Read our Kevlar® 50th Anniversary Stories

Celebrating 50 Years of DuPont™ Kevlar®

Kevlar® is about daring bigger, pushing limits, being courageous & helping keep people safe. Since it’s invention in 1965 by DuPont scientist, Stephanie Kwolek, this resilient, durable and tougher than steel technology has been helping protect heroes & enabling extreme performance. Kevlar® has been used in applications ranging from space suits and body armor to sporting equipment and cell phones. Thanks to all of you who submitted ‘Dare Bigger Moments’ in celebration of the first half-century of this extraordinary technology, demonstrating the amazing impact Kevlar® has made in the world.

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Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Body Armor at Milipol

During the Milipol exhibition in Paris last November, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Kevlar®, showcasing the evolution of body armor through the ages.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: AngloAmerican Mining

In mining, the subject of conveyor belts is critical and strategic for businesses since downtime and unexpected maintenance generate thousands of dollars in annual losses. See how DuPont™ Kevlar® helped AngloAmerican increase durability of conveyor belts and generate savings.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Gossamer Albatross

In the late 1970’s, DuPont sponsored a pedal-powered aircraft named Gossamer Albatross, a lightweight plane that promised to achieve the first human-powered flight over the English Channel.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Herb Blades

Herbert Blades is a retired DuPont scientist who was instrumental in the commercialization of DuPont™ Kevlar®. He was awarded the prestigious DuPont Lavoisier Medal in 1991 for commercial fiber spinning processes, including air-gap and flash spinning.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Water Main Renewal

See why a foreign water supplier decided to deploy Primus Line® technology, which is based on the use of a flexible, thin-walled tube woven from DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, for renewing a water main.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Celebrate Survivors’ Club Honoree of the Year

On October 25, 2015, at the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, the IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club celebrated the 2015 Honoree of the Year, Officer Michael Wrobel from Chicago Police Department’s Gang Enforcement Unit.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Inspired by Stephanie Kwolek

Through the 50 years since Stephanie Kwolek made her discoveries at the DuPont Experimental Station that led to the invention of DuPont™ Kevlar®, many students across the globe have seen her as a role model and been inspired to use her story as a basis for academic research. Joel Westfahl, who submitted the following story, is an example.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Safariland Group

Safariland and DuPont™ Kevlar® continue to partner together to bring functional body armor to military and law enforcement personnel.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Fight the Kraken

An inspirational story of dedication and determination, as two master oarswomen attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean from Monterey, CA to Honolulu, HI using a boat made with DuPont™ Kevlar®.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Globe

Globe Manufacturing Company's founders established the turnout gear category more than a century ago, and then revolutionized it by including both DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: adidas Dark Ops

Paying tribute to the U.S. military, adidas Football unveiled the new Dark Ops Collection, inspired by the footwear and accessories worn by the elite forces of the U.S. military. Built for speed and performance, the Dark Ops Collection of cleats features the 2016 adizero 5-Star 5.0 x KEVLAR® and Freak x KEVLAR®.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Fiber-Line®

Vince Pappas, founder of the company Fiber-Line®, shares his personal story of how Kevlar® has defined his career.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Kevlar® Glove Innovation Awards

See the Kevlar® Glove Innovation awards, designed to recognize innovative glove designs from DuPont™ Kevlar® licensees who are meeting evolving marketplace needs. Winning glove entries are unique and groundbreaking in their approach, while also challenging the boundaries of conventional cut protection.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: The Big Ride Across America

Read about an inspirational bike ride across America accomplished with no flat tires, a feat done on tires reinforced with Kevlar®.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Ground-Breaking FR Emergency Gas Glove

Youngstown Glove Company announces the release of a first-of-its-kind FR Emergency Gas Glove with Kevlar® in conjunction with the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Officer Santana

Officer Alline Santana, a member of the Mato Grosso Military Police Department in Brazil, tells her story of how the DuPont™ Kevlar® - IIIA level vest saved her life during a gun fight.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Oriental Rubber Industries

Oriental Rubber Industries worked collaboratively with the DuPont Dare Bigger™ platform to challenge the existing conveying solutions with DuPont advanced materials and capabilities.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Chesterfield County

Members of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors recently presented DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman a resolution to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invention of Kevlar®. The ceremony was held at DuPont’s Spruance Plant, which has been part of the Chesterfield County community for more than 80 years.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Petra Grashoff

Petra Grashoff, the first female plant manager in the 50-year history at the DuPont Maydown plant in Northern Ireland, talks about the 50th anniversary of DuPont™ Kevlar® and the bright future for female engineers at the site in a recent piece for the Larne Times.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Gelvenor Textiles

DuPont customer, Gelvenor Textiles celebrated its 50th anniversary on the night of May 14, 2015, while DuPont celebrated 50 years of Kevlar® innovative success.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Kevlar® & Reebok Crossft® Partnership

DuPont™ Kevlar® brings its extreme strength and durability to the specific needs of the CrossFit® athlete.

Surfing Legend Gary Linden

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Gary Linden

Gary Linden, 65, surfboard legend, shaper and founder of the Big Wave World Tour set out to design a better surfboard using DuPont™ Kevlar®.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Draggin Jeans

There are not many companies that can say the boss literally ‘put his butt’ on the line to prove his product’s safety, but Draggin Jeans can.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Officer Daniel Kowalski

Cincinnati Police Department officer Daniel Kowalski knows he should be six feet under the ground. See how Kevlar® helped send him home to his daughters.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Mad River Canoe

From the beginning, Mad River Canoe explored new designs and experimented with new materials. They were the first to introduce Kevlar™ to the canoe industry and among the pioneers to first mold their own Royalex® canoes. Their founder, Jim Henry recalls how they dared bigger...

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Freak x Kevlar® Cleats

Adidas recently previewed a limited edition line of cleats that incorporate DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, and will be launching the full line later this year. Adidas chose the iconic brand to reinforce the plates in the cleats because of its lightweight strength and durability.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Armourshield UK

Armourshield UK and DuPont™ Kevlar continue to partner together, creating a wide range of armored solutions catering to the needs of governments worldwide.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: New Book Features Stephanie Kwolek

The final chapter of a new book released this month by Broadway Books is dedicated to Stephanie Kwolek, the DuPont scientist and inventor whose discoveries 50 years ago led to the invention of DuPont™ Kevlar®.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Fenner Precision

DuPont™ Kevlar® helps drive the BiOM® T2 System, the only commercially available powered ankle-foot prosthetic device on the market today.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: ADSS Cables made with Kevlar®

Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co.,Ltd. is a leading global manufacturer of cable systems and offers a variety of optical fiber cable fittings such as ADSS cables that are made with DuPont™ Kevlar®.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Inventing in America

Stephanie Kwolek, whose discoveries led to the invention of DuPont™ Kevlar®, will be featured in the exhibit through items on loan from Hagley Museum & Library, a Smithsonian affiliate.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: MCR Launches New Glove with Kevlar®

This glove uses patented DuPont™ Kevlar® engineered yarns allowing glove companies like MCR Safety to Dare Bigger™ and bring new levels of cut-resistance performance and dexterity, along with features such as high visibility, to the market.

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Linear Composites Limited

Linear Composites Limited's test of ropes made with Kevlar® remarkably showed almost imperceptible creep in almost 40 years of continual testing.

Dare Bigger™ in the Social Sphere:


DuPont™ Kevlar® in the Concorde Aircraft

Kevlar® Did You Know: All Applications

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Diverse Applications

Kevlar® Did You Know: Military Helmet

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Military Helmets

Kevlar® Did You Know: Space Shuttle

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Space Shuttles

Kevlar® Did You Know: America's Cup

DuPont™ Kevlar® in America's Cup

Kevlar® Did You know: Bauer Hockey Socks

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Bauer Hockey Socks

Kevlar® DYK Commercial Aircraft

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Commercial Aircraft

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Colors

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Different Colors


DuPont™ Kevlar® in Space

Kevlar® and Motorola 2015 JEC Award for Innovation

Motorola & DuPont™ Kevlar® Partnership

Kevlar® Did You know? Firestone Tires

DuPont™ Kevlar® & Firestone Tires

Kevlar® Did You know? Army Protection

DuPont™ Kevlar® & the U.S. Army


DuPont™ Kevlar® in Ballistics Protection

Kevlar® Did You Know? Horizons Probe Whipple Shield

DuPont™ Kevlar® & Horizon Probe Whipple Shield

Kevlar® Did You know? Body Armor

DuPont™ Kevlar & Police Body Armor

Kevlar® & Goodyear Tires for the Jeep Wrangler

DuPont™ Kevlar® in Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Tires