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Worldwide Protective Products to use Dyneema Diamond Technology in protective gloves

Working with Dyneema allows Worldwide to capitalize on the material’s unique properties that deliver extreme cut resistance and abrasion durability.

27th October 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  The Netherlands

Protective, Industrial, Clothing/​Footwear

Worldwide Protective Products and DSM Dyneema have completed a technology licensing agreement enabling Worldwide to bring to market protective work gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology, the advanced material for cut protection.

“Our partnership with DSM Dyneema means a significant step forward in workplace hand safety,” said Kerry Dyer, Managing Director, Worldwide Protective Products. “Bringing gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology to the market segments we intend to target has clear advantages.”

With the licensing agreement in place with DSM Dyneema, Worldwide becomes the preeminent US supplier of straight knit protective gloves made from spun yarn Dyneema Diamond Technology material. The gloves will be knitted at the company’s North Carolina factory, enabling a new option in innovative cut protection for companies that prefer to source products made in the US.

Material’s unique properties

Working with Dyneema Diamond Technology allows Worldwide to capitalize on the material’s unique properties that deliver extreme cut resistance and abrasion durability, while also enabling enhanced wearer comfort, the company reports.

The company believes that combining this fibre innovation with Worldwide’s knitting and yarn integration capabilities will result in styles that help establish a new standard in cut protection compared to current market offerings.

The first new gloves introduced with spun yarn Dyneema Diamond Technology material will offer improved cut resistance and as much as four times the usable life of gloves currently serving the bulk of certain industry segments, according to the manufacturer.

Workplace hand injuries

Workplace hand injuries continue to be among the most prevalent safety issues in manufacturing operations globally. A significant number of these cuts occurring in workplaces happen to workers not wearing protective gloves or sleeves at the time of the incident.

“Improving comfort in gloves that provide exceptional cut protection is critical for companies who want to make a real difference in employee safety and health,” said Olivier Boubeaud, global business segment director, high performance textiles, DSM Dyneema.

“Spun fibre made from Dyneema Diamond Technology clearly provides advantages in this area. Offering protective equipment market leaders like Worldwide Protective Products access to this technology will improve availability of gloves with Dyneema Diamond Technology for employers and better enable us to deliver on our objective to create the world’s safest hands.”

Additional features

In addition to the ultra high level of cut protection, the new glove will keep hands cool and comfortable due to the inherent cooling properties of Dyneema Diamond Technology that does not trap heat as do many other cut resistant materials.

Dyneema Diamond Technology also offers superior abrasion resistance, enabling longer usable glove life without sacrificing cut protection as happens with some other materials over time or when laundered.

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