MOSCOW (MRC) -- DSM Engineering Materials has completed its newly upgraded and expanded Evansville, Indiana, engineering thermoplastics production facility, said the company.
The investment, which has resulted in significant technology - and sustainability-focused improvements, will help the company meet growing demand for next-generation high-performance polymers used in a wide range of end-applications and will help drive the shift to a low-carbon, circular economy.
The 40,000-sq.ft. facility reportedly now integrates the latest state-of-the-art production technologie, runs on 100% purchased renewable electricity, and produces the company’s Akulon nylon 6/66, Arnite PET/PBT, Arnitel TPC, EcoPaxx nylon 410, ForTii 4T/PPA and Stanyl nylon 46. The extensive enhancement and expansion of the site is being driven by increasing customer demand for advanced material solutions for vehicle electrification and supporting infrastructure, along with lightweighting technologies in multiple industries.
Enhancements to increase DSM’s capability to produce more sustainable biobased and/or recycled-based material solutions were also a key consideration when planning the project. The company has made a global commitment to producing biobased and recycled-based alternatives for its entire materials portfolio by 2030.
Together with the transition to using 100% renewable electricity, the project also includes a number of advanced energy-saving features. The expansion is a well-insulated structure that is ventilated for optimum occupant health and comfort, while emissions are scrubbed to meet stringent environmental and safety standards. Cooling is conducted with the most environmentally-friendly, non-flammable refrigerant. Variable-speed drives are used on all compounding lines to reduce energy consumption, and the optimum facility controls lead to further energy reductions.
Said Dave Miller, DSM Engineering Materials’ Evansville site director, “Investing in state-of-the-art technology provides both short- and long-term value. Enabling optimal health and comfort for all our colleagues – and increasing capacity – has positive effects we can see today, but this investment also underlines our commitment to sustainability and reducing our environmental impact in the long term. And by producing more bio- and recycled-based materials, we’ll be able to help more of our customers do the same."
We remind, DSM Engineering Materials, a division of Dutch chemical maker DSM, has partnered with Ford Motor Co. and cable component maker HellermannTyton for an award-winning new auto part made from recycled ocean plastic.
Also, Royal DSM has started a review of strategic options for its materials businesses, including the possibility of selling them.
DSM Engineering Materials is a business group of Royal DSM.