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.

Interior

Engineering plastics: The real inside story

Drivers have the most interaction with the interior of the vehicle, making it a key area of focus as automobile manufacturers focus on improving the driving experience. Engineering plastics that look better and perform better than traditional materials like PP and PC-ABS represent a major, untapped opportunity. This is particularly true in applications where metal replacement provides benefits including weight reduction, improved processing efficiency, and reduced carbon emissions.

Building greener vehicles has become an imperative for OEMs, as regulators begin to impose hefty fines on non-compliant manufacturers.  Akulon combines excellent strength, stiffness and impact resistance with excellent flow – even in highly reinforced grades like Akulon Ultraflow. This makes it easy to mold, and enables designers to re-engineer components with thinner walls and fewer individual parts – contributing to lighter vehicle weight, improved fuel efficiency, and lower system costs.

Akulon is ideal for applications such as gear housings, air vanes and pedals. The material also provides good colorability and surface quality, helping you to design high-quality vehicle interiors that stand up to the day-to-day use from even the busiest road warriors.

Featured customer applications

HVAC lamellae

Automotive | Interior | HVAC

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); 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

Pedals and Pedal Boxes

Automotive | Interior | Pedal System

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); 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.

Meet the extreme: DSM in Automotive

How will you design automotive components that meet the challenges of your industry, today and tomorrow? DSM offers high-performing plastic solutions, technologies and expertise for the extreme demands of next-generation vehicles.

Our materials are a driving force in producing automotive components that are extremely light; that reduce friction in the engine; and can operate in the most extreme heat. On the road to zero emissions It’s time to think differently. To think beyond metal. And above all, to think together.

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.

  • Downsizing & Miniaturization

    As our economy places more focus on efficiency, industry is responding by creating products that are thinner, lighter, and smaller – with the same or more functionality.

  • Life cycle assessment

    When we talk about Bright Science, Brighter Living, one of the core ideas we’re expressing is our concern for sustainability. That’s why we have integrated green design into our business.

  • Cost reduction & simplification

    Plastics offer a solution that is lighter in weight than metal and rubber. In addition, plastics enable the production of parts with complex geometries, meaning its possible to convert a number of components into a single, simplified part.

  • Strength, stiffness & fatigue

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