DSM opens international materials research center in Netherlands


Royal DSM officially opened its ambitious new research and development project on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, Netherlands, today. On hand for the ceremony were Dutch Economics Minister Henk Kamp; Theo Bovens, Governor of Limburg Province; Dimitri De Vreeze, member of DSM's Managing Board; Roelof Westerbeek, President of DSM Engineering Plastics; and Atzo Nicolaï, President of DSM Netherlands.

Part of a €100 million ($121 million) investment, the materials center is DSM Engineering Plastics' most important research facility worldwide. The proximity of startups and research and education institutes on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus offers further opportunities for open innovation, says DSM.

DSM materials are used in countless applications and products worldwide from electronics connectors, surgical sutures, and medical implants to heat-resistant plastic engine parts, smart food packaging materials, solar panel coatings, and super-strong fibers.

For example, smart, breathable food packaging using Arnalite developed by DSM Engineering Plastics helps extend shelf life and avoid food wastage.
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