Consortium helps Dutch government with urgent production of medical masks

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announces that it takes
the lead in coordinating the efforts of a consortium to manufacture up to 1.0 million FFP2 medical masks per week
for Dutch healthcare workers at the request of the Dutch government. The companies involved include DSM, Auping
and AFPRO. It will be able to provide up to 25% of the total need for medical masks in the Netherlands.

This unique public-private partnership will contribute to help tackle the spread of Covid-19. AFPRO (a leading air filtration
technology company), Royal Auping (a sustainable mattress technology leader), and DSM will begin full production of
the FFP2 masks by the end of April 2020. All masks will be distributed by the Dutch government and used in Dutch
hospitals and other places where healthcare professionals work.

The technical quality and feasibility of the FFP2 face masks design has been proven. By coordinating its efforts and
pooling capabilities, the consortium will be able to manufacture 1 million masks per week by the end of April. Royal DSM
will provide its materials sciences capabilities and its resource services free of charge. The consortium will provide
transparency over the initiative’s product costs. In addition, Reinier de Graaf Ziekenhuis Delft, TNO and TU Delft will
coordinate the product quality control. The consortium works close with Dutch Government and the Ministry of Health
and Economic Affairs as well with the LCH (Landelijk Consortium Hulpmiddelen).

Karel Bosschieter, AFPRO CEO: “The consortium’s medical masks will provide much-needed protection for healthcare
professionals at the frontline of this global crisis. Today, we are together in a position to move forward and rapidly scale-
up the production of these live-saving masks for the Dutch healthcare workers.”

Jan-Joost Bosman, Auping CEO: “With appropriate modesty we are proud to contribute with our expertise of fabrics and
manufacturing to the production of these critically important healthcare protection tools. Our consortium is
demonstrating how – through hard work and strong cooperation – the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus
crisis can be tackled effectively, one step at a time, and we can all help to flatten the curve. Together we can combat the
corona crisis in the benefit for all.”

Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEO DSM: “At DSM, we are doing everything we can to apply our know-how, expertise and
capabilities to tackle the coronavirus crisis. We believe this is our obligation to our stakeholders. We do this free of
charge and stand ready to help the Dutch government in protecting our healthcare workers and addressing the corona
crisis where we can. By coordinating efforts of this consortium to produce these face masks, we are helping to protect
those that risk their lives to protect us. More than ever, we are showing the true value of collaboration in times of
difficulty and challenge.”