05 October 2011
05 October 2011
DSM Composite Resins has made a strategic change aimed at speeding up and re-focusing the way it innovates new, sustainable technologies.
According to DSM, the move will see the company focusing its innovation on developing technologies in four key areas: the use of bio-based raw materials, GMP-compliant materials, Styrene-free solutions, and Cobalt-free solutions.
DSM say that in order to optimise its ability to develop and bring such technologies to market, the company has resigned from the CEFIC UPR Group. "At DSM, we believe that creating value means delivering not just on profit, but also on the dimensions of people and planet too. This means that, as well as making sure that all our existing technology continues to lead the industry in terms of health & safety of workers and protection of the environment, we believe we also need to go one step further and develop the new materials of the future," said Michael Effing, President of DSM Composite Resins.
"The stark truth is that, while we are proud of the lengths our industry has gone to in developing safe ways of working, we feel that as an industry we are missing out on long term value creation by not focusing enough on new feedstocks and technologies that provide fundamental answers to our sustainability needs," said Wilfrid Gambade, Business Director DSM Composite Resins.
"We will continue to work closely with our colleagues across the composite industry to ensure the highest levels of health and safety. At the same time, we look forward to innovating new technologies that will put composites on the footing we believe is essential to achieve long-term success."
DSM explains they have already launched a number of products in accordance to its new innovation agenda. As well as existing styrene-free resins for the tanks, pipes and relining market, the company launched Atlac 5200 FC, a resin designed for the food and drinking water that has been developed in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices for the Food Industry. It also launched Palapreg ECO P55-01, a composite resin for the automotive industry with bio-based content.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).