DSM Dyneema has appointed Atkins & Pearce, Inc., a U.S.-based supplier to the technical textile industry, as a Premium Distribution Partner for North and Central America and Mexico, effective immediately. Atkins & Pearce will market and distribute ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufactured by DSM Dyneema and provide customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America with application engineering expertise and technical services, including fiber enhancement capabilities. The company will play an active role in developing new markets for UHMWPE fiber and servicing existing markets.
“This strategic partnership with Atkins & Pearce marks the next step in DSM Dyneema’s efforts to supply and service the North American and Central American textile industries with sustainable and high-performance fiber solutions,” said Jeff Brule, regional manager, Americas, DSM Dyneema. “Customers will benefit from shorter lead times, value-added application development and technical services, and a higher level of collaboration that can help drive business growth.”
“We look forward to working closely with DSM Dyneema to meet the strong and growing demand for its high-performance UHMWPE fiber among customers in this region,” says Jeb Head, owner of Atkins & Pearce. “Our long history of expertise in textile braiding and other fiber technology, our customization capabilities and our proactive approach to service will help current and new customers leverage DSM Dyneema’s products to achieve a clear competitive advantage.”
With nearly 200 years of experience as a leading producer of precision engineered textiles, Atkins & Pearce has made significant technical advancements in textile coatings and has developed processing capacity and technology for high-performance fibers. The company focuses on emerging technologies in the textile industry by offering customized fiber solutions.
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema is a UHMWPE fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. Dyneema fiber floats on water and is durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. Dyneema is a component in ropes, cables and nets in the fishing, shipping and offshore industries; used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and in fine yarns for applications in sporting goods and the medical sector; and is 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, N.C. DSM Dyneema is also a partner in a high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) manufacturing joint venture in Japan.