As a member of DSM's CirculariTeam® Marlow Ropes is delighted to announce their collaboration with DSM Dyneema® in the use of a new recycled-based Dyneema® in a pilot scheme using the 11th Hour Racing Sailing Team. 

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, today announced a collaboration to create recycled-based Dyneema®. Through a joint pilot with multiple CirculariTeam® members including Marlow Ropes, the manufacturing and usage of Dyneema® using mixed plastic waste as feedstock (via mass balance approach) will be successfully demonstrated. It is an important step toward the future goal of fully closing the loop by delivering Dyneema® made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) waste. This collaboration underlines DSM’s and SABIC’s efforts to accelerate a circular economy for materials.

DSM will produce recycled-based Dyneema® made using SABIC’s certified circular ethylene as a pilot project in both a sailing rope and a pelagic trawl net application. The circular ethylene, from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio, uses mixed plastic waste as feedstock (mass balance approach), which not only contributes to preventing valuable plastic from becoming waste and the avoidance of carbon emissions compared to incineration, but it will also help preserve fossil resources. These pilots are an important early-stage milestone in the journey toward making fully circular Dyneema® from HMPE post-production and post-consumer waste.

In the pilot, Marlow Ropes will manufacture and supply the 11th Hour Racing Sailing Team with ropes made from recycled-based Dyneema®

Jan-Lodewijk Lindemulder, President DSM Protective Materials: “This achievement is a key milestone on the journey toward our goal of delivering a fully circular Dyneema®. By working with partners from across the value chain, we are able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the world’s strongest fiber – and we will continue to explore ways of reducing and eliminating waste across the entire product lifecycle.”

Mark Vester, Circular Economy Leader at SABIC: “At SABIC, we firmly believe that only through collaboration and innovation can we drive forward and develop solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. This is another important step closer to closing the loop on Dyneema®. Moving forward, through our TRUCIRCLE™ solutions and beyond, we will continue to make every effort to deliver a more sustainable value chain and economy.”

Jon Mitchell, Managing Director at Marlow Ropes: “We’re proud to be one of the first manufacturers to integrate recycled-based Dyneema® within our products and demonstrate the material’s feasibility. By collaborating with materials science pioneers such as DSM and SABIC, we are able to create products that not only deliver superlative functional performance but also have a lower environmental impact. Our products are trialed and tested by professional offshore sailing teams including 11th Hour Racing Team, a proud partner of ours at Marlow, with whom we share a progressive approach to seeking sustainable solutions: no more business as usual."

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

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SABIC

SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high-performance plastics, agri-nutrients, and metals.  SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy. Production in 2020 was 60.8 million metric tons.  The company has more than 32,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 9,946 global patent filings and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, and North Asia.

Marlow Ropes Ltd

Marlow Ropes Ltd is a world leading British rope manufacturer with a 200+ year history specialising in synthetic fibre rope manufacturing. A proud partner of DSM Dyneema, Marlow are known for their technical expertise, pioneering innovation and high quality products, distributing their high performing rope solutions worldwide across diverse industries including Leisure Marine and Grand Prix Sailing, Rope Access and Rescue, Tree Work, Aerospace and Defence.