Lewiston, Maine – Poly Labs is taking over Bose’s military polyurethane foam headset cushion business. It has licensed Bose’s IP for its sound-attenuating PU foam ear cushion components, and gained exclusive production rights for the products. These are used in Bose’s combat vehicle and military headset product lines.
Under the agreement, Poly Labs will support Bose’s legacy military customers, including from the US, Australia and NATO, with ear cushion replacement parts. It will also offer its advanced ear cushions to OEM military headset and helmet producers to integrate into future military designs. Terms of the deal have not been announced.
Massachusetts-based Bose has been working with Poly Labs for more than 15 years, with a dedicated, secure production area for its military division. The proprietary TPU/PU formulations provide comfort, protection and advanced acoustic properties that maximise sound attenuation. With the acquisition, the company says there will now be streamlined production and spare parts distribution directly from the source.
‘Maintaining support for Bose’s legacy military customers is paramount,’ said Sarah Morrison, Poly Labs’ CEO. ‘This represents a significant growth opportunity for Poly Labs. Not only do we get to support he current systems, but we are also eager to explore future designs as well.’
Poly Labs already makes a variety of other PU military and defence products. These include knee, elbow and chest protection systems, shoe and boot components, impact-protection liners for helmets, and fighter pilot bladder management components and systems.