DSM Dyneema completes ballistic tape facility

DSM Dyneema will supply its Dyneema HB80 composite for use in the new Enhanced Combat Helmet for the U.S. military, and has opened its first commercial-scale ballistic tape facility in North Carolina.

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DSM Dyneema (Greenville, N.C., USA) on April 30 announced significant accomplishments at its ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufacturing facility located Greenvile. 

Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America, says, “We are extremely proud of the Greenville facility, which epitomizes DSM Dyneema’s leadership in materials innovation, advanced technology and performance excellence. The two recent milestones that Greenville has achieved – supplying Dyneema HB80 composite for the new Enhanced Combat Helmet and opening the first full commercial-scale ballistic tape facility – attest to the important contribution of this facility to the overall success of the local community, the defense sector and the company.”

DSM Dyneema’s HB80 unidirectional (UD) composite – one of the highest-performing ballistic materials on the market today – played a critical role in Ceradyne Inc.’s successful development of the new Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) for the United States Marine Corps and Army. In March 2012, Ceradyne was awarded an initial production order for the ECH and expects to receive a full multi-year production order by the end of the second quarter of 2012. Dyneema HB80 composite used in the ECH is said to provide exceptional fragmentation performance without increasing weight and is manufactured exclusively at the Greenville plant.

The other major accomplishment highlighted at the press conference is the new large scale facility for manufacturing Dyneema Ballistic Tape. This product, featuring many of the characteristics of Dyneema UD composite, is said to give manufacturers greater flexibility in armor design while providing cost-effective protection against high-velocity fragments. Applications include body and vehicle armor such as spall liner, inserts and shields.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield says, “DSM’s Greenville complex is an asset to the community. Not only is it one of Pitt County’s largest employers, it also strengthens our state’s reputation as a hub for global technological innovation. I’m very pleased with the company’s continued
investment in capacity, sophisticated technology development and technical training to drive even greater success and growth in the future.”

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