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DSM in Automotive

Lighting Systems: The future’s bright (and plastic)

Our track record in lighting stretches back to the mid-1980s. Today, our solutions are focused squarely on helping manufacturers produce innovative new lighting systems that are smaller, greener, brighter – and of course cost-efficient.
Close up of headlight of a red car

Lighting is one of the most demanding automotive areas when it comes to thermoplastics - but also one of the most potentially rewarding. There is huge potential for next-generation plastics that combat outgassing, encourage miniaturization and - thanks to their ability to operate at very high temperatures - can contribute to increasingly bold new designs.

From our Arnitel® TPC to Stanyl® PA46 to Arnite® A and Arnite T, we offer materials that are successfully addressing these complex demands in a wide range of applications including frontlight (adaptive and dual beam) frames, bezels, lens holders, cable coating, daytime running lights lamp holders & sockets and thermal conductive plastic solutions for new LED systems.

Tackling outgassing

Without doubt one of the biggest challenges facing automotive lighting designers is outgassing. Since 2002 we’ve been tackling this key issue with our low outgassing polybutylene terephtalate (PBT) Arnite T XL. From there we extended our knowhow to other components, with our low outgassing polyethylene terephtalate (PET) Arnite A XL material for AFL/DBL frames.

In fact, it's now being used for the adaptive forward modules (smart headlights) in well-known upper segment cars – bridging the gap between low outgassing PBTs on one hand and PPA, PEI and PES on the other.

Enlightening innovations

How will manufacturers continue to make lighter, greener cars with lower system costs?

We see great potential for thermoplastics in Daytime Running Lighting systems that help conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint. Our materials are also set to play a key role in the development of new pedestrian safety concepts as well as the further expansion of LED and the optimization of existing xenon and halogen systems.