Ceramic Industry

Ceradyne Receives New $18.7 Million SAPI Order (posted 7/22/09)

July 22, 2009

Ceradyne, Inc. recently announced that it has received a new $18.7 million order for small arms protective inserts (SAPI) lightweight ceramic body armor from the U.S. Army RDECOM, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. The company expects to begin shipments in the fourth quarter of 2009, with completion prior to December 31, 2009. The order is a foreign military sales (FMS) requirement.

“We are very pleased to receive this additional FMS body armor order,” said David Reed, president of North American Operations. “We believe that the government placed this order with Ceradyne, at least in part, due to its reliable delivery, quality performance on previous SAPI procurements and competitive pricing. This is a new order from the U.S. Army and should not be confused with the XSAPI/ESAPI five-year procurement previously announced.”

Additional information is available at www.ceradyne.com.