Asia-focused DSM highlights diverse applications

By Robert Grace
Associate Publisher & Business Development Director

Published: June 13, 2013 12:02 pm ET
Updated: June 13, 2013 12:04 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials Materials Suppliers CHINAPLAS
Companies & Associations DSM NV

GUANGZHOU, CHINA — Officials of DSM Engineering Plastics talked about their Asian investments and detailed several diverse materials applications during a media briefing in Guangzhou on May 20 at Chinaplas.

Michael Koch, the unit’s Asia Pacific president, said Netherlands-based parent Royal DSM NV reported sales in China last year of $1.7 billion and aims to boost that to $3 billion by 2015. The group, which began trading with China in 1963, currently employs about 3,500 in the country, has 40 affiliates and operates 26 manufacturing sites there. Koch estimated that DSM will invest $1 billion in research and development in China between 2011 and 2015.

As for current projects, Koch provided capacity numbers for the first time for its previously reported expansion of the firm’s polymerization and compounding plants in Jiangyin. Due online next year, the project will double capacity to 400,000 metric tons, or about 882 million pounds. The firm also is currently doubling capacity at its caprolactam facilities in Nanjing, and Koch said DSM “is looking to partner with firms so we can increase our captive use of caprolactam.”

In addition, the company recently opened its first application development center for engineering plastics in Japan (in Yokohama), and said that by next year it will add a technical services center in Pune, India, alongside its manufacturing plant there. And it is planning to open a technical center in Nanjing in 2014.

DSM Engineering Plastics last year moved its global headquarters to Singapore, emphasizing the unit’s emphasis on Asia. Koch also said his group is still in “intensive discussions” with Chengdu-based polyphenylene sulfide resin maker China Lumena New Materials Corp. about jointly marketing some engineering plastics and jointly developing alloys of PPS and nylon 4/6. But, said Koch, there is nothing to announce yet.

Officials also highlighted recent electrical/electronics, automotive, flexible food packaging and consumer goods applications. Among them:

  •  Zhenjiang, China-based Jiangsu Phono Electric Co. Ltd. is the first company to select DSM’s engineering plastics to replace thermosets in a molded-case circuit breaker with an open-arc chamber. MCCBs are heavy-duty circuit breakers typically used in industrial and commercial applications, and they operate at far higher electrical ratings than comparable residential products. DSM said its resins offer both performance and aesthetic advantages over the bulk molding compounds traditionally used in this demanding application. It estimates that system cost savings of 10-15 percent are feasible. The materials used include Stanyl-brand nylon 4/6 and halogen-free, fire-resistant grades of Akulon nylon 6 and 66.
  •  German automaker Mercedes-Benz has chosen a high-performance nylon made largely from renewable resources for the engine beauty cover on the turbo-powered, gasoline-engine versions of its new A-Class cars. DSM said about 70 percent of the raw materials used to make the nylon 410 in its EcoPaXX Q-HGM24 reinforced compound come from the castor plant. Operating temperatures can reach 200° C, or 392° F, and the cover must be lightweight and yet still able to resist high dynamic loads from engine vibrations. This application marks the first time that EcoPaXX grade has been used for high-volume mass production. BPP Kunststoffwerk Marbach Baier GmbH built the production tooling and supplies the molded engine cover to Mercedes.
  •  ETM Engineering Technologie Marketing GmbH of Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Germany, became the first company to deliver extrusion-blow-molded serial air ducts made from DSM’s Stanyl Diablo OCD 2305 BM, a special heat-stabilized grade of Stanyl nylon 4.6. It produced the hot-charge air ducts for Volkswagen, and claims a significant cost benefit compared to polyphenylene sulfide due to the nylon’s lower weight and scrap rate. DSM claims a part weight reduction of 7 percent vs. PPS.
  •  Special grades of DSM’s Akulon nylon 6 are finding use in fuel tanks for vehicles and appliances with small engines, such as recreational vehicles, small tractors and lawn and garden equipment. The tanks, molded in Akulon Fuel Lock, conform to the toughest evaporative-emission standards in the world, the resin maker said. “Fuel tanks in Akulon Fuel Lock are already being produced in China for Kohler engines used on lawn mowers supplied to the U.S. market,” according to Noble Zhang, general manager for Kohler China.


Comments

Asia-focused DSM highlights diverse applications

By Robert Grace
Associate Publisher & Business Development Director

Published: June 13, 2013 12:02 pm ET
Updated: June 13, 2013 12:04 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Resin prices remain unpredictable

April 27, 2015 12:23 pm ET

Oil prices leveled off a bit in March, but North American commodity resin prices remained as unpredictable as ever.    More

Image

Dow Chemical bullish about prospect for global polyurethane markets

April 27, 2015 11:17 am ET

MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS — Glenn Wright, president of Dow Chemical Co.’s polyurethanes and formulated systems business, revealed that...    More

Image

PolyOne launches Geon BIO PVC using soy-based materials

April 24, 2015 11:48 am ET

More than a decade of research is paying off for Battelle Memorial Institute in the form of Geon BIO PVC compounds from PolyOne Corp.    More

Image

Study suggests infants at lower risk from BPA exposure than expected

April 23, 2015 4:58 pm ET

A new study shows that newborn babies may have less risk from bisphenol A exposure than originally thought.    More

Image

Braskem and Odebrecht reconsidering West Virginia plastics project

April 23, 2015 2:54 pm ET

Brazilian firms Braskem and Odebrecht have confirmed that they are re-evaluating Project Ascent, the major plastics and petrochemicals project they ha...    More

Market Reports

North American Thermoformed Packaging Market Outlook & Review 2015

Our annual report provides a thorough review and analysis of economic and political conditions, emerging market trends, packaging design advances, materials pricing and sustainable packaging issues impacting supply and demand in the TP segment. Our analysts identify key drivers of growth and opportunities for processors to remain competitive in the years ahead through innovation, production efficiencies and more.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events