Ammunition manufacturer Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) and US company PolyCase are working together on the production and distribution of polymer cartridge cases and heavy metal-free ammunition.
Representatives from PMP visited PolyCase in Savannah, Georgia, late last month to negotiate an international distribution agreement that would see PMP manufacture PolyCase’s lead-free ammunition products in South Africa.
“PMP has the experience and industry position PolyCase needs in a partner as we move into international markets. We are very excited by the opportunity the PMP relationship represents for our company,” said PolyCase COO Drew Gorman.
Phaladi Petje, CEO of PMP, told defenceWeb that the agreement with PolyCase has been concluded and the companies will shortly decide which types of rounds will be manufactured. The agreement involves a transfer of technology and may see PMP manufacture polymer cartridge cases as well as heavy metal free ammunition. Polymer casings offer numerous benefits, most notably being cheaper than brass.
PMP, a division of state-owned defence firm Denel, and PolyCase have been negotiating the agreement since January when representatives from both companies met at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. PMP already has established sales channels in the United States, which is a major market for its commercial ammunition.
PMP has the potential to result in significant new exports for PolyCase and in addition to the proposed co-manufacturing agreement, the PMP-PolyCase relationship will involve the export of large quantities of PolyCase’s lead-free ammunition to South Africa, said Paul Lemke, CEO of PolyCase last month.
PolyCase has developed a line of polymer-based ammunition cartridges and projectiles that are light, efficient, accurate, and corrosion and heavy metal-free. PolyCase’s polymer cartridge cases eliminate expensive brass from the ammunition manufacturing process, and create weight savings of 15-50%
Petje said that PMP was also looking into heavy metal-free explosives and ammunition. This is part of the company’s research and development work, which has seen it partner with entities like the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Armscor and various local universities. Working with these institutions will also help determine future South African requirements, such as those of the South African Police Service (SAPS).