The latest application for Royal DSM NV's Dyneema fiber is a case of true glove.
Glove-maker ATG Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. will use Dyneema Diamond technology and materials to make work gloves that are ultra-thin and cool to the touch while enhancing dexterity, officials with both firms said in a recent news release.
Sri Lanka-based ATG will use its own DuraTech technology to reduce cost-in-use by increasing the gloves' wear life and bringing Dyneema Diamond technology to a larger market, they added. ATG also has a partnership with the Skin Health Alliance to make sure that all of its gloves are dermatologically accredited.
“We believe there is power in the combined strength of our companies, which are two of the most recognizable brands in workplace hand protection,” ATG managing director Howard Goth said in the release.
“These shared commitments all serve the market of end users looking to improve hand protection and worker safety,” added Olivier Boubeuad, global high performance textiles director for DSM, which is based in Heerlen, the Netherlands.
Dyneema is an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber that, according to DSM, is 15 times stronger than quality steel and 40 times stronger than aramid fibers. Other applications for Dyneema include bullet resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel.
DSM makes Dyneema at plants in Greenville, N.C., and in Heerlen. The firm is a global plastics and chemicals maker with annual sales of more than $10 billion. In May, the Dyneema unit bought Cubic Tech Corp., a maker of flexible laminates and fabrics in Mesa, Ariz.