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The US Patent and Trademark office officially granted the patent in August 2011. It protects DSM Dyneema’s tape technology. One of the products from this technology recently introduced into the market is BT10, marketed under the Dyneema® brand. This product, as well as future developments building on this patent, are expected to make a significant contribution to life protection, radome and other applications world-wide.
BT10 from DSM Dyneema is the first in a new ballistic tape technology platform offering equal ballistic performance at lower weight and competitive cost levels when compared to many aramid based armor systems.
According to Robert Smulders, DSM Dyneema - Vice President Life Protection: “We have high expectations for this new innovation in Life Protection areas and beyond, and see this as a confirmation of our innovation strategy. We expect more grants for the IP estate protecting this innovative technology platform, not only in the USA but also in other key markets. We see patents as a powerful tool for sustainable growth and competitive advantage for DSM Dyneema’s business and that of its customers.”
Delivering innovative high performance solutions to key partners and markets is one of the cornerstones of DSM Dyneema’s innovation strategy. It underlines the company’s commitment to its corporate “People, Planet, Profit” sustainability initiative by delivering increased safety to users, long-term added value to manufacturers and ongoing business opportunities for DSM and its partners.
Robert Smulders: “As an Intellectual Asset pioneer, DSM Dyneema remains committed to offer a valuable mix of Intellectual asset protection such as patents, know-how, service and innovation for our partners. DSM’s patent portfolio related to UHMWPE fiber, technology and applications currently consists of over 150 inventions protected by over 600 filed patents and patent applications worldwide, and is expanding all the time. At any given time, DSM Dyneema is likely to have between 10 and 20 new patent filings ongoing. This confirms our continuous commitment to innovation and demonstrates our ability to find innovative solutions for the changing needs in the markets we serve.”
About DSM DyneemaDSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is an Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) 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® fiber 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.
UHMWPE fiber from DSM 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.
More information: www.dyneema.com & www.dyneemamatters.com