DSM, partners Clariter to develop next-generation chemical recycling solution

NETHERLANDS – Royal DSM, a Dutch-based science global science company with a focus on Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living has entered into a strategic partnership with Clariter to pursue a next-generation chemical recycling solution for products.

DSM said that the new solution being explored by the two companies will be based on DSM’s Dyneema®, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber.

The Dutch science company noted that the partnership was in line with its ambitious sustainability targets.

As a first step, sample products – including ropes, nets and ballistic materials made with Dyneema® – were successfully converted high-value, industrial grade, product families at Clariter’s pilot plant in Poland.

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The products which included oils, waxes, and solvents were obtained via Clariter’s patented 3-step chemical recycling process and can be further used as ingredients to manufacture new end- and consumer products.

“We are pleased to work with DSM to perform R&D on what we have dubbed ‘exciting exotics’, and plan to use it as part of our raw materials in the full-scale plants we will build in Europe,” Petra Koselka, Clariter Chief Operations Officer, said.

DSM says that the success of the pilot project demonstrated the recyclability potential of Dyneema® and underlined the active commitment of DSM Protective Materials to shape a more sustainable world.

“Moving forward, DSM Protective Materials and Clariter will continue to drive this initiative to shape a more sustainable world,” DSM said in a statement.

It further noted that building on the success of the lab-scale trial, Clariter has now scheduled commercial-scale trials at its facility in South Africa for 2021.

Clariter also has plans to use Dyneema®-derived feedstock in its full-scale European plants that will be built in the coming years.

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In addition, DSM noted that it  will continue to actively explore the possibilities of reducing the environmental impact of Dyneema® across all product life stages.

Roeland Polet, President DSM Protective Materials, said: “Following our successful efforts to introduce bio-based Dyneema® (mass balance), these results mark the next important step on the circularity journey of DSM Protective Materials.”

“To this end, we’re looking forward to continue building our partnership with Clariter, and to continue using our science-based capabilities to deliver on our purpose of creating brighter lives for all.”

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