DSM at a glance - Annual Report 2015 - DSM

DSM at a glance


The Nutrition cluster comprises DSM Nutritional Products and DSM Food Specialties.These businesses serve the global industries for animal feed, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, infant nutrition, dietary supplements and personal care.

DSM Nutritional Products is one of the world’s leading producers of essential nutrients such as vitamins, carotenoids, nutritional lipids and other ingredients to the feed, food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. Among its customers are the world’s largest food and beverage companies. DSM is uniquely positioned thanks to the combination of its broad portfolio of active ingredients, maximum differentiation through formulation, local presence, a global premix network, and a strong focus on innovation. DSM Nutritional Products consists of the following business units:

Animal Nutrition & Health addresses the nutritional additives segment of the global feed ingredients market. DSM is active in vitamins, feed enzymes, carotenoids, minerals and eubiotics.

Human Nutrition & Health primarily addresses the nutritional ingredients markets, but is also active in coloration and preservation in the global food ingredients market.

Personal Care focuses on active and performance ingredients such as vitamins, UV-filters and bio-actives for the skin care, sun care and hair care market segments.

DSM Food Specialties is a leading global supplier of food enzymes, cultures, yeast extracts, savory flavors, hydrocolloids and other specialty ingredients for the food and beverage industries. DSM Food Specialties’ advanced ingredients make a considerable contribution to the success of the world’s favorite brands for the dairy, baking, beverages and savory segments.

Performance Materials

The Performance Materials cluster consists of DSM Engineering Plastics, DSM Dyneema and DSM Resins & Functional Materials. These business groups are active in technologically sophisticated high-quality products and offer specialized value propositions. In future this cluster will be referred to as Materials.

DSM Engineering Plastics is a global player in developing, manufacturing and marketing specialty plastics used in components for the electrical and electronics, automotive, flexible food packaging and consumer goods industries.

DSM Dyneema is the inventor, manufacturer and marketer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. This product, based on ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, is produced by means of DSM’s proprietary processes. The Dyneema® brand enjoys very high recognition in the value chains served.

DSM Resins & Functional Materials is a global player in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-quality resins solutions for paints, industrial coatings and fiber-optic coatings. Continuous innovation means that customers can meet regulatory needs and respond better to consumer demands for more sustainable materials.

Innovation Center

DSM Innovation Center serves as an enabler and accelerator of innovation within DSM as well as providing support to the clusters. With its Emerging Business Areas, the Business Incubator and DSM Venturing & Licensing, the DSM Innovation Center has a general business development role, focusing on areas outside the current scope of the business groups.

DSM’s Emerging Business Areas provide strong long-term growth platforms based on the company’s core competences in life sciences and materials sciences. The company has three Emerging Business Areas:

DSM Biomedical supplies innovative biomedical materials that enable medical device manufacturers to make less-invasive devices. These can speed up recovery, shorten hospital stays and minimize reoperations, lowering health costs and helping people to lead longer, healthier and more active lives.

DSM Bio-based Products & Services is at the forefront of building a more sustainable, bio-based economy with solutions for clean fuel from agricultural residue and for renewable chemical building blocks such as bio-based succinic acid.

DSM Advanced Surfaces develops and provides solutions to increase the yield of solar materials – Same sun. More power™.


DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals (DSP), a 50-50 joint venture formed in 2011, is the global market leader in beta-lactam active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) such as semi-synthetic penicillins (SSPs) and semi-synthetic cephalosporins (SSCs), which represent the biggest class of APIs in anti-infectives. It is also a leader in other active ingredients such as nystatin and next generation statins.

Patheon (formerly reported as DPx Holdings) is a global leader in contract development and manufacturing services established in 2014 and 49%-owned by DSM, with customers across the pharmaceutical industry.

ChemicaInvest is a joint venture established in 2015 in which DSM has a 35% shareholding and comprises the former DSM Fibre Intermediates (caprolactam and acrylonitrile) and DSM Composite Resins businesses.