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Our businesses

DSM’s activities have been grouped into business groups representing coherent product/market combinations. The business group directors report directly to the Managing Board.


Continued value growth

The Nutrition cluster comprises DSM Food Specialties and DSM Nutritional Products. The nutrition and food ingredients businesses serve the food, feed, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Activities are based on an in-depth knowledge of customer/market needs. With customized formulation activities in more than 44 locations and a marketing/sales presence reaching over 60 countries, customer intimacy is a key success factor. Technical expertise is based on application know-how and innovation translating market needs into products and services with new benefits. Technologies in the Nutrition cluster are broad, utilizing DSM’s competences in biotechnology (including fermentation), chemical process technology and particle engineering. DSM is the world’s largest vitamin producer and holds leading positions in the ingredient markets for Human Nutrition & Health, Animal Nutrition & Health as well as Personal Care.

Performance Materials

Growing via sustainable, innovative solutions

The Performance Materials cluster comprises the business groups DSM Dyneema, DSM Engineering Plastics and DSM Resins. These business groups specialize in the manufacture of technologically sophisticated, high-quality products that are tailored to meet customers’ performance criteria. DSM is recognized as a front-runner in creating and introducing sustainable innovative solutions. Its performance materials are used in a wide variety of end-use markets including: Automotive/Transportation, Electrical & Electronics, Marine, Packaging & Graphic Arts, Sports, Leisure & Consumer Goods, Paint & Coatings and Building & Construction.

Polymer Intermediates

Strengthening backward integration for DSM Engineering Plastics

The Polymer Intermediates cluster consists of the business group DSM Fibre Intermediates.

It produces caprolactam and acrylonitrile, which are raw materials for synthetic fibers and plastics. Caprolactam is a key feedstock for DSM Engineering Plastics’ polyamide production. Globally, DSM is the largest merchant caprolactam supplier and the third largest merchant acrylonitrile supplier. In addition, the business group produces ammonium sulfate, sodium cyanide, cyclohexanone and diaminobutane.

On 16th March 2015 DSM and CVC Capital Partners announced a partnership for DSM’s activities in Polymer Intermediates (caprolactam and acrylonitrile) and Composite Resins through the formation of a new company that will be 65% owned by CVC Capital Partners and 35% by DSM. Closing, subject to customary conditions and approvals, is expected in Q3 2015.

Emerging Business Areas

DSM's Emerging Business Areas provide strong, long-term growth platforms that optimally combine the available competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences. The company currently has three Emerging Business Areas: DSM Bio-based Products & Services, DSM Biomedical and DSM Advanced Surfaces.


Leveraging partnerships for growth
With the announcement on 11 March 2014 that DPx was operational, DSM concluded its strategic objectives of leveraging partnerships for growth for its pharma cluster.

DSM will report on its investments in both DPx and DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals as an associated account in accordance with the equity (49% & 50% respectively) method rather than as ongoing business. Consequently as of 1 January 2014 the Pharma cluster is no longer included in DSM’s core EBITDA or activities.