TYCAN® Chains with Dyneema® Replace Steel Chains for Lashing Cargo. (Photo DSM Dyneema)
Industrial chains for handling heavy loads are being produced for the first time from DSM’s ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®. DSM Dyneema has formed a strategic partnership with Load Solutions AS in Bergen, Norway, for development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of link chains made with Dyneema® fiber. The chains, branded as TYCAN®, are fabricated from webbings and have numerous economic, environmental and safety advantages over traditional chains that for centuries have been made in iron and steel.
TYCAN® is produced for Load Solutions AS by Industrias Murtra.S.A., a premium textile manufacturer based in Spain. The first products have already created substantial interest in several markets during their development phase. Certification and testing have been taken place during the last two years. TYCAN® chains have already passed the first and second levels of certification by DNV GL, the international classification society. Full and final certification of TYCAN® is expected in early 2015.