DSM Protective Materials

DSM introduces new value offering to its high-performance fibers business

Geleen (NL), 3 June 2020 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health, and Sustainable Living, today announces the launch of a value offering product portfolio for ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), Trosar™. In line with the growing demand for materials solutions that deliver higher strength and durability, Trosar™ will bring the unique benefits of UHMWPE within reach of more manufacturers, including those from the hard and soft ballistic UD, rope, netting, and aquaculture industries. The new material grade underlines DSM’s commitment to use science and innovation to deliver solutions that outperform conventional market alternatives.

Around the world, the use of material solutions that extend product lifecycles, drive mechanical performance, and lower overall environmental impact can increasingly offer commercial advantages. While, in the past, UHMWPE materials such as DSM’s Dyneema® were used for select, highly demanding applications, an increasingly wide range of manufacturers are now looking to leverage the unique chemical and mechanical properties of these materials for a broader range of applications. Trosar™ will address this market need and make the use of UHMWPE more accessible than ever.

The new material grade will be available in various performance grades as fiber and unidirectional laminate (UD). To deliver a reliable supply of good quality, Trosar™ will be manufactured to consistent quality standards by DSM in the Netherlands, North America, and China. Given its high tensile strength and excellent energy absorption properties, the new material is highly suitable for use in a range of high-performance applications such as ropes, nets, and slings, as well as soft and hard ballistic armoring.

Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Protective Materials: “In the 50 years since DSM invented UHMWPE, our materials have delivered great benefits to the environment and society at large. Today’s launch of Trosar™ is a natural extension of our unique heritage and makes UHMWPE material more accessible than ever before. Together with our partners, we will help to deliver more lightweight, high-strength sustainable solutions that work for people and planet – and create brighter lives for all!”

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