05. Feb 2021
Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, today announces that its DSM Engineering Materials business will launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel, a thermoplastic elastomer, together with Sympatex Technologies.
In this way, DSM Engineering Materials is taking the next step on its sustainability journey and enabling its customers to transition to a more circular and bio-based economy.
To address growing consumer and legislative demand for lower carbon footprint and more sustainable feedstock, the sports and apparel value chain is increasingly integrating bio-based materials into its designs. By offering a new range of mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel, DSM Engineering Materials is enabling membrane manufacturer, Sympatex Technologies to meet these demands and make more sustainable choices.
“We are seeing that partnerships such as ours with DSM accelerate the progress of our collective journey to a more sustainable world, said Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO Sympatex Technologies
DSM’s bio-based Arnitel is manufactured with bio-based feedstock using a mass-balance approach. The end product contains more than 25% bio-based content by weight.
Sympatex uses Arnitel to manufacture its waterproof, windproof, and breathable membranes for sports applications. The transition to bio-based feedstock will maintain the unique functional properties of Arnitel and will enable Sympatex to easily shift to a more sustainable solution with a lower carbon footprint without having to requalify materials.
“Together with our partner Sympatex, we are taking the next important step on our sustainability journey and driving the industry’s transition from fossil-based to renewable resources,” said Caroline Mittlerlehner, Vice President Specialties DSM Engineering Materials.