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Corporate transformer

Royal DSM has evolved over 115 years from coal mining to inventing clean and green products for the future. The secret to corporate longevity, says board member Dimitri de Vreeze, is perpetual discontent.

"We were so brilliant we developed everything ourselves. Today we're still brilliant, but we also reach out to the market and say, hey, we're very interested in energy storage or solar or enzymatic processes. Let's work together, and see if we can be partners, because then you can accelerate innovation." - Dimitri de Vreeze.

CLEAN cows sound like an oxymoron, in environmental terms. The burping animals are heavy emitters of methane - a greenhouse gas with greater warming consequences than carbon dioxide. But meat lovers will rejoice to know that a recent creation by Dutch biotechnology company Royal DSM could reduce...

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