DSM and Neste announce strategic partnership to create high-performance materials made from sustainable feed-stock

DSM and Neste announce strategic partnership to create high-performance materials made from sustainable feed-stock

December 10, 2020
Press Release: Royal DSM

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, is to begin a strategic partnership with Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as provider of renewable and circular solutions for the chemical industry, to enable the production of high-performance polymers

This enables DSM and its customers to reduce the carbon footprint of their own products while supporting the industry to transition to a circular economy.

In the new strategic collaboration, DSM Engineering Materials will start replacing a significant proportion of the fossil feed-stock used to date in the manufacture of its high-performance polymers portfolio with feed-stock produced from recycled waste plastics and/or 100% bio-based hydrocarbons. These polymers are used, for example, in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries.

Over the short term, the collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil feed-stock in the production of polymers with alternative, sustainable feed-stock: bio-based and waste plastic-based hydrocarbons.

Neste produces its bio-based hydrocarbons entirely from renewable raw materials, such as waste and residue oils and fats. For the production of waste plastic-derived feed-stock, Neste focuses on plastics that cannot be mechanically recycled and have previously been directed to incineration and landfilling.

Thanks to being a drop-in replacement to commonly used fossil feed-stock in the polymers’ production, Neste’s products are suitable for existing production infrastructures and enables DSM to produce more sustainable products with consistently high quality using its existing processes.

All of the chemically recycled and bio-based materials within the value chain will have the globally recognized ISCC Plus certification and will not require re-qualification.

The new strategic cooperation underlines a strong commitment from both partners to contribute to a circular economy by collaborating throughout the value chain, and addressing the increasing consumer, societal and regulatory demand for more sustainable circular solutions.

“We have a long history of delivering tangible proof points of our commitment to sustainability,” commented Shruti Singhal, president DSM Engineering Materials. “As a next step we are going to even further reduce our footprint and will offer a full alternative range of our existing portfolio based on bio- and/or recycled-based materials by 2030. Together with our upstream partner Neste and other value chain partners, we’re ready to drive our industry forward, seize the sustainable opportunities ahead, and deliver on our purpose of creating brighter lives for all.”

“Neste and DSM are frontrunners in providing sustainable solutions to the market,” added Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals from Neste. “Neste is very pleased to announce this partnership with DSM through which we can further accelerate the industry transformation toward a more sustainable, circular economy. It is exciting to see how our 100% bio-based and waste plastic-based products enable DSM to produce its high-performance polymers portfolio with a reduced environmental footprint.”

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