Most Americans may not know DSM by name, but they probably use the company’s products every day.

From ingredients for sunscreens, cosmetics, and food; to pharmaceutical products, and resins and urethanes for architectural coatings; and plastics that make cars lighter, stronger, safer and more fuel efficient, DSM products surround most Americans.

In fact, North America represents DSM’s biggest market in terms of sales, and the second largest market in terms of employees.
North America has been DSM’s biggest for mergers and acquisitions over the last there years, as the company has closed more than half a dozen deals valued at more than $5.5 billion during this period.

“North America has presented good opportunities for DSM in (mergers and acquisitions), and we continue to invest and grow here consistent with our strategy and mission,” said Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America.

DSM’s largest business is in nutritional ingredients, where DSM is a world leader in the manufacture and development of water and fat soluble vitamins, carotenoids, enzymes and nutritional lipids.

Nearly every America consumes these DSM products every day, through supplements and multivitamins, fortified cereals, bars and beverages, as well as through the fish, poultry, pork and beef we eat that was raised with feed fortified with DSM materials.

“DSM has long worked with organizations, such as the United Nations World Food Programme, World Vision, Partners in Food Solutions, and others to improve the nutritional content of food for consumers in the developing world,” Welsh said. “We now know that the issue of micronutrient deficiency is also a serious issue in the US as well, where 90 percent of the population does not get enough vitamin D, and the majority of the population does not get enough nutritional lipids or vitamin A.”

“We are working hard to show that as a matter of public health policy the US must do better,” Welsh said. “The consequences of these deficiencies show up later in life in children who have not had the opportunity to reach their full potential as well as seniors who suffer fractures, cognitive decline and chronic diseases which impose large financial burdens on our economy and immeasurable emotional and physical burdens on the impacted and their families. DSM will continue to work to ensure that every child, and every consumer, wherever located, has the requisite nutritional equal opportunity that enables future learning and earning equal opportunity.”