Engineering Materials

Sustainability at DSM Engineering Materials

Providing application expertise, design support, and materials innovations to enable our customers to design and manufacture sustainable solutions

Materializing the possibilities

At DSM, sustainability is the core value of the company. We are focused on delivering science-based, sustainable and scalable solutions that address the challenges our world faces today. Every day, more than 20,000 DSM employees enable our customers and consumers to contribute to more prosperous societies.

We have a strong commitment toward Climate and EnergyResources and Circularity. Our engineering thermoplastics already contribute towards cleaner and safer cars, safer ingredients in electrical and electronics, and food waste reduction. Our commercialized bio-based and recycled based materials, EcoPaXX, Arnitel Eco and Akulon RePurposed, plus our increasing proportion of renewable electricity to power our operations, are further examples of DSM’s long-term commitment.

We measure the environmental and social impact of our products at both a production level and their overall full life cycle, from resource extraction to waste management. Insights from these studies show us where we can further improve and where to target our Bright Science, so we constantly improve the sustainability performance of our customers or end users.

Latest News

DSM to introduce bio- and/or recycled-based alternatives for its entire engineering plastics portfolio

Our engineering plastics business will offer a full alternative range of our existing portfolio based on bio- and/or recycled-based materials by 2030. In this way, we are taking the next step in our sustainability journey in alignment with our purpose-led performance-driven strategy, enabling a circular and bio-based economy.

Explore our sustainable material solutions

  • Automotive

    Our innovative high performance plastics are developed to meet a wide variety of technological challenges in automotive. Browse these pages to learn more about how our industry experts, scientists and engineers work hand in hand with our customers to develop next generation solutions.

  • Electronics

    DSM provides materials for electronic applications and components for developing products which are thinner, smaller and greener . View our portfolio.

  • Power distribution

    DSM offers a unique combination of materials, design, application development and general technical support, from production inception to the industrialization stage across the full spectrum of Power Distribution (PD) applications

  • Food packaging

    DSM performance materials: The perfect package

Bio-based and recycled-based products

Bio-based solutions from renewable resources: Arnitel® Eco

Our Arnitel Eco material is a bio-based thermoplastic copolyester (TPE) that delivers high performance with the added benefit of a lower environmental impact. The material is 50% made from renewable resources, based on rapeseed oil instead of mineral oil.

Bio-based solutions from renewable resources: EcoPaXX®

Our innovative materials help to save energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels in a shift towards the use of renewable resources, and drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the products people use every day.                                                                                                     

Bio-based solutions from renewable resources: ForTii® Eco

Partially produced from renewable resource, the new range of high temperature resistant, bio-based polymers fits with the growing need for faster, thinner and more sustainable devices - specifically in the electronics industry.                                  

Recycled-resources based solutions: Akulon® RePurposed

Using discarded fishing nets as the source to produce the recycle-based polyamide Akulon RePurposed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Safer ingredients in our products

PFC-free alternative for breathable membranes in outdoor clothing

Arnitel VT is a very flexible thermoplastic elastomer that is 100% waterproof but also highly breathable and comfortable. The material contains no PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) and is 100% recyclable.

PVC-free and halogen-free solutions for Wires & Cables

Arnitel XG thermoplastic copolyester (TPC) is the alternative for PVC in DC and AC power cables as well as data cables such as USB (Universal Serial Bus) or HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)

Our competencies

Featured customer cases

Commited to Apple’s 100% Clean Energy Production program

We are proud to support Apple’s Clean Energy program and the transition to 100% renewable energy in their supply chain. Our polymers and compounds are used in many Apple products, including connectors and cables.

Vaude uses unique bio-based polyamide in part of their outdoor fashion collection

Sustainable Outdoor Clothing Manufactorer Vaude, uses our unique polyamide EcoPaXX to make robust fiber for the abrasion resistant outer material used on high wear areas of their 3-layer jackets and pants and in two of their backpacks.  the two backpacks of the Green Shape Core Collection. 


Transforming discarded fishing nets into high-end surfboard components

Starboard, a world leading watersports company and DSM are collecting and upcycling discarded fishing nets to create a material for consumer goods such as surfboard components. In doing so the collaboration supports litter-free beaches, a healthier marine environment and creates a positive social impact for local communities in India.

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DSM among leaders in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

DSM has been recognized for its consistent and longstanding commitment to sustainability, having been named among the global leaders for the past 14 years.                                                                          

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Learn about DSM Corporate Sustainability's Growth Areas, Focus, Development Goals and Strategy.


DSM Corporate Sustainability

Learn how DSM Corporate Sustainability is focusing on delivering science-based, sustainable and scalable solutions that face up to the challenges our world faces today.                                                                                                                  

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