DSM improves Indiana plant technology and sustainability

DSM Engineering Materials has modernized and expanded its production site in Evansville, Ind.

In a press release, officials said the investment includes significant upgrades focused on technology and sustainability. They added that these steps will help DSM meet the growing demand for next-generation high-performance polymers in a wide range of applications and contribute to the transition to a circular, low-carbon economy.

The 40,000 square foot factory now incorporates the latest production technologies and runs on 100% purchased renewable electricity.

The investment will help meet the long-term increase in regional demand for DSM materials, including Akulon-branded nylon 6 and 6/6, Arnite-branded PET/PBT, Arnitel-branded thermoplastic copolyester, nylon 4/10 brand EcoPaXX, brand ForTii nylon 4T/PPA and nylon 4/6 brand Stanyl.

Officials added that the expansion is driven by growing customer demand for materials used in vehicle electrification and supporting infrastructure, as well as lightweighting technologies across multiple industries.

Site improvements increase DSM’s ability to manufacture sustainable bio-based and/or recycled materials. These materials “were a key consideration” when planning the project, officials said. The company has made a global commitment to produce bio-based and recycled alternatives for its entire materials portfolio by 2030.

Variable-speed drives are used on all mixing lines at the site to reduce energy consumption, officials said. Facility checks result in further energy reductions.

“Our investment in the latest production equipment has reduced energy consumption in Evansville and reduced our environmental impact,” said Roeland Polet, president of Engineering Materials. “Through this project, we also aim to strengthen our business partnerships by continuing to invest in key areas of sustainable growth.”

He added that the expansion “reinforces our focus on North America as a key growth market for our business.”

Evansville site manager Dave Miller said investing in advanced technology “provides both short-term and long-term value.”

“This investment also underscores our commitment to sustainability and reducing our long-term environmental impact,” he added. “And by producing more organic and recycled materials, we can help more of our customers do the same.”

DSM Engineering Materials – including the Evansville site – is being sold to a newly formed joint venture between materials manufacturer Lanxess AG and global private equity firm Advent International. The deal, valued at nearly $4 billion, was announced in May.

DSM NV, based in Geleen, the Netherlands, is a global supplier of plastics and specialty chemicals. The company employs 23,000 people worldwide and has annual sales of nearly $11 billion.

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