13 April 2010

TenCate secures Norwegian order for TenCate Defender™ M fabric

TenCate Protective Fabrics has secured an important order from the Swedish manufacturer Gulins Business Design AB for the supply to the Norwegian FLO (Defence Logistic Organisation) on inherently flame-resistant TenCate Defender™ M fabric in the new colour dark blue. This involves fabric for more than 25,000 sets of clothing in two years, to protect the Norwegian marines.

This order is the result of ongoing product development based on specific customer needs. Thanks to patented technology and the success of TenCate Defender™ M that was developed by TenCate Protective Fabrics in the US, the Research & Development team of TenCate Protective Fabrics in Nijverdal (the Netherlands) has realized a new composition. Therefore this protective fabric is now also available in dark blue and black. TenCate Defender™ M was already available in a variety of camouflage patterns and solid colours for the uniforms of land and air forces. It can now also be used for other markets, such as Marine Corps and police forces (including riot police and special squads), which principally wear the colours black or blue for their operations. The fabric for this order will be produced in Nijverdal (the Netherlands).

Ramon Overdijk, Marketing & Sales Manager of TenCate Protective Fabrics EMEA explains: “The characteristics of TenCate Defender™ M are unique. In addition to the excellent protection it provides against heat and fire and its anti-static properties when there is a risk of explosion, the fabric is also exceptionally comfortable to wear, allowing great freedom of movement. The fabric is cooling, breathable and moisture-regulating, thanks to the use of Lenzing® FR rayon fibres in its composition; it is also durable and provides excellent resistance to wear, tear and fading. As an optional extra TenCate Protective Fabrics offers a durable finish that repels petrol splashes.”

European wearer trials
TenCate expects total revenues from TenCate Defender™ M products to increase further, which will involve a wider geographical spread of sales as well as expansion of its applications. Military wear trials are currently being conducted in several European NATO countries. TenCate will not be issuing any further statements about these trials.

Continued development and innovation of the TenCate Defender™ M product portfolio is focused on new applications and new functionalities, such as laminates and stretch. Collaboration with fibre suppliers and garment makers, and in particular with the military organizations involved, is of strategic importance in developing products that meet the wishes and specifications of soldiers, marines and police officers.

Breathable and comfortable
TenCate and fibre producer Lenzing from Austria have combined their knowledge of the development and production of flame-resistant fabrics with fibres that are inherently flame-resistant and comfortable to wear. The Lenzing FR® fibre is a key ingredient of TenCate Defender™ M fabrics. Unlike other flame-resistant fibres, Lenzing FR® fibre not only offers inherently flame-resistant properties but also absorbs moisture. This combination makes the fabric breathable and comfortable to wear.

Standard fabric
TenCate Defender™ M fabrics continue to be selected as the fabric of choice for flame-resistant combat uniforms worn by the US Army and the US Marine Corps. The responses from the field regarding TenCate Defender™ M fabrics are consistently positive, and data show a reduction in the number of injuries related to IED (improvised explosive devices) attacks.

Since 2007 TenCate received official commendations from both the US Army and the US Marine Corps for the excellent quality of its products and services.

TenCate Protective Fabrics
Almelo, The Netherlands, Tuesday 13 April 2010

For futher information:

Concerning orders under € 10 million TenCate will not indicate individual amounts.

Royal Ten Cate
Frank Spaan, Director Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Tel.  : +31 546 544 977
Mobile  : +31 6 129 617 24
E-mail  : f.spaan@tencate.com
Internet : www.tencate.com

TenCate Protective Fabrics EMEA
Ramon Overdijk, Sales Manager
Tel.  : +31 548 633 922
Mobile  : +31 6 2887 8657
E-mail  : r.overdijk@tencate.com
Internet : www.tencateprotectivefabrics.com

TenCate Protective Fabrics develops and produces protective and safety fabrics for industry, the service sector, fire services and the armed forces. TenCate Protective Fabrics has production facilities in Europe, Asia and North America.

Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multinational company that combines textile technology, chemical processes and material technology in the development and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics. TenCate products are sold worldwide. Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application: safety and protection; space and aerospace; infrastructure and the environment; sport and recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in safety fabrics, composites for space and aerospace, antiballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf. TenCate is listed on NYSE Euronext (AMX).

Download: 100413 Press release TenCate Protective Fabrics concerning Norwegian order on TenCate Defender M
Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)