Royal DSM N.V. today announces the acquisition of Pamako AG in Zurich (Switzerland) from FMS Enterprises Migun Ltd. The acquisition includes Pamako’s technology for the production of UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) based products. DSM will further develop and improve this technology, and incorporate it in its existing business for Dyneema® fiber and Dyneema® UD (UniDirectional bullet resistant sheet).
Investing in innovative future growth
“This acquisition is fully in line with DSM’s Vision 2010 strategic aim of investing in innovative technologies, and supports the growth ambitions of Dyneema. This technology is complementary to our existing technology and will enable us to anticipate future market needs” , said Christophe Dardel, President of DSM Dyneema.
DSM Dynema is the inventor and manufacturer of body armor Dyneema, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is an ultra strong polyethylene fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers, both on weight for weight basis. Dyneema® floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. The applications are therefore more or less unlimited. Dyneema® is an important component in ropes, cables and nets in the fishing, shipping and offshore industries. Dyneema® is also used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and in fine yarns for applications in sporting goods and the medical sector. In addition, Dyneema® is also used in bullet resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel.
Dyneema® is produced in Heerlen (The Netherlands) and in Greenville, North Carolina (U.S.A.). DSM Dyneema is also a partner in a high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) manufacturing joint venture in Japan.