DSM is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is a versatile, low-weight, high-strength High Modulus Polyethylene fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight.
On a weight-for-weight basis, it is up to 15 times stronger than steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers. Dyneema® floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. Its applications, therefore, are more or less unlimited. Dyneema® fiber is an important component in not only body armor, but also ropes, cables and nets in the fishing, shipping and offshore industries. It is also used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and as fine yarns for applications in sporting goods and the medical sector.
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The various Dyneema® grades
DSM Protective Materials is the first producer ever launching a bio- based ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (branded as Dyneema®) using a by-product from the wood pulp industry as a sustainable resource to produce renewable Ethylene feedstock. Based on mass balance approach the bio-based fiber is manufactured in such a way that the final product is identical to the fossil-based yarn. This means zero compromise on quality, characteristics and performance! FibrXL has bio-based Dyneema® SK99 and SK78 available for customers.
SK99 for ultimate strength
Dyneema® SK99 has 20% strength advantage over SK78 and crucially retains the same elongation and creep characteristics as SK78 – out-gunning SK90 on all levels! SK99 has an unmatched strength to weight ratio and has carved a niche for itself as the ultimate performance core material.
DM20 for minimum creep performance
Developed for offshore use, ropes with DM20 outperform the alternatives, surpass industry standards for (deep water) permanent mooring solutions, and will outlast the operational life of the installation. DM20 has slightly lower tenacity than SK78, but has one major advantage in that it exhibits virtually zero creep. Also used for static load applications such as standing rigging.
3G12 for maximum cut protection
Dyneema® fibers have long been the material of choice for cut resistant gloves. Building on this industry leading heritage, Dyneema® 3G12 (Diamond Technology) continues to evolve to meet modern requirements and guarantee the best protected hands in the industry. Offering some of the most comfortable, dexterous and durable gloves available today, Dyneema® 3G12 ensures that worker hands stay safe throughout the glove’s lifespan.
SK78 has become the standard grade used by reputable manufacturers. SK78 has the same strength as SK75 but offers significantly improved creep characteristics than its predecessor.
Watch the movie how Dyneema® SK78 is reducing the risk of rope breakage.