Royal DSM announced last week that it will increase production capacity for DyneemaÂ®, the worldâ€™s strongest fiberâ„¢. The company is investing to install additional new UD technology at its plant in Heerlen, the Netherlands, and its plant in Greenville, N.C. The capacity expansion will enable DSM to fulfill the growing global customer demand. The growing domestic U.S. market will be served better from DSMâ€™s Greenville facility. It will also make improvements to existing production lines to expand Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber capacity, incorporating the latest technologies.
Globally-recognized law enforcement organizations such as; the New York Police Department (NYPD), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Los Angeles Police Department, and many others are protected daily by Dyneema technology. The additional Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber capacity will become available in the course of 2018 and is due be fully on stream by Q1 2019.In addition to expanding capacity, DSM Dyneema will also further improve its carbon footprint, delivering on its brand promise Dyneema, the Greenest Strengthâ„¢. Applications made with Dyneema already deliver the lowest carbon footprint for the performance specified from cradle-to-grave compared to other materials and DSM is committed to further improve this. As an example, DSMâ€™s plant in Greenville already uses 100-percent renewable electricity.
Dyneema UD is a composite unidirectional laminate that offers excellent energy absorption and enhanced protection. It is accessible as a hard and soft ballistic material. Strong demand for both Dyneema UD (Uni-Directional laminate) and Dyneema fiber is prompting this increase. Financial details will not be disclosed.
President Wilfrid Gambade of DSM Dyneema quoted that, â€œDyneema products are finding use in a broad and ever-increasing range of markets and applications in which lightweight strength is of the essence, for instance best-in-class protective ballistic vests, inserts and helmets. â€œDSM Dyneema is the worldâ€™s largest UHMwPE fiber and UD manufacturer with a backward integration into UHMwPE polymer production. These investments will enable us to better accommodate growing customer demand and needs while further extending our global leadership position.â€
The global production capacity of Dyneema UD will be increased by more than 20 percent. This capacity increase will further strengthen DSMâ€™s product leadership under the Dyneema brand.Ongoing innovation by DSM will continue to belighter, newer, and better performing material to the market in the years ahead.
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