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EuroFibers Seeks Partners To Commercialize Dyneema®-reinforced Cotton Solutions

EuroFibers BV, the Netherlands — a supplier of high-performance fibers and fiber solutions to the European textile industry, and a distributor of the Netherlands-based DSM Dyneema BV's Dyneema® ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber — has initiated an open innovation project to develop products made using a patent-pending blend of cotton with a very small percentage of Dyneema. EuroFibers reports the blended fiber provides twice the abrasion resistance of cotton alone, as well as improved tensile strength and tear resistance.

EuroFibers will share its expertise and supply samples with partners such as cotton mills; spinners; denim, cotton fabric and end-product manufacturers; and consumer brands. Selected partners will not be required to reveal their trade secrets. Potential end products include workwear, denim apparel and gloves, among others.

"We know the high performance fiber market very well and have good knowledge of the shortcomings of 100-percent cotton fabrics in technical application," said Marcel Alberts, managing director, EuroFibers. "Because of the strong value proposition of the invention we are confident that a large part of the cotton industry can benefit from it. We now want to forge strong partnerships with cotton processing companies and their customers who can take advantage from stronger and more durable cotton fabrics to make this a marketplace success story."

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