Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announced that its DSM Engineering Materials business will launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, a thermoplastic elastomer, together with Sympatex Technologies.
To address growing consumer and legislative demand for lower carbon footprint and more sustainable feedstock, the sports and apparel value chain is increasingly integrating bio-based materials into its designs. By offering a new range of mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel, DSM Engineering Materials is enabling membrane manufacturer Sympatex Technologies to meet the demands and make more sustainable choices.
DSM’s bio-based Arnitel is manufactured with bio-based feedstock using a mass-balance approach. The end product contains more than 25% bio-based content by weight.
Sympatex uses Arnitel to manufacture its waterproof, windproof and breathable membranes for sports applications. The transition to bio-based feedstock will maintain the unique functional properties of Arnitel and will enable Sympatex to shift to a more sustainable solution with a lower carbon footprint without having to requalify materials.