DSM and Sabic combine efforts to create recycled-based Dyneema

DSM’s Dyneema to be used in sailing rope and pelagic trawl net applications

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Bales of mixed post-consumer bags and film. (Image: Sabic)

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health, and sustainable living, and Sabic, a global enterprise in the chemical industry, recently announced a collaboration to create recycled-based Dyneema. Through a joint pilot with multiple CirculariTeam members, the manufacturing and usage of Dyneema using mixed plastic waste as feedstock (via mass balance approach) will be successfully demonstrated. It is an important step toward the future goal of fully closing the loop by delivering Dyneema made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) waste. This collaboration underlines DSM’s and Sabic’s efforts to accelerate a circular economy for materials.

Certified circular ethylene from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio

By working together with members of CirculariTeam, DSM will produce recycled-based Dyneema made using Sabic’s certified circular ethylene as a pilot project in both a sailing rope and a pelagic trawl net application. The circular ethylene, from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio, uses mixed plastic waste as feedstock (mass balance approach), which not only contributes to preventing valuable plastic from becoming waste and the avoidance of carbon emissions compared to incineration, but it will also help preserve fossil resources. These pilots are an important early-stage milestone in the journey toward making fully circular Dyneema from HMPE post-production and post-consumer waste.

Jan-Lodewijk Lindemulder, president DSM Protective Materials, says, “This achievement is a key milestone on the journey toward our goal of delivering a fully circular Dyneema. By working with partners from across the value chain, we are able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the world’s strongest fiber – and we will continue to explore ways of reducing and eliminating waste across the entire product lifecycle.”

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Fiber bobbin.
(Photo: DSM Protective Materials)

Mark Vester, Circular Economy leader at Sabic, says, “At Sabic, we firmly believe that only through collaboration and innovation can we drive forward and develop solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. This is another important step closer to closing the loop on Dyneema. Moving forward, through our Trucircle solutions and beyond, we will continue to make every effort to deliver a more sustainable value chain and economy.”

Jon Mitchell, managing director at Marlow Ropes, says, “We’re proud to be one of the first manufacturers to integrate recycled-based Dyneema within our products and demonstrate the material’s feasibility. By collaborating with materials science pioneers such as DSM and Sabic, we are able to create products that not only deliver superlative functional performance but also have a lower environmental impact. Our products are trialed and tested by professional offshore sailing teams including 11th Hour Racing Team, a proud partner of ours at Marlow, with whom we share a progressive approach to seeking sustainable solutions: no more business as usual.”

Klaus Walther, managing director at Gleistein, says, “Warm congratulations to DSM and Sabic for pushing the boundaries of science to deliver a truly unique product. We’re proud that our ropes can be produced from what once was typical household plastic waste. This is an important stepping stone towards becoming circular. It will enable our customer Maritiem BV to further develop high-tech fishing gear whilst contributing to the circular economy. Not to forget Cornelis Vrolijk Fishing Company, who again illustrate their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by introducing this concept in fishery.”

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Fiber bobbin.
(Photo: DSM Protective Materials)

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental, and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about EUR 10 billion (approximately Rs 88,228 crore) with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

Sabic is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high-performance plastics, agri-nutrients, and metals.

Sabic supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy. Production in 2020 was 60.8 million metric tons.

The company has more than 32,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, Sabic has 9,946 global patent filings and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, and North Asia.

Marlow Ropes is a world leading British rope manufacturer with a 200+ year history specialising in synthetic fibre rope manufacturing. A proud partner of DSM Dyneema, Marlow is known for its technical expertise, pioneering innovation and high quality products, distributing its high performing rope solutions worldwide across diverse industries including Leisure Marine and Grand Prix Sailing, Rope Access and Rescue, Tree Work, Aerospace and Defence.

Gleistein has been manufacturing ropes since 1824 and is the oldest family industrial company in Bremen (Germany). Together with its Trencin (Slovakia) plant the company boasts two of the most modern rope manufacturing facilities in the world with a total production area of more than 19,000 square meter. Modern chemical fibres, sophisticated designs, and future-oriented rope finishing equipment and procedures offer a definite quality “plus” that directly benefits the consumer. Gleistein offers a complete service, provides its customers with know-how, and assists in selecting the perfect rope – whatever the need. Ready-to-use finishing of products, execution of contracted tests, and the development of tailor-made solutions round out the comprehensive range of services.

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