Glagio do Brasil uses Honeywell's Gold Shield materials to produce ballistic protective vests

Glagio do Brasil is using Honeywell's Gold Shield ballistic composite materials to develop ballistic protective vests for Brazil's second largest police force.

Honeywell's Gold Shield ballistic composite materials employ Shield technology that can combine a variety of aramid fibres and resins to meet specific performance requirements in soft and hard armour applications.

These materials are claimed to perform better than woven aramid products in protecting against various types of trauma such as multi-hit, ballistics and backface.

Glagio do Brasil general manager Luiz Paulo Lopes said: "We sought a high-performance material from which we could produce vests that provide military-grade protection, while also being lighter and more comfortable than current models.

"With Honeywell Gold Shield, we can incorporate the most innovative armour technology into our products to help protect the brave officers of Minas Gerais."

Glagio do Brasil's vests that are being developed using Gold Shield are expected to meet the requirements of military vest applications.

Honeywell Packaging and Composites body protection global business manager Greg Davis said: "Gold Shield is the optimal material for law enforcement vests that helps ensure Brazil's police officers are protected from ballistic threats, while also being able to move comfortably under a variety of conditions."

Currently, Glagio do Brasil manufactures protective equipment for several branches of Brazil's law enforcement and military, including the Federal Police, Federal Highway Police and the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Honeywell's Gold Shield and Spectra Shield products have been widely adopted for advanced armour applications ranging from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft.