March 15, 2007 03:26 ET

DSM acquires technology to add to Dyneema® business

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 --

Royal DSM N.V. today announces the acquisition of Pamako AG in Zurich (Switzerland) from FMS Enterprises Migun Ltd. The acquisition includes Pamako's technology for the production of UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) based products. DSM will further develop and improve this technology, and incorporate it in its existing business for Dyneema® fiber and Dyneema® UD (UniDirectional bullet resistant sheet).

Investing in innovative future growth

'This acquisition is fully in line with DSM's Vision 2010 strategic aim of investing in innovative technologies, and supports the growth ambitions of Dyneema®. This technology is complementary to our existing technology and will enable us to anticipate future market needs', said Christophe Dardel, President of DSM Dyneema.

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

Dyneema® and Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™ are trademarks owned by Royal DSM N.V.


DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops, produces and sells 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, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings and paint, 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. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in emerging economies. 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, Australia and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at

For more information:
DSM Corporate Communications
Elvira Luykx
tel. +31 (0) 45 5782035
fax  +31 (0) 45 5740680

DSM Investor Relations
Dries Ausems
tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864
fax  +31 (0) 45 5782595

DSM Dyneema
Joost Dubois
tel. +31 (0) 46 4766466

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