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18 November 2015

MILIPOL 2015: DSM Dyneema Unveils Black Dyneema®

Dyneema®-branded ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibre is now available in black. DSM Dyneema, the developer and producer of Black Dyneema®, explained the new product will open up important new opportunities for the Dyneema fibre family (to be seen at DSM Dyneema’s own stand 5P046). Dyneema is one of the world’s strongest fibres on a weight for weight basis and is already used in applications that range across sectors as diverse as sports and leisure, aquaculture, and protective apparel.

Black Dyneema is the latest result of DSM Dyneema bringing together its science, technology and engineering expertise in response to market needs that continue to change and develop.

Black Dyneema is similar to natural white Dyneema fibre, except that it is permanently colored throughout its cross-section. The coloring process has no effect on any of the key mechanical properties of the fibre, nor on its smooth surface. Very high breaking strength and stiffness, low density, low elongation, excellent durability, chemical, moisture and UV resistance are all retained, as is the fibre’s quality consistency.

Until now, Dyneema fibre has only been available in its natural white color. If users wanted to use the fibre in an application requiring color, they needed to post-treat it. But UHMWPE fibres are almost inert chemically, so the colours, which are only on the surface, tend to wear off.