Royal DSM to invest in 25% expansion of Dyneema UD production

16-Nov-07
Increasing demand from USA has led Royal DSM N.V., the Dutch company to plan to invest an unspecified amount to expand capacity of Dyneema UD (unidirectional bullet-resistant sheet material) by 25% at its Greenville manufacturing facility. The new line is expected to come online in mid-2008. Increasing demand from the US has been strong from sectors such as personal and vehicle security, particularly in products sold for protection against terrorist threats. The expansion follows the recent announcement that DSM will invest in a new technical service center at its nearby facility in Stanley, N.C. Dyneema UD is based on the company's low-density Dyneema high-performance polyethylene (HPPE) fiber that is reportedly up to 15 times stronger than steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fiber, by weight.
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