DSM, Neste Partner To Produce Polymers From Sustainable Feedstock

Nov. 27, 2020
This enables DSM and its customers to reduce the carbon footprint of their own products whilst supporting the industry to transition to a circular economy.

DSM polymers are used in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries.

Royal DSM will start a strategic partnership with Neste, producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, to produce high performance polymers. This will enable DSM and its customers to reduce the carbon footprint of their own products while supporting the industry to transition to a circular economy, according to the company. 

In the new strategic collaboration, DSM Engineering Materials will start replacing a significant portion of the fossil feedstock used in the manufacture of its polymers portfolio with feedstock 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 feedstock in the production of polymers with alternative, sustainable feedstock: 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, according to DSM. For the production of waste plastic derived feedstock, Neste focuses on plastics that cannot be mechanically recycled and have previously been directed to incineration and landfilling.

Due to being a drop-in replacement to commonly-used fossil feedstock in the polymers production, Neste’s products are suitable for existing production infrastructures and enable DSM to produce more sustainable products with consistently high quality using its existing processes, according to the company. All the chemically recycled and bio-based materials within the value chain will reportedly have the globally recognized ISCC Plus certification and will not require re-qualification.

For more information, visit: www.dsm.com

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