DSM Composite Resins unveils sustainable technologies strategy

DSM's new strategy will focus on use of bio-based raw materials, GMP-compliant materials, styrene-free solutions and cobalt-free solutions.

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DSM Composite Resins (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) on Sept. 29 announced a major strategic shift aimed at speeding up and re-focusing the way it innovates new, sustainable technologies. The move will see the company focusing its innovation on developing technologies in four key areas:

  • The use of bio-based raw materials
  • GMP-compliant materials
  • Styrene-free solutions
  • Cobalt-free solutions

In order to optimise its ability to develop and bring such technologies to market, the company has resigned from the CEFIC UPR Group, effective Aug. 1, 2011.

“At DSM, we believe that creating value means delivering not just on profit, but also on the dimensions of people and planet too. This means that, as well as making sure that all our existing technology continues to lead the industry in terms of health and safety of workers and protection of the environment, we believe we also need to go one step further and develop the new materials of the future,” says Michael Effing, president of DSM Composite Resins.

“The stark truth is that, while we are proud of the lengths our industry has gone to in developing safe ways of working, we feel that as an industry we are missing out on long-term value creation by not focusing enough on new feedstocks and technologies that provide fundamental answers to our sustainability needs,” said Wilfrid Gambade, business director DSM Composite Resins. “We will continue to work closely with our colleagues across the composite industry to ensure the highest levels of health and safety. At the same time, we look forward to innovating new technologies that will put composites on the footing we believe is essential to achieve long-term success.”

DSM Composite Resins has already launched a number of products in accordance to its new innovation agenda. As well as existing styrene-free resins for the tanks, pipes and relining market, the company launched Atlac 5200 FC, a resin designed for the food and drinking water that has been developed in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices for the Food Industry. It also launched Palapreg ECO P55-01, a composite resin for the automotive industry with bio-based content.