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21 November 2017

DSM-Niaga and Auping to develop fully recyclable mattresses

Royal DSM, a global science company active in health, nutrition and materials, today announce that DSM-Niaga - a joint venture of DSM and start-up company Niaga - and Royal Auping start a long-term collaboration to develop fully recyclable mattresses. The mutual goal of the collaboration is to tackle landfill and incineration of mattresses globally and use healthy materials in mattresses. Both companies aim to find scalable solutions to solve waste issues all over the globe. They realize how the manufacturing processes and business models might need to change to make a fully circular mattress work.

Auping is the first non-carpet company that will use the Niaga® technology to develop fully recyclable mattresses. The collaboration between DSM-Niaga and Auping will give complementary insights to this redesign challenge. Auping will bring in all their mattress and sleep- knowhow where DSM-Niaga will bring in its expertise and knowhow in material science for recyclability.

Building on the redesign of carpet by DSM-Niaga, a similar adhesive technology can be used to separate layers within the mattress after use. This makes it easier to recover different material streams in the recycling process, closing the materials loop for mattresses.

Auping has constantly improved the material health and recyclability of their mattresses, and were the first to launch a system to take back the old mattress for recycling when customers buy a new one. DSM-Niaga redesigns everyday products for full recyclability back in the same product. The first product redesigned was carpet, resulting in technology to make mono-material carpets that are fully recyclable back into carpet. The collaboration with Auping shows that Niaga® Technology creates opportunities for circular design in products that go beyond carpet.

Josse Kunst, General Manager of DSM-Niaga commented: “This collaboration with Auping unlocks the potential of Niaga® technology for circular design in other markets than carpet too. We are impressed by Auping’s innovative mindset and are looking forward to radically improve the recyclability of mattresses together with Auping.”

Bart Jan Scholte, Director Brand & Product Marketing at Royal Auping commented: “At Auping we create comfortable sleeping solutions for now and in the future. We invest in sustainability and have the ambition to organise all our business processes, products and services in a circular manner. DSM is the perfect partner for us to build further on current achievements, based on their material science and drive for innovation. We are both proud of our Dutch roots and our more than 100-year heritage. This next step in renewing our mattresses fits our drive to constantly innovate, strive for a better footprint and to re-use materials.”

DSM-Niaga

DSM-Niaga is a joint venture, established in 2014, between the start-up Niaga and DSM. Niaga® has the mission to redesign everyday products from the ground up. The aim is to make products fully recyclable in an easy and affordable way, without compromising on quality or price. Carpet was the first product Niaga® redesigned, and many more products will follow.

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.