A global science-based company, the Royal DSM, active in health, nutrition, materials has decided to increase its production capacity for Dyneema. Increased demand for both Dyneema UD (Uni-Directional laminate) and Dyneema fiber, the world’s strongest fiber, has driven the decision to increase the production capacity.
DSM is installing additional new UD technology at its plant in Heerlen, the Netherlands, and its plant in Greenville, NC, U.S. including to make improvements to existing production lines with the new investment. The expansion plans to expand Dyneema UD, and Dyneema fiber capacity would use the latest technologies.
DSM’s initiative to increase the global production capacity of Dyneema UD will result in more than 20% capacity increase that would further strengthen DSM’s product leadership under the Dyneema brand.
The capacity expansion will help DSM in two ways: one to serve the growing global customer demand and second to meet the growing domestic U.S. market demand, which will be served better from DSM’s Greenville, N.C. facility.
Dyneema technology is protecting the 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. The additional Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber capacity will be ready during the year 2018 and is scheduled to be fully on stream by Q1 2019.
Wilfrid Gambade, DSM Dyneema President, said, “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.
DSM Dyneema is the world’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.”