Canadian industry innovation is protecting our soldiers

    MONTREAL, Oct. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - When the Canadian Armed Forces were
deployed in Afghanistan risk of faintness and heat strokes were common,
primarily among drivers and operators of armoured vehicles. The extreme
temperatures of the summer months rendered the armoured division's daytime
activities difficult. To solve this problem, the Defence Research and
Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier Centre mandated Stedfast to develop an
ecological and energy-saving solution for daytime use of armoured vehicles,
with less risk to their occupants' health.
    In close collaboration with Defence scientists, Stedfast has created a
material that reduces temperatures by up to 45 degrees Fahrenheit by
converting radiant heat to natural ventilation before it hits the metallic
surface of the vehicle.
    The results of the Stedfast-DRDC association proved spectacular. The
initial request for the project was made in November '06, the concept
developed in December '07, the first prototype delivered in February '07,
verification tests completed in March '07 and the completed product deployed
in Afghanistan in June '07.
    The latest innovations in the textile industry are at the heart of
Canadians' lives, here and around the world. These new products offer
promising new commercial prospects and secure a place for our industries on
world markets. Discover this fascinating and eye-opening world at Expo Hightex
2008, at the Bonsecours Market in Montréal on October 6 and 7, where Stedfast
will be among the dozens of innovative companies present.

    About Expo Hightex 2008: Expo Hightex 2008 showcases the latest
technological advances to encourage technological and commercial partnerships.
A not-to-missed industry event, it's set to attract hundreds of leaders from
the business, research and public sector communities. Though its focus is
Canadian textiles, the conferences and networking opportunities are aimed at
such industries as aerospace, health, protective equipment and construction.
It is organized by the CTT Group, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated
to scientific and commercial development. The conferences of the second day
are part of the 21st Entretiens Jacques Cartier. For more information, visit

    About Stedfast: Stedfast is known for the design and manufacturing of
products used in clothing that protects its wearers from working conditions
that might affect their health or safety. Certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001,
the company has diversified its activities into research services and project
management. Further information is available at

For further information:

For further information: Expo Hightex 2008 Media Contact: William
Raillant-Clark, Communications Officer, CTT Group, (450) 778-1870, Cell: (514)

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