Oxford research suggests gradual lockdown release strategy

first_imgTwo factors are key for a successful lockdown release strategy: keeping the virus spread rate down and ensuring a quick recovery rate. The former can be ensured by social distancing, hand-washing, and limiting exposure to people outside one’s household, while the latter is achieved through scientific discovery and active improvement of the treatment of coronavirus. The research team acknowledged that accurate tracking of these two factors is essential to efficiently monitor the pandemic.  The research, led by Professor Michael Bonsall from the University’s Department of Zoology, applied an optimal control framework to their adapted SEIR framework. Image Credit to: Grue/commons.wikimedia/CC BY 3.0 Professor Bosnall emphasised that mathematical models like his team’s adapted SEIR model should be used for advice but cannot act as a single solution for government approaches to lockdown release. He advocates the synthesis of evidence from a variety of disciplines in all cases in which governments seek science-related advice and particularly in finding an appropriate and effective lockdown release strategy. Alternatively, testing of the “on-off” strategy – wherein everyone is released from lockdown simultaneously and lockdown is reinstated if infections surge too high – demonstrated a high risk of causing new waves of reinfection with a high likelihood of a reinstitution of lockdown measures. “We adapted this framework to have two groups – a group in lockdown/quarantine and a group not in lockdown. Those in lockdown have a lower probability of spreading disease than those not in lockdown. We use a mathematical approach to look for optimal solutions – with the question – how can we release the group in lockdown without increasing infections beyond a critical threshold (aka the number of beds in the NHS for COVID patients).” Professor Bosnall explained: “This is a mathematical model that groups people into different classes – (S) susceptible (not had the disease), (E) exposed (infected but not infectious – captures a class of individuals who have the infection but aren’t able to transmit it), (I) infected (individuals who are infectious can spread the disease to susceptible individuals) and (R) recovered individuals. Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have adapted a Susceptible-Exposure-Infection-Recovery (SEIR) framework to test the efficacy of two possible lockdown release strategies. The UK was used as a test case.  According to the pre-print manuscript, the optimal gradual re-integration strategy would entail the release of half the UK population approximately two to four weeks after the end of an initial infection peak. After waiting three to four months to allow a second infection peak, the rest of the population would be released Findings from this research showed that a gradual re-integration approach – wherein small portions of the population are released from lockdown measures over a long period of time after infection levels fall below a critical level – will ensure that infection surges are prevented. Professor Bosnall said: “Mathematical models require careful [parameterisation] and the results can be skewed by inaccurate values – exploring the sensitivity of our predictions to changes in parameters is another way to provide weight of evidence – if changing spread rate has very little effect on the general prediction that gradual exit from lockdown is best, then we can be robust in this advice.“We are using epidemiological studies in Oxford and elsewhere to collect data on the levels of infection in the community. This is essential to understand the background levels of virus infections, inform our models and help deliver appropriate public health planning.”last_img read more

DORRITY, JOSEPH PATRICK

first_imgFuneral services have been held for Joseph Patrick Dorrity, 74. He passed away peacefully on Aug. 20 at the Veterans Home in Paramus where he lived for the past two years. He was born in Jersey City and was raised in North Bergen and graduated from Lincoln No. 5 Grammar School and Union Hill High before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He served during Vietnam from 1963 – 1967 and holds a National Defense Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a Cold War Medal. After completing his service commitment, he opened a “Head Shop” in West New York and participated in designing an all plastic bicycle. At the age of 30, he relocated to Laguna Beach, California and ran a successful Mobile Home business for 35 years. He was a rated chess player and practiced yoga all his adult life. He was an avid tennis fan and loved to rollerblade and play handball. Joseph was the fourth of seven children of Marie F. Dorrity, who passed away in 2014 and was pre-deceased by his oldest brother William. He is survived by his son Joseph Patrick Dorrity, brothers Francis (Margaret) and John (Sharon) his sisters Mary Matthias, Kathleen Dorrity and Theresa ““Chickie”“ Amato (Larry) and 12 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.last_img read more

Will the heat wave continue this week?

first_imgHUDSON COUNTY — After temperatures in New Jersey climbed above 90 last week, you’ll only be getting a brief break, Accuweather says.Monday should be more comfortable, but the humidity will rise again starting on Tuesday, Accuweather says.Today’s (Monday’s) high should reach 86, with a low of 70, but it was in the 60s when you woke up this morning (didn’t that feel good?)Tuesday should reach 93, with more humidity than Monday.And the rest of the week will see highs in the high 80s.Expect it to be fairly warm, with highs in the 80s for the next two weeks.To get local Accweather forecasts, even by the hour, click the weather symbols in the upper right of hudsonreporter.com.last_img read more

Pork Farms in Peperami and Branston partnership

first_imgSavoury pastry product specialist Pork Farms has teamed up with Peperami and Branston to launched a number of co-branded recipes.The new partnerships will see a Spicy Hit sausage roll with Peperami and two Pickle Hit sausage rolls – one with Branston Pickle and cheese and one with Branston Pickle and sausage meat – available from mid-March. The firm is also launching a Pork and Branston Pickle Pork Pie.Pork Farms general manager, Nigel White said the firm felt the sausage roll market was in need of a “new image”.“Our plan for 2010 was to hit the market hard with an innovative, fresh new range that would invigorate and grow the category,” he explained. “Our new co-brand products aim to broaden consumer appeal and drive a new and younger audience to the fixture.”last_img read more

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first_imgbellasbakeryUK: had a nightmare about someone making me a marzipan and fondant ice croquembouche, it was horrid!beas_bloomsbury: eyeball cakes heading for the future gallery (pictured).PAUL__UK One of the recent attendees of our Bread Masterclass was a cabin crew member who did not have time to finish her baking at home… so she took her dough on board a transatlantic flight and finished her bread at 37,000 feet! It was delicious.Follow BB @BritishBakerlast_img

Patisserie Holdings bullish as turnover grows

first_imgPatisserie Holdings has revealed turnover grew by almost a quarter to £49.5m during the last financial year.The Birmingham-based business, which operates retail bakery businesses Patisserie Valerie, Druckers and Baker & Spice, revealed the news as part of its latest financial results for the year to 30 September 2012.The group, positioned 14 on British Baker’s BB75 list of top retail bakery firms based on store count, also reported a 20.3% rise in ebitda to £9.6m, an increase in pre-tax profits of 28.3% to £5.9m, and a rise in operating profit of 23.7% to £6.7m.As part of the financial update, the company said: “During the year, 18 new sites have opened and all are trading positively and are making good contributions to the group. Despite the current economic climate, the management remains optimistic about trading and currently the business is ahead of last year for the first three months to date.”Patisserie Holdings added that its directors and looking to continue the group’s opening programme with a plan for the next financial year in line with the number of outlets opened during the last 12 months.The company concluded: “It is hoped that 2013 will be a further year of growth, but at the same time we appreciate the difficult economic conditions. To date, four sites have opened since the year-end with trade in all being encouraging.”last_img read more

Pink Talking Fish Announces Summer Tour Featuring Festivals And After-Shows Galore

first_imgAfter a rocking “Pink Talking Fu Kuaz” set at Wanee, where members of PTF, Kung Fu, and Turkuaz played the music of David Bowie and Prince for a festival-closing performance on the Mushroom Stage, Pink Talking Fish are moving right along to play through their spring tour. The Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish cover band will continue to ride the high through summer, as they’ve announced an exciting summer lineup filled with festivals, beach parties, and pre/post events surrounding Phish, Dead & Company, and Roger Waters.The summer kicks off in Denver, CO with an event called “Pink Talking Fish: Pink Floyd Box Set Experience.” This will take place surrounding Roger Waters’ two-night run at The Pepsi Center. PTF will perform pre and post concerts and each show will display a different album concept where the band performs one of Pink Floyd’s masterpieces in its entirety, while intertwining Phish and Talking Heads songs throughout the album cuts. Albums performed will be Animals, Dark Side Of The Moon, Meddle, and Wish You Were Here.On 4th of July Weekend, PTF will bring their show to the beach with an outdoor concert in Rhode Island on June 30th and a two-night run deep into Cape Cod at The Wellfleet Beachcomber on July 3rd and 4th.PTF will be making stops at plenty of festivals throughout the summer, including The Peach Music Festival, Highberry Music Festival, Buffalove, and Jerry Jam. The band will also perform a special “PTF & Friends” set to close out the mainstage on the Sunday night of the Disc Jam Music Festival.Perhaps best placed late at night, PTF will perform plenty of late-night ragers around the country to keep the party going for the summer’s headlining acts. Dead & Company play at Wrigley Field in July and PTF will give an encore after-party performance at The Vic Theatre.They will also perform a Phish after-party in Pittsburgh at the beloved Rex Theater, as well as multiple events in NYC surrounding Phish’s Bakers Dozen run. NYC performances include a “PTF Are Dead” concept on Jerry Garcia’s Birthday, a classic PTF show at The Gramercy Theatre and a pre-party boat cruise on the afternoon of the final night of The Bakers Dozen.Here is a full list of upcoming Pink Talking Fish tour dates:SPRING TOUR:5/04: River Street Jazz Café in Plains PA – Star Wars Party w/s/g Flux Capacitor5/05: Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs NY – Road To Disc Jam Cinco De Mayo Party w/s/g Consider The Source5/06: The Paradise in Boston MA – PTF w/ The Giant Country Horns! w/s/g Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas5/11: Toad’s Place in New Haven CT – w/s/g West End Blend5/12 – 13: Portland House Of Music in Portland ME – 2 Night Run!5/26: Cosmic Reunion Festival in French Village MO5/27: Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas NV – Dead & Company After-Party!5/28: Strange Creek Music Festival in Greenfield MA – 2 Sets!SUMMER TOUR:6/02 – 04: Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple in Denver CO – Pink Talking Fish: Pink Floyd Box Set Experience – Performing 4 Pink Floyd Albums in 3 days on both indoor and outdoor stages6/09 – 11: Disc Jam Music Festival – PTF & Friends6/30: Paddy’s Beach Club in Westerly RI – Outdoor Beach Concert!7/01: The Vic Theatre in Chicago IL – Dead & Company Wrigley After-Party7/02: Highberry Music Festival in Eureka Springs AR7/03 – 04: The Beachcomber in Wellfleet MA – 2 Night Run on Cape Cod!7/14: Jeezum Crow Festival in Jay Peak VT7/19: The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh PA – Phish After-Party7/21: Jerry Jam in Bath NH7/23: Buffalove Music Festival in Franklinville NY8/01: The Cutting Room in New York NY – Phish After-Party: PTF Are Dead concept in honor of Jerry Garcia’s birthday8/04: The Gramercy Theatre in New York NY – Phish After-Party8/06: The Jewel Concert Cruise in New York NY – Phish Pre-Party Boat Cruise8/11 – 12: The Peach Music Festival in Scranton PA[photo by Capacity Images]last_img read more

Mathews and Wells elected to Harvard Corporation

first_imgJessica Tuchman Mathews and Theodore V. Wells Jr. have been elected to become the newest members of the President and Fellows of Harvard College (the Harvard Corporation), the University announced today.Mathews, an alumna and past trustee of Radcliffe College, has served for the past fifteen years as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States.Wells, a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, has served since 2000 as co-chair of the litigation department at the New York-based firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.In accordance with Harvard’s charter, Mathews and Wells were elected today by the Corporation with the consent of the Board of Overseers, and will become Fellows of Harvard College as of Jan. 1, 2013.  They are the fifth and sixth new members named to the Corporation since the governing boards approved a plan in December 2010 to expand the Corporation from seven to thirteen members over the course of several years.In a message to the University community, Robert D. Reischauer, senior fellow of the Corporation, and President Drew Faust said:  “We are very pleased to welcome these two distinguished alumni to the Corporation, both of whom will expand our capacity and contribute important and distinctive perspectives to our work.  Jessica Mathews is a widely admired figure in the international affairs domain, with a career that has combined excellence in nonprofit leadership with experience in government, policy, science, environmental affairs, and journalism.  Ted Wells is an extraordinarily accomplished lawyer renowned for his wise counsel, his powers of analysis and persuasion, and his devotion to education and the public interest.  Harvard will be fortunate to have the benefit of their service.”*Mathews has served since 1997 as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, founded in 1910 and dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.  An influential figure in international policy circles, Mathews is credited with having led the Endowment with distinction for the past fifteen years, shaping the first genuinely global think tank during an era of rising internationalization.  Recently the Endowment has created an expanding global network of offices, opened thus far in Russia, China, the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia, to complement its headquarters in Washington, D.C.“I’m thrilled to be coming home to Harvard,” said Mathews. “The world of education is globalizing, with consequences as profound as those for government and business.  Having spent more than a decade building a global think tank, I look forward to helping think through this great university’s international role and contributing all I can to the full range of the Corporation’s work.”Awarding her the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership this past spring, the University of Virginia cited Mathews’ “enormous impact on the world of international affairs” and her leadership in “advanc[ing] the Carnegie’s reputation for objective, influential, non-partisan analysis that provides insight into emerging transnational issues and explores collaborative solutions.”  She has published widely in scientific and foreign policy journals as well as the popular press, and has co-authored or co-edited three books, on topics from environmental management to nuclear security.Mathews’ wide-ranging career has included service in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, in management and research within the nonprofit arena, and in journalism.  After graduating from Radcliffe College in 1967, she earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1973, then served on the staff of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.  She went on to serve from 1977 to 1979 as director of the Office of Global Issues at the National Security Council.  From 1980 to 1982, she was a member of the Washington Post’s editorial board, covering nuclear proliferation, arms sales, energy, environment, science, and technology.  She later wrote a weekly column for the Post.Mathews was founding vice president (1982-93) and director of research (1982-88) of the World Resources Institute, an internationally recognized center for policy research on environmental and natural resource management issues.  She returned to government in 1993 as deputy to the undersecretary of state for global affairs.  From 1994 to 1997, she served as senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and director of its Washington program.  While there, she published an article in Foreign Affairs, “Power Shift,” selected by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal’s 75 years.An experienced board member in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, Mathews currently serves on the boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.  Previously, she has served as a trustee of Radcliffe College (1992-96) and a member of the boards of the Inter-American Dialogue (as co-vice chair), the Brookings Institution, the International Crisis Group, and four foundations (the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Century Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation).  She also serves as a director of SomaLogic, a biotechnology firm specializing in proteomics, and Hanesbrands Inc.  She co-founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project, has served on study groups of the National Academy of Sciences, and is an elected fellow of the American Philosophical Society.*Wells is a partner and co-chair of the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  The National Law Journal named him as one of the decade’s most influential lawyers in 2010, as lawyer of the year in 2006, and repeatedly as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.  According to the 2012 edition of the legal directory Chambers USA, Wells “is considered by many to be ‘the best trial lawyer in the country.’”Wells is a 1972 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he went on to serve as a trustee.  His undergraduate experience at Holy Cross, as one of a small group of outstanding African-American students who navigated a turbulent time on campus and who rose to remarkable careers, is chronicled in the 2012 book “Fraternity” by Diane Brady.  Wells pursued his graduate studies at Harvard and received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees in 1976.“Education opens minds and expands opportunities, and nothing matters more to me,” said Wells.  “I greatly look forward to serving a university that has helped shape my own outlook and aspirations, and to supporting the work of people across Harvard whose ideas and efforts do so much to better the world.”After clerking for Judge John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Wells practiced at the New Jersey law firm Lowenstein Sandler for more than twenty years before being recruited to Paul, Weiss, one of the nation’s premier law firms, where he has co-chaired the litigation department for the past twelve years.  His wide-ranging practice encompasses white-collar criminal defense, complex civil and corporate litigation, SEC regulatory work, health care investigations, environmental matters, and class action litigation.Long devoted to the advancement of civil rights, Wells is chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, widely regarded as the nation’s leading civil rights law organization, which awarded him its Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.  Active in civic and political affairs, he was the national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign, was New Jersey co-chair of the United Negro College Fund, and has served on a pro bono basis as general counsel to both the New Jersey NAACP and the New Jersey Democratic Party.  He has also served as a trustee of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is a past recipient, with his wife, Nina Mitchell Wells, of the Ryan Award for commitment to the NJPAC and leadership in the City of Newark.Wells has extensive experience with corporate governance issues, through his legal practice as well as his past service on the board of directors of CIT Corporation, where he was a member of the audit committee.  He has taught in the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and has lectured on diverse legal topics for the Practising Law Institute and the Securities Regulation Institute, among other organizations.  He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.*The Harvard Corporation, formally known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College, is Harvard’s principal fiduciary governing board and the smaller of Harvard’s two boards, the other being the Board of Overseers.  In addition to President Faust, the current Corporation members include Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D. ’76, M.P.P. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, president emeritus of Tufts University and Visiting Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Paul Finnegan, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’82, co-CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners; Susan L. Graham, A.B. ’64, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; Nannerl O. Keohane, LL.D. (hon.) ’93, Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton and president emerita of Duke University and Wellesley College; Patricia A. King, J.D. ’69, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center; William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, partner and former co-managing partner of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Joseph J. O’Donnell, A.B. ’67, M.B.A. ’71, chairman of Centerplate, Inc.; Robert D. Reischauer (senior fellow), A.B. ’63, president emeritus of the Urban Institute and past director of the Congressional Budget Office; James F. Rothenberg (treasurer), A.B. ’68, M.B.A. ’70, chairman of Capital Research and Management Company; and Robert E. Rubin, A.B. ’60, LL.D. (hon.) ’01, co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.Nominations and advice regarding future Corporation appointments may be sent in confidence to [email protected]last_img read more

VEDA Board approves $55.5 million in business project financing

first_imgVEDA BOARD APPROVES $55.5 MILLIONIN BUSINESS PROJECT FINANCINGBurlington, VT – The Board of Directors of the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA)approved $55.5 million in financing to support development projects throughout Vermont totaling $64.1million.”The Authority is please to approve investments in a variety of projects that will strengthen businesses,institutions and communities, resulting in the creation of more good-paying jobs for Vermonters,” said JoBradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.Among the approved projects are:- Green Mountain College, Poultney – The Authority gave final approval for the issuance of $14.5million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance a variety of energy conservation measures andbuilding renovations at Green Mountain College. The approved bond will finance construction ofa new wood chip (bio-mass) heating system, replacement of the college’s electrical distributionsystem, replacement of inefficient dormitory windows, and renovation of several buildings. Thebond will also refinance debt associated with prior improvements made at the campus, includingreplacement of lighting fixtures, installation of fire alarm systems, and upgrades to the library andWhitney Student Center. Established in 1834, Green Mountain College is a four-year coeducationalinstitution with a strong focus on environmental liberal arts. The college ownsapproximately 145 acres of land and 25 buildings in Poultney, serving a population ofapproximately 800 students. The college has 167 employees, and expects to add eleven morejobs within three years of the project. Key Bank will be Trustee for the VEDA bond.- Bennington College, Bennington and North Bennington – Preliminary inducement approvalwas given by the VEDA Board for the issuance of $34 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds overtwo years to assist Bennington College in their plans to undertake a multifaceted construction andrenovation project at their campus. Pending final approval by the VEDA Board, BenningtonCollege plans over a period of two years to refinance existing debt, renovate and make technicalinfrastructure improvements to a variety of buildings on the campus, and construct a substantialnew building, the Bennington Center for the Advancement of Public Action. The new Centerwould house a new curriculum initiative with classrooms, and a small conference facilityequipped with broadcasting and recording capabilities. Established in 1932, Bennington Collegeis a nationally-recognized liberal and fine arts institution with a total enrollment of 723 students.The college campus comprises 470 acres of land and 60 buildings in Bennington and NorthBennington, including a 120,000 square foot visual and performing arts center. The collegeemploys 279, a number expected to grow to 290 within three years of the planned project’scompletion.- The Family Place, Hartford – The Authority gave preliminary approval to issuing just over $1million in tax-exempt bonds to help The Family Place expand their services through the purchaseof land and a 5,327 square foot building in Olcott Industrial Park in Hartford. The Family Place,a nonprofit parent child center serving northern Windsor County, is limited by its current spaceon Route 5 South in Norwich, a location it will still maintain should the bond issuance receivefinal Authority approval. Established in 1985, the Family Place works to support the positivegrowth and development of all parents by offering services that build upon family strengths. Thecenter employs a staff of 26, a number expected to increase after the planned expansion.- Scott-Spates Property Management, LLC, Derby – $2 million in financing was approved toScott-Spates Property Management, LLC for the construction of new, expanded facilities nearExit 27 off Interstate 91 to be leased to the Government Services Agency for the U.S. BorderPatrol. Plans for the $6.9 million project are to construct a 13,350 square foot office building and14,833 square foot enclosed garage on 12.3 acres of land. The new facilities will accommodateup to 50 personnel, and will replace a nearby 6,300 square foot leased facility which has housedup to 29 U.S. Border agents over the last two decades. Passumpsic Savings Bank will alsoparticipate in the project.In addition, another $1.2 million was approved in direct loans, close to $1.5 million in farm ownershipand operating loans were approved through the Authority’s agricultural financing program, the VermontAgricultural Credit Corporation, and $698,115 was approved for several small business developmentprojects through the Authority’s Vermont Small Business Loan Program.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance toeligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises.Since itsinception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.4 billion. For moreinformation about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

Bennington’s Plasan delivers 750 armor kits for US troops in Afghanistan

first_imgBennington, Vermont’s Plasan, a global leader in the field of combat-proven survivability and armor solutions for vehicles, airborne platforms and personal protection, today announced the delivery of 750 armor kits for the US Army’s MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) as a subcontractor to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. Today’s delivery meets the latest production milestone in the contract awarded by U.S. Department of Defense to produce 4,296 M-ATVs for deployment in Afghanistan.Dan Ziv, President and CEO of Plasan, says: “We are proud of our continued success in meeting this ambitious production schedule. Plasan’s employees in Bennington have a personal stake in protecting soldiers serving in Afghanistan. As the Vermont National Guard begins to mobilize for its largest deployment since World War II, Plasan’s employees are doing their part to protect their friends and neighbors while they are serving abroad. At Plasan, the war fighter is our first priority.”In July, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $1.05 billion contract awarded to a team led by Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation and Plasan North America to produce 2,244 M-ATVs for deployment in Afghanistan. In August, Plasan won an additional contract for the delivery of 1,700 armor kits as an Oshkosh subcontractor. In September, Plasan and Oshkosh were awarded an additional order for 352 more M-ATV armor kits.Plasan credits this rapid delivery capacity to the application of its modular Kitted Hull concept. Under this concept, developed by Plasan, all armor parts and components are sent to the vehicle’s manufacturer where they are applied to the vehicle at the assembly line, thereby allowing for future upgrades and more efficient manufacture. Kitted Hull technology enables manufacturers to better use subcontractors for the rapid and cost-effective assembly of armored vehicles, responding quickly to increases in production volume as the needs of the end-users change.About PlasanPlasan provides customized survivability solutions for tactical wheeled vehicles, aircraft, naval platforms, civilian armored vehicles and personal protection. A recognized global leader and industry veteran, Plasan’s survivability solutions offer the optimal combination of protection, payload, and cost by combining in-house R&D, design, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities.Plasan combines innovative survivability engineering and design with advanced armor materials development. Its unique development process is based on continuous interaction between the R&D and the Design & Prototyping departments. During this process, Plasan combines computer-generated analysis and simulations with real-time calibration and ballistic test data. The effective combination of test and simulation data enables improved simulation accuracy and performance, resulting in the optimal survivability solution.Plasan’s engineers are unique in terms of their military backgrounds and hands-on experience. As veterans of the Israel Defense Forces they are familiar with soldiers’ behavior during combat and share a common language with the end user. This often contributes to the development of life saving solutions.Plasan’s success is a combination of innovation, a high level of commitment and a full range of in-house capabilities. As a preferred supplier to the Israel Defense Forces and an approved supplier to ministries of defense around the world, Plasan’s solutions have been tried and tested by dozens of armed forces in the most demanding battlefields such as Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.As a global company with locations in Israel, North America and Europe, Plasan is a worldwide market leader. Plasan’s production capabilities are complemented by a comprehensive supply chain that encompasses suppliers of materials, equipment and solutions in strategic locations worldwide. This extensive network enables the production capacity flexibility necessary to expand or reduce production volumes according to demand. SOURCE: Plasan. 10.5.2009last_img read more