Engineering plastics have transformed the automotive industry and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the cars of the future.To help you imagine a world where plastics are not used in cars at all, let’s look at an example calculation of the cumulative impact of vehicles that weigh less.
K Fair 2019: Announcing bio- and recycled-based alternatives for our complete portfolio
At DSM, we have a strong track record of sustainable innovations in engineering plastics. From developing the bio-based EcoPaXX, Arnitel and ForTii Eco, to driving an initiative that upcycles discarded fishing nets to create Akulon RePurposed, we have been a leader in our industry time and time again.
Building on this history, our commitment to offering the complete range of our existing products in a bio- or recycled-based format by the end of the next decade is a big step forward in driving the transition to a circular and bio-based economy.
Indeed, as an immediate first step today, we have just launched bio-based grades of our Arnitel and Stanyl manufactured through a mass-balancing approach of bio-based feedstock. Importantly, these bio-based alternatives result in the same quality end materials with the same standards as the conventional grades, meaning that customers don’t need to change their tools or equipment, or requalify our materials.
And what exactly is a bio- or recycled-based material? Our commitment means that, as a minimum, each of our grades in the alternative portfolio will contain 25% recycled- or bio-based material, which does not compete with feed-food systems.
Developing this portfolio of alternatives will involve a significant resource investment by DSM Engineering Materials over the coming years. But it is a challenge we must and will undertake: together with our customers and partners, we can drive our industry to a more sustainable future, without compromising on the functional performance of our products and materials.
In the coming months and years, we will work with more parties within our industry— including our suppliers, customers, collaborative partners and even competitors—to lead the transition toward more circular and sustainable materials. I hope that our full range of bio- and recycled-based alternatives will serve as an inspiration to these parties, because together we can make great things happen!
Want to know more? If you’d like to find out more about our full range of bio- and recycled-based alternatives, feel free to reach out to me or check out our full press release here.
Akulon RePurposed PA6 is a great example of our commitment to sustainable solutions.
Welcome to the age of bio- and recycled-based plastics
It’s time for a new age: an age where bio- and recycled-based plastics become increasingly common and sustainable, and where our continued quality of life does not need to harm our planet. With our world facing key challenges – including climate change, natural resource depletion, and plastic waste pollution – customers and end consumers around the world instinctively understand that change is necessary and that tomorrow needs to be the cause of today.
K Fair 2019: Ensuring a sustainable future with bio-based Stanyl®
Only a few short weeks ago, we celebrated a special birthday at DSM: Stanyl, the world’s most successful high-temperature polyamide, turned 30. Born from a collaboration with Twente University of Technology, the first bags of Stanyl (PA46) were shipped to an automotive customer in 1989.