A chemical recycling solution for products based on Dyneema, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber of the global life sciences and materials sciences company Royal DSM NV, Heerlen/Netherlands, will be developed in cooperation with the international clean-tech company Clariter Poland Sp z.o.o., Gliwice/Poland.
As a first step, sample products – including ropes, nets, and ballistic materials made with Dyneema – were successfully converted at Clariter’s pilot plant in Poland, demonstrating the recyclability potential of Dyneema products.
In line with its sustainability targets, and following the successful launch of bio-based Dyneema (mass balance), DSM Protective Materials is actively pursuing reuse and recycling solutions for end-of-life Dyneema-based products. To drive technical recycling solutions, DSM Protective Materials and Clariter partnered to test the feasibility of using Dyneema as a feedstock in Clariter’s chemical recycling process.
Specifically, building on the success of the lab-scale trial, Clariter has scheduled commercial-scale trials at its facility in South Africa for 2021, with the aim to use Dyneema-derived feedstock in its full-scale European plants that will be built in the coming years.
In addition, DSM will continue to actively explore the possibilities of reducing the environmental impact of Dyneema across all product life stages.