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DSM to launch new line of bio-based materials via Brazilian partnership  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, the Netherlands; www.dsm.com) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding between its U.S.-based Business Unit DSM Functional Materials and Empresa Brasileira de Biotecnologia S.A. (Ebrabiotech; Araraquara, Brazil) for the launch of a new line of DSM-branded bio-based materials targeting the concrete floor coatings market. The initiative focuses on the development of bio-based castor oil materials, which is non-edible and helps to lower the total carbon footprint. Founded on DSM’s four global growth drivers — High-Growth Economies, Innovation, Sustainability, and Acquisitions & Partnerships — DSM Functional Materials is dedicated to responding to market trends which point toward more environmentally friendly and lighter-weight materials. In 2009, the business launched its first eco-friendly line of floor coating products, UVolve Instant Floor Coatings, based on UV-curable technology. “The new development between DSM and Ebrabiotech fits perfectly with our two companies’ shared interest in developing innovative, green chemistries that deliver more sustainable solutions to people working into various markets around the globe,” says Henk-Jan Koenen, Business Unit director…
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