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DSM Dyneema completes new ballistic tape facility

Industry News | May 7, 2012 | By:

DSM Dyneema announces accomplishments at its ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufacturing facility located in Greenville, S.C. DSM Dyneema’s continues its commitment to the defense, law enforcement and civilian protection sectors through life protection innovations that “lighten the load” and increase peace-of-mind protection.

Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America, said, “We are extremely proud of the Greenville facility, which epitomizes DSM Dyneema’s leadership in materials innovation, advanced technology and performance excellence. The two recent milestones that Greenville has achieved [are] supplying Dyneema® HB80 composite for the new Enhanced Combat Helmet and opening the first full commercial scale ballistic tape facility… .”

DSM Dyneema’s HB80 unidirectional (UD) composite played a critical role in Ceradyne Inc.’s successful development of the new Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) for the United States Marine Corps and Army. Dyneema HB80 composite used in the ECH provides fragmentation performance without increasing weight and is manufactured exclusively at the Greenville plant.

The other major accomplishment is the new, large-scale facility for manufacturing Dyneema Ballistic Tape. This product gives manufacturers greater flexibility in armor design while providing cost-effective protection against high-velocity fragments. Applications include both body and vehicle armor such as spall liner, inserts and shields.

DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema is an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber. Dyneema fiber floats on water and is resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. Dyneema is used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and in fine yarns for applications in sporting goods and the medical sector. Dyneema is also used in bullet-resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel.

Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM delivers innovative solutions in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.

Source: DSM Dyneema

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