Engineering Materials


Our broad portfolio of materials enables manufacturers of medical devices, fabrics and packaging to design for the future, developing new, innovative options that perform better than what was available before.

Helping to improve the standard of healthcare

Plastics used in medical products are under increasing scrutiny with tightening standards and restrictions. Governing bodies around the world are acutely focused on creating stricter regulations about the quantity of chemicals escaping from plastics – particularly where the plastics come in contact with drugs.

DSM is the world’s leading developer and manufacturing partner of materials for medical devices. Medical device manufacturers use our engineering capabilities, and our ability to deliver customized material solutions, to help them get their products to market quickly.

Our broad portfolio of materials enables manufacturers of medical devices, fabrics and packaging to design for the future, developing new, innovative options that perform better than what was available before. Whether it’s surgical fabrics that help control the spread of bacterial and viral infections, medical packaging that maintains sterile instruments, or drug delivery devices that don’t leach, our team works to create solutions that work to constantly improve the standard of care.


Arnitel® VT enhances healthcare worker safety

Multiple serious outbreaks—such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS), and Ebola—have driven demand for medical gowns with proven barrier properties within the healthcare industry.

Yet, many still use microporous gowns, which are vulnerable to strikethrough, where fluids that may contain bacteria and viruses penetrate the material and leave healthcare workers at risk. Medical professionals require gowns designed to fully protect them while remaining breathable, so they can remain comfortable through long shifts while minimizing the risk of staff exposure. 

DSM’s Arnitel VT is a polyester-based block copolymer thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with more than 20 years’ use in medical supply manufacturing. The technology combines hard crystalline polyester (PBT) and soft amorphous links to provide outstanding durability, strength, comfort and design flexibility.

Featured customer applications

Inhaler Device Housings

Healthcare | Medical Devices and Accessories

Arnite® PBT allows for reliable solutions, since it has a low extractable levels, certainly compared to POM; Arnite® PBT allows for cost effective solutions since it is a very stable and clean product which ensures an efficient production rate

Medical gowns

Healthcare | Medical Devices and Accessories

Arnitel® TPC allows for very sustainable solutions, since it is PFC free and 100% recyclable; Arnitel® TPC allows for very comfortable and reliable solutions due to its high breathability and 100% waterproof performance under all circumstances (unlike perforated membranes) and since it forms a 100% barrier against fluids, bacteria and even viruses.

Packaging for Sterilized Surgical Devices

Healthcare | Medical Devices and Accessories

Akulon® PA6 F130-C LOPA allows for very cost effective solutions since it yields very low oligomer content vs. standard Polyamides which significantly reduces lactam pollution in film production, leading to less cleaning stops; Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good barrier performance, high temperature sterilization resistance, puncture resistance & mechanical performance, food contact and USP capable, resistance to lipids & carrier solutions and good transparency
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Featured products

With our broad, high-quality materials portfolio and in-depth technology know-how, we work in close collaboration with customers to develop new applications in response to the search for lighter, stronger and more durable materials.

Here's a selection of some of our most recognized brands and products, keeping you ahead of the curve and enabling you to lead the market through the use of cutting-edge technology.

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  • Partnering with our customers to fight COVID-19

    DSM Engineering Materials (DEM) is playing a crucial role combating the coronavirus pandemic. We supply specialty materials for critical medical devices, including inhalers, medical gowns, respiratory tubes, and hospital beds, but that’s not all.

  • Five Plastics Finder Tips to Search Like a Pro

    To help customers and the industry overcome this challenge, DSM Engineering Materials recently launched plasticsfinder.com. In Plastics Finder, users can easily search technical details and application examples for more than 550 unique plastic grades in one easy and mobile-friendly website.

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