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Canadian aluminum foam technology adopted for non-lethal bullet manufacture

November 25, 2019  By Staff

Mississauga, Ont.-based Cymat Technologies Ltd. has delivered over 38,000 SmartMetal Stabilized Aluminum Foam (SAF) cylinders to Nobel Sport to be used in their manufacture of non-lethal bullets.

“We are excited to be working with Nobel Sport, an established leader in their field,” says Michael Liik, Cymat’s CEO. “This certification by the French Armed Forces positions them well to drive additional sales on a global basis”.

Nobel Sport is a French-based law enforcement specialty manufacturer of a wide range of ammunition and ancillary products for sport, law enforcement and military customers.

“This represents a large market opportunity for Cymat and a substantial new revenue stream,” Liik added.


Cymat’s SAF is an advanced lightweight recyclable material with a wide array of features including customizable density and dimensions, energy absorption and thermal and acoustic insulation. Cymat produces SAF for architecture, blast mitigation, automotive, transportation and industrial markets.

After successful completion of evaluation and testing by the French Armed Forces in 2018, they have now been certified for active use. Consequently, Nobel Sports anticipates receiving their first commercial-scale order for same from the French Armed Forces imminently.

Non-lethal bullets are primarily used for crowd control and as a deterrent in both civilian and military situations where less-than-lethal force is determined to be the best course of action. While rubber bullets have traditionally been used in these situations, there have been numerous instances where their use has resulted in serious physical harm and fatalities.

As such, there is significant interest by law enforcement agencies and military forces around the world to find a suitable replacement.

According to a recent report, non-lethal ammunition sales exceeded $800 million in 2018 and are expected to reach well in excess of $1 billion by 2023.

This news article originally appears on fellow Annex Business Media publication, IPP&T, here:

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