level.

Com­pared to cur­rent es­tab­lished aramid so­lu­tions, Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy pro­vides su­pe­rior pro­tec­tion against knives and blades and it is up to 25 per cent lighter and thin­ner. In ad­di­tion, it pro­vides greater flex­i­bil­ity which en­ables en­hanced com­fort and free­dom of move­ment to users.

SP’s: How price com­pet­i­tive are your prod- ucts com­pared to sim­i­lar In­dian prod­ucts?

Manique: DSM Dyneema® is well-po­si­tioned with its ex­pand­ing and wide range of soft and hard bal­lis­tic prod­uct grades, as well as lat­est tech­nolo­gies. Each and ev­ery one of DSM Dyneema’s prod­ucts and so­lu­tions, from the high­est per­for­mance to cost com­pet­i­tive have spe­cific in­no­va­tive value as a stronger and lighter weight so­lu­tion that meets the evolv­ing life pro­tec­tion trends and needs, along with the dif­fer­ent and in­creas­ing lo­cal threats and pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments of the re­spec­tive coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia.

Dyneema® has been used by top In­dian ar­mour devel­op­ers for many years, since the 1990s for many de­fence and law en­force­ment pro­grammes. And the mar­ket, in­clud­ing In­dian end-users are in­creas­ingly aware of the tech­no­log­i­cal ben­e­fits com­pared to tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like aramids, steel and other com­pos­ites.

Build­ing on this suc­cess, DSM Dyneema® re­mains deeply com­mit- ted to con­tin­u­ously set new stan­dards and de­liver more in­no­va­tive per­sonal and ve­hi­cle pro­tec­tion so­lu­tions with Dyneema®; as well as work­ing closely with our In­dian part­ners to de­velop higher per­for­mance and lighter weight pro­tec­tion that meets cur­rent and fu­ture re­quire­ments of In­dia’s mil­i­tary and law en­force­ment agen­cies.

(Due to mar­ket and pric­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity, we are un­able to openly dis­close pric­ing and cost).

(Top) Mar­cio Manique, Global Business Di­rec­tor, Life Pro­tec­tion, DSM Dyneema; (above) Dyneema® Anti Stab Tech­nol­ogy

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