Royal DSM NV has completed a five-year upgrade to improve the environmental performance of its engineering plastics plant in Emmen, the Netherlands.
Officials with DSM in Heerlen, The Netherlands said in a June 22 news release that the firm spent “several million euros” on the project, which decreased the plant's energy use by more than 30 percent and cut its water consumption almost in half.
A new capture system re-uses 80 percent of water from the plant's production process. DSM makes high performance polyesters at the site. The plant's production output also has increased, officials said.
“Thanks to this major step forward, we are able to offer our customers around the globe products that are more sustainable than ever,” engineering plastics Europe director Koen Devits said in the release.
DSM is a major plastics and specialty chemicals maker that employs 25,000 worldwide. The firm has annual sales of more than $10 billion.