Report sees protective clothing market growth

August 7th, 2015

A report by Dallas-based market analysts Markets and Markets forecasts the protective-clothing industry will see sales approaching $9.3 billion by 2020. The report—“Protective Clothing Market by Type (Aramid & Blends, Polyolefin & Blends, Polyamide, and PBI), by Application (Thermal, Chemical, and Visibility), and by End Use Industries (Construction & Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Mining) […]

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DSM Dyneema acquires Cubic Tech

May 22nd, 2015

Dutch synthetic-fiber maker DSM Dyneema has acquired Mesa, Ariz.-based high-performance fabric maker Cubic Tech Corp. The privately owned Cubic Tech designs, develops and produces high-performance, ultra-lightweight, flexible laminates and fabrics—most of them based on DSM’s Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE) Dyneema® fabric—and focuses on high-end solutions in applications as diverse as racing-yacht sails, equipment […]

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The origami kayak

February 7th, 2014

A new company is out to “unlock the wonder and discovery of the great outdoors,” even for city dwellers, they say. And they plan to make it a little easier with a Kayak that folds up like a suitcase to be transported almost anywhere. Kayakers can keep the Oru Kayak in the trunk of the […]

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Scientific pay-off from long duration balloons

June 1st, 2013

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) obtains data about the evolution of the universe and elements in the polar atmosphere using scientific balloons made of polyethylene film as thin as sandwich wrap, filled with the same helium used in party balloons. New developments in balloon materials, however, helped NASA launch a mission in Antarctica […]

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Hard hats from a sweet source

May 1st, 2013

Safety equipment manufacturer MSA, Pittsburgh, Pa., is the largest producer of industrial hard hats in North America and worldwide, and its V-Gard® hard hat with its distinctive V-shaped crown has helped prevent head injuries among workers who use the product. Hard hats are made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE), generally derived from petroleum. In a move […]

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