06 January 2006
06 January 2006
DSM has made another investment in a new production line for Dyneema fibre in Greenville, North Carolina (USA).
It is the third announcement in the last 12 months of new Dyneema fibre production lines at DSM’s Greenville site, following earlier decisions to build two additional fibre lines and one Dyneema UD (UniDirectional bullet resistant sheet) line.
The investment will amount to several tens of millions of US dollars, and will bring the total number of fibre lines for the company to nine, with four production lines being located at the Greenville facility. DSM says that expansion of Dyneema fibre capacity follows the continued strong demand in all application areas, such as heavy marine mooring ropes, sports applications, and cut resistant garments. Due to the continuing strong demand for personal security and protection against terrorism, production in Greenville until now has had a strong focus on supplying the US army and law enforcement agencies. By adding extra multi-functional capacity to its highly integrated Greenville site, DSM says that it remains capable of meeting growing demand from all segments in which the company is active. The new line is expected to come on stream in mid 2007, with construction planned to start this month.
“Investing in further growth of Dyneema in the US contributes to the targets set in our new strategy Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths”, said Jan Zuidam, deputy chairman of the DSM Managing Board. “This additional investment fully supports our growth and innovation strategy, while contributing to improving the balance between our sales by origin and by destination.”
The markets for Dyneema continue to show growing demand. BP Shipping, for example − a long-time satisfied user of mooring ropes with Dyneema − have been using Dyneema-based ropes on North Sea shuttle tankers since 1997. BP Shipping also recently also selected Dyneema-based mooring ropes on their newly built LNG carriers.
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