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Made to be made again

In a Circular Economy products, components and materials are kept in use, at their highest value, for the longest possible time. With the challenge to design new products and solutions that are 'Made to be made again', in November 2017 DSM-Niaga and Royal Auping announced a long-term collaboration to develop fully recyclable mattresses.

Building on the redesign of carpet by DSM-Niaga, a similar adhesive technology can be used to separate layers within the mattress after use. This makes it easier to recover different material streams in the recycling process, closing the materials loop for mattresses.

Auping is the first non-carpet company that will use the Niaga® technology to develop fully recyclable mattresses. The collaboration between DSM-Niaga and Auping will give complementary insights to this redesign challenge. Auping will bring in all their mattress and sleep- knowhow where DSM-Niaga will bring in its expertise and knowhow in material science for recyclability

A new lease of life

A new lease of life

With a bit of creativity and imagination re-using and re-purposing opens up a world of possibilities. A table made from a combination of used soft armor vests and old combat uniforms for example!

DSM recently unveiled a prototype table designed by Marc Meijers at DenimX. Using panels made of shredded Dyneema® UD soft ballistic armor panels from used protective vests as well as manufacturing offcuts, and finished with blue or desert camouflage fabric, this table is just the start. DSM Dyneema is inviting interested parties to work with them to take re-use of used body armor to the next level. “Our first objective is to work with partners to achieve a scalable process. The technical feasibility is proven.” says Dirk Louwers of DSM Dyneema.

Ten times faster with powder coatings

Ten times faster with powder coatings

When high-end kitchen cabinet manufacturer, Kempa, recently decided to go with DSM’s Uralac® Ultra-based powder coatings, company owner Paul Maeyninckx expected faster processing, but was happily shocked when his team achieved a ten-fold reduction.

Uralac Ultra is a breakthrough technology that enables first-time-right powder coating of heat-sensitive substrates such as MDF. It contains no toxic solvents, and its low-energy, no-water process protects the environment as well as the production line. A comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment measures a Carbon Footprint that is five times lower than solvent-borne coatings.

Every one of Kempa’s products is a unique high-end commission, so the company cannot afford to deliver anything less than top-quality product. “Powder coatings are faster to process than liquid paint because there is no priming and less sanding involved,” says Maeyninckx. “There’s also reduced curing time. So you can see why it is ten times faster - especially for single-coat processing. But make no mistake, this increased speed does not impact at all on quality.”