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Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard) : 28 November, 2014  (Company News)
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation in the Netherlands that DSM announced in May 2012. The centre employs over 400 knowledge workers and combines important technological skills and expertise unique in the Netherlands for use in applications the world over.
The new state-of-the-art centre was officially opened by Dutch Economics Minister Henk Kamp, together with 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. 
The materials centre is an important base for DSM’s Materials Sciences research and marketing activities. Furthermore it will be the most important research centre worldwide for DSM Engineering Plastics. Historically, Sittard-Geleen has been the main centre of DSM’s high-performance materials research. In addition, being located on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus offers opportunities for open innovation owing to the proximity of other start-up and established companies as well as research and education institutes. 
DSM materials are used in applications and products all over the world; from connectors in electronics, surgical sutures and medical implants to heat-resistant plastic engine parts for the automotive industry, smart food packaging material, solar panel coatings and super-strong fibers in, for instance, cables. The materials need to be not only safe and superior in quality but also have a positive impact on people and the environment. 
Dimitri de Vreeze, member of the Royal DSM’s Managing Board: “This investment is perfectly aligned with our strategy for growth in Materials Sciences through innovative solutions for a more sustainable future for people today and for generations to come. DSM’s innovations create new possibilities and contribute to solutions to the major challenges the world is facing. Lighter, high-quality materials that replace steel in cars and reduce energy consumption, smart packaging that help us prevent food being wasted, and materials made from biobased rather than fossil resources, helping to facilitate the circular economy”
Roelof Westerbeek, President of Engineering Plastics: “By combining DSM Engineering Plastics’ the research and development, marketing and sales activities under one roof in this very inspiring environment we are creating optimal synergies. With the science and knowledge brought together here, the combination enables us to break new ground and to reduce the time to market for DSM innovations.” 
Atzo Nicolaï, president of DSM Netherlands: “The new materials centre is an asset to research and development in the Netherlands in a field in which we excel, as the Netherlands and as DSM in the Netherlands.” 
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