Royal DSM and other engineering resin makers will be at K 2019 with new high-performance materials.
DSM — Hall 6, Booth B11 based in Geleen, Netherlands — will show how it's developing innovations to address the needs of its customers and tackle the world's major challenges, officials said in a news release. In metal replacement, DSM's portfolio of conductive plastics enables the replacement of full-metal enclosures, which officials said can lead to weight reductions of up to 50 percent.
For sustainability, DSM worked with surfboard maker Starboard to use a grade of DSM's Akulon RePurposed-brand nylon resin that's fully recycled from discarded nylon-based fishing nets. Officials said the material is known for its sustainability profile as much as its performance. The nets are gathered from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea and are given a new lease on life as fins, fin boxes, standup paddleboard pumps and other structural parts in surfboards.
Expanded grades of DSM's Arnitel-brand copolyester can be used in mid-soles of athletic footwear to deliver a range of performance advantages. The material has consistent performance across diverse climates and enables circularity when designing an all-polyester solution for upper and sole materials.