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DSM and Fibrant significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions for Akulon® PA6 with EcoLactam®

Heerlen (NL), 7 July 2021 - In view of the current tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ambitions in Europe, it is with great pride that DSM and Fibrant announce the accomplishment of a major reduction in the GHG emission of Caprolactam and thus subsequently also of PA6 as produced in Europe by July 2021. The GHG emission saved is estimated to be around 800 million kg CO2 on annual basis. This significant reduction has been achieved by implementing several technology improvements amongst which an advanced N2O abatement program in Fibrant’s Caprolactam production process.

From July onwards, Fibrant will market its Caprolactam with reduced carbon footprint under the tradename EcoLactam®.

Paul Habets, Marketing and Sales Director Fibrant: “I am proud to announce that Fibrant changes over to 100% EcoLactam®, a new generation Caprolactam with a very low carbon footprint (CFP). This has all been achieved by continuous process improvement and a clear focus on sustainability. With a new and extraordinary generation of products we will reduce our CFP by over 50% through significant N2O reduction and by applying our proprietary HPO® and Hydranone® technology, while keeping the excellent performance and quality at the same high level.”

With the introduction of EcoLactam® by Fibrant, the DSM Engineering Materials will be able to offer its existing Akulon® PA6 portfolio produced in Europe with a lowest best-in-class carbon footprint of PA6 available in the market. This enables DSM’s customers to reduce the carbon footprint of their own products and contribute to the global reduction of GHG emissions in the downstream value chains as automotive, electrical, consumer appliances and food packaging. In addition, both companies have joined forces to reduce the GHG emissions even further, aiming at Zero Net already by 2040.

Bert Havenith, Sustainability Director DSM Engineering Materials adds: “We have a long history of delivering tangible proof points of our commitment to sustainability. As an additional step, we are able to further reduce our footprint with a mass-balance approach of bio-based feedstock (Akulon® B-MB) or via recycled approach (Akulon® RePurposed, Akulon® CRC-MB). Together with our customers, suppliers, and partners, we are ready to drive our industry forward, seize the sustainable opportunities ahead and deliver on our purpose of creating brighter lives for all.”

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Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

Fibrant BV

Our story begins in 1952, when we commissioned our first factory for the production of Caprolactam in The Netherlands. Nowadays, Fibrant is part of HSCC (also known as Highsun Group China), Together we are the largest Caprolactam and Ammonium Sulfate producer in the world with production facilities in The Netherlands (Geleen) and China (Fuzhou and Nanjing).

From our headquarters in the chemical heart of the Netherlands, Fibrant aims to be the undisputed market leader in Caprolactam, Cyclohexanone and Ammonium Sulfate. Innovation and sustainability are key drivers for success. With our introduction of EcoLactam®, our latest generation of products, we are proud to set the standard in low carbon footprint, bio-based and circular Caprolactam. Fibrant serves via her valued business partners the majority of value chains amongst which the textile, automotive, food packaging, and agricultural value chains. All relying on Fibrant’s high-quality and sustainable products.

In the Netherlands Fibrant employs a staff with over 350 professionals, located at the head office in Urmond and the Chemelot-site in Geleen. Fibrant stands for ‘pure chemistry’ which not only refers to setting the benchmark in sustainable products and innovation but also to the chemistry among employees and business partners.

More information can be found at www.fibrant52.com.

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