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Engineering Materials

Furniture

Explore how our plastics can be used in furniture applications.

DSM in Furniture: Designed for better living

Furniture design is no longer just about durability, ergonomics and attractiveness. Sustainability has now become a growing consideration. We work with our customers to develop Cradle to Cradle designs that are friendlier to the environment, with a lower carbon footprint.

Our plastic materials do more than add strength and beauty to furniture. We focus on delivering materials with a low or neutral carbon footprint, eliminating hazardous substances and supporting recycling. Our ultimate goal is to achieve closed-loop, Cradle to Cradle solutions.

DSM works with numerous leading furniture companies to promote sustainable designs that meet consumers’ growing demand for products that are better for the environment.

Featured customer applications

Bed Springs

Consumer goods | Furniture

Arnitel® TPC allows for more design freedom, since due to high flow injection moldable viscosity grades, complex designs can be moulded easily; Arnitel® TPC allow for reliable solutions due to high flexibility in various temperature regimes, excellent colourability and colour stability

Seat Suspension/Fabrics

Consumer goods | Furniture

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its retention of flexibility even at temperatures down to -40°C or at elevated temperatures up to 100 ˚C; Arnitel® TPC allows for solutions with nice toch & feel characteristics

Chair Arms

Consumer goods | Furniture

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight, cost effective solutions in comparison with metals (no corrosion protection coating needed with PA6); Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for great appearance solutions, since it yields a better surface appearance than PA66 (even at 50-60%GF); Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for even more cost effective solutions, since it yields faster moulding than standard PA6 and enables thinner wall designs

Chair Bases

Consumer goods | Furniture

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight, cost effective solutions in comparison with metals (no corrosion protection coating needed with PA6); Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for great appearance solutions, since it yields a better surface appearance than PA66 (even at 50-60%GF); Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for even more cost effective solutions, since it yields faster moulding than standard PA6 and enables thinner wall designs

Chair Carriers

Consumer goods | Furniture

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its retention of flexibility even at temperatures down to -40°C or at elevated temperatures up to 100 ˚C; Arnitel® TPC allows for solutions with nice toch & feel characteristics

Chair Frames

Consumer goods | Furniture

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight, cost effective solutions in comparison with metals (no corrosion protection coating needed with PA6); Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for great appearance solutions, since it yields a better surface appearance than PA66 (even at 50-60%GF); Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for even more cost effective solutions, since it yields faster moulding than standard PA6 and enables thinner wall designs

Akulon® polyamide 6: Sitting pretty in furniture

Designed for office chair arms, seats, backs and bases, our Akulon K224-G6 grade provides strength, high-impact resistance and excellent processing for injection molding.

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Cradle to Cradle: Creating The Office Chairs of the Future

DSM's Cradle to Cradle (C2C) activities are directly targeted at the growing interest in recycling and the ultimate goal of closed loop systems.

This video shows the environmental friendly office chair "Henry", developed with our Akulon k224-G6 Material.

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A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with our customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective. Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. We can help you to improve the production and secondary operations processes.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

Explore our product portfolio

  • PA6 & PA66 - Akulon®

    Akulon polyamide 6 & 66 resins represent the best value in all-purpose engineering materials, offering an excellent balance of design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties in diverse operating environments.

  • PA4T PPA - ForTii®

    ForTii has a unique PPA's technology with high amide density. The ForTii platform includes polymers that are the highest crystalline, highest melting point and highest glass transition temperature amongst all PPA.

  • PET & PBT - Arnite®

    Our Arnite portfolio includes high performance engineering polyester plastics (PBT, PET, and blends) that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics.

  • TPC - Arnitel®

    Arnitel is a high-performance ThermoPlastic Copolyester (TPC) that offers you a unique combination of flexibility, high temperature resistance and strength - plus excellent processing characteristics.

  • PPS - Xytron™

    Xytron is a high performance plastics compound based on linear polyphenylene sulfide. Xytron offers extreme chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and is intrinsically flame retardant.

  • PA410 - EcoPaXX®

    EcoPaXX is a high-performance aliphatic, biobased polyamide that uniquely balances the benefits of typical short and long chain polyamides, such as low moisture uptake and high mechanical performance.

  • PA6 & PA66 - Novamid®

    Specialty Polyamides based on PA6, PA66, PA6/66 with grades that offer performances that go beyond the standard range. A wide variety of grade customizations are available to meet specific demands.

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