3M Deutschland and helmet manufacturer Schuberth are to develop improved ballistic head protection systems for military and law enforcement applications.
The firms signed an agreement to create custom head protection solutions for European clients.
Schuberth CEO Jan-Christian Becker said that the deal marks an important step in boosting its position in the ballistic head protection systems market segment.
Schuberth will also serve as a distributor of 3M ballistic helmets, which will be manufactured by 3M subsidiary Ceradyne.
3M Advanced Ceramics Platform Defense business manager Cheryl Ingstad said: "Schuberth is a leader in military head protection and accessories, with a deep understanding of customer requirements.
"This aligns well with our efforts to understand and translate needs in head protection to exciting, new developments in our products."
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The firms agreed to develop and market a new generation of products, which will protect military and law enforcement personnel from various threats.
3M Deutschland government customers head David Cerny said: "Our police and military customers will benefit from this cooperation, as reliable technologies of both companies are immediately available.
"Our goal is to offer lighter weight, effective protection in the face of growing threats."
Ceradyne produces lightweight body armour and ballistic helmets, and is a major supplier for the US Armed Forces.