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DSM in Automotive

Engineering plastics: The real ‘inside’ story

For vehicle interiors, plastics represent a major, untapped opportunity for metal replacement and all the benefits this brings - from weight reduction and improved processing efficiency to reduced carbon emissions. In short, our next-generation materials are helping to build the next generation of vehicles…today.
Interior of a car

Increasingly, automotive interior components need to perform better than those made from traditional materials like PP and PC-ABS.

It’s why engineering plastics like our Akulon® polyamide 6 are being used in applications ranging from gear housings to air vanes and pedals. Not only is Akulon durable and very strong with excellent stiffness and impact resistant, but it also offers some attractive benefits for manufacturers looking to reduce system costs and meet the imperative for greener vehicles (after all, lower carbon emissions are not only kinder to the planet but also to the bottom line as regulators start to impose multi-million fines on non-compliant manufacturers…).

Akulon is light, with excellent flow (also in highly reinforced grades like Akulon Ultraflow) – which makes it easy to mold. This in turn enables designers to re-engineer components with thinner walls and less individual parts; the material even has good coloring and surface quality.

In all, it's easy to see why so many of our OEM customers are using next-generation plastics like Akulon® for interiors.

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