Light in Weight, High in Performance — Kevlar® Fiber
Versatile and strong, Kevlar® fiber is more than just a series of threads. DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers are used in a variety of clothing, accessories, and equipment to help make them safer and more durable. With five times the strength of steel based on an equal weight basis, it’s the go-to fiber for protective apparel and accessories.
Kevlar® fiber and filament come in a variety of types, each with its own unique set of properties and performance characteristics for different protection needs.
A next-generation fiber that offers advanced performance, value, and increased design flexibility in many applications.
Kevlar® 29 (K29)
The original family of product types of Kevlar®, having similar tensile properties with many deniers and finishes. These yarns are used in ballistic applications, ropes and cables, protective apparel such as cut-resistant gloves, in life protection uses such as helmets, vehicular armoring, and plates, and as rubber reinforcement in tires and automotive hoses.
Kevlar® 49 (K49)
High-modulus type used primarily in fiber optic cable, textile processing, plastic reinforcement, ropes, cables, and composites for marine sporting goods and aerospace applications.
Producer-colored Kevlar® yarns, used in ropes and cables, tapes and strappings, gloves and other protective apparel, and sporting goods.
Higher-elongation, flexible-fatigue–resistant yarn types found in mechanical rubber goods, such as tires, automotive belts, and hoses.
Lightweight, high-performance, and high-tenacity type of yarns used in motorcycle racing gear, life protection accessories, ropes and cables, and high-pressure hoses used in the oil and gas industry.
Woven into fabric meeting performance requirements for helmets and vests for military and high-performing UDs for spall liners.
Kevlar® KM2 Plus
High tenacity, high toughness, and finer denier fiber used in vests and helmet for both military and law enforcement officers.
Kevlar® AP for Advanced Performance helps dramatically improve cost-effectiveness and design flexibility to manufacturers helping them build leaner, more robust consumer and industrial products.
Information & Ideas
New Kevlar® Plant at Cooper River
The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®.
DuPont Ballistic Lab
DuPont state-of-the-art ballistic testing laboratories are designed to give our research scientists, engineers, customers, and end users a valuable tool for assessing the reliability of body armor, helmets, or vehicle armor.
Dupont Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The Iconic Brand, Kevlar®, At A+A 2015
DuPont Protection Technologies celebrates the 50th anniversary of its advanced, high strength fiber for ballistic and cut protection; Kevlar® at on its stand (Hall 05-A40) at A+A 2015.
- Understanding Cut Protection
DuPont™ Kevlar® Trademarking and Licensing Information
DuPont™ Kevlar® trademarking and licensing information.
Uses and Applications
- Tactical Vests – Law Enforcement
- Vehicle Armour
- Military Body Armour
- Safe and durable protective motorcycle apparel
- Automotive Components
- Consumer Products made with Kevlar®
- Belts Made of DuPont™ Kevlar®
- Conveyor Belts for Mining
- Kevlar® for stronger Brake Pads, Clutches and Gaskets
- Ropes & Cables
- Fiber Optics
- Kevlar® for Oil & Gas Applications
DuPont has over two centuries of experience in providing military forces with critical materials. Our cutting edge technologies and materials continue to help provide leading edge protection for military personnel all over the world including military armour made with DuPont™ Kevlar® fibre.