DSM Functional Materials is teaming up with Empresa Brasileira de Biotechnologia (Ebrabiotech) to work on bio-based materials. The Brazilian firm and Elgin, IL-based division of Royal DSM have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop materials for the concrete floor coatings market based on castor oil.
At DSM, sustainability is manifestly a core value - and a serious business. Just how serious is evident from, for example, the companies' commitment to finding what it calls ECO+ solutions. These are products and services that, when considered over their whole life cycle, offer clear ecological benefits (in other words, a clearly lower eco-footprint) compared to the mainstream solutions they compete with. By 2015, ECO+ products will account for over 80% of the innovation pipeline and towards 50% of the total running business sales (compared to an estimated 34% in September 2010). The new partnership with Ebrabiotech is expected to contribute to this aim.