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DSM Dyneema receives three ITMA Future Materials Awards for its radical innovation: Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology

Germany, 27 November 2014 - Company is honored for innovation in textiles, its successful platform launch strategy and its industry leadership Dresden, Germany - 27 November 2014 DSM Dyneema announced today that it has won three ITMA Future Materials awards based on its breakthrough Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology platform. Future Materials honored DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and a world leader in life protection materials and high-performance fibers, with awards for Best Innovation – Industrial Textiles; Most Innovative Large Company; and Launch of the Year. The awards were presented to DSM Dyneema’s Yvonne Engelen, vice president marketing and sales, and Shitij Chabba, global segment director life protection, at an awards ceremony in Dresden, Germany, on Nov. 26.

These awards collectively recognize the exceptional innovation and success of the Dyneema® Force Multiplier platform, which was launched in 2013 as the culmination of an intensive, 30-month research and development initiative. As a DSM Dyneema Radical Innovation, Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology is enabling development of textiles for game-changing life protection and industrial applications, including soft body armor, hard materials for helmets, vest inserts and vehicle protection. This platform delivers exceptional ballistic performance and the lightest weight and lowest profile for armor applications.

"It’s a great honor to receive multiple recognitions from our industry peers in the inaugural ITMA Future Materials Awards program,” said Chabba. “These diverse awards attest to the versatility of our Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology and to the dramatic ways it is revolutionizing the performance and technical textile industries. They also underscore the importance of ongoing innovation and an entrepreneurial attitude, even within a large company like DSM Dyneema. We look forward to fostering future breakthroughs that can advance the technical textiles industry.”

Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology is a “radical innovation that delivers disruptive, game-changing, breakthrough materials for soft body armor and hard materials for helmets, vest inserts and vehicle armor,” the judges said, explaining why DSM Dyneema won the Future Materials Award for Best Innovation – Industrial Textiles. They also highlighted its “impressive implementation and excellent market take-up potential.”

Discussing the award for Most Innovative Large Company, the judges praised the “very impressive achievement by innovative products, especially the lightweight, flexible and durable protective textiles. In addition, the company even creates a platform to link technicians and product designers to shorten the market journey.”

DSM Dyneema won the Launch of the Year award for Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology because, the judges said, “after a 30-month R&D initiative that yielded dramatic, and potentially game-changing materials for armor, DSM Dyneema devised and implemented a successful four-part launch strategy, that addresses significant market need.”

As publishers of Future Materials magazine, World Textile Information Network (WTiN) launched the Future Materials Awards to reward innovation in the highly competitive technical textiles market.

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