Engineering Materials

Changing the world for the better

Reducing our environmental impact, enabling sustainable solutions, advocating for positive change

Enabling our customers to design more sustainable products with a lower carbon footprint

Over the past decades, consumption and production of materials has created a series of interconnected environmental challenges. These include climate change, the accumulation of plastic waste and natural resource depletion. If current trends continue, the total demand for resources is expected to reach 130 billion tons by 2050 – an overuse of the Earth’s capacity by more than 400%.

At DSM Engineering Materials, our purpose is to create brighter lives for all. As such, we have strong ambitions to enable sustainable living by reducingthe environmental impact of our operations and improving the sustainability profile of our products. To realize our ambitions and to keep ourselves accountable by driving transparency, we have put in place a series of ambitious targets: 

  • We aim that, by 2021, over 65% of our entire product portfolio is made up of Brighter Living Solutions – that is, products that deliver high performance while providing additional benefits to society and the environment.
  • We aim to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, compared to 2016.
  • We aim for more than 75% of all our purchased electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.
  • We aim to offer a full alternative range of our existing portfolio based on bio- and/or recycled-based materials by 2030.

By delivering on these ambitious targets, DSM Engineering Materials will take the next important steps in our sustainability journey, and further enable a circular and bio-based economy.

Latest News

DSM partners with Sympatex Technologies to launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel® specialty materials

Bio-based Arnitel® is added to the growing range of DSM Engineering Materials' bio-based alternatives to its portfolio.

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

Circular Economy Solutions

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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Our strategy & the SDGs

We’re so convinced of the value of doing well by doing good that our strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development (SDG) goals outlined by the United Nations in 2015.

Our operations

DSM takes its global environmental and social responsibilities seriously. This goes beyond our own operations to that of our suppliers, customers, and end-users.

Climate & Energy

DSM's Climate Change Agenda focuses on reducing our own carbon footprint, enabling the low-carbon economy with our solutions & advocating climate action.

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