DSM Dyneema (Geleen, The Netherlands) announced on Oct. 11 that it will invest in a new technical centre in Singapore, which will house the nation’s first independent ballistic testing center, and with technology that will support all DSM Dyneema existing and new businesses.
The center will be dedicated to serving DSM Dyneema’s customer base for Dyneema ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, tape and unidirectional fabric in the Asia-Pacific region. It is scheduled to be fully operational by fourth quarter 2012.
“We are taking our business aspirations in high-growth economies to the next level,” says Gerard de Reuver, president of DSM Dyneema. “The Asia Pacific region is a key growth area for DSM Dyneema, and we are continuously increasing our presence here. Our partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board through their Innovation Development Scheme has been instrumental in DSM Dyneema’s decision to establish the Centre here. We picked Singapore because of its geographical location, availability of a highly skilled workforce, good infrastructure and business-friendly government and environment.”
“The APAC Technical Centre is DSM Dyneema’s third global ballistics testing facility and our first such centre in Asia-Pacific. It will also be home to the regional headquarters for DSM Dyneema Life Protection business.” says Marco Kleuters, vice president of Life Protection APAC.
The 2,500m2/27,000-ft2 APAC Technical Centre will incorporate a basement housing two ballistic testing ranges as well as equipment and testing labs where technicians will be able to conduct comprehensive tests on personal and vehicle protection applications with Dyneema in accordance with international, European and regional Asia Pacific standards. It will also drive research and development as part of DSM Dyneema’s Fiber Solutions global R&D facility by supporting new application development and enhancing the technological capabilities for APAC customers as well as developing and driving new application areas like renewable energy in the region.