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DSM Expands Capacity in China

24 March 2005

DSM Engineering Plastics is to expand its compounding capacity which will double total capacity for their Stanyl PA46, AkulonPA6 and Arnite polyesters.

The existing facilities in Zhouzhuang in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province in China will be relocated to a new state of the art plant in Jiangyin Hitech Development Zone. The total investment at the new site will be some tens of millions USD. Operations at the new site will start in 2006.

DSM Composite Resins AG will build a Sizing plant on one of DSM’s existing production sites. DSM Composite Resins AG is world market leader in Sizings & Binders and is entirely focused on serving the glass fibre market worldwide under the brand name NEOXIL. In building a new plant, DSM Composite Resins is anticipating market growth in this area. DSM plans to start up the new facility in the second half of 2006. Capital budget is estimated at around USD 7 m.

“China is a market which plays a key role in DSM’s overall growth strategy”, comments Stefan Sommer, President of DSM China. “The expansion of the production capacities of DSM Engineering Plastics and DSM Composite Resins in China highlights DSM’s strong commitment to China. The results reflect this commitment: in 2004, DSM generated sales of EUR 420 million in China, a growth of 25 % compared to 2003.”

DSM are also to collaborate with SpecialChem on its Plastics & Elastomers platform http://www.omnexus.com

The newOmnexus platform is an Innovation and Solutions Accelerator in Plastics & Elastomers to helps OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers, designers and design engineers to develop new and innovative products more effectively and much faster than through traditional channels.

""For SpecialChem, it is a great step forward to start working with DSM. On top of working with the leader in high-performance technical materials, this project with Arnitel represents the first step in extending our service offer to a highly popular and growing category of engineering materials: thermoplastic elastomers"", explains Christophe Cabarry, Founder and COO of SpecialChem. ""It is recognition of the value the new Omnexus brings to the plastics industry when it comes to infusing and diffusing innovative technologies and solutions. Arnitel is a product offering a unique balance of features.

Arnitel is a TPE-E (or COPE) class of TPE consisting of block copolymers of alternating hard and soft segments connected by ester and ether linkages

Among the services Omnexus is offering to inspire and help engineers in designing with Arnitel are an extensive Application Gallery featuring innovative applications for Arnitel technology and Solution DataSheets focusing on cases where Arnitel presents the perfect response to a combination of demanding required performances in certain applications.