November 6, San Diego (CA). The recent approval for use of Dyneema® fibers in gloves for the food processing industry1 coupled with membership of the Dyneema® licensee program allowed Ansell Healthcare to convert to high-performance Dyneema® fibers for cut resistant glove applications. In the Polar Bear® Paw Gard® gloves from Ergo Products, a brand of the Ansell Healthcare group, the ultra strong fiber from DSM Dyneema combines up to ASTM-ISEA Level 5 cut resistance to deliver the superior protection of a heavyweight glove or sleeve with the close, comfortable fit of a lightweight. The Polar Bear® Paw Gard® gloves with Dyneema® can be seen Ansell Healthcare’s booth (# 3333) at the the National Safety Council Annual Congress & Expo in San Diego November 6-8, 2006.

Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™, has become a material of choice for protective gloves in many industrial segments by offering both comfort and protection. The Polar Bear® Paw Gard® cut resistant glove from Ansell, a global leader in protective products, is available in a variety of sizes and three basic models (lightweight, medium and heavyweight) for all types of food processing applications.

“By using Dyneema® in its products, Ansell is able to supply food processors with the superior protection of a heavyweight glove and the close, comfortable fit of a lightweight product,” said Keitha Kessler, Marketing Manager – Ergo Products, Ansell. “Polar Bear® PawGard® gloves with Dyneema have Level 4 and Level 5 cut resistance—the highest levels in the ASTM-ISEA standard—making them ideal for beef, pork, poultry, seafood and fruit and vegetable processors.”

“The Polar Bear® Paw Gard® gloves are a clear result of our strengthened partnerships in the cut resistance market through the Dyneema® licensing program. Dyneema® fiber obtaining food processing approval1 was a major development for our business model. Now that it is has been declared safe for use in this industry1, we are able to pursue new segments for Dyneema® in cut resistance by working closely with innovative partners such as Ansell Healthcare,” declared Robert Smulders, Vice President Marketing & Sales for DSM Dyneema.

1Dyneema® fibers have been approved as intended for gloves for the meat processing industry in full compliance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDA) and all applicable food additive regulations, as well as with article 3 of the Framework Directive and the EU Plastics Directive.

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About Ansell

Ansell Healthcare is a global leader in healthcare barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Ansell employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and latex-free glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying sexual health products and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at www.ansell.com.

About DSM Dyneema

DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is an ultra strong polyethylene fiber that 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® 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.

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 and www.thesofterstrength.com.

About DSM

DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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