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DSM Dyneema fiber used to build Freedom Tower

News International-French

30 May 2013

DSM Dyneema LLC (DSM Dyneema), the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber congratulates Slingmax and ASC Industries on their role in the crowning of One World Trade Center, Freedom Tower, with the use of Slingmax Twin-Path High Performance Slings.

Made with Dyneema fiber, the slings were used last week to cradle the spire, and carefully lift it into place at the peak of the building. The addition of the magnificent 408-foot silver spire brought Freedom Tower to its full height, a symbolic 1,776 feet, making Freedom Tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Slingmax’s Twin-Path High Performance Slings are made of a blend of high performance fibers, a large part Dyneema, and are the most advanced slings on the market today. They fuse state-of-the-art materials with proprietary technology to create a product of unprecedented safety and performance. As a supplier to Slingmax and their worldwide dealers, DSM Dyneema is proud of their partners’ role in this historic and patriotic moment for the United States of America. DSM Dyneema thanks Slingmax for their trust in using Dyneema in these state-of-the-art roundslings.

“We are honored to have been a part of the construction of One World Trade Center, an iconic symbol of American strength and resilience, through our partners Slingmax and ASC Industries,” said Christian Widdershoven, Vice President Marketing & Sales, DSM Dyneema Business Group. “After the terrible events of 9/11, DSM Dyneema supplied fiber and sheet materials to its customers for the manufacture of ballistic protection products for troops, homeland security and other emergency responders. Today, we are immensely pleased to have played a role in the construction of a symbol of triumph over those dark events, a historic moment for America and the world.”

In addition to the lightweight strength of Dyneema fiber, unsurpassed abrasion resistance and low stretch properties, Slingmax roundslings offer the Check-Fast Inspection System that warns users of overload conditions before damage occurs, fiber optic inspection to detect early warning signs of damage, redundant protection delivered by two independently functioning slings in one, unique length tolerances of less than one percent, and unmatched repairability. More than 90 percent of damaged TPXC slings can be repaired.