Royal DSM further expands its global production capacity for Dyneema fibers and laminates.
The company's executives said at a 2元彩票 conference on May 14 that strong demand for Dyneema UD, unidirectional laminates and Dyneema branded fibers is driving this growth. Financial details of the expansion will not be disclosed.
DSM has invested in the installation of additional new UD technology at the Hellen plant in the Netherlands and the Greenville plant in the United States. It will also improve existing production lines to expand Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber production capacity.
Expansion work will be carried out in 2018, and the new capacity will be fully put into use in the first quarter of 2019.
In addition to expanding capacity, DSM Dyneema will improve its carbon footprint. DSM's plant in Greenville uses 100% renewable electricity. Dyneema UD is a composite unidirectional laminate with superior energy absorption and enhanced protection.
"Dyneema products are used in a wide and growing market and applications, of which lightweight is the most important," said Wilfrid Gambade, president of DSM Dyneema.
He added that these applications include bullet-proof vests, pads and helmets.
Dyneema is an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber, which has 15 times higher strength than high-quality steel and 40 times higher than aramid fiber. Royal DSM is a global manufacturer of plastics and chemicals with annual sales of more than $ 10 billion.