2017 SPE Automotive Innovation Award
In November 2017 DSM’s modified PA46, Stanyl® HGR2, helped the Ford Motor Company win a 2017 SPE Automotive Innovation Award. This low-friction, high wear-resistance material is used in chain tensioner arms in the Ford F-150 and Mustang, which won the materials category. It will soon be implemented across various Ford vehicles globally.
This usage of a modified PA46 resin was piloted on selected vehicles powered by a 5.0L V8 engine as a drop-in replacement for PA66, providing enhanced wear and friction performance. DSM closely collaborated with Ford’s Advanced Materials & Processes team early in the development stage to provide a more efficient solution utilizing the new PA46 material, before rolling the project out on a global scale.
This innovation is highly translatable, providing affordable fuel economy improvement, and will be utilized on more vehicles beginning in 2018.