Dyneema reduces environmental impact of fishing lines
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DSM has announced new partnerships that will help reduce the environmental impact of its Dyneema fibres, used in some of the world’s top fishing lines.
The Dutch company will collaborate on the project with SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry, and UPM Biofuels, a producer of sustainable raw materials.
The move will see Dyneema transition to bio-based feedstock produced by UBM Biofuels, which is then processed by SABIC to make renewable ethylene under their umbrella of solutions for renewable products. Bio-based Dyneema will be available from April this year.
“Bio-based Dyneema will not have any impact on the fibres’ unique properties and performance characteristics,” explained Claire Theunissen, Global Manager Communications & External Affairs Materials DSM.
“It is the source of the raw material that will change. The molecular structure of the fibre itself will remain the same. These fibres can be used for fishing lines and could be an option for fishing line manufacturers to use for superlines and braids.”
DSM announced ambitious sustainability targets for Dyneeme fibres in December 2019, with the goal of sourcing at least 60% of its feedstock from bio-based raw materials by 2030.
Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Protective Materials, said: “By partnering with SABIC and UPM Biofuels, we are taking the next important step in our sustainability journey, and driving our industry’s transition from conventional to renewable resources.”