DSM, Elevance will collaborate on bio-based thermoplastics

DSM will evaluate Elevance's bio-based, plant-oil-derived monomers for production of specialty high-performance thermoplastic materials.

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Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. (Bolingbrook, Ill., USA) and Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, The Netherlands) announced on May 9 that they have signed a letter of intent for a collaboration to evaluate Elevance’s unique monomers for production of specialty bio-based, high-performance thermoplastic materials, for DSM’s engineering plastics portfolio.

Elevance will provide natural monomers produced from plant oils along with its proprietary metathesis technology to enable the production of various polymers. DSM will provide expertise on polymer research, application development and commercialization.

“DSM is a global leader in specialty thermoplastics and has demonstrated a capacity for commercializing innovative, more sustainable polymers, making it an attractive partner for our renewable monomers,” said Andy Shafer, executive vice president of sales and market development for Elevance. “This collaboration will combine our novel monomers with DSM’s focus on providing the market with high performance polymers to quickly commercialize innovative, bio-based products.”

“Partnering with Elevance enables DSM to further broaden our portfolio of products that provide improved performance over existing polymer solutions,” said Roelof Westerbeek, president of DSM Engineering Plastics. “Together with Elevance we can create new classes of bio-renewable, high-performance materials without compromising cost or quality.”