DSM has announced that it will increase its production capacity for Dyneema following strong demand for both Dyneema UD (unidirectional laminate) and Dyneema fibre.
Dyneema UD is a composite unidirectional laminate that offers excellent energy absorption and enhanced protection. It is available as a hard and soft ballistic material.
The company is investing to install additional UD technology at its plant in Heerlen, the Netherlands, and its plant in Greenville, North Carolina, US, and will also make improvements to existing production lines to expand Dyneema UD and fibre capacity, incorporating the latest technologies. The global production capacity of Dyneema UD will be increased by more than 20%.
The company says this capacity expansion will enable it to serve growing global customer demand. The growing US market will be served better from DSM’s Greenville facility. Law enforcement organisations such as the New York Police Department (NYPD), US Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Los Angeles Police Department employ Dyneema technology.
The additional Dyneema UD and fibre capacity will become available in the course of 2018 and is due be fully on stream by Q1 2019.
“Dyneema 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,” notes DSM Dyneema President, Wilfrid Gambade. “DSM Dyneema is the world’s largest UHMwPE fibre 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.”
In addition to expanding capacity, DSM will also further improve its carbon footprint. The company states that applications made with Dyneema already deliver the lowest carbon footprint for the performance specified from cradle-to-grave compared to other materials and it is committed to further improve this. As an example, DSM’s plant in Greenville already uses 100% renewable electricity.
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