DSM Engineering Plastics

DSM in Automotive

Our innovative high-performance plastics are developed to meet a wide variety of technological challenges in automotive. Browse these pages to learn more about how our industry experts, scientists and engineers work hand in hand with our customers to develop next generation solutions.

Exterior

Strong and attractive exterior components

One of the first things that draws a consumer to a vehicle is how the exterior looks. That’s why it’s so important to manufacture exterior parts with an attractive look and feel. Whether it’s for rearview mirrors, door handles, or wheel covers, the requirements are for strong materials with high aesthetic value, and a smooth touch. This makes excellent UV stability absolutely critical.

Our broad portfolio of materials has grades suited to a wide range of exterior applications – for both painted and unpainted parts. Glass fiber–reinforced Akulon polyamide 6 addresses all the needs of exterior parts, with UV-stabilized grades suitable for parts with complex shapes, including exterior mirror bases, and parts manufactured using gas-assist injection molding, such as door handles.

For door handles, our specialized grades provide high UV stability when unpainted, and smoothness and excellent adhesion when painted. For exterior rearview mirrors, our materials combine aesthetics with high stiffness and strength for what is ultimately an important safety application.

Featured Customer Applications

Exterior Mirror Bases

Automotive | Exterior | Mirrors

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight solutions as compared to metal; Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to high weldline performance and temperature resistance (better than PP) and to its great surface appearance (better than PA66) and UV resistance (in case of L-stabilized grades); Akulon® PA6 allows for cost effective solutions as compared to PA66; Akulon® Ultraflow grades allow even for more cost effectiveness due to 25% cycle time advantage and due to high flowability enabling thinner walled designs

Foglamps

Automotive | Exterior | Automotive Lighting

Arnite® XL-T allows for 40-50% lighter weight solutions versus metal; Arnite® XL allows for reliable solutions due to its good thermoconductivity (20 C lower surface temperatures than with standard grades) its very low outgassing behaviour ensuring good long term road visibility, its high dimensional stability (as compared to PA) resulting in less beam vibration (enabling switch to LED/Xenon and AFL/DBL); Arnite® XL-T allows for cost effective solutions as compared with PPS and PPA

Roof Racks

Automotive | Exterior | Roof Racks

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight solutions as compared to metal; Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to high weldline performance and temperature resistance (better than PP) and to its great surface appearance (better than PA66) and UV resistance (in case of L-stabilized grades); Akulon® PA6 allows for cost effective solutions as compared to PA66; Akulon® Ultraflow grades allow even for more cost effectiveness due to 25% cycle time advantage and due to high flowability enabling thinner walled designs

Featured products

With our broad, high-quality materials portfolio and in-depth technology know-how, we work in close collaboration with customers to develop new applications in response to the search for lighter, stronger and more durable materials.

Here's a selection of some of our most recognized brands and products, keeping you ahead of the curve and enabling you to lead the market through the use of cutting-edge technology.

DSM's Akulon polyamide 6 grades eliminate the need for painting in automotive exterior parts

For automotive exterior applications, look and feel are both very important. DSM has proven its performance in this market with the right materials for years for e.g. mirror housing and door handles. Today we also offer a reinforced Akulon® polyamide 6 for unpainted exterior automotive parts that require very good surface quality. By eliminating the need to paint such exterior parts, DSM is making a major contribution to unit cost savings without compromising on quality.

How can we help you?

We take a scientific approach to building solutions. Our dedicated teams work closely with our customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective. Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

  • Painting & printing

    While many new parts designed to be manufactured from engineering plastics can bypass or reduce the number of secondary processing steps, some parts still require operations such as painting and printing.

  • Strength, stiffness & fatigue

    As car manufacturers continuously focus on reducing weight to improve fuel efficiency, replacing metal parts with plastic remains a key challenge.

  • Processing & shaping

    Designing an innovative part is only one step in the process. Once you have the part design and the material grade selected, and you have successfully manufactured the part in the lab, you need to roll it out for commercial production.