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New York, NY, United States, 2006/04/13 - On display at the NYIAS, LINE-X not only protects truck beds, the same product is sprayed on the walls of federal and military buildings to reduce damage and loss of life in the event of a terrorist bomb attack..
On display at the New York International Auto Show is LINE-X, the leader in truck bed spray-on protection, which is also tough enough to protect the men and women working inside federal buildings in Washington from a terrorist bomb blast.
Over 2 million trucks have been sprayed with LINE-X, and the same material is the product of choice to protect military service members. LINE-X was selected as the product of choice from 27 competitors to protect numerous government, public and military buildings.
"The same LINE-X products used to protect pickup truck beds belonging to many members of the military are now being used to protect them from a possible terrorist bomb blast as well," said Steve Decker, director of Industrial Coatings Division for LINE-X.
After 10 years of research and experimentation, LINE-X Spray-On Truck Bedliners was brought to market in April 1993. The first application was the floor of a race car trailer, and then it quickly progressed into protecting truck beds. Now, more than a decade later, LINE-X has grown to become the largest franchised business in the automotive aftermarket industry in North America for truck bedliner protection.
Currently, LINE-X has more than 500 locations worldwide. In 2005, the LINE-X brand was applied to more than 375,000 truck beds; and recently surpassed two million beds worldwide.
Additionally, tests are underway for a variety of uses and applications of the product including the significant reductions of fragmentation during an earthquake, tornado or hurricane.
"U.S. military and civilian personnel and the facilities where they work and live are under increased threat from terrorist attacks. One of the greatest threats from a terrorist bomb attack comes from fragmentation - pieces of walls, windows, fixtures and equipment - flying at high speeds can result in extensive injury and death," said Decker.
A key tactic to defeating this threat is to ensure that the exterior wall of a building can survive a bomb blast without breaking apart and contributing to the fragment problem.
When LINE-X is sprayed on walls, the polymer coating is able to effectively absorb and dissipate bomb blast energy. The elastomer material remains intact and contains the debris, limiting fragmentation during a blast, according to government test results.
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