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09-28-2018

From Fishing Nets to Surfboard Components

DSM and Starboard Collaborate

Royal DSM, Herleen, Niederlande, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living, and Starboard, a watersports company offering paddle, surf, windsurf and kiteboards, will be collecting and upcycling discarded fishing nets to create a material for consumer goods such as surfboard components.

DSM and Starboard came together when the surfboard company selected DSM’s Akulon RePurposed, where the resin used is fully recycled from discarded nylon-based fishing nets. The discarded fishing nets are gathered from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, and are given a new lease of life as fins, fin boxes, SUP pumps, and other structural parts in surfboards.

DSM and Starboard collaboration transforms discarded fishing nets from waste into high-end surfboard components (© DSM Engineering Plastics)


According to figures from the UN, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife and fisheries and costing at least USD 8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems. Abandoned plastic fishing nets are a part of the problem. According to a report jointly produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP), fishing nets abandoned at sea remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years. Known as ghost fishing nets, experts have estimated that there are roughly 640 000 tonnes of these nets currently in our ocean, accounting for almost 10% of all plastic waste in the sea.

In addition to addressing environmental concerns, the collection, sorting, cleaning and processing of discarded fishing nets creates sustainable livelihoods for several local communities in India.

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  • Published in Kunststoffe international 2018/11

    New Carbon Fiber Filament for 3D-Printing

    For Functional Prototyping and Industrial Parts

    Royal DSM has launched its new carbon fiber-filled grade PA6/66 filament Novamid ID1030 CF10 for 3D printing. The quality of the finished prototypes is similar to that of injection molded parts.   more

    Royal DSM

  • 05-15-2018

    DSM Expanding Capacity for Dyneema

    Invest to Increase Global Dyneema Production Capacity

    Royal DSM, Herleen, Niederlande, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living,, announced to increase its production capacity for Dyneema. Strong demand for both Dyneema UD (Uni-Directional laminate) and Dyneema fiber is prompting this increase.   more

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