One World Trade Center gets its spire with Slingmax roundslings using Dyneema®
DSM 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, congratulates Slingmax and ASC Industries on their role in the crowning of One World Trade Center, Freedom Tower, with the use of Slingmax Twin-Path® High Performance Slings. Made with Dyneema® fiber, the slings were used last week to cradle the spire, and carefully lift it into place at the peak of the building. The addition of the magnificent 408-foot silver spire brought Freedom Tower to its full height, a symbolic 1,776 feet, making Freedom Tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Slingmax’s Twin-Path High Performance Slings are made of a blend of high performance fibers, a large part Dyneema®, and are the most advanced slings on the market today. They fuse state-of-the-art materials with proprietary technology to create a product of unprecedented safety and performance. As a supplier to Slingmax and their worldwide dealers, DSM Dyneema is proud of their partners’ role in this historic and patriotic moment for the United States of America. DSM Dyneema thanks Slingmax for their trust in using Dyneema® in these state-of-the-art roundslings.
“We are honored to have been a part of the construction of One World Trade Center, an iconic symbol of American strength and resilience, through our partners Slingmax and ASC Industries,” said Christian Widdershoven, Vice President Marketing & Sales, DSM Dyneema Business Group. “After the terrible events of 9/11, DSM Dyneema supplied fiber and sheet materials to its customers for the manufacture of ballistic protection products for troops, homeland security and other emergency responders. Today, we are immensely pleased to have played a role in the construction of a symbol of triumph over those dark events, a historic moment for America and the world.”
In addition to the lightweight strength of Dyneema® fiber, unsurpassed abrasion resistance and low stretch properties, Slingmax roundslings offer the Check-Fast® Inspection System that warns users of overload conditions before damage occurs, fiber optic inspection to detect early warning signs of damage, redundant protection delivered by two independently functioning slings in one, unique length tolerances of less than one percent, and unmatched repairability. More than 90 percent of damaged TPXC slings can be repaired.
All these features, combined with Slingmax’s role in crowning the Freedom Tower give new meaning to the brand promise of Dyneema®: “With you when it matters.”
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 www.dyneema.com.
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