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DSM Engineering Materials at K 2022: innovation, sustainability, digitalisation

21st September 2022
Sheryl Miles

DSM Engineering Materials announces it will attend the K 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Between 19 – 26 October 2022, the company will showcase its innovations in circularity, sustainable mobility, and digitalisation that are driving transformation and empowering customers across automotive, electric, electronics, and consumer goods.

Accelerating toward a circular economy

This year, DSM Engineering Materials’ partnerships have led to the development and successful application of several bio- and recycled-based materials as part of DSM’s SimplyCircular initiative. 

Consumers are placing increasing importance on sustainability, so the solutions showcased at the K offer customers a competitive advantage:

  • Akulon RePurposed: a high-performance polymer made from recycled fishing nets collected from the Indian Ocean and used by Samsung in key components across its Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 series. It is also at the centre of DSM’s partnership with Schneider Electric for its Merten range of sustainable home socket and switch solutions, and with Ford Motor Company in the Ford Bronco Sport – recognised by Ford as the first of many potential applications in a major vehicle platform.
  • Several bio-based mass-balanced polymers, which unlock a huge range of more sustainable applications across demanding consumer products, automotive and sports. Ranging from 75% to 100% bio-based mass-balanced content, they include Akulon PA6 B-MB line, specific grades in the Arnitel TPC B-MB family, and a biobased mass-balanced high-temperature polyamide PA46 as an exciting addition to the flagship Stanyl brand.

Shaping safer, lighter, more sustainable e-mobility

DSM Engineering Materials has made significant innovations in the performance of both pure battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies. In line with its goal to make electric vehicles safer, lighter, and more sustainable:

  • DSM has expanded its CTI testing capabilities to support the production of high-voltage drive trains with short charging times.
  • DSM’s Xytron G4024T material, which improves the efficiency and durability of electric vehicle water pumps, was developed in collaboration with leading global manufacturers.
  • A similar partnership in China led to a breakthrough in extending the product lifetimes of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) through the durable Xytron PPS material. This enabled customers to produce cheaper, safer, and more reliable hydrogen-powered commercial transport vehicles.
  • DSM has continued to innovate in lightweighting structural parts through its ForTii PA4T PPA, Akulon PA6 and PA66 materials, as well as Advanced Thermoplastic Composites.

Accelerating customer innovation through digitalisation

Finding the right material for an application can be a complex exploration for engineers, taking many steps and iterations. As innovation cycles shorten, engineers need instant answers to their materials related challenges. To find these answers, customers increasingly prefer online self service

DSM Engineering Materials has developed a full suite of digital services that will support customers in their efficient design and development of next-generation products. These online services that will be showcased were built through close external partnerships with field experts and customers.

Roeland Polet, President DSM Engineering Materials, comments: “This year has been important for DSM Engineering Materials – we’ve continued to expand our bio- and recycled-based portfolio, driving our transformational vision of a circular and bio-based economy, and we’ve achieved several industry firsts along the way in automotive, electrical and electronics! We’re looking forward to connecting with our customers and partners at K 2022 to share our exciting new innovations in e-mobility, sustainability and digital collaborate on how we can keep meeting their needs and continue to shape the future together.”

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