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Textiles & Clothing

A good fit for our customers

Our contribution to textiles covers everything from sporting and leisure clothing, to an innovative sustainable carpet technology, to tough industrial yarn, to next-generation textile adhesives and coatings for the fabric and leather industry.

The search for lighter, more breathable fabrics and textiles is about meeting the functional, aesthetic, and increasingly environmental needs of both manufacturer and consumer.

Medical garments

Protecting the professionals

For people in the frontline, our materials – specifically a copolyester elastomer called Arnitel® VT – are driving next-generation clothing for medical professionals, emergency services, police and the military – as well as athletes. Clothing made with Arnitel is based on unique monolithic technology that makes material breathable and flexible without the need for thousands of tiny holes. It’s rain, snow and wind resistant. It’s sweat resistant. It’s resistant to extreme cold and heat, chemicals, as well as nasty fluids (germs, bacterial and viruses). In other words, it provides safety and comfort for the wearer without compromising their performance. And thanks to its highly efficient and flexible processing characteristics it helps improve our customers’ performance.

Coatings for textiles

Coatings for textiles

We have a rich history in coatings for the textile industry. In fact our waterborne coating resins business originated from the need to provide high-performance resins for the leather industry. Today we offer a range of polyurethane-based coatings that not only protect textiles but also improve their look and feel.

Historically, waterborne polyurethanes for leather coatings contained NMP solvent. But now, DSM has developed a line of solvent-free, ultra-low volatile organic compound coatings for leather. We also offer a line of solvent-free waterborne polyurethane coatings for narrow webbing applications.

That said, we also provide solvent-borne polyurethane coatings. Our flame-retardant coatings are used for coating tents, canopies and awnings for military and consumer applications. Our breathable polyurethane coatings have excellent hydrostatic resistance and enable moisture to evaporate more quickly in athletic wear, ski parkas, running gear and military uniforms. We also make coatings for plastics and vinyls used in synthetic leather for automotive and upholstery applications.

A wide range of yarn

Dyneema® - a DSM brand - is the world’s strongest fiber. But that’s only half the story. Aside from being 15 times stronger than steel it’s incredibly light, water-resistant and flexible. This makes Dyneema perfect for a wide range of spun yarns; blended yarns (mixed with polyamide and polyester) and engineered yarns - especially in combination with fiber glass and steel fiber. Our customers use it everything from protective equipment to high-functioning clothing.