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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.

Suspension

Ensuring a smooth driving experience

As car manufacturers focus on reducing carbon emissions, they are also seeking to create the best driving experience possible. The suspension system is essential to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride – with reduced noise, vibration and harshness for the driver and passengers.

Our broad portfolio of materials has grades specifically designed to reduced noise, vibration and harshness in suspension parts, while delivering the strength and stiffness required for a reliable solution. Add up to 50% weight reduction over conventional metals, and substantial cost savings on the processing side, and our materials have proven themselves as the materials of choice for metal replacement in suspension systems.

Akulon® PA6 has the strength and stiffness needed to replace metal, with a significant advantages including substantial reductions in weight, noise, vibration and harshness. It also provides good compatibility with the expansion rubber or foam applied to molded parts, and helps manufacturers realize a more cost-effective solution over comparable PA66 materials. Stanyl® provides the performance you need more cost effectively than PPA and PPS. We support our material sales with extensive application knowledge, including high-speed tensile property data.

Featured customer applications

Suspension System Spring Seats

Automotive | Body | Structural Parts

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight solutions versus metal (up to 50% weight reduction); Akulon® PA6 K224-PG8 allows for reliable solutions due to its combination of excellent toughness with high stiffness

Torque Rods

Automotive | Body | Structural Parts

Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 yields up to 50% weight reduction and a NVH advantage versus metal; Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good compatibility with the expansion rubber/foam applied on the moulded parts; Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 50%GF allows for a more cost effective solution than PA66 50%GF

Top Mounts

Automotive | Body | Structural Parts

Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 yields up to 50% weight reduction and a NVH advantage versus metal; Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good compatibility with the expansion rubber/foam applied on the moulded parts; Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 50%GF allows for a more cost effective solution than PA66 50%GF

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 plastics 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.

  • Strength, stiffness & fatigue

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

  • 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.

  • 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.