05 September 2008
05 September 2008
DSM Composite Resins has embarked upon an extensive engineering study that could lead to a large expansion to its manufacturing facilities in Compiegne, France.
DSM’s manufacturing plant in Compiegne specialises in the research and production of Unsaturated Polyester resins. The investment, which is likely to be measured in tens of millions of Euros, will provide a substantial boost to the local economy.
“A financial investment of this scale in our Compiegne plant represents a long-term commitment by DSM to the region,” explains Simon Bloem, Site Manager for the Compiegne manufacturing facility, “A great part of the millions of Euros invested in this plant will benefit the local economy, as contracts are to be agreed with local companies to carry out the necessary expansion work. In addition to the immediate cash boost to the local economy, should the expansion go ahead, this investment will result in increased activity by DSM in the region for many years to come.”
“We are working with local authorities to ensure that the planned expansion meets the needs of local people, and the environment. This is an essential part of DSM’s global commitment to Sustainability,” says Bloem.
DSM Composite Resins is making this investment because it is increasing its focus on innovation and specialty products. If the plant expansion gets the go-ahead from the engineering study and local government, capacity and efficiency for the production of these specialty products will be significantly increased.
Global trends towards products with lower weight and better mechanical properties which reduce environmental impact are driving the composites industry to manufacture these specialty products. The plant expansion will increase output of specialty products, such as DSM’s new Turane high performance resins.
The goal is to produce specialty resins that will accommodate market growth, both in existing applications like automotive and in innovative applications like windmill blades and municipal sewer systems relining. “DSM sees continued strong growth in demand for its Unsaturated Polyester Resin (UPR) products, specifically for its high performance and hybrid materials,” says Boudewijn Morelissen Business Director for Composite Resins Europe, “With this investment DSM highlights its commitment to supporting our customers’ growth by increasing this specialty capacity and creating enhanced capabilities to produce next generation composite materials. These products offer higher performance, are more sustainable, and are made from non oil-based raw materials.”
In the initial engineering study the company will conduct additional research, planning and create detailed estimates of final expenditure. After final approval - which is expected in Q4 2008 -, the expansion will be completed by late 2009/ early 2010.
Gerard van Binsbergen, Global Manufacturing Director DSM Composite Resins says, “this is a complex and challenging project because we are renovating a large section of one of our major sites while simultaneously maintaining normal operations. We are committed to making this project a success.”
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