UK-based planarTECH Ltd is pleased to announce an agreement with Thailand-based IDEATI Co Ltd. to market and distribute its 2AMTM line of graphene-enhanced bullet-proof vest and ballistic plate products for body armour.
According to a recent report from market research firm Grand View Research, Inc., “The global body armor market size is expected to reach USD 3.0 billion by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period. The evolution of warfare has largely become asymmetric in nature and includes counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. Similar scenarios exist in the law enforcement sectors, wherein felons, criminals, and law offenders are capable of fatally injuring responding officers, thus necessitating the demand for body armor equipment.”
IDEATI’s 2AMTM products are now in mass production for delivery to the Royal Thai Army, which has certified the products per National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards. International testing is now underway. Minimum order quantity is 1,000 units with a lead time of 90 to 120 days.
We recognize planarTECH as a leader in the graphene industry and looking forward to using its international network to enhance our own sales efforts starting with a revolutionary bullet-proof vest.”— Ted P. Thirapatana, Director of IDEATI states
2AM™ material is a patent-pending Graphene+UHMWPE (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight PolyEthylene) composite that leverages the strength enhancing characteristics of graphene to create ultra-lightweight body armour. 2AMTM product A-10418, for example, is currently the thinnest (20mm) and lightest (1.8kg) NIJ Level IV standalone plate available on the market. Moreover, the addition graphene to the composite can reduce backface deformation to just 11.3 mm.
Patrick Frantz, Founder & CEO of planarTECH commented,
“planarTECH has been involved in the development of 2AMTM technology from its inception and we’re very pleased to see that it has finally achieved commercial viability and become a commercial product for sale in the market. We want to support the sales of this technology through our own networks and are already actively engaging potential customers in the USA, UK, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India and China. We also believe that this technology has other applications beyond personal body armour, which we are currently exploring.”
Ted P. Thirapatana, Director of IDEATI states,
“We are very proud to have co-developed this cutting-edge graphene technology in Thailand and that our 2AMTMlight-weight bullet-proof material for ballistics and high-impact applications is now ready for sale in the global market. We recognize planarTECH as a leader in the graphene industry and we’re looking forward to using its international network to enhance our own sales efforts starting with a revolutionary bullet-proof vest.”