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Phone: 360.384.4669

Samson AS-90 Utilizes the Latest Fiber Technology from DSM Dyneema® 

Ferndale, WA – January 8, 2010 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, announces AS-90, a new product for high-tech sailors using Dyneema® SK90, the latest fiber technology from DSM Dyneema. This new fiber and Samson’s advanced expertise in rope technology and product innovation brings this state of the art line to competitive running rigging.
 The latest grade of high modulus polyethylene fiber to join the Dyneema® family, SK90 was developed with the performance sailor in mind. “We are honored to provide professional sailing teams with the latest technology available to help them to perform at their very best during the most challenging sailing events in the world,” says Marcel Alberts, Marketing Manager Sports, DSM Dyneema. “We look forward to meet and exceed the future demands of today’s top sailing teams and support them in their most challenging sporting events.”
Through the use of SK90, AS-90 provides increased control of lines and better rigging efficiency while maintaining the properties that Dyneema® lines have become known for in sailboat racing: light weight, durability, and ease of handling. This 12-strand construction provides a 12% increase in strength and significantly greater linear elastic stiffness, which results in less elongation with an increasing load when compared with other Dyneema® fiber lines. Samson’s proprietary Samthane coating technology enhances the rope’s abrasion resistance.
 “AS-90 is the ultimate in the high-performance sailing experience. It provides efficient rigging, precision line control, and, ultimately, a faster race,” David Krupka, Samson sales manager says. “The most competitive racers will be using AS-90 and winning.”
About DSM Dyneema
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is an ultra-strong polyethylene fiber that 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® 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. Dyneema® is produced in Heerlen (The Netherlands), Flaach (Switzerland) 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 and www.sailing.dyneema.com.
About Samson:
For over 130 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Among its many innovations, Samson invented the double braid and pioneered the first high modulus polyethylene fiber ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson’s research and development team is meeting an ever expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings™ portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings™ visit www.windriverholdings.com.
To find out more about Samson call 360.384.4669 or visit our website: www.samsonrope.com