DSM to build fifth Dyneema yarn production line
The market for Dyneema is growing strongly. The combination of high strength and low weight is the reason that Dyneema is increasingly used in high-performance protective products such as lightweight bullet-resistant vests and helmets, vehicle armouring, safety gloves and protective clothing, as well as in sails and other sport articles, nautical ropes and cables, fishing lines and fishing nets.
Over the last few years demand in protective applications has grown very fast. On top of that, Dyneema's successful track record in rope and twine applications has accelerated the replacement of steel and polyester in these applications.
"We have changed our organization to keep up with market demand, which is increasing very fast," says Pieter Greidanus, director of DSM High Performance Fibers. "The most recent capacity expansion scheme for Dyneema yarns confirms this: by the end of 2002 total production capacity will be 3,200 tpa, more than double the 2000 figure."
"The market for Dyneema is growing even faster than we expected," comments Peter Elverding, chairman of the DSM Managing Board. "These investments will enable the Dyneema business to implement its growth strategy at an accelerated pace. The investments in these high performance products are fully in line with our Vision 2005: Focus & Value strategy."
This strategy, presented at the end of last year, defines DSM's goals for the next few years. Elverding: "By 2005 DSM aims to rank among the world's leading players in the field of specialties characterized by a high added value. To this end, DSM is transforming itself into a specialty company: a company specializing in advanced chemical and biotechnological products and performance materials".
"We expect demand for Dyneema products to outstrip the capacity of the five Dyneema production lines within two years," says Pieter Greidanus. "Therefore, DSM has initiated an engineering study into the construction of a sixth Dyneema fibre plant in the USA. We have a solid position in Europe now and fast growing sales in North America." In 2001 DSM High Performance Fibers also built a 400 tpa production line for Dyneema UD in Greenville (NC) in the USA. Dyneema UD is a special sheet material made of Dyneema fibres, which is used for personal ballistic protection and lightweight vehicle armour. The Dyneema UD line will start production in the coming months. "This capacity expansion, too, is badly needed, as our 400 tpa Dyneema UD unit at Heerlen is running at full capacity," says Randy McGowan, director of DSM High Performance Fibers USA Inc.
Other news from the department business & finance
traceless materials secures €36.6 Million Series A to build first industry plant for bio-circular alternative to plastic
Change-enabler for driving the green transformation of the industry
Sustainable zinc-ion batteries for the energy transition
Research project aims for rapid industrial implementation
Patent filings in 3D printing grew eight times faster than average of all technologies in last decade
Metallographic image analysis in second
TGFS invests in start-up for AI-based software for microstructure analysis
Battery technology "Made in Germany" as an opportunity of the century
CustomCells calls for a holistic course to be set for the targeted establishment and expansion of the battery value chain
Evonik cooperates with REMONDIS on sustainable polyurethane recycling
The cooperation will support Evonik as it develops its chemical recycling process to the next level
Start-up recycles plastic lab waste into new test tubes and petri dishes
University of Bath is home to UK’s first pilot plant for recycling plastic lab waste
Schenck Process: Refocusing on core business after carve-out of the food division
Digital solutions and sustainable bulk solids processes at the heart
HCS Group announces completion of acquisition by ICIG
With the company takeover, the current CEO will be leaving the company
New standards for sustainable biogas facilities
Partnership between Bilfinger and spin-off from the Technical University of Munich
Most read news
Research shows table salt could be the secret ingredient for better chemical recycling
Table salt as the key to the plastics recycling revolution?
Leipzig-based start-up converts CO₂ into green chemicals with patented plasma catalysis
CO₂ recycling as a useful complement to carbon capture and storage
New battery holds promise for green energy
Redox-flow battery eliminates costly and inefficient membrane
Graphene discovery could help generate hydrogen cheaply and sustainably
Microscopic insights into electrochemical interfaces
A Second Life for Electric Car Batteries
Scientists develop a decision model for retired lithium-ion batteries
World record: World's longest-range electric car comes from Munich
Electric car drives over 2500 kilometres on a single battery charge
Major breakthrough in the development of electric vehicle batteries
New ionic materials boost hydrogen fuel cell efficiency!
Molybdenene – the "Metallic" Relative of Graphene
The researchers created the new 2D material using a microwave
At present, Europe is not making sufficient use of its hydrogen potential
More news from our other portals
Microbe of the Year 2023: Bacillus subtilis – for health and technology
Green, sweet and crisp - New apple variety Pia41 approved
The apple bred at the Julius Kühn Institute receives variety protection
Younger generation gets sick earlier and more often than older generation
Sugar: Small increase in production despite record prices
EU sugar market more than in need of reform to keep medium-sized processing companies competitive
Benchtop NMR spectroscopy can accurately analyse pyrolysis oils
How sleep deprivation can harm the brain
Sleep deprivation decreases the amount of a factor that protects neurons
New approach to testing for long Covid
Blood vessels in the eye altered with persistent coronavirus symptoms
A whole new order of bacteria could hold the key to improving biogas production
The discovery was made by researchers from Germany, Spain and the Netherlands
Cytomos welcomes new Director
£4 million investment sets path for commercialisation of groundbreaking cell analysis technology
How to inactivate common cold viruses
In the cold season, cold viruses are everywhere. But we can do something about it
A microchip for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Scientists use quantum device to slow down simulated chemical reaction 100 billion times
What happens in femtoseconds in nature can now be observed in milliseconds in the lab
At which age we are at our happiest
Making plant-based meat more ‘meaty’ — with fermented onions
Fondant under the magnifying glass
Can coffee improve memory?
Cells with an ear for music release insulin
How can the use of plastics in agriculture become more sustainable?
New study on plastic in our food systems