DSM, Fraunhofer form strategic alliance for composites research

DSM and Fraunhofer will collaborate on applications in automotive and advanced composites.

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DSM Composite Resins AG (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) has announced a strategic partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, near Karlsruhe in Germany. The partnership will allow both parties to jointly develop new composite technologies and applications in the field of automotive and advanced composites.

To facilitate the work, DSM plans to relocate a core team of experts from its Ludwigshafen unit into new offices at a technology park in Karlsruhe, in close proximity to the ICT. The move is intended to ensure an even stronger presence among key customers, with the ability to deliver new innovations within a shorter time frame.

In addition to its partnership with ICT, DSM will consolidate and centralize its research and development capabilities in the company’s main R&D center in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Consequently, DSM plans to end operations at the Ludwigshafen site by end of this year.

“We are very excited that DSM has decided to form this partnership with us, as we are proud to be able to work with the 'number one' in the composite resins industry,” says Prof. Frank Henning, deputy director of the Fraunhofer ICT. “We value the personnel’s expertise and high level of commitment by DSM, therefore we would like to welcome DSM.”

“With Fraunhofer ICT’s proficiency and leading position in research and development in composites, we have found the ideal partner for joint applications and processes in automotive and other composite markets,” says Dr. Michael Effing, president of DSM Composite Resins. “This partnership makes a significant contribution to DSM’s long-term commitment to focus on innovative and sustainable products and to composite solutions
based on our customers’ needs.”