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Amann Group Debuts Xtreme-Tech Sewing Thread

Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG (the Amann Group) — a Germany-based developer of sewing and embroidery threads for a range of applications — has introduced Xtreme-Tech, a high-performance sewing thread based on ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) Dyneema® fiber manufactured by DSM Dyneema, the Netherlands. The company received an Innnovation Award, which recognizes outstanding product innovations and solutions, for Xtreme-Tech at the inaugural Texprocess processing textile and flexible materials trade show held last month in Frankfurt.

Amann Group developed special twisting, coating and coloring techniques to create Xtreme-Tech, which the company reports is easy to process and to dye. The low-weight, high-strength thread is suitable for applications with high safety requirements, including sailing, haulage ropes, paragliders, fishing nets, aerospace, load restraint/lifting systems and protective clothing; as well as sports gear such as climbing equipment, ropes and harnesses. Amann initially developed Xtreme-Tech for its customer AmSafe Industries Inc., Phoenix, which is currently using it to develop super-strong cargo restraint systems for Freighter Aircrafts.

"Most companies already know about the impressive properties of Dyneema fiber in terms of durability and strength, but have not been aware of its outstanding performance in sewing thread," said Yvonne Engelen, vice president, innovation, DSM Dyneema. "As a highly sustainable solution for many applications, Amann's new Xtreme-Tech with Dyneema will enable many companies to optimise their products as a result of stronger seams, and in many cases increase the lifetime of their products."

Amann Group and DSM Dyneema have entered into a strategic trademark agreement under which the companies will market and sell Xtreme-Tech and other new products they plan to develop in partnership.

June 7, 2011