DSM: Groundbreaking ceremony on new Materials Sciences research building in Sittard-Geleen

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, recently held the official groundbreaking event for construction of a new materials sciences research building on the Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The new facility, which is scheduled to open in 2014, forms part of an investment of around €100 million that DSM is making in three new R&D facilities in Sittard-Geleen and in Delft (also in the Netherlands) and will house about 420 employees.

Westerbeek considers the investment an important step in DSM's strategy for Materials Sciences: "Innovation - developing and marketing of innovative sustainable solutions for the automotive, electronics, food packaging and consumer goods industry - is the main driver of DSM Engineering Plastics' profitable growth strategy," he said. "We have recently expanded our expertise in other regions, such as the United States and Asia, where a Materials Science Center and automotive development lab was opened in 2011, in Shanghai, China. At the same time we continue to invest in core competences in Sittard-Geleen, which we will exploit globally for our customers and our business. For example we invest in developing new polymers like Stanyl® ForTii™, EcoPaXX® and Arnitel® Eco, new functional materials like thermoconductive plastics for lighting and halogen-free flame retardant solutions for the electronics industry, and new application solutions like our Akulon® Fuel Lock for low-emission outdoor power equipment."

The new facility will be the most important R&D centre for DSM Engineering Plastics in the world, next to the centres in Asia and the United Sates. The new facility will also provide R&D for other units in DSM's Materials Science cluster, such as DSM Dyneema, as well as new innovation activities in the field of bio-based materials and biomedical materials. Historically, DSM's high performance materials research has been centered in Sittard-Geleen.