SMG announces 2012 award winnersDSM Dyneema LLC (DSM Dyneema), the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, commends their partner Banom for winning the prestigious Frost & Sullivan 2013 North American Product Leadership Award in Cut Resistant Gloves. Banom’s gloves for workers in the sheet metal and glass industries surpass the competition through the use of proprietary high tenacity filament (HTF) yarns incorporating high-performance materials such as MaxPly® with Dyneema® and TriMax® with Dyneema®.

According to the Frost & Sullivan report, Banom not only uses innovative yarns that protect against cutting hazards from knives, razor blades, sheet metal and glass, they also demonstrate superiority over competing products in the market in terms of dexterity, comfort, and tactility. Special coatings provide enhanced grip and reduce hand fatigue. Banom also received praise for designing gloves for specific end uses and for employing application testing for its gloves rather than a simple standard cut test. 

“We are proud of Banom’s achievement and pleased to have played a contributing role in the success of our partner, now acknowledged as the product leader in the North American cut-resistant glove market sector,” said Matthew Reid, High Performance Textiles Americas Manager, DSM Dyneema. “Advanced fiber technologies, together with innovations in design, manufacture and testing, enable Banom’s products to reduce injury rates and improve worker effectiveness. We are confident that Banom will continue to lead the industry and look forward to a productive ongoing relationship.”

In addition to the unsurpassed abrasion resistance and high tensile strength of the Dyneema® fiber, Banom leverages special properties of MaxPly® with Dyneema® and TriMax® with Dyneema® to ensure stretch and sensitivity while protecting against both rough- and clean-edge hazards. The company’s continuous innovation in its products, paired with efficient supporting systems for cleaning, dispensing and collection, have led to steady growth and geographic expansion in Europe, Brazil and Mexico. 

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

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