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DSM partners to assess recyclability of its UHMWPE fiber

February 01/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and Clariter, an international clean-tech company, today announced a strategic partnership to pursue a next-generation chemical recycling solution for products based on DSMĺs Dyneema, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, said the company.

As a first step, sample products - including ropes, nets and ballistic materials made with Dyneema« - were successfully converted at Clariterĺs pilot plant in Poland, demonstrating the recyclability potential of Dyneema« and underlining the active commitment of DSM Protective Materials to shape a more sustainable world.

In line with its ambitious sustainability targets, and following the successful launch of bio-based Dyneema« (mass balance), DSM Protective Materials is actively pursuing reuse and recycling solutions for end-of-life Dyneema«-based products. To drive technical recycling solutions, DSM Protective Materials and Clariter partnered to test the feasibility of using Dyneema« as a feedstock in Clariterĺs chemical recycling process. Sample products made with Dyneema« were used in Clariterĺs tests at its pilot plant in Poland. The positive results confirm the technical viability of transforming Dyneema«-based end-products into high-value, industrial grade, product families: oils, waxes, and solvents via Clariterĺs patented 3-step chemical recycling process. These can be further used as ingredients to manufacture new end- and consumer products.

Moving forward, DSM Protective Materials and Clariter will continue to drive this initiative to shape a more sustainable world. Specifically, building on the success of the lab-scale trial, Clariter has scheduled commercial-scale trials at its facility in South Africa for 2021, with the aim to use Dyneema«-derived feedstock in its full-scale European plants that will be built in the coming years. In addition, DSM will continue to actively explore the possibilities of reducing the environmental impact of Dyneema« across all product life stages.

As per MRC, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has recently collaborated with DSM and Viscofan in the development of an innovative multi-barrier film for meat casings. The film combines layers of a SABICĺs certified circular polyethylene (PE) from its TRUCIRCLE portfolio and a circular polyamide (PA) from DSM Engineering Materials in a more sustainable packaging solution without compromising the high functional and aesthetic performance required in the fresh food packaging market.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, December PE production in Russia decreased to 265,100 tonnes, whereas this figure was at 272,800 tonnes a month earlier, as ZapSibNeftekhim decreased its  capacity utilisation in the first month of calender winter. Thus, overall PE production reached 2,987,000 tonnes in 2020, compared to 1, 857,600 tonnes a year earlier. Production of all PE grades increased, with low density polyethylene (LDPE) being the exception.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PE, recikling, neftegaz, petrochemistry, DSM.
Category:General News
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