Netherland’s DSM appoints 7 PMPs to expand Dyneema

May 13, 2021 - Netherlands

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has got seven Premium Manufacturing Partners (PMPs) to help expand its Dyneema fabric offerings. The PMPs will provide operational advantages to address customer needs, including accessibility to diverse fabric options, increased speed to market, and fabric innovations.

DSM has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with all of the newly appointed PMPs - Hwa Sung International in South Korea, IBQ Fabrics in Spain, Naveena Denim in Pakistan, Feinjersey Group in Austria, VDS Weaving in Belgium, Fuchshuber Techno-Tex in Germany and Gayon in China. Each of the fabric mills selected met specific criteria related to quality, manufacturing, innovation and processing know-how of both Dyneema fibre and fabric.

For more than 30 years, Dyneema, the world’s strongest fibre, has provided unmatched levels of performance and protection for critical applications. In fabric form, Dyneema offers extreme strength at weights up to 45 per cent lighter than traditional materials like nylon, polyester and aramid. Available as composites, denim, knits, woven and hybrid fabrics for composite reinforcements, Dyneema fabric is engineered at the molecular level to protect people in their professional and leisurely activities by providing ultra-light, comfortable and durable solutions for apparel, footwear and outdoor applications.

In addition to the intrinsic performance benefits of Dyneema, the new PMPs will provide operational advantages to address customer needs, including accessibility to a wide-range of diverse fabric options, increased speed to market, new fabric innovations, world-class capabilities and material processing that meets the strict quality and control requirements of DSM.

“DSM is excited to expand our relationship, and Dyneema fabric offerings, with Hwa Sung International, IBQ Fabrics, Naveena Denim, Feinjersey Group, VDS Weaving, Fuchshuber Techno-Tex and Gayon through the PMP programme,” states Marcio Manique, global business director, Consumer and Professional Protection, DSM Protective Materials. “We are confident that our partnership will ensure the continuous growth of our Dyneema offerings for various end-use markets worldwide and look forward to exploring additional opportunities, including the introduction of more sustainable alternatives with bio-based Dyneema fibre.”

DSM introduced the world’s first ever bio-based HMPE fibre in 2020. Bio-based Dyneema boasts the exact performance as conventional Dyneema with a carbon footprint that is 90 per cent lower than generic HMPE. As of October 1, 2020, DSM switched its entire fabric portfolio to bio-based Dyneema, helping to create a crucial bridge between today’s linear economy and the desired end-state of a more circular economy.