Dyneema®: The Greenest Strength™

The Netherlands — July 11, 2016 — DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber branded as Dyneema®, produces the world’s strongest, highest-performing fiber. And it does so with the lowest possible carbon footprint. But the company isn’t stopping there.

DSM Dyneema has set corporate sustainability goals to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, energy consumption by 20 percent and water use by 15 percent, all by 2020. It constantly strives to reduce its emissions, as well as the amount of energy and water it uses during production. Through continuous R&D, they aim to further enhance the performance and durability of Dyneema, resulting in solutions that require less material without compromising on performance and with a minimal environmental impact. The company also works closely with clients and industry partners, investing in initiatives that contribute to a circular economy.

Real-world examples are plentiful: Seismic survey vessels using ropes made with Dyneema have shown 15 percent fuel savings while reducing the amount of material used by half. Denim wear made with the fiber offers a 30 percent carbon-footprint reduction across its life cycle. Heavy-duty chains made with Dyneema use 85 percent less material compared to steel. Airplanes equipped with lightweight aircargo nets made with Dyneema have been shown to consume 10 percent less fuel and yield a 40 percent lower carbon footprint. Driven by increasing societal needs, the company is also working with its partners on a circular-economy initiative for mooring ropes.

Three factors combine to make Dyneema “the greenest strength”: the continuous improvement in manufacturing, ongoing R&D to further improve the unique properties of the fiber, and finally industry partnerships to explore a contribution to a circular economy. Dyneema® means there is no need to compromise between high performance and sustainability. Now or in the future.

Posted July 11, 2016

Source: DSM Dyneema