September 12th, 2017
In 2007, the U.S. Army was on the search for a potable water solution for its troops.
CamelBak, the world leader in hands-free hydration systems, already had backpacks for consumer use, but wanted to provide a ChemBio (CB version). After months of experimentation, CamelBak failed to pass testing for CB programs using their composite material.
The U.S. Army heard of this testing and suggested that Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack, NH create a new material for the CamelBak team, based on the company’s prior military history.
Once the team in Merrimack was contacted, they responded immediately to understand the needs of CamelBak and the U.S. Army. Saint-Gobain created material prototypes for testing using CORETECH® flexible laminate technology to create multipurpose hydration systems.
The technology was key to embed the fluoropolymer barrier sandwiched between the polyurethane because of the barrier properties it provided. Once the prototypes were complete and the army had offered their approval, the Merrimack team worked to rapidly scale production, completing this new material in the matter of one year. CamelBak held an initial introduction to the new material in Merrimack in 2008 and the material received military and government approval by the end of 2009.
The integration of CamelBak and CORETECH® materials provided for a potable water solution that the U.S. Army continues to use to this day to protect their team from harm.