Royal DSM says that it plans to increase production capacity for its Dyneema strong fiber due to market demand for both Dyneema uni-directional laminate (UD) and Dyneema fiber.

The company will install additional new 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 capacity. The global production capacity of Dyneema UD will be increased by more than 20%.

DSM Dyneema also plans to improve its carbon footprint. DSM’s Greenville plant already uses 100% renewable electricity.

Dyneema UD is a composite unidirectional laminate that offers improved energy absorption and protection. It is available as a hard and soft ballistic material.

‘DSM Dyneema is the world’s largest UHMwPE fiber and UD manufacturer with a backward integration into UHMwPE polymer production,’ said DSM Dyneema president Wilfrid Gambade. ‘These investments will enable us to better accommodate growing customer demand and needs while further extending our global leadership position.’

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