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Worldwide Protective Products Adds Dyneema® Diamond Technology in Spun Yarn Form to Protective Gloves Portfolio

Wilkesboro, N.C. and Heerlen, The Netherlands, 21 October 2015 - Integration of revolutionary material enables glove manufacturer to usher in a New Standard in Comfortable, Longer Lasting Cut Protection. Worldwide Protective Products and DSM Dyneema today announce completion of a technology licensing agreement enabling Worldwide to bring to market protective work gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology, the world’s most advanced material for cut protection.

Working with Dyneema® Diamond Technology allows Worldwide to capitalize on the material’s uniqueproperties that deliver extreme cut resistance and abrasion durability, while also enabling enhancedwearer comfort. Combining this revolutionary fiber innovation with Worldwide’s market knowledge andunique knitting and yarn integration capabilities will result in styles that help establish a new standardin cut protection compared to current market offerings. In fact, the first new gloves introduced withspun yarn Dyneema® Diamond Technology material will offer improved cut resistance and as much asfour times the usable life of gloves currently serving the bulk of certain industry segments.

“Our partnership with DSM Dyneema means a significant step forward in workplace hand safety,” saysKerry Dyer, managing director, Worldwide Protective Products. “Bringing gloves made with Dyneema®Diamond Technology to the market segments we intend to target has clear advantages.”

In addition to the ultra high level of cut protection, the new glove will keep hands cool andcomfortable due to the inherent cooling properties of Dyneema® Diamond Technology that does nottrap heat as do many other cut resistant materials.

With the licensing agreement in place with DSM Dyneema, Worldwide becomes the preeminent U.S.supplier of straight knit protective gloves made from spun yarn Dyneema® Diamond Technologymaterial. The gloves will be knitted at the company’s North Carolina factory, enabling a new option ininnovative cut protection for companies that prefer to source products made in the U.S.A.

Dyneema® Diamond Technology offers a number of advantages over other materials used to make cutresistant gloves. In some material deniers the proprietary DSM Dyneema science behind Dyneema®Diamond Technology enables glove manufacturers to choose one of two options: a higher level of cutresistance at the same weight and comfort level as existing gloves within that range of cut protection;or, a thinner and more comfortable glove that provides the same level of cut protection as currentgloves. Dyneema® Diamond Technology also offers superior abrasion resistance, enabling longer usableglove life without sacrificing cut protection as happens with some other materials over time or whenlaundered.

Workplace hand injuries – with cuts and lacerations forming the majority of reportable cases – continueto be among the most prevalent safety issues in manufacturing operations globally. A significantnumber of these cuts occurring in workplaces happen to workers not wearing protective gloves orsleeves at the time of the incident, with lack of comfort or the perception thereof the most commonlycited reasons employees give for not wearing proper protective equipment. These factors presentparticular opportunities for segments Worldwide plans to target with its new products, as many existing gloves prevalent in those applications depend on technologies that hold heat and cause wearerdiscomfort.

“Improving comfort in gloves that provide exceptional cut protection is critical for companies whowant to make a real difference in employee safety and health,” says Olivier Boubeaud, global businesssegment director, high performance textiles, DSM Dyneema. “Spun fiber made from Dyneema®Diamond Technology clearly provides advantages in this area. Offering protective equipment marketleaders like Worldwide Protective Products access to this technology will improve availability of gloveswith Dyneema® Diamond Technology for employers and better enable us to deliver on our objective tocreate the world’s safest hands.”