Popular Science Names Hurricane-Resistant Curtain Containing Honeywell
Spectra® Fiber ‘Best of What's New’
Protective curtains take top honors in the home technology category
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Nov. 18, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced
today that Popular Science magazine has awarded a 2008 Best of What’s New Grand
Award to hurricane-resistant curtains containing Honeywell’s high-strength
Spectra® fiber. The curtains were named the top innovation in home
Honeywell’s Spectra fiber, commonly used in bullet-resistant body armor,
enables the Storm-A-Rest ™ curtains to protect windows and doors during
hurricanes. Because it uses Spectra fiber, the roll-down curtains can withstand
155 mph winds and impact from large wind-borne projectiles. They are
manufactured by North Carolina-based JHRG, LLC.
“We are honored that Popular Science has recognized the role our high-strength
Spectra fiber is playing in hurricane protection,” said Joe Gelo, global
business director for Honeywell’s Advanced Fibers and Composites business. “It
is further evidence that Spectra fiber can help end-use products perform in the
harshest of conditions.”
Storm-A-Rest curtains are approved under Florida’s building code for Wind Zone
4, which includes the area within one mile of the state’s nearly 1,200-mile
coastline. It is estimated that 7.3 million homes are within the hurricane
Homeowners can easily install the curtains using standard fasteners without
special tools. They can be fastened to wood, brick or concrete surfaces. The
curtains are available in more than 350 Sunbrella®-brand accent
patterns and come with a five-year warranty. Unlike alternatives like plywood
and corrugated aluminum panels, Storm-A-Rest panels are easy to install,
maintain and store. Because the curtain incorporates Honeywell’s Spectra fiber,
they are extremely lightweight, weighing less than two ounces per square foot –
about 75 percent less than corrugated aluminum panels.
“For 21 years, Popular Science’s Best of What’s New awards honor the
innovations that make a positive impact on life today and change our view of
the future,” said Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “PopSci’s
editors evaluate thousands of products each year to develop this thoughtful
list; there’s no higher accolade Popular Science can give.”
Pound for pound, Spectra fiber is 15 times stronger than steel. It is made from
ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process.
The fiber exhibits high resistance to chemicals, water, and ultraviolet light.
It has excellent vibration damping, flex fatigue and internal fiber-friction
characteristics. It also has up to 60 percent greater specific strength than
Other industrial applications for Spectra fiber include security netting, rope
and cordage and fishing line, as well as industrial slings used to lift heavy
equipment and materials for offshore oil and gas construction.
Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic material research and
development program aimed to meet increased demand for its high performance
materials. For more information about Spectra fiber, visit http://www.honeywell.com/spectra.
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology
magazine, with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers.
Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday
life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is
published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.
Storm-A-Rest is a trademark of JHRG, LLC
Sunbrella is a registered trademark of Glen Raven Inc.
Honeywell Specialty Materials, based in Morristown, N.J., is a $4.9 billion,
global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials,
including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and
composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and
chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.
Honeywell International is a $38 billion diversified technology and
manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and
services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive
products; turbochargers; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and
advanced materials. Based in Morris Township, NJ, Honeywell’s shares are traded
on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is a component
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