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AUGUST 2016 ISSUE

Dyneema: The ‘Greenest’ Strength
 
The Greenest Strength

DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre branded as Dyneema, produces the world’s strongest, highest-performing fibre. And it does so with the lowest possible carbon footprint. But the company isn’t stopping there.

DSM Dyneema has set corporate sustainability goals to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent, energy consumption by 20 per cent and water use by 15 per cent, all by 2020. It constantly strives to reduce its emissions, as well as the amount of energy and water it uses during production.

Through continuous R&D, they aim to further enhance the performance and durability of Dyneema, resulting in solutions that require less material without compromising on performance and with a minimal environmental impact. The company also works closely with clients and industry partners, investing in initiatives that contribute to a circular economy.

“DSM has identified sustainability as one of the key drivers, and DSM Dyneema (also) has fully embraced sustainability. We start by doing our homework and then we have discussions with people in the value chain and with NGOs and we look at where we can contribute to sustainability. You can’t do it by yourself, so both internally and externally, we closely work with our partners,” said André van Wageningen, Sustainability Director, DSM Dyneema.

“The feedstock that we start off with has a very low carbon footprint. We have worked to maintain this advantage by developing a very energy-efficient production process. With the extremely high properties of Dyneema, we can fulfill the demand (for the customer’s) application with a low amount of material. This results in ‘the greenest strength’,” said René Steeman, Global Technology Manager, DSM Dyneema

Seismic survey vessels using ropes made with Dyneema have shown 15 per cent fuel savings while reducing the amount of material used by half. Denim wear made with the fibre offers a 30 per cent carbon-footprint reduction across its life cycle. Heavy-duty chains made with Dyneema use 85 per cent less material compared to steel. Airplanes equipped with lightweight aircargo nets made with Dyneema have been shown to consume 10 per cent less fuel and yield a 40 per cent lower carbon footprint. Driven by increasing societal needs, the company is also working with its partners on a circular-economy initiative for mooring ropes.

Three factors combine to make Dyneema ‘the greenest strength’: the continuous improvement in manufacturing, ongoing R&D to further improve the unique properties of the fibre, and finally industry partnerships to explore a contribution to a circular economy. Dyneema means there is no need to compromise between high performance and sustainability. Now or in the future.

The Greenest Strength

 
 


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