DSM Dyneema and ATG® today announce a cooperative agreement to combine technology platforms using Dyneema® Diamond Technology for workplace hand protection.

ATG® will utilize the unique cut-resistant properties of Dyneema® Diamond Technology to develop glove styles that provide ultra-thin, cool-to-the-touch, dexterity-enhancing hand protection. The partnership with DSM Dyneema, which provides access to this game-changing material, creates the ability to develop innovative new work gloves when employed in concert with industry-leading ATG technologies. One such example is ATG’s expertise in developing gloves with proprietary coatings, such as the company’s patented AIRtech® technology platform, which is used in the highly breathable and comfortable MaxiFlex® range of gloves.

In addition, ATG® will integrate its DuraTech® technology platform to reduce the cost-in-use by increasing wear life and bringing Dyneema® Diamond Technology to a larger market.

Dyneema® Diamond Technology and DSM Dyneema’s mantra to ‘Create the World’s Safest Hands’ also fit well with ATG’s commitment to providing ‘skin-friendly gloves,’ demonstrated through the company’s partnership with the Skin Health Alliance to ensure that all of its gloves are dermatologically accredited.

“Entering this relationship with DSM Dyneema and adding Dyneema® Diamond Technology is appealing to our organization because we believe combining our glove-manufacturing expertise with the material that represents a market-leading standard in cut protection will improve workplace hand safety dramatically,” says Howard Goth, managing director, ATG®. “We also believe there is power in the combined strength of our companies, which are two of the most recognizable brands in workplace hand protection.”

Another key element of the ATG® and DSM Dyneema partnership involves commitment to a similar approach to quality control. ATG® is a fully integrated manufacturer that controls all aspects of the manufacturing process without outsourcing a single element. With DSM Dyneema, ATG® gains an equally conscientious materials partner, thus allowing the traceability of all aspects of production from polymer to final Dyneema® Diamond Technology fiber production. This provides an unmatched degree of peace of mind.

“ATG® and DSM Dyneema are leaders in innovation. We hold ourselves to the highest sourcing, manufacturing and product quality standards, we consider sustainability a core part of our businesses and we approach business relationships as long-term partnerships,” says Olivier Boubeaud, global business director for high performance textiles at DSM Dyneema. “These shared commitments all serve the market of end users looking to improve hand protection and worker safety.”

About ATG®
Focused on innovation and quality, ATG® designs, develops and manufactures gloves that enhance the performance of the most sophisticated work tool: the hand. We believe in keeping it simple, so we offer just four brands that are skin friendly, extremely comfortable, highly durable and, above all, value for money.

All of our gloves are dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance and are post-washed prior to packaging, enabling us to guarantee that they are ‘fresh out of the pack’ as certified by Oeko-Tex. All the materials used to produce our gloves meet REACH standards, and none of our gloves contains any SVHCs.

Our business model is based on four core values related to innovation; quality; the planet and its people; and long-term relationships and collaboration. We are a traditional manufacturer that uses the latest technologies. We do everything ourselves, and we guarantee that nothing is outsourced. For more information, visit www.atg-glovesolutions.com.

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 percent 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 Greenville, North Carolina (U.S.) and in Heerlen (The Netherlands). 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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