Worldwide Protective Products adds Dyneema® Diamond Technology in spun yarn form to protective gloves portfolio

Integration of revolutionary material enables glove manufacturer to usher in a New Standard in Comfortable, Longer Lasting Cut Protection

New products on display Oct. 27-30 at A+A in Düsseldorf at Worldwide Protective Products booth (Hall 03/B75) and DSM Dyneema booth (Hall 11/B05)

The Netherlands, 23 October 2015 - 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 unique properties that deliver extreme cut resistance and abrasion durability, while also enabling enhanced wearer comfort. Combining this revolutionary fiber innovation with Worldwide’s market knowledge and unique knitting and yarn integration capabilities will result in styles that help establish a new standard in cut protection compared to current market offerings. In fact, the first new gloves introduced with spun yarn Dyneema® Diamond Technology material will offer improved cut resistance and as much as four 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,” says Kerry 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 and comfortable due to the inherent cooling properties of Dyneema® Diamond Technology that does not trap 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 Technology material. The gloves will be knitted at the company’s North Carolina factory, enabling a new option in innovative 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 cut resistant 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 cut resistance 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 current gloves. Dyneema® Diamond Technology also offers superior abrasion resistance, enabling longer usable glove life without sacrificing cut protection as happens with some other materials over time or when laundered.

Workplace hand injuries – with cuts and lacerations forming the majority of reportable cases – continue to be among the most prevalent safety issues in manufacturing operations globally. A significant number of these cuts occurring in workplaces happen to workers not wearing protective gloves or sleeves at the time of the incident, with lack of comfort or the perception thereof the most commonly cited reasons employees give for not wearing proper protective equipment. These factors present particular 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 wearer discomfort.

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

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About DSM Dyneema

DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fiber branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® 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. Further information on DSM Dyneema is available at www.dyneema.com.

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Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

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About Worldwide Protective Products

Worldwide Protective Products is a leading producer of hand and body protection products with locations in Wilkesboro, NC, Hamburg, NY and Attleboro, MA. The company combines state-of-the art knitting, sewing and coating operations with an uncompromising commitment to United States manufacturing and personalized customer service carried out by skilled and experienced operations and sales personnel.

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