In engineering plastics, DSM helps to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come
DSM is active in health, nutrition and in performance materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences, the company is able to create downstream value through in-depth understanding of, and the ability to successfully address the challenges faced by its customers and customers’ customers.
Located for growth
Last year, DSM made a strategic step to move its global engineering plastics headquarters to Singapore. The company has development, sales and manufacturing facilities located all over the world, and believes this move demonstrates its commitment to the Asian market, where it expects the major share of its growth to be generated in the coming years. It will be able to better serve global customers while maintaining focus/service levels in Europe and the Americas.
DSM operates five technical centers for engineering plastics around the globe, in Europe, USA, China, Japan and India. These centers house a wide range of highly specialized equipment for material and application testing and support the collaboration of local experts with local, regional and global customers.
Late last year, DSM began construction of a new materials sciences research building in its traditional home base, on the Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The new facility, which is set to open in 2014, will enable the company to continue developing breakthrough innovations such as new polymers Stanyl® ForTii™, EcoPaXX® and Arnitel® Eco, new functional materials like thermo-conductive plastics for lighting and halogen-free flame retardant solutions for the electronics industry.
As result of a strongly growing market demand for Stanyl ForTii, DSM recently opened its third production unit for Stanyl ForTii high performance polyamide.
Located, in Geleen, the Netherlands, this capacity expansion of the new polymer, used in electronics, automotive and other markets, is another significant step forward in the development of this unique material. It clearly demonstrates that DSM continues to invest in innovation.
Expanding in growth economies
DSM is expanding in growth economies, through organic growth as well as through cooperation with other technology leaders. In 2011, for example, it began a strategic cooperation involving two joint ventures in Russia with KuibyshevAzot OJSC (KA). These JVs relate to marketing and sales of DSM engineering plastics in Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and for the production of engineering plastics compounds in a plant located in Togliatti, Russia.
With the acquisition of an 80% stake in the engineering plastics compounding plant located on KA’s manufacturing site in Togliatti, DSM is also the first global polyamide 6 supplier with its own manufacturing presence in Russia and the CIS.
DSM announced that it is to make further investments in its Kaohsiung polymerization facility in Taiwan to upgrade and develop the company’s Specialty Polyamide capabilities for its Novamid® and Akulon® Polyamide engineering plastic business.
Strong focus on sustainability
In addition to innovation, DSM attaches high importance to sustainability. The company has once again retained its top-3 position in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. DSM has held a top position in worldwide sustainability for the past nine years.
To address climate & energy, DSM supports its engineering plastics customers and value chains with innovative brighter living solutions: products and services that create more value with lower environmental impact.
K 2013 showcase
At K 2013, DSM will demonstrate its ability to apply in-depth understanding of key industry drivers and material solutions that deliver added-value in terms of cost reductions and improved performance – while at the same time delivering clear sustainable advantages.
In Automotive, DSM addresses the key trend of weight and friction reduction in order to cut down fuel consumption and emissions, improved carbon footprint and safety. In Electrical & Electronics (E&E), DSM is helping customers to develop smarter, safer and greener solutions that contribute to reduce the environmental impact of e-waste. Working with the Flexible Food Packaging industry, DSM focuses on food waste reduction and sustainability. In Consumer goods markets, the emphasis is on finding more sustainable, preferably bio-based, cost-efficient solutions that help to lower the carbon footprint of the materials and applications.
To meet these needs, DSM has a broad portfolio of high performance materials. These include Akulon PA6 and PA66, Stanyl heat-resistant PA46, Arnitel thermoplastic copolyester, Arnite® PBT, PET and blends, EcoPaXX 70% bio-based thermoplastic and Novamid PA6, PA6/66 copolymer, PA66, and amorphous transparent PA, and Stanyl ForTii high performance PA 4T.
At K 2013, DSM will also be highlighting a range of applications that clearly demonstrate the application of Bright Science. These include:
- DSM and Steep Plastique develop an oil sump that cuts costs, weight and emissions.
- DSM launches the first hydrolysis resistant Arnite A polyester for dimension-critical auto parts.
- DSM’s EcoPaXX high performance polyamide made from around 70% renewable resources was selected for the engine beauty cover of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
- DSM has developed a new halogen free Stanyl ForTii high-temperature polyamide for the production of printed circuit board terminal blocks with excellent environmental credentials.
- DSM makes a significant contribution to solutions for e-waste management with its complete portfolio of halogen free materials for electronics and electrical applications.
- As a pioneer in replacing thermosets in low voltage switchgear DSM is the first engineering plastics supplier to offer a full portfolio of materials that can replace thermosets in demanding molded-case circuit breakers (MCCBs) with open arc extinguishing chambers.
Flexible food packaging
- DSM bio-based EcoPaXX is used by development partner MF Folien GmbH to produce first polyamide film.
- DSM offers simple and cost-effective solution for cutting evaporative emissions from small engine fuel tanks with Akulon Fuel Lock.