29/09/2010

3B Fibreglass

Von Roll launches the new PARA-LITE® PHT20 armoring material based on HiPer-tex™ high performance fibreglass from 3B

Battice, Belgium – September 29, 2010 – To stay ahead of latest threats, police, military and paramilitary organisations can now benefit from lightweight, cost competitive, advanced composite materials.

Thanks to the unique development of HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibre from 3B, Von Roll extends its armoring products range and unveils new PARA-LITE® PHT20 phenolic prepreg for hard armoring applications.

The ever increasing needs for safety and security are driving today the demand for hard armor solutions capable of countering present and future threats. Evenmore, optimal protection needs to be achieved without compromising practical constraints such as weight and cost reductions that is met by combination of 3B’s HiPer-tex™ fibre with Von Roll composites long lasting know-how in impregnation and lamination technologies.

Von Roll was keen to state: “HiPer-tex™ made PARA-LITE® PHT20 phenolic prepreg solves both challenges of weight reductions and affordability for today and tomorrow hard armor systems. This makes lighter weight and economical our newly developed certified composites stand-alone and hybrid STANAG 4569 ballistics solutions that defeat a range of ammunitions from small arms to high calibers such as Amor Piercing bullets. This enables Von Roll to propose to our customers an even wider range of ballistics solutions they are interested in”.

Eric Debondue, Specialties Business Development Leader of 3B added: “Our unique HiPer-tex™ glass formulation, delivers a high level of performance in composite parts while ensuring sustainable economics. In parallel to our latest developments in wind energy and high pressure vessels we are very pleased at 3B to partner with VonRoll to develop a ballistics solution that has a high level of protection and an extremely long term durability thanks to the high mechanical and high impact resistance properties of HiPer-tex™ fibre.”

Hard Armor ballistics protections are known to protect against bullets, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devises) and EFP (Explosively Former Projectiles) while bringing structure in naval ships, planes and vehicles.

HiPer-tex™ high performance fibres are ideally suited to hard armor applications, as well as many other industry segments, due to an increasing demand for weight reduction combined with higher performance that is economically viable for high capacity production.


For more information about high performance products and systems for ballistic protection and the new PARA-LITE® PHT20’s possibilities in these applications, visit www.vonroll.com.

3B the fibreglass company will be present at K 2010 in Düsseldorf on Stand C79 in Hall 8B.

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About 3B, the fibreglass company
3B is a leading developer and supplier of fibreglass products and technologies for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets. This young and dynamic company has two state-of-the-art fibreglass manufacturing facilities in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway formerly owned by Owens Corning. 3B has its own manufacturing, sales, marketing and R&D organization and is committed to technological innovation and excellence with an emphasis on environmental responsibility. The company has two unique glass technologies - Advantex® an eco-responsible ECR glass and HiPer-tex™ a high performance glass fibre - both used in a wide range of industrial applications such as automotive, defence, infrastructure, to mass transit and renewable wind and marine energy generation.
3B is owned by Platinum Equity, a global firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets. For more information, visit www.3b-fibreglass.com.

About VonRoll
Von Roll is one of Switzerland longest established industrial companies and the worlds leading supplier of products and systems for power generation, transmission and distribution. The business segment Von Roll Composites is one of the leading producers of composite material for assorted industry applications. The Para-Lite® products range includes all types of armoring solutions based on thermoset composite laminates for the ballistic protection (against bullet, spall, stab, mines, IEDs etc.) of vehicles, planes, ships or for human body armor (add-on armor, spall liners, blast protection, IED-protection, retro-fit kits, vests, helmets). For more information, visit www.vonroll.com.

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PARA-LITE® is a register trademark of VonRoll
Advantex® is a registered trademark of Owens Corning used under license.
HiPer-tex™ is a trademark of 3B.

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