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DSM To Expand Dyneema Production Capacity In US

The Netherlands-based DSM has announced it will expand capacity at its plant in Greenville, N.C., for the production of its Dyneema® yarn, high-performance polyethylene fiber and Dyneema UD unidirectional bullet-resistant sheet. The new facilities, expected to begin operations in 2006, will increase the company's global fiber production capacity by 20 percent and its UD capacity by 25 percent, according to DSM.

The Greenville plant, which opened in May 2004, has been focused on producing life protection materials in response to demands for personal body armor, particularly by the US military.

"By adding this new multifunctional capacity in our highly integrated Greenville site, DSM Dyneema is responding to the continuously increasing demand for our high-performance products," said Christophe Dardel, director. "We will continue to show our strong support to the US military, but additional capacity increase will also be necessary in order to fulfill growing demand from other market segments."

The expansion is expected to create 20 to 25 new jobs.

February 2005